After some much needed time at home, I finally had to bite the bullet and make the drive across the country from Orcutt, CA to West Palm Beach, FL. From there, I caught a small plane to my current duty station on Andros Island, Bahamas where I am assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Security Detachment at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC).
Andros is a beautiful island that is [fortunately] not plagued by tourists, although that may leave some of the younger, single Sailors assigned here wanting for a bit more. In any case, it seems to be a pretty nice place, at least so far — I have yet to experience a summer here, with all the humidity and bugs that go with it. The base itself is small, but I will have plenty to keep me busy, which is a good thing.
I have yet to receive my household goods that I shipped from the Netherlands, but as soon as I get them, I plan on flying back to CA in order to bring Libby and Molly out here with me. They should really enjoy it, with all the beautiful, deserted beaches. I must admit that life is pretty lonely without Debbie and the dogs, but having the Twins (Libby and Molly) here will make it better and I’m sure that Debbie will visit at some point in the future.