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Re: A Getaway to Paradise - as2's Private Island Escape
« Reply #30 on: February 27, 2019, 08:58:16 PM »

Island Life


We walked the island, from the north side, up to the east point, and stood there looking out at the water for a bit. We headed back on the south side of the island and took a detour among the trees in the more central area to get back to the cabin.

By this time, the sun was beginning to set, and being that we were quite exhausted both from not sleeping, as well as traveling all day, we decided it was time for dinner and an early bedtime.

For food, we had brought a pot and a pan as well as a spatula and ladle, a bunch of Meal Mart shelf stable meals (mainly chulent), a bunch of tradition soups, oatmeal, some noodles, granola bars, cheese, and bread. We purchased eggs there, along with some more noodles, some fruit and some other odds and ends. Overall, Meal mart meals aren’t all that bad, actually, I found some to be quite good. The chulent, comes with kishke and potato kugel, which when warmed right, is actually quite tasty, and filling. Avoid the parve cheese ravioli at all costs… The rib dinner was delicious as well.

We boiled up a pot of the unfiltered fresh water from the sink, so as not to waste our precious drinking water, and threw some chulents in for about 10 min.

After a hearty filling meal, we were ready to head to bed. I figured we’d charge up our phones before bed, and went to plug them into the charging station. It was working just fine before, but now, it was letting out a little beep, then nothing. Our power supply was gone. The lights were all still working, and the battery meter was showing ¾ full, so I assumed the power station was on its own system, and needed to charge back up. I left it for the night, and figured I’d give it a try in the morning. Our phones, and only means of communication with the kids, and barry, were at about 10%. I shut mine off to preserve battery in case we needed it later, and my wife kept hers on to use as a clock (there aren’t any in the cabin). I passed out at about 6:45 to the sound of the waves splashing against the shores of our own little paradise.

I typically am awakened by my kids, at some inhumane hours, and factoring in that I had gotten 10 hours of sleep, I was up at about 4:45. The sun didn’t rise until about 6:30, so I ended up heading back to bed, for a couple hours.(Ah, the luxury of a vacation without the kids!)

At around 8:00 we got out of bed and started our day. It was still a overcast, and it was drizzling occasionally. I checked out our power station, but was met with silence. With the winds still quite harsh, I figured Barry wouldn’t make it over, and started to worry a bit.


We made eggs for breakfast, and ate them in the living room, as the weather wasn’t cooperating enough to eat outside. After breakfast, I started playing around with the power station again, and realized it was wired to the main battery supply. If the lights were working, so should it. I took a look at the fuses on the back, and lo and behold, the thing came to life! Apparently it was just a loose connection. We called home, and checked on the kids who were doing just fine.

I wandered around admiring, and taking pictures of the little things, whose beauty was not at all diminished by the weather.

Pelicans hangin' on the dock

Coconuts!

Hiding hermit crab

Pelican

Barnacles(?) on some driftwood

Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab



With the weather being so ‘blah’, we kinda just chilled most of the day, with an occasional dip in the water and walk on the beach. We were more than happy with the weather, even if it could’ve been better, and were fine knowing that it might not clear up. Still worth it by a long shot, but it’s not like we weren’t still hoping for some sun. After a very relaxing day, we headed to bed, concluding our first full day on the island.

We awoke Tuesday morning to sun shining through the trees! Finally!

We whipped up some eggs for breakfast, and enjoyed eating out on the deck, with the warm breeze perfecting the ambiance. While the islands beauty was evident the previous days, it was notched up when flooded with natural warmth and light. Today the water had an inviting look that couldn’t be ignored. After breakfast, we took a walk around the island once more, but this time, it was like a whole new world. As we made our way around the back of the island, we found a large fallen tree the seemed to be hollow. Apparently this was an iguana hot spot, because they were camped out on it, enjoying the sun.

Mr Iguana (Larry)

Our reptilious friend



We headed to the eastern point of the island, all the while, basking in the sun. The waves meet at the tip of the island, and kid of clap together.

The waves...


meeting...


splash!



As we walked the island, we noticed some of the things that seemed to pop a bit more when the sun was out. Along the south shore, some beautiful orange flowers grew.

Random flower


Some fungus grew off a nearby tree, kind of looking like a disc that impaled it.

Tree fungus



Back at the dock, the pelicans were enjoying the sun too.

Sunbathing pelican



Up in a nearby tree, a pelican sat and waited for the perfect time to swoop down and grab some fish.

Pelican watching for fish, from above



In the distance, you could clearly see the shores of Utila, and its outlying cays.

The shores of Utila on the horizon

Arial view of Utila

Some other cays off of Utila




The last cay in that string of cayos is actually Little Cay, the other island owned by the Jacksons.


We went snorkeling throughout the trip, but unfortunately, my Gopro case left a black ring around my pictures and videos. I didn’t bring much else for underwater photography, and the one other option I had didn’t work. So for great underwater pictures, I’ll refer you to SF’s report, where the pictures are clearer than my goggles were.There are a few in my Flickr, but not even worth posting. I’ll still verbalize (in writing) it a bit. We opted to enter primarily from the area off the tip of the island just a bit south. That area deepened gradually, and was easy to maneuver in, out, and around. Literally the second your goggles dip below the surface, you are met with the sight of gorgeous reefs. Fish of all shapes sizes, and colors surround the reefs, swimming in and out of the nooks and crannies or the reefs. I’ve been diving before, but this was another world. The coral alone was beyond gorgeous, and the sea life that swarmed it was dialing it up a notch. I regret not doing more snorkeling, but I still got some solid time in.

As the day came to a close, we walked the south shore and enjoyed watching the sun set. Fish of all colors were visible even from the shore, and they’d practically swim up onto the sand. As we walked, I noticed a stingray in the water just a few feet away from me. This was a small ray, but cool nonetheless.

Stingray
Stingray




I tried to get some underwater shots, but as soon as my hand went under, he swam away…


Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty much a bunch swimming, snorkeling, eating, hammocking, and strolling the island.


Wednesday evening, our last on the island, I took the drone up for a final sunset spin.

Sunset


Sunset


The orange horizon


More sunset


Sunset


Nightfall on the island




Well that’s enough of that. We had a 6:00 am flight Thursday morning departing from UII, So we packed up a bit, ate dinner, and called it a night, with alarms set for 4:00 am...

Memories last forever, make them while you can.

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Re: A Getaway to Paradise - as2's Private Island Escape
« Reply #31 on: February 27, 2019, 09:06:57 PM »
Awesome! Seems like a shame to go for so short though.
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Re: A Getaway to Paradise - as2's Private Island Escape
« Reply #32 on: February 27, 2019, 09:08:38 PM »
Awesome! Seems like a shame to go for so short though.
Shabbos would probably be doable, but not ideal. This was pretty much the longest we'd get without being away for shabbos. I don't feel like it was too short, but longer definitely wouldn't have hurt.
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Re: A Getaway to Paradise - as2's Private Island Escape
« Reply #33 on: February 28, 2019, 03:17:04 PM »
Those last few drone pics are amazing! What model did you use for them?

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Re: A Getaway to Paradise - as2's Private Island Escape
« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2019, 04:22:53 PM »
Those last few drone pics are amazing! What model did you use for them?
I brought a Mavic Pro
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