Getting salty on Bonaire~!

Woke up to a gorgeous blue sky this morning. Bride was sleeping in a little bit, so I took off to resume my getting rid of the gut walk. Got to explore the surrounding area a little bit and got some fun pictures for you as well. Came back and bride was up having her first cup of coffee. I made us a small breakfast and we discussed what we would do for the day. My bride said she was feeling really good and wanted to do a little snorkeling. We loaded up the mini bus and away we went. I picked out a beach that said it had fairly easy access (beaches here are more of a broken up coral make up versus the nice smooth sandy beaches most people picture in their mind when they hear beach)

We went to Wind Sock beach (located close to the airport, hence the name) – while not a smooth sandy beach, access was fairly easy. We settled in under a small tree, for the shade, to put our gear down and got ready to get salty.  The water here is absolutely gorgeous and I have been almost slobbering waiting to get in it. I was not disappointed~! The clarity of the water here is almost hard to believe. While waiting for Angie to get in and situated, I cruised out to look around. I swam on out to where the reef drops off into the deeper water. WOW~! I was looking down at what I estimated to be 150′ and could still see coral formations. It was unbelievable~! I just wish my camera could pick up what my eyes actually see. That area did not have a lot of reef to look at, but an incredible amount of fish to watch. Angie finally made it in and we spent close to an hour snorkeling and checking the area out. Finally came back in to shore for a nicotine break and talk about what all we saw. Angie said she was feeling good and not ready to head home yet. Not wanting to stay where we were at, we loaded up and headed down the road a little farther to Donkey Beach (no, I do not know why it is called that). A little tougher to get in and out of, but well worth the effort. This area had a lot of fire and elk horn coral and again amazing amounts of fish. Battery on the camera died (I forgot to recharge it) so no pictures of the fire coral to share with you this time…… (for now)

Put in about another hour of snorkeling and decided to call it a day. A small food truck was there (the one that has the Lion Fish) We decided a snack and a drink were in order, so I got a chicken wrap (they were out of Lion Fish) and my bride got a hamburger wrap. We sat there and watched that gorgeous blue water while we ate our wraps and had a bottle of water (remember this place don’t sell beer)  🙁    Just finished up when a downpour came blowing through. We scrambled back to the mini bus, jumped in and headed back toward the house, stopping by the store for a couple of things first. Sure do miss having our own private pool to throw ourselves and all of our salty gear into, but washed everything off in the tub and settled in for a nice quiet evening…… this retirement stuff is A-OKAY~!!

Geesh…… got kinda wordy on this one didn’t I….. I’ll try and curb that going forward…..

Het is geweldig om weer terug in de zee



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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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