From Bonaire Dive & Adventure’s dive dock, a real gem.
There’s no harm in protecting your real estate, right?
The answer is a resounding yet. But don’t worry, it won’t ruin your tropical honeymoon/dive trip/beach vacation.
Unbeknownst to many tourists, it’s not uncommon to find snow on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea – the tallest mountain in the world when measured from the sea floor (33,100 ft/10,100 m). The average low temperature in this alpine tundra environment hovers around 30 F/-1.3 C.
According to local lore, you may even find a snowman on the beach (but that’s something I have yet to witness, so if you have photographic evidence I’d love to see it).
For those remaining skeptics, here is hard proof – courtesy of our friend Robert Richardson.
Speaking of that photographic evidence, if you have photos of snowmen on the beach I’d love to feature them here. You can send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you’ll know that The Aquarium in Bonaire is not a building outfitted with a big glass tank, filled with saltwater and sea life (that may be swimming around in big circles). It’s an old sunken pier that has become a popular hangout for many species, including the human kind wearing face masks, breathing apparatuses and potentially grey tanks strapped to their backsides.
In the event that I haven’t bored you with enough photos from this site, here are yet a few more.
I’ll apologize in advance… This isn’t a very serious post, and its contents are an exercise in frivolity. Feel free to stop reading now if you’re looking for serious reading material. If, however, you’re in the TGIF spirit, read on…
It’s that time of year, and I’ve got the Virgin Islands on the brain. To pass the time until I set foot on my favorite Caribbean Island of St. John, I’m sitting here thinking of its many virtues.
Pirate Tales √
Speaking of Painkillers, The Soggy Dollar Bar on St. John’s neighboring island of Jost Van Dyke is the home of this famed tropical concoction. It’s located on White Bay, one of the prettiest bays in the Caribbean. See for yourself.
In the TGIF spirit, what is your favorite tropical libation?
Hilton Head Island, located in the US State of South Carolina (in an area called Lowcountry), is a resort locale with 12 miles (19 km) of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beachfront. Its fine powdery sand and plethora of golf courses make it a popular spot for both golfers and beachgoers. A few weeks ago I met my family there for a bit of swimming, sailing and sunning.
For wildlife watchers (like me), the island is home to many species that live both on land and water (and some who live in both!). You may be lucky enough to see alligators (look on the banks of ponds and estuaries), manatees, large birds such as pelicans and snowy egrets, sea turtles (I saw a loggerhead nesting area which was roped off with warning signs to prevent human interference) and dolphins. Regarding the latter, we were enamored by a pod of several hundred dolphins while sailing from Harbour Town.
The 90 foot tall (27.4 m) Harbour Town Lighthouse, built in 1969, has undoubtedly guided many ships into the thriving Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Inside this unofficial symbol of Hilton Head, you will find a 9-level museum and gift shop. If you want to see the view from the top of the lighthouse (without actually climbing to the top), click on their live webcam.
Hilton Head is only 20 miles (32 km) from Savannah, GA. Savannah is the quintessential “Southern” town where you will find horse-drawn carriages clopping through Spanish Moss-lined cobblestone streets. You will also find lots of great food (for me that means biscuits and grits, I’m a southern girl after all), hordes of friendly people and boat loads of Southern charm (y’all come back anytime!). Living by New York City, it’s not often that I hear a group of people addressed as “y’all”, but it sure is comforting and familiar.
Have you been to South Carolina? What do you like most about it? The friendly people, the golf or the sandy beaches? Or maybe it’s the shrimp and grits or the rich confections like cupcakes and fudge?