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    Enjoying your trip. We are also here now but we come for the beach now, having done all our exploring the first few times we came. That's what makes Aruba such a perfect vacation - there's really something here to fit everyone's vacation style.

    Where is Bright Bakery located? I would like to give their pastechi a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kemperato View Post
    Where is Bright Bakery located? I would like to give their pastechi a try.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=aruba...fpstate=lu:map

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    Day 6

    Day 6

    Natural Pool. I’m driving today. Gave Robert the day off. My first complete off-road trip to the desert. When we go to the Natural Pool we go all the way around the island from Seroe Colorado edging the coast into the “area we shall not mention” past the 10 wind turbines and snaking through Boca Prins and we’re in the park. Important note here: It’s not that we’re TRYING to avoid paying $10 or whatever it is now to enter Arikok National Park. It’s only and all about the thrill; the most-challenging trails and FUN! BUT, we plan on making a donation before we leave.

    On the way there, we stopped at Bright Bakery again. We’ve developed this serious addiction to their pastechis. We’d never had them before and OMG! We want them all the time now!

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    Dos Playa: (do-able by car):
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    So, we made it to the pool. I get a badge! It’s really not for the faint of heart.

    After I got us to the parking lot, Robert took over, the boy with his toy, and drove it right down to the pool. Is it prohibited, hmmm, maybe but only if we get caught. Happened once. Park Ranger came to get us and politely escorted us out to the parking lot.

    So back to Conchi, where we bumped into our old friend, Toto, from All Around Aruba Tours. We never toured with him, he was just another nice local who likes to make friends. Great guy!


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    Swam, snorkeled, had a cocktail and lunch. We love this place! Not great snorkeling but fun snorkeling.
    Left the pool and Robert finished driving, taking us through Boca Daimari (major, rough terrain) but do-able with the jeep we have.

    Boca Daimari:
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    On the way out, we decided to take the horse trails. This is because only 4x4’s or horses can get here. No regular jeep.
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    Late afternoon, back at the resort. The beautiful heart-shaped 32-oz ribeye that we brought from home didn’t defrost in time so we picked up some more burger meat and made a couple more bacon-burgers with gouda. Ate, drank and dipped in our hot-tub. Relaxed. This is trip is exhausting us but every trip we make to Aruba exhausts us. It’s true when then say, one needs a vacation after their vacation. Love our adventures, though. Wouldn’t give it up. We can sleep when we’re home.

    208 miles logged. Our jeep is miles not kilometers likes most on the island.

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    Absolutely love your trip and your adventures! Thanks for taking us along!

    One question: Do you use a map or a GPS during your exploring trips?

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    You know how to explore! It's right out of the same playbook we use. Minimalist approach with maximal experiences in available time.

    Seroe Colorado is splendid as the sun rises . .. I already have our first full day off-road trip planned now (which is about 60 days from now)

    Does your jeep rental have the V8?
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    No GPS we use the Birch map and sometimes we do a lot of circles or as some local guy said last trip "you go this way, that way and this way again". We do have a bunch of shortcuts memorized but off road it's just follow the trails. Yes that was a typo, no gift shop at the Conchi it was the Nat Bridge, did we mention how nice it is, wow they were just starting it last November.
    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Absolutely love your trip and your adventures! Thanks for taking us along!

    One question: Do you use a map or a GPS during your exploring trips?

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    I'm not a jeep expert but I heard they stopped making them with V8's and I'm pretty sure its a 6 but we have plenty of power especially when you put it in 4low. The jeep we rent is from more4less it is lifted with monster Mickey Thompson tires, we have two feet of clearance and we have to climb to get in. It is the biggest and baddest jeep on the island. They call it The Boss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__ View Post
    You know how to explore! It's right out of the same playbook we use. Minimalist approach with maximal experiences in available time.

    Seroe Colorado is splendid as the sun rises . .. I already have our first full day off-road trip planned now (which is about 60 days from now)

    Does your jeep rental have the V8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeaveTheKidsWithMom View Post
    The jeep we rent is from more4less it is lifted with monster Mickey Thompson tires, we have two feet of clearance and we have to climb to get in. It is the biggest and baddest jeep on the island. They call it The Boss.
    They should call it The Boss... that's one bad ride! No wonder you fear nothing on the wild side. Really enjoying your reports!

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    I had a vision of you tooling around in a "jeep", not The "Boss" and I was thinking you were semi crazy Now I know you know how to have a good time with a 4x4. Have fun and thanks for putting a smile on my face.

    What does it cost to rent it? My son would LOVE it! He begs me to get one but I won't because I am to safety conscious with him.

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    Day 7

    Boring on our terms but fun. We went to Eagle Beach and rented two jetski's for a half an hour, they gave us big boundary's (they really don't know us) so we tore it up for almost an hour, they had to chase us down in a speed boat to tell us we were done. Went by the casino to check our comps, man are they tight, looks like I might get a Polo shirt if I donate more and that is with last trip included. Then we went back to the resort for a relaxing and recharging day.

    Saw this beauty.
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    We took a well needed nap for about 5 hours, lol.

    We had a heart shaped ribeye that we brought from home.
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    Wahoo Aruba cheese steak for lunch.

    And more of this.
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    ahhhhhhhhhhh.

    So tomorrow we are doing Aruba Bob's and then Baby Beach snorkeling.

    So how about Kellie driving all the way to the Natural Pool, what a trooper, yes it took what seemed forever but if they had a badge for it she earned it.

    Goodnight from Aruba, Bon Nochi

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