No, it's not what you're expecting....
01/11/2012 - 01/11/2012 78 °F
Unless you're expecting "man boobs".
The day started and ended with rain. In between were several hours of excellent beach weather, which brought folks out in force to the sand. Calm seas today, which we took advantage of. Cindy and I took a sea kayak out for awhile, after which Sharon took a turn with me. Reading dominated the day for the ladies, photo-taking for Steve, who's getting a kick out of his new camera.
The main excitement today was our trip to the "dark side". At the end of the beach is a fence separating the resort property from the public beach, where packed stalls of jewelry, t-shirts, and other tourist goods are sold by locals who are eager for your business. Jeanne, Sharon, and I went over while Cindy held our spot on the beach. It was an exciting experience. Although they advertise "no pressure", the vendors are quickly on top of you, trying every trick in the book to get your dollar. No prices - everything appears negotiable. I got a t-shirt for myself and a sarong for Cindy, and it all turned out OK, but we were very glad to get back to the other side of the fence. And, of course, a fellow offered to sell me marijuana as soon as we got over there.
We all bought some souvenirs today, including some neat hand carved stuff. "Big Ed" (real name Edward Small) was the carver, and he proudly posed next to a couple of his larger creations, which are featured on the hotel grounds. I got a carved fish from him, which he graciously engraved for me. He and his brother are both carvers actually, and are allowed on the grounds every 12 days to sell their wares. Ed's brother is a "Rasta" (Rastafarian - one of the main local religions, and he described their philosophy of peace and one-ness. "One Love" is their motto).
I took a lot of random photos of random beach-goers today. All the photos can be viewed here. Just some sights and sounds from our day.
They planned a beach party for us tonight, but rain will force it indoors.
Take note of Steve's new cap -- it features a bottle opener built into the brim!