Happy Birthday, Chandler!

Birthday dinner

Birthday dinner

Today is the first day of Chandler’s last teenage year.  Hard to believe it’s true, but so glad we can celebrate in such a beautiful place.  We spent the midday relaxing around the pool and patio.  The steady breeze kept us cool and lulled Matt to sleep under the shade of a palm.  The iguanas ventured out of their tree to see what was going on in the back yard.  It’s so tempting to grab the camera every time we see them I’m afraid we’re going to have photos of nothing but iguanas! Hopefully the novelty will wear off before too long.

Grrr

Grrr

After lunch we explored the salt flats and swam with the pelicans in the clear blue sea. The salt flats are dotted with pink flamingos and sparkling salt crystals.  The colors of the flats varied from blue to brown to pink to white, depending on the stage of the process.  The last time we were here we found golf ball sized salt crystals on the side of the road but none today.  It’s an interesting place.

Salt flats and dunes

Salt flats and dunes

The road leading to the salt flats runs along the windward side of the island.  The waves crash hard against the jagged rocks and rather than sand, the beach is covered with millions of pieces of broken coral.  At the water’s edge sea snails with colorful dotted and striped shells cling tightly to the rocks.

big splash

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

 

We capped off Chandler’s birthday with dinner at Rum Runners in Captain Don’s Habitat (really).  The catch of the day was delicious and the sun setting over the sea was beautiful.  As darkness fell we saw the lights of scuba divers just under the surface all along the waterfront.  Tomorrow night we’ll find out what that’s like.

Sunset

Sunset

 

 

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