|Giant gears to pull ships up the railway|
|Inside the fire chamber|
|Non-stop Guy Talk...|
|Beginning to get winded...|
We would orient ourselves and figure out where we were and at what we were looking with every stop. We felt a growing familiarity with this place that can only come with experiencing it on foot…
As we climbed we talked and got to know one another better. It was fun talking with other people after so much time spent with just the two of us. We shared stories and created those little “inside jokes” that people do as friendships grow. We laughed and learned from one another and it was good.
Stopping at every opening in the tangled brush, we gazed out over the water to watch nearby passing squalls… delighting at the novelty of a new perspective . My mind’s eye imagined our boat on the water down there…
As we trekked along the hillside trail above the turquoise water, Michael said he felt like we were on “Naked and Afraid”. It’s been so long since we had cable TV he had to explain this reality show to us, in which couples were dropped on deserted islands with little or no clothes or tools… (but with camera crews) They had to make a life there for 21 days and won a lot of money if they came out of it alive. And here we were… Not so naked and definitely not afraid, but on our deserted island making our way. Random.
|The yellow line is our path by dinghy and by land.|
Thoughts of returning to shore for some shopping were soon forgotten as the past two days of non-stop physical activity hit us like a ton of bricks. The winds were our outward excuse to remain on the boat but it was fatigue that really kept us down.
But what an awesome day of adventuring it had been. Bruce and I are much more likely to venture further when we have someone else to explore with. Earlier in the day as we sat on top of that hill with our friends, we mused… “Wonder what the poor people are doing today…”. My kids heard me say that once and were aghast… But I didn’t mean poor as in “having no money”… I meant poor as in “having so few experiences”. And in that we are rich and growing richer by the day.