the locals call it One Happy Island. they are so right. we will undoubtedly return. i have rarely felt this strongly about a place. it was an island filled with jeep wranglers, fresh fruit, flea markets, abundant seafood, frozen drinks, live music, tiki torches, lizards, few bugs, good drinking water, calm caribbean sea water, various languages, families, couples...smiling faces.
let me take you on a tour of 8 days in our version of paradise.
kristin & jeff. we hit it off the very first night, pals for life
each morning started with a workout. even on vacation we value exercise. it gets our blood pumping and energizes us for whatever the day brings!
*and also makes us earn the frozen drinks that follow
prior to the commencement of frozen drinks, we would grab a refreshing juice
and/or a pitaya bowl filled with the freshest island fruits, complete with a sprinkle of coconut
afternoons were filled with a lil' relaxation and a lot of adventure peppered in
southern gent was weary of my plan....
and he was right...we hit a bump and went flying. cowabunga!
we chartered a catamaran one afternoon and snorkeled with a big group
a couple days later we took a 4 hour utv tour around the island terrain, fit with a buff for the desert dust
and i did the flyboard. whoa. looks way easier than it is. i got BEAT UP!
but this girl won't back down from a challenge! #bruises
animals of any kind draw us right in. island dogs were a favorite!
these parrots made me want an exotic bird of my own!
this little fella was intrigued with grabbing the pom poms on my bag
we kind of felt like wild animals when we had to pay a dollar to relieve ourselves one afternoon
lunch was typically @ a grass hut or with our tails planted in beach chairs
my favorite seat, though, was the egg chair. we enjoyed a few of their signature Aruba Aribas, and even a couple nightcaps...perched in one of these
sunsets were brilliant
palm trees galore!
we decided we, too, love aruba
and each other! happy anniversary to my southern gent! someone i would choose over & over again. i don't know the statistics but would guess that a small percentage of married couples have the opportunity to spend 6 years as two. most have started a family by this time. it hasn't been our choice, and has been oh-so painful yet oh-so beautiful. i am happy and thankful for this journey we are on. we don't know what is next, we have learned to let go of the reigns and practice presence while we continue to discover our purpose in adulthood. we know we are in it together and if it is only the two of us forever....that will be our perfect story. thank you aruba!