"Bimini" The Gem Of Ancient Atlantis Revisited
"The Gateway to the Bahamas" is the first welcome greeting, etched in black letters on the white glistening stone arch above the town hall in Bimini. After an exciting 20-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale on Chauks' charter seaplane we touched down upon this blue sea of tranquility known as a small sailor's dream called, Bimini.
Some people think that this seven-mile island is possibly the top rim of the sunken mountains that were part of ancient Atlantis. This quiet jewel still unfettered by a fast tourist pace is the secret of the Bahamas. The people move with a pace that could easily have taken place in the early 18th century when sailing ships came to port and were the highlight of the Alice Town's dock.
Ernest Hemingway allowed Bimini to be his inspiration for writing "Islands in the Stream" and often kept a writing circle of past friends at the Lodge fishing club called "The Compleat Angler."
The Angler was erected in 1933 — as Prohibition was winding down in the United States — by a prominent local Brit named Helen Duncombe, whose husband had been Bimini's British colonial administrator. Inspired by her friend, sportfishing pioneer Michael Lerner of New York, Mrs. Duncombe believed this new sport had a future in Bimini. She built her timbered log respite to resemble a comfortable old inn like those from her childhood in Kent. It was a historical landmark which was an oversized lodging quarters of the past and is no more because of a 2006 fire. Within those walls, this dear genius of the pen "Hemingway," reminisced of days with fellow budding writers who shared and enjoyed his deep love for Marlin fishing and his writing the "Old Man and the Sea." This hotel had mementos and photos of Hemingway and unique museum pieces that have been stored and memories preserved.
The "Atlantean Road"
You will find a "down home sense of belonging" to the "Mother Sea" and a wide selection of diversely priced accommodations which brings a scene of beautiful clouds that loft upon the warm gulf breeze with sandy beaches and jumping colorful fish in the clear pristine water. An island paradise Bimini is a gem to snorkelers and divers alike and the many different species of exquisite fish and excellent dive sites are easily available in somewhat shallow water. One does not need to be a certified diver to experience the mythical Atlantean Road, also called the "Bimini Road," which one can clearly see snorkeling in 15 feet of water.
This Atlantean Road is made of incredible slabs of granite rocks assembled in a straight line, stretching to the shore. One can sense the translucent feelings of energy of an ancient past. How these stones were placed in this area is a mystery. Our guide explained when he saw my underwater camera that researchers and explorers would take pictures only to find that they do not turn out when developed. I sensed an incredible amount of magnetic energy beneath me as I dove into the magnetic blue water to explore for myself the arches of water deep below.
The "Healing Hole"
Our initial interest was sparked by the research done by author and explorer Richard Wingate who had discovered the Healing Hole in the waters surrounded by the land of Bimini and twelve separate springs which arose from aqueducts beneath the bottom of the seabed floor engineered in antiquity. These structured aqueducts could have been as far reaching to Cuba. These springs were discovered by his many air flights in mapping out these ponds. They were visible because of the clarity of the arising pure cool water springing up in the warm salt water of the Atlantic Ocean. Richard Wingate, inspired by the writings of Edgar Cayce, was forthright in engineering the path and cutting down the mangrove tress to reveal what is called the Healing Hole.
The Healing Hole is located in the middle of the waters from the thin shorelines of North Bimini and in the pathway of a Mangrove Forest where the trees form an elaborate waterway of mangrove creeks. In one of those creeks is a natural phenomenon known as the Healing Hole. The Healing Hole is a section of the creek surround by many thick clusters of mangrove bushes which conceal a connectedness underground, a labyrinth of narrow tunnels in which the water contains significant amounts of lithium, sulfur, and magnesium. Lithium is used to treat individuals suffering from depression and magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body activating over 300 different biochemical reactions to help your body function properly. Richard Wingate has worked with the US Navy in experimental studies of the water's contents. He and they have documented the water's incredible healing properties. When we visited the Healing Hole many of us were immersed in these spirit filled waters. At first we experienced being joyful and laughing and realized the special qualities found.
As a special treat to complete our trip we experienced an enriching dolphin watch, an unforgettable experience.
Our boat guides were experts in navigating the waters, a true sense of respect for the dolphin showed throughout the chartered encounter. Bimini hosts species of dolphins but the rare spotted dolphins are incredible. I had the joy of swimming very near to them.
We went out and had been searching for pods and when they were spotted one has to keep very cool and get in the water fast because dolphins love to swim. This is where our preflight prep came in handy because minutes are precious. There was a safety issue so we get into the water only when the engines of the boat are in neutral; therefore, we must watch for the signal. So it's get on the gear and get in the water fast.
I saw the pod of spotted dolphins - mind you these dolphins are not trained or coerced in any way. So I swam out near enough to see them at a distance. The spotted dolphins kept a far distance from me for some time, yet I could see the other brave swimmers a distance in front of me below in about 20 feet of water. I had an underwater camera which flashed. The dolphins were very curious about the flash of light. Yet they sensed I was a first timer. I waited hoping. Then it happened. Two very large dolphins, larger than I had ever seen approached me underwater. They seemed very serious as they swam toward and then alongside of me. I was in awe. No words could have ever described the way I felt. I had never experienced that amount of energy flowing around me ever before. I did not make any quick moves. Then one of the assistant guides watching nearby gently pushed me a little closer. I looked the dolphins in the eyes and fell into their vast world for a few moments of sheer joy and exhilaration. As they cruised by me one last time I sent them my silent thank-you for letting me into their pod. Others who did not swim could still enjoy the swim by special float devices. The dolphins would swim under them and by them so that all enjoy the experience. New beginnings. This was a very enriching growth filled experience!!!
One native guide spokesperson explained that all of the Atlantic species of fish and sea life return once a year to the warm waters of Bimini to reproduce and replenish. All of the sea life has its beginnings here with its rich abundance of its mineral laden sands.
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This commment is unpublished.· 5 months agoAppreciate the media platform to share adventures of inner enriching travels!!!!
This commment is unpublished.· 5 months agoVery well written! I traveled there with you through your memories! NOW I want to go and visit!
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This commment is unpublished.· 5 months agoBeautifully written article inspiring each of us to seek peace, adventure and healing by opening our minds and experience to all the wonders of the world!
This commment is unpublished.· 5 months agoThank You Beverly, I am very gracious for you assistance and support you are a super "gem" of forgotten Atlantis jewels.