Renee showed up right on time this morning to take us out on another snorkel excursion. We piled in her truck and drove to a new spot farther up the beach from where we snorkeled last night. The water was chilly to start with but felt warm almost immediately after jumping in. The reef was full of colorful fish including parrotfish, hogfish, angelfish of all varieties, puffer fish, eels of all types, damselfish, yellow tang, trigger fish, toad fish, lizard fish, flounder, a poisonous scorpion fish and hundreds more I can’t name. Renee is very knowledgeable and named each type of fish and coral we encountered. We’ve been snorkeling many times before so it was great to learn things about the coral reef that we didn’t know.
I brought along my underwater camera, the one that I didn’t remember to check the battery level before we left the house, and managed to get a shot of a school of baby squid hanging out beneath a dock before the battery died completely. Sheesh, you’d think I’d know better by now!
We made three stops, spending the better part of two hours in the water. By the end of the second stop I was getting chilly from swimming out into the deep water where we saw barracuda and several scuba divers. Renee noticed and offered a wet suit which I gladly accepted. I could have stayed in the water all day in that thing. It felt like wrapping up in a warm blanket right out of the dryer. Chandler and Matt laughed and said I looked like I was dressed for snow skiing but I know they were jealous. Their goose-bumped legs can’t lie!
After three hours we were all tired and hungry. We offered to take Renee to lunch but she said she was going back out with another group. We went home, changed and headed to a local Peruvian restaurant for lunch. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice. Of course, everything tastes better when you’re really hungry.
We stopped by a marina and spoke with the captain of a sailboat Renee recommended and made arrangements to go sailing on Thursday morning. Chandler wants to learn how to sail and is particularly excited about the chance to go out with just the four of us rather than a dinner cruise with lots of other people. Riley was just a wee bit wary when the Captain said it’d be a three-hour tour. Visions of Gilligan’s Island flashed thorough his mind, I’m sure.
There are two large grocery stores in Kralendijk. The first one we visited on Sunday had something (actually several things) we’d never seen before. The most surprising were the shopping carts and front of the store. They looked like every other shopping cart you’ve seen but these were connected to each other with little key like things attached to chains. The key from one cart fit into a slot on the cart in front, locking them together. Not able to read Dutch, we couldn’t decipher the instructions and spent a few minutes trying to figure it out. We watched other shoppers who came in but they bypassed the carts and picked up small shopping baskets instead. We did the same and carried on with our grocery shopping. When we checked out, Riley asked the clerk about the carts. There is a small slot on the front of the cart handle to insert a quarter to release the key! Ironically, at the same store where you have to pay .25 to use a shopping cart, they give you a large, sturdy reusable shopping bag for free if you didn’t bring one with you. It’s worth way more than .25! I think they need to re-think this idea.
The other most interesting thing at the grocery store? The mayonnaise that is packaged like axel grease.