|Happy Faces on our first dinghy ride in a long while!|
After a one day delay (so that I could make sure I suffered no ill effects from my initial Covid vaccine), Bruce and I loaded up our car and made the drive to the far west side of the island once again. It's been less than three weeks since we had our little staycation here, but we were happy to close up the house and do it all again!
|B'bye Marina Pescaderia, we're off on an adventure!|
|See that little sliver of white? That's where we're headed!|
|Jodi and Gary are pros at this!|
It didn't look like much at first. The sea bottom was very soft and impossible to walk. We looked around and noticed that there were trails leading back into the brush, and all along the shore. Off we went!
|Fallen palm "flowers" on the trail|
The trails are very well worn, giving us comfort. We walked the sun-dappled, shaded pathways through the palm, manchineel, sea grape, and mangrove trees. There are a lot of broken trees, with more than a few huge termite nests, with trails showing the important demolition work these little creatures are doing here.
There are many side-trails leading to the interior as well as to these small sand beaches that punctuate the mangrove-lined coast. We kept going toward the rocky reef until we found a slightly larger beach, with a much better seabed for trekking out onto the tide-exposed reef.
|Jodi leads the way! I love this girl!!!|
|Jodi took this one of Bruce and I deciding which way to go!|
|The men are a bit more cautious.|
|Tide-swept seaweed streaks across the rocky sea bottom.|
|Crystal clear waters|
|Bruce finally arrived just in time for the obligatory selfie!|
|Thanks, Jodi, for the photo!|
|Jodi snaps a pic of Bruce and I ahead of her on the trail.|
|Tiny palm flower|
|So. Many. Lizards.|
|I couldn't get under without crawling... Jodi caught my climb over!|
|Being shorter has it's advantages...|
We scrambled into the dinghy and enjoyed the slow look at the mangrove-lined coastline. I'm sure the mangroves had been severely damaged by the hurricanes in 2017, but it looks like they are recovering nicely! During our dinghy ride out, we opted to go outside of these small cays, hoping for deeper water. Now, the winds were picking up and it made our decision to try the narrow waterways between the cays and the mainland seem the preferred route. We sure are glad we decided to brave it, because it was so much fun navigating to find the deeper water, while getting a prime view of the natural area all around us.
Just around the next point, we found our beach, La Playita! There were already a few families enjoying this calm little strip of beach, even though it was a Tuesday. The palms waived invitingly as we motored closer, then jumped out to drag the dinghy ashore once again. We took our snacks and found a covered seating area to have our little lunch.
|We had to search for the channel, and creep to the exit.|
We had a moment of concern where it looked like we would have to backtrack, but we found a deeper channel that led to the open water and back to our boat!
This brought back so many memories for us, and it emphasized how luxurious our lives are since we became CLODS. While both have their perks, this little step back in time is precious to us!
|Mango is much younger than our cats were, and WAY more daring!|
|A rainbow marked the way!|
|Hurrying back just in time for sundown!|
Relaxing in the cockpit after a day of exploring, we slipped right back into this lifestyle as if we had never left. While it wasn't our own boat, it was just as enjoyable, as we looked forward to the coming night, when we would rest our weary heads in a gently rocking berth. What a great day it has been, and we're excited for the days to come before we go back to our regular island life...
One more treat was in store for us this night... visits from the feline crew! Goodnight! See you in the morning for another day of island adventures!