Granddaughter Kristen Visits — Bonaire, May 8 – 15, 2016

Granddaughter Kristen — daughter of Danielle — flew in to visit us from Georgia.  She was on a brief break between Spring and Summer sessions at Georgia Southern University, and was determined to get some quality down time, which primarily meant relaxing and reading to her, and meant “activity, activity, activity” to Barb.  They are both strong-willed women, and so it was interesting to watch the process of reaching an accommodation during the week.  We began with our traditional tour of the southern end of the island, supplemented with a preliminary stop to a vista northeast of Kralendijk:  Seru Grandi.  Then we followed our familiar counter-clockwise route through the south part of the island:  past the salt works and the kite surfing and white and red slave huts, and around to the east end where we expected to enjoy lunch at the marvelous Lac Baai restaurant.  Alas, they were closed, so we made do with a much less appealing snack at Jibe City, where there were surprisingly few wind surfers.  And then around the bend to the north side of the mangroves, where we have lately had great luck in getting guests close to flamingos.  Alas, not this time.

On another day, the girls disappeared for hours in town, including an extended visit to a beauty shop for a facial.

Barb did little diving while Kristen was here, opting instead to snorkel with her.  On one such venture, I dove beneath them and got pictures of one of Barb’s activities: cleaning the bottom of the dinghy.  Barb also got some nice pictures with her GoPro of Kristen snorkeling.  And of course we attended the Wednesday hamburger night at Zazu’s and Yhanni’s Friday arepa night.  We watched some movies and played dominoes enough times that each of us won at least once.  We enjoyed having Kristen with us, and hope she feels sufficiently recharged and ready for more studies.

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