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DAY 4 – Tortola, Virgin Gorda


Ok…sorry for the delay! I am back to report a bit more on the cruise. I hope I can still remember some stuff. We woke up that morning and like any other morning I was chomping at the bit to eat my feast and get into town. We docked that morning so you could get off the boat at your leisure. My leisure was as early as I could drag the husband out of bed. We had decided that we wanted to go to the Baths. All we knew was that it was some neat beach with huge rocks and good snorkeling. We thought we would just take a taxi to that beach. We walked a short distance into town via some instructions to the guides when you get off the boat. Tortola is a really cute town with virtually no unemployment so it had a cleaner, safer feeling than some of the other islands we visited.

When we got to the place that the man told us to get to we realized we would need to purchase $40 ferry tickets to go to Virgin Gorda. We really had no idea where this place was, or that it was another island. The ferry ride was a little over 30 minutes. Once on the island we took an open-air cab ride to The Baths. This island felt different than the other lush islands we had been on the past few days. It was still very tropical but had more of a desert feel with cactus and lizards. The walk down to the beach reminded me of hiking in Tucson. Down big boulders with geckos scattering about. At the bottom of the trail was a little snack bar and some little things for sale.

The site was spectacular. You have to hike over, under and through mammoth size boulders, through little pools and up ladders. It was an amazing experience. Then we got to the beach area which I affectionately named “Jellyfish Bay” about 10 minutes after entering the water. Nick and I snorkeled around for a bit. I thought this had the best snorkeling that we had seen due to the boulders. It made for much more interesting terrain to swim through and explore. Then came the itching. And the ever so slight stinging. Nothing like a bee but it was noticeable. Suddenly I look up and smack dab in the middle of Nick and I is a HUGE jellyfish. The next thing I knew I was on the beach. I can only assume I teleported or ran on top of the water like the big Je-sus. I was outa there. And my homeboy Nick was by my side, if not a little faster.

We scaled a few more boulders to another beach just a bit further to an overcrowded beach. We snorkeled out a bit more, eyes peeled. The thing is that there are some MINI jellyfish about the size of a tablespoon that you don’t see and they are EVERYWHERE. After a bigger one wrapped around my ankle causing me to kick Nick in the face we decided to just wade on the beach. Did I tell you this beach was totally crowded with people from our boat so we just kind of kicked it and watched people swim where we swam waiting for the freak out when they realized that they were in jellyfish city, and they were the mayor.

We went back to the little snack bar and had some local beer while waiting for our ferry back to the main island. I don’t think anything crazy happened the rest of the day. Shoot my memory. I mean…you can be sure I ate 3 dinners, watched a show and fell asleep too early for our age.

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Me being selfish

Alright, this is me being selfish. As if you haven’t seen it before. An amazing photographer is giving away one of her workshop workbooks which are worth a lot in both money and that other intangible stuff. And it is good stuff. And I want it. I have to post it as many places as possible to increase my chances of winning so here I am. Take a look yourself. Priceless right? Then scroll through my photos. I NNNNEEEEEDDDD it right? I know. I totally agree. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

http://www.soulographer.com/blog/2009/10/workshop-workbook-giveaway

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Congrats Evan and Natalie

FINALLY! After years of dating our good friend Evan popped the question to his lova, Natalie this weekend. I was completely clueless but his plan has been in the works for months. I am sure he got sick of me prodding but oh well, it’s me. The two of them had planned a weekend at the beach house with both his parents and hers. I was suspicious then. Evan has always been someone to really go all out for things so I knew that when he popped the question it would be a great story. Sure enough.

My re-hashing of the story should be somewhat accurate but I can’t guarantee everything. All Natalie knew was that their parents were all coming. Meanwhile Evan had secretly planned to have her sister and his sister and bro-in-law there. Evan surprised Nat by taking her over to the beach house a night early before the parents got there. The following day they went out to the beach to search for glass floats. The city plants them there each year for people to go find. Really cool. Out looking around Natalie spotted one and in my mind she squeeled and bounced up to it thinking she got lucky…that’s what I would have done anyway.

She picked up the glass float and underneath it sat the ring. She said she almost fainted. Evan got on one knee and popped the question. They said that she was freaking out so much crying and screaming that she forgot to answer.

Meanwhile the ENTIRE family was walking up to them on the beach. Evan’s bro-in-law had video taped the whole thing. Evan’s dad was hiding in the bushes taking photos of the event. So exciting!!! They got into town last night and came over for some champagne to celebrate. Poor Natalie hasn’t even digested it yet and I was already throwing my old bridal mags at her, telling her where pretty dresses were and showing her some really good photogs. I can’t help it! I get so excited!

No dates/locations are set yet but we can’t wait to hear!!!

Congrats you two!

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