11 August 2023 | Bonaire
Jenny Gaskell | Warm sunny days
It’s early morning and the normally calm waters of Bonaire harbour started to rise and fall. I stirred to a change in Jade’s tempo and poised for last nights dishes to start a racket🙉.(I left them out for God to dry)😬 I’m aware Pedro would have sensed a change way before the first clink of dishes.
It appears a mega cruise ship came into port at first light this morning. The American cruise liner has cast a large shadow over the quaint capital of Kralendijk. Yep, looks like they have more onboard than people live here- things are about to change in this seaside town.
I tippy toed my way over top deck, dodged the sleeping body of He Who Hums to find myself a seat with today’s vista. Shocked to see this ginormous ship actually has a roller coaster on top almost in the clouds. Is that even a thing? 😳
I can see why Pedro likes to sit here for sundowners. Nestled in each corner of the rear deck are two seats with a table to rest your beverage. The aft safetyrail wraps around giving back support and an arm rest! No core strength required…ahhh feet up 😑
Thankfully the sun is not high enough to affect the cool breeze off the water…but give it 5-10 and this too will change.
This Caribbean Island has only two seasons - Dry and Drier! 🤣 Therefore warm (and warmer) all year round for anyone looking for the sun.
There’s Cacti aplenty on the northern end, the earth literally dry as an old boot. But cacti fencing is a thing!
The other end of this island has low lying flatlands, featuring tall pyramid shaped salt stacks ready for exporting. The surreal landscape opens up with kilometres of mauve-pink salt plains that glistens in the sun! I’m definitely adding this to the natural wonders of jg’s world for sure.
The insane pink mirage stretches along one side of the road and vibrant teal ocean on the other both illuminated by the white coral foundation.
I have mixed feelings about tiny miniature huts still standing neatly on the waters edge as they were historically for slaves whilst they harvest solar salt, Maize and to cultivate dyewood 😥
My mint green sarong fluttering against the turquoise waters draws me back to see
white coral waving from beneath the ripple. A school of black bodied fish with a perfect ultra violet outline pass under Jade, such contrasts on every level here. Exactly as the billboard states, Bonaire -In Nature We Live.
The waft of coffee percolating drifts up from the galley which tells me Pedro is awake and an immediate big splash on the portside indicates He Who Hums is up too. Time to get into this day and our chores.
Our next island adventure awaits on Curacao. 😎😍😎
In order, we need to:-
and Check out with port authorities.
All before Jade Sails off in the direction of the Panama Canal.