Vacation was winding down for Darren, Katie, Annika, and Gavin. What better way to get the most out of our time together than to spend yet another day at the beach; our “private” section of Turtle Beach.
Annika was The Keeper of the Map. This was a very important job! Annika was responsible for keeping the map clean and dry; she was given a specialized map case (a very handy, small dry bag that she could wear around her neck). Annika was also responsible for directing us though the rain forest to Turtle Beach. She did an excellent job! Once we’d arrived, she brought out the map to confirm our location.
With all those palm fronds around, Brian couldn’t resist weaving a hat. The fronds were a bit shorter than those he was familiar with working with in the Bahamas, but just the right size for a little head.
Brian had some help from Annika, she was perfecting her leaf-splitting technique. Annika explained, however, that she was not weaving. “I’m making tickets,” she explained. I replied, “Oh, do we need tickets for this beach?” “Yes you do,” Annika informed me as she continued to effortlessly cut the palm leaves with her teeth. She then handed me two small pieces of palm leaf and instructed me to put my tickets into the box (through the slats of the reclining beach chair). Good thing admission was free!
Katie and I went for a walk and came back with some coconuts. Darren and Brian went to work! We’ve watched the Indigenous people of Bastimentos drink from coconuts while they are working. With one hit of the coconut against a tree trunk, the husk comes off and then one swipe of a machete releases the refreshing coconut juice. It is fascinating to watch. Darren and Brian, however, took about 20 minutes to prepare our coconuts…brute force, multiple tools, and sweat were involved. Well worth a tasty treat!
Back at the Red Frog Marina, everyone freshened up. The gals put on our party dresses and we went back to Casa Kayuka that evening for Wild Wednesday. (As it turns out it wasn’t quite as wild as we’d expected.) Dance music played while we enjoyed drinks and ice cream. Darren and Brian had a showdown at the billards table; Annika judged the event. We danced and played and later headed back to Rode Trip happy and tired.
Brian and I love our friends and we didn’t want them to leave (despite our cramped living quarters). But all vacations eventually come to an end…and Darren, Katie, Annika, and Gavin had to return to their own home in New Hampshire. We’ll miss them, but we’ll be in touch and see one another again soon!