Good morning from Eagle Beach! Took me some extra caffeine to get up and going. As I'm getting older I'm beginning to find I'm not able to hang with the young ones and Pirates as I used to. ;-)
So yesterday started off beautifully. DH got up early with me. We enjoyed tea and coffe on the balcony. No more Mosquitos but a few flys. There is construction next to us (we were told it's condominiums and they've been working on it for 5 years and it's been quiet there for months) well they showed up yesterday! They have a large crane. As I sat facing the ocean DH sat facing the building watching them work (rolls eyes).
I drug him down to the beach (wasn't hard to do). We walked up and checked out the turtle nests and took pictures as we went (posting next). Now I'm going to share this as it led us to a great little shop. DH packed his bags himself. (Remember I was helping all my guys) well he was "I doooes it myself" (a term of endearment in our house). Well... He forgot underwear. We asked at the desk here at PBV where to go. They were a little vague so we asked La C. The girl there was very helpful and even drew us a map. She suggested GeeKays. It's between the low rise and downtown. Turn and pull into Wendy's. Drive around it, it's right next door to Digicel. Small shop but had everything we needed. They're English was broken and the said they didn't have much for tourists. When they figured out what we needed they were very helpful. And prices much lower than I anticipated.
We then made another stop at Ling & Sons (our boys go through milk and things almost daily). Then back to get those lazy teens up! I had a date with a pirate! We packed up all our gear. DH asked if we needed towels. I was sure when I made reservations they supplied them. So after circling around (as we always do because DH listens to my direction instead of his instincts. After 20 years he should know better ;-) ), he found the parking lot. So, we checked in and of course DH was right, we should have brought towels. Well 2 very expensive souvenir towels ($25 each) , we had 30 minutes to kill. We sat at MoomBas bar and had a drink. We all met on the pier and could tell by the anticipation in the air we were in for a fun afternoon. A smaller boat picked up (I'd say 40 of us) and took us out to the waiting Pirate ship. (For those who don't know I'm a Navy Vet. I was wearing my pink Vet hat and in my bathing suit, my quite large American flag pin up girl tattoo was showing. The Pirates were very impressed and thus began the 1st class treatment:-) . We were seated up front and the rum began to flow. (I usually only drink on vacation and special occasions) My drinks had more rum than "poison"punch n them. There were several teens the boys age and a few slightly older. They were all having a blast. One of my sons is usually very reserved and even he let loose. The Pirates danced and sang and had our boys help with the lines. We made our way to the ship wreck. Suiting up we all dove in. Our boys had only snorkeled in our lake at home where there isn't much to see. DH and I had been there 10 years ago. The looks on their faces when they first saw the ship were priceless. DS2 dove down several times trying to touch the ship. He claims he touched some pole, not sure about that. DS1 chased fish and would come up in victory is he got one. I had more fun watching them than the fish. It was quite windy making the current strong. I got tired and returned to the ship and was met by a happy Pirate who had another drink ready for me. A little bit later we were off to the next stop. Nikko you were spot on! Being in shallower waters it was easier to see the bottom and the fish were plentiful. DH1 somehow talked me into racing him to the bottom twice. (Wow, I'm not as young as I used to be!) I conceted defeat and returned to the ship with the same enthusiastic greeting! I sat enjoying the view and noted the beach and that we could return. A Very nice Pirate danced up and joined me and we discussed scenery and sailing. The next stop was rope swinging. What a show they put on and I had a front row seat! I knew DS2 was enough of a daredevil that he would have his go and I was delighted to see DS1 was eager to try as well. After a bit and watching two other dad's, DH got up the nerve (with some rum courage) and took a turn. I can't remember the last time I hole heartily laughed and cheered! But alas the trip came to and end. The crew was most gracious as we departed for the pier. I would have gladly paid more for the memorable experience!
The boys were starving at that point. I had already planned to eat at MoomBas. Another family (grandparents with 5 older teen early 20's kids asked where to eat, they came along too). I needed water to clear the rum from my veins! DH had the chicken fajitas, DH1 had the ribs, DS 2 had the shrimp and steak and I had the coconut shrimp and salad. We all enjoyed our food.
back at PBV we relaxed at the pool, watched the sunset and all turned in early.
DH is up early with me again this morning. We sit here as I tell my tail... And he watches the construction. (Boys... Rolls eyes)
today is boys choice of what to do (if they wake up!) they talked about parasailing after watching some yesterday. We also enjoyed kite sailing and wind surfers.
Dinner is planned at Bugaloe's then roam around Paceo Mall, see the water light show and drinks at the Sky Lounge.
Tomorrow is Jeep rental and exploring the other side of the island.
I might not be back until Thursday so don't think we got lost ;-)
Note.. The Mio Mifi is working great! Also, the sunscreen we got , the I (heart) Aruba brand is working great. None of us are burnt. Several on the ship yesterday were fried.
Off to upload pictures.