Thursday, December 1, 2011

Beach Bums!

Pink Sands of Harbour Island, Bahamas
Yes, we're living the life! (Finally...between oil changes, shower sump cleanings and boat projects, that is!) We’ve gone "on vacation" and spent the last couple of days simply enjoying being together as a family, simply enjoying where we are. It's been relaxing, to say the least...we've been beach bums, swimming in the turquoise waters, lazing on chaise lounges under umbrellas, reading books, getting massages on the beach, tossing about the tie-dye "rasta" football, all on the beaches of St. Kitt’s and Nevis. It's been a great contrast to the usual diving and snorkelong we usually indulge in! The weather has been somewhat less than optimal as a low pressure system has been sitting over the Leeward Islands creating windy and rough seas offshore -- no diving for us, as a result, but exploring the beaches has been a decent substitute!
White sand of Anguilla's Shoal Bay
It’s interesting how each island has a different personality, and … different colored sand! Harbour Island, Bahamas: pink. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos: pale yellow. Anguilla: snow-white. St. Kitt’s….well, St. Kitt’s is rather different, for it shows clear evidence of the volcanic past of the island: its sand is a dark mix of salt and pepper. On the Atlantic side, there’s actually a beach with jagged volcanic extrusions of black rocks, and its sand is pitch black (and therefore hot!). But no matter the color of the sand, here on St. Kitts & Nevis, the sun is warm, the water clear and refreshing, tossing the football fun and sociable, the local Ting & vodka drinks (“Stings?”) quite potent! All fun! Ah....vacation! 
Volcanic sand at Friar's Bay, St. Kitt's

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