Next week we will have been in Bonaire a month - wow, I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. I totally love it here, there's a great community of very international cruisers and we can dial in to the social events as much or as little as we like - there's a pot luck every Sunday, happy hour every Thursday, shared diving and any thing else people come up with. The protected mooring field is in calm, crystal clear water just in front of a world class reef, despite the fact that most days it's blowing 20-25knots.
|This is what it looks like everyday - I just snapped this for the blog just now.....|
|Beautiful National Park|
|Our hire truck - needed for the national park|
|Warawara birds in the park|
|Trying Cactus Liquor|
|Look how they make fencing in Rincon|
|Centre of Rincon|
One afternoon we got a surprise invitation to Linde's birthday - Linde was turning 13 and made invitations for a birthday party including a Dutch Bottle Bash. Boat kids are so fantastic, here was a 12 year old who confidently came to our boat and spoke in perfect English to invite Andrew and I to her birthday. It was such a fun afternoon with other Dutch, Swedish and French boats all with kids playing a game with water in bottles and a football. There was lots of cake too. For Linde's birthday 4 of the boats got together and we bought her a trial dive which she did the next day - I think watching this was an even more special gift . She was also given a windsurfing lesson by professional windsurfers which she did the day after and then went bareback horse riding in the water- what a week this fabulous girl had.
Ear fixed, or so I thought, we got back to diving and I have been keeping up a dive log most days on instagram.....https://www.instagram.com/carolynspictures/ We got invited to do a shore dive in the north of the island with the Fat Susan's - a lovely English family also with an Oyster - you'll need to read their blog to learn why she's called FatSusan. The dive at Karpata was great and we got experience truck diving that Bonaire is famous for. The dive shop they used, allowed you to pull in fill your own tanks and drive on to the next dive, in the car parks at most dive site divers chat and compare notes. We must have passed the test as last week we got invited back to dive the wreck of the Hilma Hooker with Sian and Des - too deep for teenagers. We repaid them with a roast dinner aboard Askari last night.
|Me taking pics on the Hilma Hooker - thx @Growingapair|
|Andrew and Fat Susan crew after a great dive at Karpata|
|Local friends looking at home on Askari|
Oh btw if you haven't seen my frogfish and octopus swimming videos the're here and here....This was the coolest diver ever we did earlier this week.
|Sunset over Klein Bonaire|