Snorkeling and Sun and Goodbyes
25 January 2014 | Fantasy Island Marina, French Cay Harbour, Roatan
Beth / bathing suits and sunscreen
Yes! Alex had a day of snorkeling and fun in the sun before he headed back to cold Ottawa.
We played just off the gazebo at the eastern corner of Fantasy Island in the morning and saw a good assortment of fish and some interesting (although not colourful) coral. In the afternoon we dinghied across the deep water channel to the wall where we had such fantastic snorkeling with Jim and Jeannie (Estelle) last year. Unfortunately, the water was too cloudy from all the rain and wind to make it a good venue this time – we couldn’t see the sunken boat – but oh it was delightful to play in the water. We headed for lawn chairs on the beach but by the end of the day the sky was becoming overcast again and the no see ums were attacking so it was back to the boat for us.
After a lovely final evening – pork tenderloin dinner in the cockpit – we said our good byes on Friday and set off in a rented car for the airport. I had forgotten that there is a $40 US departure tax – good thing we had some money in our pockets. Next stop – the bank! We waved farewell to our guy and stepped outside into torrential rain. Good thing we had the car for todays errands. We searched out the Bulk Gourmet to see what goodies they have this year – pretty much the same gourmet items but they have moved farther along the road, raised their prices, and added a lunch area where we enjoyed tasty chicken/cranberry Panini sandwiches.
Charles, at the TiGo store in the Megaplaza, speaks excellent English and got us set up with new phone and internet chips, and after a stop at Eldon’s – the famous Roatan grocery store that has everything you’d ever want – we drove back to Fantasy Island in time to meet Andy from Cool Wind Supply who came to see if he could fix our fridge. He added some refrigerant, we all crossed our fingers and as he went home, we walked across the island to watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on the outdoor screen at the Tiki Palapa.
And so ended our first days (this year) on Fantasy Island - sun, rain, goodbyes, good food, a fixit man who shows up when he says, movies and popcorn.