S: Paradise Island, Nassau Bahamas 2012
BC: A good time was had by all!
FC: PARADISE | Paradise Island Nassau, Bahamas January 28- February 3, 2012 | The Underdahl's
1: Vacation | 6 of us on this trip...so of course the logical thing to do is to drive to Minneapolis to board the plan there, after Rhett's basketball game, at night! We made it safe and sound but it was a LOOOONG drive.
2: On our way!!!!! Saturday, January 28th, 2012 | Minneapolis Airport to Atlanta Georgia to Nassau, Bahamas!
5: This was our view when we arrived at our hotel room and it was breathtaking!! We will never forget the smell of the ocean breeze, the lights, and the music!
8: Sunday, January 29th, 2012
10: Mmm... this coconut is good! | Mm | m
12: Beach Babes...
18: A-Mon! Finally! I'm king of Someting! | Its so FLUFFY!
19: Gross! | Lobsters? They look like GIANT spiders!
20: So many sharks! It was like exposure therapy...and yes I'm still scared shitless of them!
22: Dad just walked out into the street and flagged down a "cabby' (?) and asked him where to find booze and a tour...Laken and Dave already found the booze!
24: Insert Beavis &Butthead laugh here.....! | Rhett's version of Sand-Castles?
30: Rhett's face when he found out why they call it "The Poop Deck!"
31: Alright, we were adventurous and tried the local flavor...Dave had the shrimp...I had the Grouper fingers and shrimp...and Dad had the MahiMahi...Dave's was good. The fish was too FISHY!!! However, I had the CONCH and it was great! Dad said his tasted like shit...imagine that!
32: Monday, January 30th, 2012
37: Pillow fight! | Shootin' the shit in Nassau
38: Our day at the water park! Thrilling rides...jerks made me go down the "Leap of Faith!" It was very freaky! I literally thought that I had died, drowned in a horrible "Vacations Gone Bad" tragedy. At least that one wasn't through a shark tank!
39: Gussie May! | Gussie May and other colossal drinks! The Henjums showed us how to get it done!
40: So go somewhere warm where the sand is like powder and water is turquoise!
42: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 Laken's 18th Birthday!!! | Of Course...first place we go in the Bahama's on her 18th... Ben & Jerry's! They had the flavor "Shweddy Balls" but we didn't try that...Rhett already had them:) | 18 | 18 | 18
43: Rhett is really fixated on BOOBIES in the Bahamas!
44: So its NOT the redneck yacht club
45: Sight Seeing....
46: Let's go sightseeing! Grandpa took us all on a bus tour around the island of Nassau via bus. It was great to see the people, streets, and how they lived...Laken even picked up a local in dread locks! | Grandpa and Rhett...going at it again! | Bus driver picked Laken a flower for her birthday!
48: The Queen's Staircase...constructed over a period of 7 years was carved by hand by the slaves. It has 65 steps and is VERY steep! Carved out of solid limestone by slaves in the late 18th century, between 1793 and 1794. It is reported that slaves were forced to cut through rocks with axes and other sharp hand tools. This 102 foot staircase was named in honor of the 65 years of Queen's Victoria's reign.
49: But don't worry...that's G-pa's job...gave the man a dollar! He didn't like that too much! | Dave is trying to be polite so he ignores the guy so he doesn't have to turn him down...
51: The Colors of the Bahamian flag: Yellow for the bright sunshine and blue to represent the crystal clear blue ocean!
52: Laken's 18th
53: Birthday Party! | 1-31-2012
55: For Laken's birthday we went out to eat at the Italian restaurant, Carmine's. From there we put the little one to bed...Rhett...and went to the Joker's Wild Comedy Club! Drinking age was 18 so Laken was allowed into the comedy club...Where we sat front row! Love the comedian that made fun of Grandpa and us being from ND! | One of the comedian's put on Grandpa's glasses and said "Holy Shit! I can see my DNA! Wait I think I got Diabetes!" | I am pretty sure this is the best birthday Laken's ever had!
59: On January 31st we took a tour of the island. The Round-a-bouts were filled with crushed conch shells and all the buildings were brightly colored. We also toured Fort Charlotte and Fort Fin Castle. Fort Fin Castle was built in 1793. Fort Charlotte was built in 1789, both by a British Lord Dunmore.
60: Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 | Jellyfish were all over in the harbor~fun to watch!
61: Fight with Grandpa...left him blind for the day! If you mess with the bull, your gonna get the horns...in the eye!
62: Looking for Rhett? Or Grandpa?
63: Cutie Patootie Tan Lines!
66: Dave | Laken | Collin | Definitely | Not | Skid | Row! | "I Don't like this shit at all!" ~G-pa | Rhett | Laken
67: Dave & Collin... I'd hold on if I were you Dave! | The Booze Cruise guys coming after Dave & Collin! | I've had how many drinks? | G-Pa rented jet skis... High Roller! And it was FUN!
69: The BOOZE CRUISE... Fun was had by all! Everyone drank and danced, jet skied, and drank. Everyone except me (sharks!) got in the water to snorkel. Rhett dove down to find a wallet that belonged to a man that was on our booze cruise...Grandpa had a full-on panic attack in the water...kept taking on water he said (hmmm?). We saw beautiful houses on the beach, lots of coral, and had a blast! After the booze cruise we should have went straight to bed, but we returned to go swimming in the ocean...NOT SMART! But everyone was safe and had a blast!
70: Post-Booze Cruise
72: Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time for everyone to go swimming in the ocean with waves and sharks AFTER we got off the booze cruise...looking back I don't think I would have let them do it! | 2-1-2012
73: End of the day! It was a rough one for Laken and Dave...they were in bed by 6:30pm! #Can'tHang! And when we got back to our rooms, Rhett had let the birds in!
74: Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 | Nice day at the beach...Rhett & Collin scuba's with the manta rays and sharks...Laken and I had a COLLOSSAL margarita and fried conch...PERFECT DAY! Out last night out Dave and I went to Bimini Road to eat...best meal I've ever had!
75: Rhett | MantaRay | Rhett | SHARK!
76: Dolphin Cay February 2nd, 2012
77: This is AWE~some!
81: So SAD to be leaving... Yet So HAPPY to be going home! | Friday, February 3rd, 2012 | This time we had a wonderful flight home. Since there were 6 of us we had drive to Minneapolis to board the planes to get here, so we had to drive home from Minneapolis this time too. THAT was miserable! Won't do that again if we can help it! But in the end it was alll worth it! We had a fantastic time!