More beautiful skies in Isla. Dan and I took a drive over to Madeira, art and food for lunch. The burgers are rated best on the island. They did not lie! The smashed baked potato with a secret sauce was the perfect side. I shopped a little and we walked across to catch another glimpse of the Caribbean Sea. Look closely at the rocks below and you can see our shadows!
Can we grow aloe this big at home?
We walked next door to Sunset Grill for dinner. Everyone had the Greek Island fish and I had grilled chicken. We shared a key lime pie. Perfect finish to the day with a nightcap at Skull’s and off to bed.
Thank you Phil Martin! It was an awesome trip and an unforgettable 35th anniversary!
I started my day with coffee and a new friend. There are several of these guys who patrol Skull’s and keep it safe from other pesky creatures. I got some great shots on the Fuji camera but for some reason it’s not communicating with the phone, so all the photos you are seeing were taken on the iPhone XR. The camera on this phone is excellent.
Dan and I took the can-am to explore the island. Dan made a quick friend.
We ventured down to the Caribbean side and walked the rocky beach. I found some great rocks. Hope I don’t have to buy another suitcase to get them home.
The cemetery was quite intriguing. They are buried above ground of course, and the graves are highly decorated and loving memorials to the ancestors. I can imagine that the Day of the Dead is an amazing event to experience.
After that we drove the road that circles the island. We stopped back at Suenos to quench our thirst and get a bite.
Another stop at the store for coffee and wine and back to Skull’s for the siesta.
We met Teresa and Jimmy for dinner by the bay. If the first day of 2019 is any indication of the rest of the year, well all I can say is wow! I am so grateful to have this opportunity and such wonderful friends, and an incredible family. Happy New Year to all!
Giant plate of chicken nachos to start.
I know, these look weird. They are Brussels sprouts tacos with deep fried spinach! They were yummy! I ate my first brussel sprout ever. And I’m sure they were healthy too!
Lastly were the coconut shrimp tacos. Needless to say we do not go to bed hungry!
One lone tomato
Hanging on the vine
One lonely tomato
Waiting for her time
Early in November
One sweet tomato
This one is mine.
copyright Toni Dranes Hooper 2018
My husband and I went to visit my mother in law today for Mothers Day. She has a bluebird house and I went to check it out. I saw this little face cautiously looking out the hole. I had never seen a baby bluebird. Gotta love the iPhone 7, what a great camera! After lunch we came back out to the patio. Someone looked over and there right beside the concrete, peering at us in the grass was the little bird! He must’ve made his first flight! I think he was looking for me! Smile!
We talked to him and watched him and after a few minutes he took off! Very wobbly, not very experienced yet. He went around the house and landed again on the ground. We watched for an hour or so while his mom flew near and answered his calls. The dad, a brilliant blue, was helping as well. They stayed near, coaxing, and keeping him safe. Unfortunately we had to leave before he flew away for his new life.
My mom loved bluebirds. She got so excited when they would find their way to her house. I was missing her today. She passed away 6 years ago a few days before Mothers Day. When I saw these birds I knew, like the momma bluebird, my mom is always close. I can’t see her but I can feel her! I know she loves me and watches over me still. Coincidence? I don’t think so! Thank you all the moms for all you do!
Our tents are quite special, no electricity or wifi, but we have water and a wood stove. Brrr, the first night it was cold, but they provide lots of warm cozy blankets and comforters. We woke up and Lynn started us a fire. We noticed a leak in or little shower. I had to walk to the office tent anyway to get coffee, and they laughed when I told them about the leak. Apparently it is a freeze valve that keeps the pipes from freezing soooo, it got cold!
We loaded up and took off on a scenic drive through the La Sal mountains and valleys. Wow what a drive, 27 miles in two hours, or more! We ended at Castle Creek Winery. After that we drove a short scenic drive that ran along the Colorado river, picnic time. Of course we went to the post office to mail more rocks home. Lynn is the queen of finding petrified wood.
It is weird being behind on the blog. We are back at Peace Tree eating breakfast and using wifi.
Yesterday was Arches National Park but that is a blog all it’s own.
Enjoy the pics.
Our deluxe tent on the desert facing Arches.
Putting on make up on the front porch.
La Sal Mountains
Through the canyon by the Colorado river.
All along the canyon/river road people were building houses in the mountain!
End of the canyon at Moonflower where I played my flute for the ancestors.
That’s a reflection of the rocks in the water.