18 Palms Beach

Our day started off kinda like the past several. Rolled out and had a couple cups of coffee sitting on our patio watching gulls and pelicans swoop and dive for their morning breakfast. It’s easy to sit there watching that aerial ballet and envy their ability to hang motionless in the air until they spot a potential fish breakfast and dive headlong into the water (often from a staggering height), laying their wings back, flat against their body a split second before entering the water. Much as in our life, sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t. It doesn’t stop them from going right back up and doing it again though.

After our breakfast, we loaded up the mini-bus and headed out for a beach that sounded like we needed to check out. Beach is called 18 Palms Beach. Drove right straight to it – less than 10 minutes from our apartment. Wow – hands down the most beautiful beach we’ve seen since we got here. Settled in under a small shade tree, got my gear and dropped into that beautiful blue water. ( I put a video up on FB of the beach….. this PoS web site won’t let me load videos [[yet]]) so you can get a look at the beach on FB if you want. I will try to load it here as well.

Lots of fire coral, about a half dozen different types of parrot fish, a couple of new fish for me, that I’ll try and identify in the pictures, and, I got to see another Barracuda~! That is one bad looking fish. This one was probably 3′ long, but when he turns and looks at you and you’re within 5′ of him — he looks MUCH bigger. We spent probably an hour and a half  or so there at the beach.  Another gathering rain squall convinced us to go ahead and load up and cut before it started pouring. Stopped by the store for a couple of things we forgot the other day and headed on back to the apartment. Rinsed our gear off, took our showers, made a drink and walked out on the patio. Gulls and Pelicans were still at it. Going for their dinner I guess. I made us a couple of burgers…… got them on the first try~  😉

Dit is echt een geweldige manier om te leven

18 Palms Beach


Like being on another planet
Trumpet Fish

Bait Ball (Amazing to watch)
Bait Ball
Bait Ball
Bait Ball
Bermuda Chub

Stop Light Parrot Fish
Still trying to find the name of these
Still trying to find the name of these
but they always travel in big schools
Beautiful to watch
Fire coral – these pictures don’t do it justice

Brain Coral
Trumpet Fish
I THINK this is a male red fin Parrot fish
Yellow Goat fish
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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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