Friday, March 19. 2010
Today: The sun.
At long last she came to us, warmed us, blued the sky, reminded us that we are in the Caribbean. Thank you, Sunshine!
We woke up in our new secret spot - White Harbour off Peter Island - around back, in the lee.
The sun was coming through, the water was flat. We had explored half of the bay last night and had another half waiting for us. Into the blue we dove. We all swam 30 minutes out and back along the cliffs. For some that came to about one mile, for others, more like a mile and a half. On the way back we saw two huge spotted eagle rays (my favorite creature on the planet) feeding in the eel grass. They hung around beneath us for maybe 5 minutes - a thrill.
Before we got back on the boat we did a buoy turn clinic and explored the reef nursery near by. Breakfast was that of champions - our crew ate 35 eggs, i donít even know how much bacon and over a loaf of toast. 35 eggs!
After breakfast, some napping in and out of the sun, and a sail to the Indians. There some snorkeled and I took Leanne on her first dive in a few years. She had a great dive and surprised herself by keeping her cool and taking it all in.
Lunch of quiche and salads and more relaxation. Joyce thinks instead of ďSwim. Relax. Repeat.Ē our motto should be ďSwim. Eat. Relax. Repeat.Ē Hopper is taking this into consideration.
We charted the course for our afternoon swim - a circumnavigation of a small island near the Indians called Pelican Island. The swim came to about 3/4 mile but promised big swell and significant wind. Some werenít sure they could or would make it all the way around. But we took off, and every one of our swimmers made it around the island. It was tough, and there were times that each of us wanted to quit and request a helicopter rescue, but everyone made it, and discovered strength they didnít know they had.
Cocktails were margaritas and hummus and veggies while we moved the boat to The Bight of Norman Island, where we left the boat for a little crazy fun at Willy Tís (sticky). We danced and danced and danced some more.
While we were gone, sneaky Rich and Lisa planned a birthday party complete with balloons and fancy table cloth. Robís birthday is today and Joyceís in Sunday, so we decided to celebrate (as if we needed an excuse).
After dinner, more Willy Tís. More dancing and a bunch of pictures you will not see on this blog.
Itís late and morning swim hour will be here before we know it. Off to bed for this exhausted bunch. Itís great to have a day so full - two great swims, overcoming challenges, wildlife and a bunch of dancing. And cake! Donít forget cake.
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