Good friends, who are coming to Vieques with us this Feb, turned me on to a tool called the "Coco Drill." We've used it a number of times this trip and it works great. Today I took some video of me using it on a young coconut. You can pick one up on Amazon for under 10 bucks:
Today was our last full day on island. Spent the whole day out on La Plata, as usual. Met another couple that reads the blog and are now "officially" islanders ( they just bought their first house on Vieqeus a few months ago). Congrats Jim and Karen.
The beaches have once again fully recovered from the seaweed. La Plata was every bit as perfect as it is in Feb. and the same goes for La Chiva. This whole seaweed issue is really a non issue. It's building the beaches back, I've watched it happen these last two weeks. As has been the case for the last two weeks there were very few people on the refuge. There were a couple other groups on La Plata today, but it didn't last long. Lorrie and I had the place to ourselves for the better part of the afternoon. Closed it down, Hard to say goodbye when it's looking so beautiful. We finished the evening at Tradewinds, out on the terrace. One of the many wonderful things about Vieqeus, and the Caribbean for that matter, is dining al fresco. The temperature and breezes this evening were just about perfect. The Malecon was rather quiet and it made staring out at the ocean from our table all the more pleasurable. I leave you with a 12 minute clip of Lorrie and I walking over to the gallery and admiring how blue the sky was today. Nothing fancy, nothing extraordinary, just a darn beautiful sky and some crystal clear water. Can't wait to do it all over again in about 11 weeks.