|Ominous weather! Hope they don't cancel the ferry!|
So, after a leisurely morning, June drove us to Ceiba and dropped us off to get the tickets while she parked the car. Turns out, that was also fortuitous, because immediately after we bought our three tickets for the 11am ferry, it was sold out! Guess this is what happens when you try to go to Culebra on a Friday!!!
There's been a lot of drama with the ferry service lately, but other than the 9:30 ferry leaving VERY late, our trip was uneventful. We got great seats inside, at a table by the window. I was still concerned about the passing squalls out there, but it looked like the black clouds were going to pass to the south of us. Still, the waves were rather "Sporty". That's a term us sailor-folk use for sucky conditions! Certainly not bad enough to halt ferry traffic, but uncomfortable enough to leave the majority of the passengers with faces buried in the barf bags by the end of the trip! The stewards were running from one person to another, handing out fistfuls of cotton balls soaked in something... I assumed alcohol, but I could be wrong. Supposedly it was to help with the smell if you held the cotton to your nose. I simply refused to acknowledge that any of this was happening, and that worked ok for me.
|This never gets old!|
This beach is on so many lists of "Top XX Beaches". And the reputation is well worth it. My worries that conditions would be too rough to be enjoyed were for naught. There was a red flag flying, indicating that the surf was rough, but it wasn't nearly as bad as the time I came here and got pummeled, causing me to lose my sunglasses, which were never seen again! Today would be a piece of cake!
|In this photo, Bruce and I were discussing how much we love our lives!|
|Does he look ready to give up that chair? Nope!|
The sand comes and goes, but today there was plenty around the tank so there was no wading to get to it. Easy for photo ops!
|Did I mention the PERFECTION???|
|The beach has a concession area where vendors sell food, drinks and trinkets.|
|One of the big ones that buoyed us up and over!|
|Yes, I'm being a good girl and protecting myself from the sun.|
|Ms. Canada has to get some color before her time here is done!|
|Giant bird eats dinghy driver!|
What an amazing thing to see! The fish roiling in the water below, while the carousel of enormous, prehistoric-looking bird beasts circle and dive for the chicken scraps. They will sometimes even come take food from the hand! What LUCK!
After that all died down, we settled once again, and I was having a conversation via message with a Cruiser friend that is anchored here in Bahia Hondo. I was hoping that with zero notice, she and her husband could be lured to shore for a visit. But it was not to be. At the precise moment that our conversation ended, I heard someone speak my name.
I looked up to see Cruiser friends we haven't seen since Grenada, approaching our table with arms out for a big hug! Wow! What luck! Cori and Dale had been finishing their dinner at another local hangout, when she saw my post. They paid their tab and hustled right over! How awesome is that!?? Cruiser friends are friends for ever, and we never miss an opportunity to catch up if it is offered. Thanks Hi-Flight for changing your plans and making this happen! It really warmed my heart to know that we're still part of the Cruiser crowd!
Suddenly, it was time to pay our tab and get back over to the ferry landing for the ride home. We didn't have to wait in line due to Bruce's "Old Guy" perks. Nope, we got to go inside and sit while we waited! We were all so very tired after a day in the sun, being able to sit was a miracle!
The ride back to the big island was completely uneventful, unless you can consider being frozen out as an event. I think the crew are making us suffer for causing them to have to work so late into the night! They had the AC cranked down. Throughout the cabin, people were digging in their bags to produce something... anything that could be worn against the cold! Sheesh!
Finally it was over, and we were ushered out into the night on the other end. June took the shuttle to fetch the car, while Bruce and I waited. I'm so thankful that she was willing to do the driving. And after our trip home, I was more than a little ashamed at what I put our guest through!
The roads are dark and winding, and littered with bumps and potholes. That alone would cause problems... But many drivers use their high beam headlights exclusively. I assume that it helps them to see the holes and bumps... but it doesn't help the poor people oncoming who are completely blinded, over and over again! Poor June was frazzled!
Add to that, we came up on the rear of a car that was weaving dangerously into the opposite lane and the shoulder. He weaved so badly that we couldn't even consider going around him... so we were forced to ride behind him at a safe distance... staring at his crazy antics. We just knew that we would be first on the scene of a terrible crash as time after time, the car went fully into the opposite lane, on an uphill climb or a blind curve. Several times, the oncoming vehicles narrowly missed our drunken leader. We didn't know what to do, other than to stare, transfixed at his squirrelly tail lights!
We followed him at about 15 miles per hour for miles. Eventually we came to a road that bypasses one of the little coastal towns via a tunnel beneath the mountains. I told her that whichever way that guy goes, we should go the other. Tunnel it was! Thankfully we were able to get ahead of the guy, so we never saw him again. Hopefully he made it to his destination alive. We were never more thankful to get home! THIS is why I don't like to drive at night! Thank you again June for taking it on!
What was supposed to be an easy day, ended up being a long, day followed by a hair raising experience... Tomorrow, maybe we'll take a nice drive in the mountains to relax...