Saturday, July 30, 2011

the hitchhiker's guide to aruba | february 5

We started off our last full day in Aruba by...drum roll please...sleeping in! Seriously after the previous day's adventures (did you see everything we did?!?!!?), we were soooo tired, plus it rained that morning, making staying in bed for a couple of extra hours seem even more inviting.

Around mid-morning we went snorkeling again at Baby Beach. I had a minor freak out moment when I started to write this post and couldn't find any snorkeling photos from that excursion, but then I went back through our files and realized that while we did take the waterproof camera along, we only shot video with it.

Crisis averted. Because, for me, losing photos is definitely a crisis!

Anyway, back to the photos that we did take...

On the way back to the hotel from the beach I asked Darren to stop the car so I could take a photo of some random bougainvillaea growing over some random person's gate (just because  I thought it was pretty).


Back at the room we showered and rested, and also found that we'd narrowly missed a disaster the day before. See that thorn? Darren's Teva picked it up sometime when we were out hiking around looking for the natural bridge the previous morning. We're lucky that his foot didn't pick it up instead!


Since Aruba suffers from an (previously mentioned, on several occasions) acute lack of road signs, we ended up navigating by landmarks a lot. This Hunny Punny store became the one that let us know we were near our hotel, and it's also the same shopping center that we stopped in for ice cream at Baskin Robbins.


Just don't ask me how one of the light fixtures got broken while we were there...


We decided to spend our last evening on the island in what had become one of our favorite spots- the rugged seaside and cliffs away from the groomed areas of Arashi beach.





I was pleased to find another ghost crab willing to be a photography subject!





That's Darren walking on the "road" back to our car, which is just a tiny, tiny dot in the distance.


We headed back to the shallows at Arashi to watch the sunset...


...and of course to also disturb the local wildlife again. We found plenty of stone crabs to play with this time around!





I went back and forth from shooting the sunset to shooting Darren and whatever critters we happened to find.


And sometimes an interesting algae made the mix, too.





February 5, 2011





...gone. And those last two photos? They were taken a whole 8 second apart.



Darren got this great shot of cactus silhouetted by the last of the twilight...a perfect photo for our last night in this awesome place.