Ethan in the Bahamas

ethancockpitThought I would write a post about how 4-year old Ethan is adjusting to life in the Bahamas and on the boat.  His previous sailing experiences involved day sailing on our O’Day 23 in California, and bareboat chartering in the British Virgin Islands.

We were not sure whether Ethan would get seasick or not, and debated whether to give him Dramamine Jr., which his pediatrician had suggested.  In the end, we went with no medication, and that was the right way to go.

ethannap_edited-1Even in pounding seas on the nose, Ethan has not been seasick at all.  He usually naps during a passage for an hour or two, then play with toys, talks up a storm, and munches on snacks.  We also set up a cuban yoyo fishing reel so he can see if we catch any fish.   Another activity is to look for dolphins.

Once we reach land, we make sure to plan fun activities each day.  We also need to fit preschool into the day, right now Ethan is learning his ABC’s, writing his name, and today, he will be researching all about space and manateeManatees since making friends with the local 2 manatees here in Great Harbour Cay- JJ and Kong:

We are on the lookout for other children for Ethan to play with.  So fortunate to have found another 4 year old for Ethan to play with each day right now.  Social opportunities are so important, especially since missing all his wonderful friends back at Happyland Preschool in Ft. Lauderdale.

Below are a few snapshots of our days- at the beach, experiencing local culture, learning new skills, etc.  Today, we are going conch hunting with a dinghy ride to a far beach.  Hope you have enjoyed a look into how Ethan is adjusting to time in the Bahamas.


  11 comments for “Ethan in the Bahamas

  1. Bonnie & Ray
    March 2, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    My next question to you was going to be “how is Ethan getting along” and this post answered that. How fortunate Ethan is enjoying this great adventure that not too mant children are exposed to and how fortunate that you and Joe get to share it with Ethan also.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment! Say hello to the family! 😀


  2. Cheryle Price
    March 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Carla, almost every picture I’ve seen of Ethan so far since you started your journey have shown a very happy, and contented boy. He seems to be truly thriving. What an adventure for him! I love seeing it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks, Cheryle!! Will certainly arrange to say hi when we visit home this coming summer!


  3. Becky Long
    March 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Love it! What a great experience!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. quiltnqueen
    March 2, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I look forward to seeing your header in my inbox! I love your posts and “live”” vicariously thru them!~ LOL! Glad to see that Ethan is enjoying himself. What a life experience for him 🙂 How wonderful for him that you have taken on raising a 4 year old!


    • March 3, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you for writing! I hope Ethan remembers these early days. Oh well, if not, he can always go back and read the blog. LOL!


  5. Jeanne Haley
    March 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I wish I could be Ethan.


    • March 3, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      I hear you! This is his normal, so he doesn’t yet understand how special what he is experiencing is. This week, he has gotten to see starfish, sea slugs, manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, manatees, conch, barracuda, a ship wreck and other interesting sights.


  6. Mary Anne Cupp
    March 3, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Looks like life is good on Mahi! Love to read your blog and think of all the wonderful adventures you are having with Ethan! Love the photos!!! Happy sailing!
    Mary Anne

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Mary Anne, Love the boat! Each day is filled with new discoveries. 🙂


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