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Last day fun

Today was our last full day on the island and we finished up with relaxing on the beach, a stop at the Aruba Aloe shop and a nice dinner at Madame Janette's. Nothing too exciting, just some pics of our resort friends and more of the pretty Aruba beaches.

Our home away from our room

Our home away from our room


Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view


A new friend showing off

A new friend showing off


Another new friend

Another new friend


A colorful new friend

A colorful new friend


California Lighthouse from Arashi Beach

California Lighthouse from Arashi Beach


Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand


Arashi Beach view

Arashi Beach view


Arashi Beach tree

Arashi Beach tree


Last day in Aruba

Last day in Aruba

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Adventure awaits

Today was our day of adventure and exploring the hard to access areas. We had an UTV - Utility Task Vehicle (sort of like a super buggy) dropped off for us at 10am and it was off to explore the eastern, less accessible, side of the island.

We headed north toward the California Lighthouse, but kept going past it, off-roading to the rocky shore. There were lots of coves and private beaches, although swimming is discouraged on this side of the island as it has a huge, crashing surf. Our first stop was to build a rock tower on a rocky section of the coast. The belief is that if your tower stays up despite the roaring wind you will return to Aruba the next year. There were literally thousands of rock towers along the way.

We saw sand dunes, which have strict rules about not going on them. There were small, rolling hills on the far side and lots and lots of cactus. It's a very arid environment. The next stop was Baby Bridge, which is a rock structure that looks like a small bridge, hence the name.

We came across a small stop selling burgers and drinks where an old gold mine ruin was located. It was above ground and we were able to go into it and climb around. Just a short way from the gold mine pit stop was a rickety set of wood steps going down into a small natural pool. A portion of the cliff dropped off into the ocean and behind it is now a protected "pool" that people stop to take a dip and cool off in. We took a quick swim just to say we did it.

Then it was onward to the Natural Bridge. This is another rock "bridge" in the ocean that people used to be able to walk on. However, it collapsed a few years ago so we just go to see the ruins of it.

We then entered Arikok National Park and made our way to Conchi (Natural Pool), which is another protected pool nestled up against the ocean. Getting there was an adventure in itself as the terrain is rocky and rutted and we weren't sure the tires were going to make it! There are a bunch of rock steps to get down to the ocean and Natural Pool, then you have to climb over the rocky wall to get into the pool. We swam around for a little bit before heading on.

The next stops were the caves; Fontein Cave and Quadirikiri Cave. Fontein Cave was closed so we had to peek at it through a gate. At Quadirikiri Cave we were able to go in and explore quite a ways back, as there are a couple of chambers that have holes in the ceiling allowing light in.

Overall, it was a fun day of bumping along in the wolverine!

Our ride for the day!

Our ride for the day!


Rugged coastline

Rugged coastline


Rock towers

Rock towers


My rock tower

My rock tower


Rocky coast

Rocky coast


Big waves

Big waves


The road less traveled

The road less traveled


A private beach

A private beach


Beautiful coast

Beautiful coast


Baby Bridge

Baby Bridge


Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins


Inside the ruins

Inside the ruins


Inside looking out

Inside looking out


Getting ready to head down

Getting ready to head down


Stairs to the little natural pool

Stairs to the little natural pool


The little natural pool

The little natural pool


Me swimming in the little natural pool

Me swimming in the little natural pool


The walkway towards Natural Bridge

The walkway towards Natural Bridge


Coast line by Natural Bridge

Coast line by Natural Bridge


What's left of the Natural Bridge

What's left of the Natural Bridge


Natural Pool. Yup, we went swimming in there

Natural Pool. Yup, we went swimming in there


Coast line by Natural Pool

Coast line by Natural Pool


Natural Pool up close (after climbing rock stairs)

Natural Pool up close (after climbing rock stairs)


Fontein Cave

Fontein Cave


Quadirikiri Cave

Quadirikiri Cave


Quadirikiri Cave

Quadirikiri Cave


Baby Beach friends

Baby Beach friends

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Exploring the south side

This morning we had a snorkel trip scheduled with Aruba Bob Snorkeling. Instead of taking the traditional boat to a snorkeling spot, we left right from shore and used a Seadoo Scooter. The scooter is a little motorized thing you hold on to and it propels you through the water at three different speeds. It was so much fun!! And there was so much to see! Lots of coral and tons of different kinds of fish as we scootered around the Mangel Halto area. We even swam over a sunken boat.

After that we grabbed lunch at Zeerovers, where you pick out your fresh fish and they cook it up and bring it to your table overlooking the ocean. The we meandered down the southern coast to Roger's Beach and Baby Beach, stopping to take pictures of the wild donkeys along the way.

We kept driving on the dirt road past Baby Beach and came across a rocky cliff with waves crashing into it. It was some of the most gorgeous scenery we've come across here.

On the way back to our resort we stopped at a flea market selling the traditional junk you find in every touristy town. We finished up the night with a romantic dinner on the beach at Passions.

Aruba Bob Snorkeling

Aruba Bob Snorkeling


snorkeling fun

snorkeling fun


snorkeling

snorkeling


snorkeling

snorkeling


snorkeling

snorkeling


snorkeling

snorkeling


snorkeling

snorkeling


snorkeling

snorkeling


snorkeling - a puffer fish

snorkeling - a puffer fish


snokeling

snokeling


snorkeling

snorkeling


snorkeling

snorkeling


snorkeling - sunken boat

snorkeling - sunken boat


This is where we went snorkeling

This is where we went snorkeling


Out by the mangroves

Out by the mangroves


Mangrove trees

Mangrove trees


View from Zeerovers

View from Zeerovers


View from Zeerovers

View from Zeerovers


Yummy food at Zeerovers

Yummy food at Zeerovers


Wild donkey by the ocean

Wild donkey by the ocean


Wild donkeys looking for a meal

Wild donkeys looking for a meal


Hello there

Hello there


Roger's Beach

Roger's Beach


Roger's Beach

Roger's Beach


On the way to the southern tip

On the way to the southern tip


Southern tip of Aruba

Southern tip of Aruba


Southern tip

Southern tip


Kite surfing

Kite surfing


Dinner at Passions, on the beach

Dinner at Passions, on the beach


Sunset at Passions

Sunset at Passions


Sunset at Passions

Sunset at Passions


Sunset at Passions

Sunset at Passions

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Beaches and Wind

This is going to be a short blog because, well, it's hanging at a beach. Nothing too exciting there.

Upon arrival at the Aruba airport on Thursday we quickly made it through passport check and customs, as they weren't very concerned with checking bags. We were handed free re-usable bags, full of advertising, upon disembarking from the plane and then again after clearing the passport check point. Awesome! Now we have beach bags! We made a quick stop to grab a sim card for our cell phone, picked up our rental car and were on our way to La Cabana Beach Resort.

It's interesting to drive around Aruba. The traffic isn't bad, but there aren't many street signs so you just sort of have to guess where you're going. Luckily the island isn't big, only 20 miles long and 5 miles wide. My instructions to Bill to find our hotel were to just "follow the ocean".

We checked out the resort area and took a walk on the beach before lucking out and getting in to eat at Wacky Wahoos. YUM! Delicious seafood in a fun, casual atmosphere. We made a quick stop at Super Food, a giant grocery store, and picked up a few snacks and drinks to get us through the week. It's definitely island prices for grocery food; check out the picture to see what $87 will get you.

Today, Friday, is a relaxing beach day. It is HOT, but there's always a wind so that keeps it from getting too unbearable. Plus the resort has little huts set up on the beach to provide shade from the blistering sun. When we went for a dip in the ocean we were greeted by some friendly fish that bumped up against us and nibbled at my fingers. Some ladies near us had bread they were feeding the fish with and they went crazy for it.

After hanging at the resort beach for a few hours we decided to take a ride up the coast and see what we could see, and perhaps find some of the awesome other beaches Aruba has to offer. We made our way up to the California Lighthouse; nothing really spectacular. But the coast on the northern tip is beautiful. It's rocky and jagged, with crashing waves. Quite a difference from the calm swimming beaches lining the rest of the coast.

We found a beach that is noted for snorkeling so made a stop to see what was lurking under the water. There was an amazing amount of sea life for just a few yards off shore. There were all kinds of colorful fish, huge starfish and many different kinds of sea urchins clinging to rocks. I saw a big, round, flat fish that blended right in with the sand, other than it's eye sticking up. Then all of the sudden there was a cute, little sea turtle swimming around under me. Definitely a fun stop. If you're coming to Aruba for a visit, be sure to explore and get away from the hotel areas. There is a lot to see and do.

We ended the night with another yummy restaurant named Bingo! (the exclamation point is actually part of their name).

Gotta have a pic of the "I Heart Aruba" sign

Gotta have a pic of the "I Heart Aruba" sign


The view of our resort beach

The view of our resort beach


White sand beach  by the resort

White sand beach by the resort


This is what $87 gets you at Super Foods

This is what $87 gets you at Super Foods


Pretty beach tree

Pretty beach tree


Huts & turquoise ocean

Huts & turquoise ocean


California Lighthouse

California Lighthouse


A smoothie & lemonade stop

A smoothie & lemonade stop


Rocky beach at northern tip

Rocky beach at northern tip


Rocky beach at northern tip

Rocky beach at northern tip


Us on the rocky beach at the northern tip

Us on the rocky beach at the northern tip


Funky beach tree

Funky beach tree


Bill and me by the funky tree

Bill and me by the funky tree


Cactus & shells

Cactus & shells


That's me snorkeling

That's me snorkeling


White sand beach

White sand beach

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