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    Senior Member cindyo's Avatar
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    Your vacation sounded perfect.
    you have a great memory on details.
    as for the grille I applaud you for standing your ground.
    That grille tool would have become a weapon for me... LOL

    AS FOR QDC.... Bravo!
    we there yet Peg?❤️

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    Thanks!
    I am enjoying reading of your adventures.
    I saw your prawn on FB and i honestly thought they were caribbean lobsters, as they were huge.

    What did you say to the man in spanish...or can you not put it here?

    Thanks for sharing and someday I hope to get to QDC too. Your dinners sound fabulous...well the duck, not my
    favorite, but glad that you and your friend enjoyed.

    Thanks Nikko.

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    Loving your first few days..... sun and drinks and great meals. I share your view on QdC and Mme J's..... both wonderful, QdC doesn't take the place of Mme J's and both are on the 'need to go to' list..... Thanks for taking the time to share your times with us.

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    The Orange Cosmos!!!! So glad you enjoyed them, it really is one of my favorite cocktails ever. Loving every bit of your trip!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I haven't forgotten......just had to make a side trip to Maryland for baseball....need a few hours to recoup then i will start the post on our trip to the natural pool and the private guide we hired!!! there was vodka involved....lots of vodka.....

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    Lots of vodka! Love it! Loving your report so far
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    ok---i have to get this written....life is taking over here!!! lol On previous trips to aruba our son has made many friends through playing baseball with the kids there. i had asked him to ask any of the kids if they wanted to earn some money being a tour guide!! lol he was like----"I am NOT asking them that ma!!!!!" lol so i reached out to a friend of mine! she had a friend who has done private tours and he was willing!! he met us at 9am at our hotel and he came with us in our jeep. His name was john and what an amazing young man he was! he was fantastic....funny, informative and told us all about the island. Off we went......a little back story here----for years my husband has been trying to find the natural pool on his own....i have driven more off road than many locals i bet!!!lol I really wasnt "volunteering" info to get him there.....quite honestly the horror stories of getting there scared the bejesus out of me!! so i never rented him a jeep----yes all the off-roading up until now was in a car!!! lol this time i figured i would hire someone or he was going to kill us trying. Last trip with the 4 seat dune-buggy looking thing i was terrified!!! we were sideways on a cliff----that is when i jumped out and said ENOUGH!!!! .....OFF WE WENT----we packed food and drinks...lemonade and vodka....had our water shoes and snorkle stuff, we were ready! the drive was fun....John sat upfront with CJ and jim, cathy, and i were in back. the drive was familiar....and when we got to where we enter cj realized we were right there on one of our trips!!! lol John guided us bautifully! then it got bumpy......that is when we found out cathy has an absolute terrifying fear of going off a bridge!!!! really???? you hadnt mentioned that!!!! the scenery from up there was beautiful! cathy was screaming....jim and i were laughing....john is guiding cj......then we get to the area that looks like were going off the cliff!!!! OMG!!!! poor cathy being in the middle had a full on view!!! vodka lemonades were needed at this point!!! it helped!!! (not cj of course!) John was cracking up.....all of a sudden cj says loudly----OH SHIT!!! okay---im getting ready to jump because the sideways on the cliff thing didnt get that kind of reaction!!! then John asks if we want to do the steps to get down there or just drive in lower he knows a way?? we all look at each other and say lower of course! he drove us in and we didnt have to do the long walk or any steps! and the drive wasnt that bad....then again it could have been the lemonades!!! lol he took my camera for pictures of us and off we went. climbing in wasnt that bad for me....but jim has bad knees and we had to be careful with him. we get there and no one is there! we have it all to ourselves! i get in....cj gets in....then we are guiding jim in. you have to sit on the rocks and kinda slide in. he does this and only then do we find out he has a fear of drowning!!!! REALLY?????!!!!!!!! now while your grabbing my neck i find this out??? lol cj gets one side, i get his hand off me and we guide him to a shallower area he can sit on the rocks!! holy heck!!! I ask him...are you ok???? he says yeah, but i lost my wedding ring!!! and puts his hand up....no ring!!! I'm treading water and say----You have to be kidding me and im waiting for the punch line because i know ive told cathy about all the people who lose rings here.......NO PUNCHLINE!!! i call to john to throw me the snorkle stuff and off i go.....they were all laughing saying dont bother and its gone and......I FOUND IT!!! IN A CREVICE!!! I go to give jim the ring and say....nope, no way and swim over to John!!! lol Snorkling here was amazing! it is beautiful! we stayed by ourselves for about 2 hours just having a ball! water would come splashing over the rocks every so often and it was fun! when we saw the tour busses come in we said thats good.....omg i have no idea how that many people were going to fit in there!!! we guided jim out.....or tried.....he kinda scrambled OVER me at one point!!! but he was safe....then cj...then cathy....then the tour got there so i kinda waited with John on the rocks and their guides. seeing all these people...BAREFOOTED....trying to get in....omg sit and slide is not a confusing direction!!! oh yeah---four people gave me cell phones and another three gave me cameras and i collected a few wallets.....I guess i do look like a local!!! lol i looked at john and he got their tour guides attention and she was floored!!! i happily handed her their things....she laughed....and john and i walked back to the jeep! he took some great pics and we had some more vodka lemonades for the ride out!!! we wanted to take him to zeerovers for lunch but he had to go to work. He is a bartender also! wish i had known that sooner!!! i believe aqua grill..... we get back and drop him off and thank him! i asked if he wanted business and he said i was free to recommend him! I recommend him highly!!! he was fantastic! he also happens to be a really great guy!! I will ask him how he wants me to tell anyone to contact him then i will post it! so after we say goodbye we head off to zeerovers.....i loved zeerovers!!!! what a fun place!!! I had a ball with the girls in the window because some lady was making a stink about something and it was stupid!! she didnt realize the weights were kilos....So when it was my turn the poor girls looked at me and i said i know what i want....give me 1 of everything!!! 1 kilo of shrimp, i whole fish and one of everything else!!! lol she started laughing!!!! nice girls. we ate until we wanted to burst and then drove back home. lounged around a bit then decided to skip dinner and just do casinos!! we casino hopped and had a blast! I won pretty good this night and my steelers were playing.....I was a happy camper!!! w collapsed when we got home.....happy for another great aruba day and adventure!!!

    https://www.facebook.com/jane.petroc...8735670&type=3

    our photo album!! hope that works!!! lol

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    and no andrea......I absolutely cannot say what i said in spanish.....i would be banned! lol

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    Great pics!!! And loving your adventure
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    love it.......and you found the ring!!

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