The Jeep Safari

Trip Start Jan 27, 2011
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Trip End Feb 17, 2011


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Monday, January 31, 2011

Today was a perfect day!  I got up very early, 6 am, that part wasn't so perfect, but I ate a granola bar and made some instant capuchino, set off for the gas station and got gas, got to Avis by  7:15, wrote my note to the Avis guy telling him that he was late and I had to go back to the hotel and I would leave the car there, when he opened the door.  It still took him awhile to process my return but he drove  me back to the Arubiana before 7:50.  The Jeep Safari guys were late but finally I was at their office where they divided us up.  Eight of us went with the tour guide Wendell and another four went with a tourist couple who drove the second Jeep.  I thought that driving his own jeep is something John would love.  This guy appeared to be in his element.

The Jeep Safari covered a lot of territory.  First we went to the western end of the island and the lighthouse, the church and gold mine, the natural bridge that collapsed in 2005.  Some of this was on dirt tracks.  Then we headed across to the eastern end of the island to Baby Beach....that I visited yesterday.  But today the sun was shining and I had the other folks who were brave enough to go in the water.  It was too complicated to try to put in my contacts so first I waded in the water to scope things out.  A young man who was snorkeling said that there were lots of fish by the rocks around the reef so I went back for my mask and snorkel, left my glasses and began to walk and swim out to the rock barrier....where I did see fish....lots of them....blue ones and gray ones and pretty yellow and blue ones.  I even saw a puffer fish, if that is what one that is white with black spots and has a fat head looks like. (It was not a puffer fish but I need to look up what it was.)  It was quite exciting.  I had no idea whether my camera was off or on or whether any of the shots I thought I was taking actually took, but I was happy to have seen the fish.

Oh, before Baby Beach we had a lunch of barbecued chicken and ribs with fries, beans and rice.    Tasty and filling.  Then after Baby Beach we started some more serious off-roading or as Wendell our guide said pre-off-roading.  We took dirt tracks along the coast, stopped at the cave I went to yesterday ... only now we had a guide and it was open.  Then we headed to the natural pool which was quite stunning.  It was a challenge to get to...down stone steps, over slippery rocks, but it had waves spritzing salt spray over the top of the rocks and plenty of room for lots of people.  I guess the snorkelers also saw some fish.  This was the last scenic spot, but the most awesome part was the terrifying ride over the rocks to get there.  It was lots of fun!

We dropped off the Venezuelan girls to go shopping, the English couple next to their massive cruise ship, and then the rest of us were split up again at the office.  We said goodbuy to the couple from Wisconsin and then I was the first to be let off and said goodbye to the two sisters from Pennsylvania and Valerie the daughter of the elder sister.  I ducked into my room, changed so I could be back by sunset and walked to Madame Jeanette's restaurant where I had a more expensive but perfect meal.  The fish was cooked to perfection and I had the recommended white wine and I ate too much of the bread with their excellent garlic butter.  Maybe just a little bit too much sun and my hair got tangled into knots but how can you knock perfection??

Thanks to Issi for recommending this excursion!




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thank you Dianna, you have done it again. Amazing photo's ( with or without you contacts ?). We also enjoyed that tour, it was so much fun. I do believe that is a puffer fish.
issi

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