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Touring Bonaire -

11 April 2013
Gail
Touring Bonaire - the dusty desert with cactus and iguana!

We are very behind on our blog postings. This is from last month when we were in Bonaire (we are now in Curacao). We've just been so busy!

We stared out touring Bonaire by going north along the west coast with all the beautiful scenery along the coast. But, inland, the island is a desert with cactus, thorn bushes, and iguana (see photos)! And it never rains here except the rainy season, which is one month; November. Touring the island, and seeing the desert, we came to understand why we have had a thin coat of dust on our boat (inside and outside). Whenever we get out of the water and walk around the deck, it quickly becomes mud!

We drove a couple miles to the other side of the island and saw the wind farm, Indian encryptions in the caves, the blow holes, the cactus distillery where they make tequila (unfortunately, not open), the mangrove forest with flamingos (see photos), the wind-swept east coast with driftwood sculptures and petrified coral in the limestone (see photos), and the Willemstoren lighthouse. There is an excellent wind surfing beach in an area that is an average of ~3 feet deep protected by a reef. We had lunch at the Jibe City Hang Out Bar and watched all the wind surfers (>50 surfers at any time). There is also a kite surfing beach, where you can typically see ~20 kitesurfers at any time.

The most interesting part for us was the salt pans. The salt pans cover ~20% of the island with the huge condenser ponds, evaporator ponds, and the crystallizer areas in their varying shades of blue, green, and pink depending on their level of evaporation (see photos). There were lots of flamingos in the ponds (at a distance). The slaves and donkeys were originally used in the salt production and there were red, orange, white, and blue obelisks along the coast to let ships know where to anchor, depending on what grade salt they were purchasing. The slave huts and obelisks are still present (see photos). The salt ponds (owned by Cargill since the 1960s) are now solar powered and they use conveyors to load ships.

More later - Gail & Tony
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Vessel Name: Cetacea
Vessel Make/Model: Cheoy Lee 53' Motorsailor
Hailing Port: Houston, Texas, USA
Crew: Tony Wessendorff & Gail Corrigan
About:
After 25 fun filled years as an environmental consulting firm owner, Gail sold her company and she and her husband, Tony the CFO, retired to go sailing on their boat Cetacea (see photo gallery). Cetacea was in St. [...]
Extra: P.S. Cetacea is the higher order biological name for whales and dolphins. Whales and dolphins are cetaceans. And our boat is a big fat whale of a boat, hence the name Cetacea! Not to mention that Tony & Gail, like all sailors, love whales.
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