S: Paradise Island, Nassau Bahama's 2012
BC: Larry Wiege | Ok, just cuz I went to Nam' doesn't mean I've seen everything!
FC: Paradise Island Bahama's 2012
1: On | Our | Way! | We got there at night and this was our view from our hotel room! | And what we woke up to!
2: Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island Nassau Bahamas
5: The Caribbean Ocean
6: The view from our balcony
7: Island Bahama Mama's....they pack a PUNCH! And it's ALWAYS 5:00 on Paradise Island!
9: My grandson's version of Sand
11: Try something new he says.... so I tried the Mahi Mahi, aka the Dolphin Fish...it tasted like shit! I'll stick to burgers and steaks...AND BACON! | Rhett was smart, ate a burger! We did try the CONCH...it was pretty good! | CONCH: A large sea snail
12: Um...that's illegal, Rhett was only 15, and he got in trouble! (And did not win!)
13: Yes it's true, we had to walk over a rope bridge OVER 2 hammerhead sharks...they were hungry!
15: Life in the Bahamas must be hard
18: This is why family vacations are important... Reason 1: spend quality time with my grand-daughter-Laken!
19: Reason 2: pick fights with my grandson-Rhett! | Reason 3: Meet new people and form a bond and pick on my daughter~ Nick | Reason 4: See Dave in a wet t-shirt contest! | Reason 5: BEER!
20: Poked in the eye during a fight with Grandpa! | Rhett LOVES the island...he was hugging everybody | Drinking age was 18... Oh Laken! | A'Mon! | Is my eye Red?
21: A lot of booze was harmed in the making of this vacation!
23: Round-Abouts! | Public Health Announcement
24: We climbed the 65 steps, carved out of solid limestones 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.
25: Going down | Looking up | The Queen's Staircase
27: Fort Charlotte
29: Fort Charlotte, Nassau Bahamas | Built in 1789 by Lord Dunmore and named in honor of the wife of King George III.This fort has never fired a shot in Battle. It includes a water-less moat, draw-bridge, ramparts and dungeons.
30: Natives! These little girls were sweet and wanted their picture taken, turned into Bahama Divas once camera was on them! They were collecting $1.00 from everyone they seen and wrote down where they were from for a school project.
31: Atlantis, our resort seen from across the bay
34: Booze & Cruise!
35: Booze & Cruise: Dangerous Breeding Ground for Ridiculous behavior!! | "I don't like that shit at all!" | Rhett...found a wallet | Good Advice...
36: Island Babes!
37: Shake your tail feather! | D-R-U-N-K!
38: 18th | January 31, 2012 Laken's 18th Birthday!
39: Grandpa picking on grandson...AGAIN! | Family dining at Carmines! | You can't pick em! | Rhett picking on me!
40: Dolphin Cay
45: Well, it was fun but I'm outa here!
46: Nassau was formerly known as Charles Town; it was burned to the ground by the Spanish in 1684, but later rebuilt and renamed Nassau in 1695 in honor of the Dutch Stadtholder (stadhouder in Dutch) and later also King of England, Scotland and Ireland, William III from the Dutch House of Orange-Nassau. In 1703 Spanish and French allied forces briefly occupied Nassau. By 1713, the sparsely settled Bahamas had become a pirate haven for pirate chieftains Thomas Barrow and Benjamin Hornigold. They proclaimed Nassau a pirate republic, establishing themselves as "governors", and were joined by Charles Vane, Calico Jack Rackham, and the infamous Edward Teach, known as "Blackbeard", along with women pirates such as Anne Bonny and Mary Read. In 1718, the British sought to regain control of the islands and appointed Captain Woodes Rogers as Royal governor. He successfully clamped down on the pirates, reformed the civil administration and restored commerce. Rogers cleaned up Nassau and rebuilt the fort, even going as far as using his own money to try to overcome problems. In 1720 the Spanish made an unsuccessful attempt to capture Nassau. In 1776 the Battle of Nassau resulted in a brief occupation by the Americans during the American War of Independence: in 1778 an overnight invasion saw the Americans leaving with ships, gunpowder and military stores after remaining in Nassau for only two days. In 1782 Spain captured Nassau for the last time when Don Juan de Cagigal, governor-general of Cuba attacked New Providence with 5000 men. An American loyalist named Andrew Deveaux set forth to recapture Nassau with only 220 men and 150 muskets to face a force of 600 trained soldiers. Deveaux forced the Spanish to surrender on April 17, 1783, without a single shot fired. Lord Dunmore governed the colony from 1787 to 1796 and oversaw the construction of Fort Charlotte in Nassau. During the American Civil War, Nassau served as a port for blockade runners making their way to and from ports along the coast of the Confederacy. Dad, we thought you would like some of the pictures from the trip! Thank you so much for going with us! We had so much fun with you and hope you had a blast too! It goes without saying, but I'm going to anyways, these trips are so important and we hope that we can take many more family trips! Love you! Love, Dave, Nicky, Laken and Rhett