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Debt free empty nesters...ready to stretch our wings. Life is good and we plan on making it even better. This blog is mostly about our trips to Vieques Puerto Rico, with a few odds and ends thrown in about our life after the mortgage.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Staying power....

No this blog entry isn't going to be an ad for Viagra or the like. Nope, I'm talking about being hard core beach goers and hanging out, through the rain and wind, when everyone else leaves. Sometimes you get to see things the crowds never do, besides...you have the whole place to yourselves.
 
But I'm getting ahead of myself....
 
We slept great last night and woke up early. Had coffee and the last of our fruit, which reminded us that the farmers market was open today. So..we headed out to the farmers market before going  to the beach.  Spent $27 and bought papaya, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, onions, yellow peppers, red peppers, apples, pears. I   did  forget to film the market..oops. We'll get some video of it next week (it's so nice to be able to say  "next week").  Finally got to La Plata around 10am and  weren't the first ones, but still were able to secure our cabana. We saw Jorges trailer parked down the way and figured he was out on a morning sail.
 
  After setting things up I had to do some repairs on our cooler, it has no handle and is awkward to carry. I remembered seeing a large piece of rope over on the far beach, it would make for a great handle.  Didn't take long get it fixed up.  Here's a picture of it now:

 
Told ya it was a large piece of rope. After my DYI project we started our morning yoga. Lorrie seems to be lengthening the routine each day. My downward dawgs and cobblers poses are starting to come together although under physical protest. After yoga it was a swim over to the gallery and once again we're both slowly improving on the swim. Each time we complete the yoga and the swim I'm amazed at how Judy and Andre breeze thru it each and every morning. Simply amazing for 75 yr olds. After the swim I had to get something to eat and  one of the pears we bought at the farmers market this morning hit the spot. Next  it was onto  DYI project #2, a stand/holder for our MP3/radio. We've decided to bring some music with us to the beach. I wasn't really sure how I was going to make it. I wanted the radio high enough  and out in front of us but didn't want to have to tie and untie it multiple times. That meant I was going to have to attach it to one of the support poles of the cabana somehow? I was scavenging around through a pile of debris on the beach when I found a nice piece of bamboo. Hah...I knew what I was going to do. Here's a shot of what I came up with:
 
 
  After the projects were done I decided to head out to snorkel for a bit. Lorrie opted to just hang out and read. I went around the south side of La Plata almost all the way to Escondida. Saw the regulars on the reefs. The only thing unusual were all the jellyfish and there  were a lot of them, of all sizes too. Sometimes they were bunched up in groups. I guess I was out for about an hour or so. When I finished some darker clouds were forming out to sea and it wasn't long before a light rain started.  The first rain didn't last long but the second one really cleared the beach. Lorrie and I huddled under our little cabana and waited it out, knowing that it probably wouldn't last too long. When it finally stopped Lorrie looked around and said "The beach is OURS!"  and it was now late enough in the afternoon that we really didn't expect anyone else to show up.

 One of the things we've been doing this trip, when we finally get the place to ourselves, is pour a glass of scotch,  sit facing the setting sun and just take it all in, scotch included. I guess you could say it's a kind of evening meditation. We were just sitting there, enjoying our scotch and listening to the radio when we noticed a rainbow forming off to the east. I have video of when we first noticed it, check out Lorrie getting into the tunes:



To say that experiencing the rainbow was magical still doesn't do the event justice. It was simply amazing. Maybe partly do to  the scotch, but  really I don't think so and the video bears that out. Just when I think the novelty of Vieques might wear off we are part of something like this. We watched the rainbow for almost an hour.  Needless to say Lorrie and I are having another great trip. I have a video of the rainbow and it arcing over to almost 3/4's of full. It was so bright it didn't look real:




more shopping video tomorrow
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7 comments:

  1. Thanks for another wonderful day. What is the name of the song in the background at the market and then on the beach. Also, what is the name of the song during the rainbow. Enjoy!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed our crazy exploits. The music playing in the market video is "This must be the place" by the Talking Heads (can you tell I'm an old eighties dude). Most people recognize this song from the movie "Wallstreet" with Charlie Sheen, although us children of the eighties remember the Talking Heads along with The Fixx and all those other great bands. Not sure which beach video you mean but the one where I'm filming Lorrie and she's bobbing her head to the tunes plus I take a shot of our radio stand just happens to be the same song (this must be the place.) We didn't plan it that way, just happened...crazy huh? The other beach video is of Little Boat Sailing and it too has the Talking Heads and their doing "Once in a Lifetime" which has some life-changing lyrics if you dig deep into them. The rainbow video has In Credo playing "Siesta del Sol" (which we thought was fitting for a setting sun.) And thank you for the comments, makes it all worth while. (Also make me feel like I'm not talking to myself...lol)

      :-)

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  2. I can guarantee you are not talking to yourself. There are many like us who follow this story. Our personal story goes back to my telling you to stay at Tradewinds for one night....a memory, yes?...good or bad...Clorox :-)...so sorry. We were coming in to Quinta Jalabi after your stay a couple years ago. Anyway, we love Vieques and try to get there once a year. You are a desktop icon on our computer :-). We like to try new places every year, too. Keep writing and send your playlist to Iowa. Lou.

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  3. Terrific rainbow and the HEADS? I knew there was a reason (or several) I liked you guys when I met you. AJ and I will miss you - because it's a tour year for the theater we have to come the last two weeks of January (10 days - 1/21 through 2/1) but will always treasure our meeting and your great advice about the kayaking. The posts only end up making me want the time to fly by! Happy Viequesing!

    Hal

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    1. Thanks Hal...we were hoping to see you two again, we'll only miss each other by 2 days. Sounds like you've been very busy with the theater. The weather has been just great this trip and the water is sooo warm. Lorrie and I plan on kayaking again this trip, just haven't got around to it yet, maybe next week.

      Best to you and Adrian

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  4. Hi guys!

    Enjoying reading your trip blog again. I needed to see that rainbow today. Thanks for sharing.

    Brandi

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    1. Thanks Brandi and we're glad the rainbow made a difference for ya. There's a common thread we share in regard to Vieques, so we understand. To say that this trip is going great is an understatement, it's almost like therapy now. We hope that you too can garner some of the healing power Vieques has, if only vicariously. We are so glad to share.

      :-)

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