My Queen is finally on the mend and felt up to getting out of the house a little bit. We opted for a travel trip versus doing some snorkeling and getting salty. Jumped into the car and lit out for a road trip around the South end of the island. It looked to be the easiest and quickest for our first real adventure on Bonaire. We were well rewarded for our patience. Bonaire is a MUCH prettier island than Curacao. Much better cared for, and the water is a magnificent blue that words and pictures just do not do justice to.
Swung down past the airport and headed South. Besides passing numerous dive spots (indicated by small rocks painted yellow with the dive site name on them)- our first attraction was the salt fields. Apparently Bonaire is one of the largest salt producing places on the planet, as apparent by small ‘mountains’ of Sea Salt. (see pics) These mountains are moved via conveyor belts to barges and shipped all over the world. Impressive, very impressive. Part of the large salt flats used to harvest the salt – also holds a beautiful flamingo sanctuary. Hundreds of the beautiful pink birds. You cannot get very close to them because of the sanctuary and the fact it is on private property. Not wanting to test the efficiency of the folks who patrol the area, we opted to take pictures from the safe confines of the road.
Went from the salt flats around the Southern most tip of the island heading for a haven for kite boarders called Lac Bay — nice little place, huge bay that doesn’t get over waist deep within the entire bay. According to a kite board instructor we know, the perfect training ground for learning kite boarding, sail boarding and stand up paddle boarding. Today was an ‘off’ day as the wind was very untypically not blowing, so activities in the bay were pretty slim. Instructor even said he didn’t have to work today because of lack of wind…… we stopped at one of the local beach bars there for some liquid refreshments and to take in the scenery. It is a very literally a beach bar, as there was not a floor – just sand for a floor. Down home kind of place, but the locals were friendly and everybody there was just chilling having a good time. Finally packed up and headed off to find the ‘other side’ of Lac bay, but I apparently missed a turn and we wound up back in the heart of Kralendijk. We both had just about had our fill for the day and decided to head back to the house. Stopped at the grocery store to restock the fridge a bit and headed back to the apartment.
Came back, made a drink and looked at pictures we took during the trip. Decided we would stay in for dinner, so I made my Queen a cup of Chicken Noodle Soup – while I nuked me a burger and washed it down with a good cold beer. It sure is nice to have my Queen back up on her feet. She should be 100% in the next day or two – and we can start getting wet and salty~!
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