We made it down to the lobby about 8:55, grabbed some snacks from the little market they had in the lobby, and were in a van with a few other people by 9am. Heading to a port town to catch a catamaran boat to a private island for some snorkeling and beach time!
|In the van: Ryan's dad, me, Shannon, Ryan's mom|
The boat docks where we got on
I was just a little nervous for this little outing today,and with good reason. The last time I did this was in 2006. I was in Mexico with an old boyfriend, and man did I get sick. I laid in one spot on the boat all day, trying not to throw up, and ended up with a horrible sun burn. (And did eventually throw up when I got in the water, only to have a wave throw it all back in my face...) Needless to say, there was some anxiety that this day was going to turn out similar to that one. So I popped to Dramamine and hoped for the best.
The boat ride was great. I was just a little queezy, but really not bad. I laid down and just enjoyed the view for the hour it took us to get to Icacos.
The closer we got, the more turquoise the water turned. It was just stunning, and I couldn't wait to get off that boat and in to that beautifulness!
With orders to not go past the point of the island, that's exactly what we did. Went for a long walk along the beach, out past the coral and around the point/curve to get away from everyone else. The water was seriously just like bath-tub water. It was crazy!
While Ryan and Shannon went out for a swim, I sat on the beach and just took it all in. So beautiful! Found a couple of cool sea shells but ended up leaving them there.
We were there for a couple of hours,and I had spent most of that time without any sunblock on. Oops. The sun and warmth just felt so good, I thought I would be okay to just be in the sun a little bit to get just a little color. HA! I never learn.
Anyways, the crew sounded the horn and we hopped back on the boat for sandwhich lunch and then set sail to another private island to go snorkeling in better coral.
As we got closer to the other island, you could tell it was just as clear as the other one we were just at. But this one had big signs on it that said something about guard dogs. It was really a private island and we weren't aloud to go on it. But their was great coral around it, so we anchored the boat a ways of shore and hopped in to snorkel. (I only took a little coaxing from Shannon to go do it...still terrified of a repeat experience from Mexico.)
|The private island we snorkeled around|
Ryan had some bread in his pocket and not far from the boat, we started throwing pieces of it. Almost instantly, we were literally surrounded by these big, beautiful, fish. And when the sun hit them, which it often did, they just glowed in bright iridescent colors. I didn't take these pictures, but this is exactly what it looked like where we were snorkeling when we dropped the bread:
Ryan and Willie doing back flips off the boat before we left
I fell asleep at some point on the ride back (we were up pretty late catching up), and when I woke up, it was raining! Just a quick little storm, but being out in the ocean when that is going on just freaks me out. I've decided I'm much more of a hiking/mountain girl than an ocean/beach girl...
Back in the room, we literally had about 10 minutes to change and get ready to leave for the devotional/worship time and then it was straight to the bus for the double-header softball games that night. While Shannon showered, I just changed clothes and quickly sorted out all of the stuff I had brought for the kids.
And this is what your hair looks like after not touching it all day
...and swimming in the ocean.
Yikes. But thank goodness for the curls!
I was absolutely starving and refused to leave without getting something to eat. So I ran (literally) about a block down the street to Subway and grabbed a sandwich. Shannon hates that place and went in every single food place around there trying to find anything else that would be quick enough...to no avail. She ended up in Subway right behind me.
Regular menu, but everything was in Spanish!
We were both hurting from the sunburns, and tried to walk around a little bit, but our legs were both just burning! We did find some kids to play with and gave out some toys, books, bracelets, etc.
The other team provided dinner after the game...which was lots of beans and rice. And some chicken. Oh, and I took this picture below because a giant rat (GIANT) had just scampered by on the big metal rafters in the stands above our heads!
|The buffet style dinner the other team made for us|
Sleep will not be easy tonight.