My selfies are getting better. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.
We went on a snorkel tour on boat with Octopus Diving. The fish were pretty, the water was warm, and the Dramamine kept me from getting motion sickness. All good.
We snorkeled out by that rocky island.
When I wasn’t snorkeling, I was visiting with Captain Kyle who is 27, has lived all over the world, and who can put all he owns in a small duffle bag. His life sounds really interesting, probably because it is so different from my own life. Just thinking about how to live that way and still quilt was enough to make my head hurt.
I’ll sign off with these two beach photos. St. Maarten was wonderful, and the vacation shared with friends made it even better!
There is a zip line course at Loterie Farm near the high point of St. Maarten. Julie and Wayne have ‘zipped’ before and while it sounded like (dangerous) fun, we decided that hiking was more our style. Julie opted to read a book on the beach and Steve, Wayne and I set off for the jungle.
It was hot and humid and sort of jungle-y.
It was uphill mostly going in, and downhill mostly going out. In some spots it was very rocky. I’m not sure how far we hiked but we all felt like we had accomplished something when it was over.
There used to be a sugar plantation on the property and this is a ruin of a well…
This was one of the overlooks on the trail…
We got to the top and were stopped by this gate. We did not try ringing Nils Larsen, the name by the buzzer, to see if he’d let us in.
The view beyond the gate:
I got the guys to stand by this blue pole…
And then I got them to strike a pose. Wayne and Steve were very good sports about the whole photo thing.
The trail back down started here, just to the right of the concrete wall. Look close and you can see the arrows pointing us down the trail.
It started to rain as we walked the trail out. We spotted a monkey who didn’t seem to mind us but took off when the thunder started and the rain began to fall in earnest.
And that was the end of the hike picture taking!
There were lots of photo ops. In fact, I could turn into one of those people who makes little forward progress because they are too busy taking pictures. That used to drive me crazy with other people, so I try not to overdo it.
Sometimes I like to play with filters or other editing options. (Camera+ has some really great built-in editing features.) There is never only one perfect choice so it’s hard to know when to stop..
This photo in color is not nearly as good…
The same is true with this photo. In black and white is looks very retro.
There was one wall with a broken glass bottle ridge along its top that looked like dangerous flowers.
It was more interesting in black and white.
AKA St Maarten, is an island in the Caribbean that is split between the Netherlands and France. We stayed on the Dutch side, at Dawn Beach. By ‘we’, I mean Julie, Wayne, Steve, and me.
We were in an lovely condo and could look out from the living room onto the balcony, over the next building to the ocean. I’m not sure why, but I really liked the view through the doors to the balcony.
This was our view…
Even the cloudy days were beautiful…
In case you are wondering, I took all of these photos with my iPhone using the Camera+ app.
We walked on the beach…
I’ll post more photos from our trip over the next few days. It’s nice to re-visit the ocean!