November 10, 2010
11/10/10 - 11/11/10 88 °F
Life is short . . .come share in our crazy adventures!
November 10, 2010
11/10/10 - 11/11/10 88 °F
November 9, 2010
11/9/10 - 11/10/10 75 °F
November 7, 2010
11/7/10 - 11/8/10 84 °F
The weather is still not the best for diving so we exchanged our old rusty truck for a spiffy new scooter. The guys at the scooter rental looked doubtful about Ruby’s ability to ride a scooter since she had never been on a scooter by herself before. After a few very slow laps around the parking lot we were off, at a blazing 5mph down the road! She was having so much fun and I wish I could have taken a photo of her riding it through town! We rode up and down the west side of the island looking for snorkeling spots and taking photos of animals next to the scooter. The night finished with FREE rum punch at our hotel and Heib (pronounced Houp) our friend behind the bar filling our glasses mostly with rum. Then with our liquid courage we decided to brave salsa lessons beachside. Ruby’s toes are still recovering. . .
November 8, 2010.
11/8/10 - 11/9/10 82 °F
Ruby and I are now officially Open Water PADI Certified Divers! We completed our dives downtown at a beach called Cha-Cha with our awesome dive instructor Niels (seen in the picture below). We went to a depth of 55ft and got to see some amazing fish including a 2 foot puffer fish with a face that looked like a cartoon character and a peacock flounder which is flat with its eyes on one side.
Niels had to keep Ruby from aggravating the cute puffer fish because she really wanted to see him puff up! If you would have seen us in the pool a few weeks ago you may have had your doubts but as with most things like this trip, when we put our mind to it, we can accomplish it. After a long day of diving we hit up the rum punch Happy Hour at Caribbean Club and watched a Creature Feature on sea life around Bonaire . . . we may have to get an underwater camera someday!
November 6th, 2010
11/6/10 - 11/7/10 82 °F
Got up and went snorkeling at a small dive site called Andrea 1, by the way, don’t forget your water shoes/dive boots because the terrain getting in is rough. Unfortunately we could not finish our scuba certification today due to bad weather. We decided to drive over to a small bar called Jibe City at Lac Bay on the east side of the island. We finished a bottle of Chardonnay while talking to Sonia, a journalist from Germany doing a travel story on the ABC islands. While a little tipsy and distracted by great conversation, Ruby got eaten alive by mosquitoes. Meanwhile, I tried to spend our daily budget drinking beers with some of the Caribbean Club staff that happened to be there on their day off. Boy am I glad we brought antihistamines and hydrocortisone but I doubt the 3oz are going to last through Bonaire!
November 5, 2010
11/5/10 - 11/6/10
As most of you know we started our SCUBA classes in San Jose a few weeks ago and finally had the first two of our long anticipated ocean dive classes with Buddy Dive Center. The Sun Ocean Front dive site was beautiful. We went down to a depth of 40 ft and were underwater for over an hour. It felt like we were inside a gigantic aquarium. Some of the highlights of this dive were eels, schools of tropical fish and an octopus hiding out under a rock.
After a day of diving we had to buy groceries to stay under our budget (since the costs in Bonaire are about the same as in the U.S). We quickly learned that since Bonaire is a Dutch speaking island, all food labels are written in Dutch! It was a bit of a challenge to pick up the ingredients we needed to make spaghetti, but I will say that Tony’s spaghetti was as delicious as ever despite our improvisations.
November 4, 2010
11/4/10 - 11/5/10
We rented what we believe to be the crappiest rusted truck on the island (it usually took around 4 attempts to start and would max out at 40 km/hr!) We drove around the island looking at slave huts, salt mines and did you know that pink flamingos can fly? Two flew right over our heads as we drove the South side of the island. They’re really rather awkward looking with long necks and legs in a straight line. We weren’t camera ready at the time so this is one of our new missions on Bonaire. On the far side of the island we had lunch at Rose Inn in Rincon. The goat stew and grilled fish where great but I don’t know what the blocks of brown and yellow goo were on the side? Turns out the yellow one was a mixture of pumpkin and polenta and still not sure about the brown one but Tony ate all of it anyway. If you are planning on going there please bring cash because they don’t take credit cards or IOUs ;-)