|in the entrance to the church|
|alcove off the main church for baptisms|
|Baptismal fountain looking out to the main church|
After mass, Dave came to shore to meet me and we went for a hike. The highest peak in the Bahamas is here, Mt Alvernia at 206 feet. At the top, there are the ruins of The Hermitage. An architect named John Hawes who was also ordained in the Church of England lived from 1876-1956. In the early 1900’s, he lived in the Bahamas. He traveled the islands and repaired storm-devastated churches and built several churches on Long Island, Cat Island and Nassau. In 1911, he became a Roman Catholic priest in Rome and went to Australia for many years. He returned to the Bahamas in 1939 and chose this place to build his retirement home, The Hermitage. The last section of the hike up the hill also had the Stations of the Cross. He fashioned his life after St Francis of Assisi with simplicity. You see that in the Hermitage with small living quarters and a chapel with a bell tower. During this time, he built the catholic church that I went to that morning. There was also a fantastic view from the mountain top. Great hike!
|beginning of the Stations of the Cross|
|there was even a wrapped body laying inside about a 12 inches long|
|up the bell tower. Yes, Dave had to ring it|
|alternate path down and Atlantic Ocean|
|survey marker of the peak|
|sundial at high noon. it was actually 1:00 on daylight savings time, but the sundial didn't care|
|another structure with a fireplace we think was for cooking|
|western shore. our boat is to the right of the tower|
For myself, I wanted to go swimming. The water is so clear right off the boat. I was able to try out my new “floatie”. I bought a mesh seat with a small ring that needs to be inflated back in Florida in October. This was the first time I tried it in the ocean. Loved it! You can sit in the water, but still float.