Sunday, January 3, 2010
We stayed in a great little condo (http://www.hollywoodbeachsuites.com/) right on the beach on the north side of the island in an area known as Whitby. The condos were a perfect home base, with virtually everything you could ever need to feel at home. From there, we ventured out every day, on bikes (every condo comes with two!) or our rented Jeep, to explore the islands of North and Middle Caicos!
We fixed our own meals on most days, but also discovered a nice little hideaway called the Silver Palms where Karen fixed us a really great spiny lobster dinner! (www.oceanbeach.tc/northcaicos/restaurant-bar/silverpalm.htm) On another evening the manager or our condo unit, Alveda, prepared for us a local specialty, a yummy conch dinner with beans and rice! And during our travels to the island of Middle Caicos, a bumpy drive over the causeway, we had a great, and entertaining, meal with the owner of Daniel's Cafe. (www.middlecaicos.biz/daniels-cafe.htm) Daniel, and his son Devon, proved to be very gracious and a lot of fun!
Let me just say, I could, and might, do a whole book of sky scenes...
There aren't a lot of mammals on the island...other than humans, there are plenty of dogs (and a great non-profit organization working to find homes for some of the many strays on the island...http://www.potcakefoundation.com/) and we saw a few cats...and then there are lizards, little geckos everywhere...and crabs tucked into every hole in the brown sugary sand...and a variety of birds...flamingos and herons and pelicans and sandpipers among others.
And there are the people, who are humble and kind and helpful and really lovely...including my new friend Aaron! They live simple, but hard, lives on the island...with a great deal of pride about their culture, their spiritual beliefs and their families.