Barb’s sister Audrey arrived for a two-week visit on April 11. Next night, a bunch of cruisers went to Buddy Dive to have dinner and watch the weekly multimedia show given by their photographer. We always enjoy the underwater pictures, even if some of the commentary is a bit off. Example: while showing pictures of goat fish, he made the claim that yellow goatfish turn into spotted goatfish when they come off the bottom. Groan. And that if one ever sees an iguana that has fallen into the sea, it should be rescued immediately before it dies. But see this.
On April 13th Tusen Takk II and Celilo and Dolce Vita and Bodacious rented two double-cab pickups and drove up to and through Washington Slagbaai National Park. Most of the roads within the park are unpaved and bumpy, but we always enjoy the visit. The harsh and dry scenery is beautiful in an austere way, and I enjoy the nature photography.
Next day some of our friends (Dolce Vita, More Mischief & Flash) left Bonaire, some to store their boats in Curacao and some to cruise all the way back to the States. We haven’t had our fill yet, and don’t need to be back until early July, by which time we will have also put our boat (temporarily) on the hard in Curacao.
On April 14th Audrey completed in the warm and inviting waters of Bonaire the capstone dives required by the scuba certification process she had begun in the COLD waters of Nevada’s Lake Mead. She dove well with us for the remainder of her visit, including diving from Bodacious when Jack and Jo hosted another scuba expedition to more remote dive sites (on the NW corner of Bonaire and on the NW corner of Klein Bonaire.)
Barb has been taking pictures with her new GoPro and has put together a short video of Audrey’s visit. The video can be seen here.
We continued our tradition of dining out with lots of visits to local restaurants. On Audrey’s penultimate day we three rented scooters and toured the southern portion of Bonaire, visiting the landmark locations that faithful readers will by now recognize. The scooters were fun; they provided an enjoyable means of showing Audrey some of the sights.