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Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Aruba Adventures

The island adventures continued both yesterday and today without fail. One thing about Aruba is it's out of the hurricane belt and sunny every.single.day. What's not to like? "The Best Daughter" and I took advantage of renting a car yesterday and exploring the island with snorkel stops along the way, all on the West coast of the island (Eagle Beach and Boca Catalina and later in the day, Baby Beach).

Together we have met people from Boston, Buffalo and New Hampshire (but did see lots of Baltimore Ravens/Orioles fans by the T-shirts they wore around the island). Aruba exceeded our expectations and we are thankful to have chosen this Caribbean island to discover more closely. Good food, friendly people and warm and sunny skies with temperatures between 83-85 degrees. The kicker is the warm waters to snorkel in and swim around without feeling cold...ever.

One "skill" I learned today was to Stand Up Paddle Board in a cove with no waves. "The Best Daughter" encouraged me, and so I took the "plunge" to stay on top of the board and stand up too (one typically starts by kneeling on the board). By the second lap around the cove, I was feeling pretty good about the entire idea of it, and truly had a blast. Thankfully, the wind was not an issue and  therefore made this whole episode an exciting adventure for sure.

It's also pretty sweet to meet fellow travelers, as we did with Ingrid and Ken today. They are from New Hampshire and were even on our plane on the way down last Wednesday. We ended up sitting next to them on Renaissance Beach and invited them to snorkel "out of the zone" with us to the shipwreck we did two days ago. Once again, the fish did not disappoint, and I's say we saw hundreds of them playing around that crazy shipwreck. Late afternoon had us going to a beach bar north of where we are all staying with the "advice" from "The Best Daughter." Again, our night did not disappoint with the wonderful food, drinks, sunset, plus the great music pulsing on that ocean pier that turned into a huge sing-along with the crowd gathered that gathered there for the night. Fun!



Dinner at Zeeover's

Yesterday's sunset with the half moon high in the sky


Olivia on SUP

Ingrid and Ken

Aruba Sunset

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