Sunday, August 24, 2008

Time flies...

...when you're in the caribbean, it seems. Got back from St. Croix late last night, it feels like the week went by so quickly! I know I went, though, by the sun burn on my butt from snorkeling and the photos I just uploaded onto my computer.

There are more photos on my mom's camera, and I have three underwater disposable cameras (800 speed film, so they rock) that need to be developed. My mom's camera does have an underwater case and I took a few photos before the battery ran out (didn't bring the charger, darn!).

So here's a sampling of my vacation - stories of our adventures will follow in more posts!

I went with my parents, who own the condo (at Sugar Beach) we stay at. Here's part of the view from our balcony:
We are literally on the beach, about 50 feet from the water of Turquoise Bay protected by Long Reef. It's fantastic snorkeling, there is also a section of sunken tires close by that fish just love to hang out at.

One thing we had to deal with this week was rain - luckily it didn't get in the way of any plans, at one point we were snorkeling but the rain was refreshing and didn't bother us. Here's a shot from one short burst of showers.
We had several visitors during the week, the first of which was an adorable little gecko. I captured it running around my room, and it hopped onto my sun glasses.
And for some reason, we got crabs! I'm pretty sure they're among the crabs that dig tunnels into the sand on the beach. Mind you, we're on the third floor. The outside (and inside) walls are stucco, so it's possible for them to climb, but I kept asking - why? Did they smell dinner? We offered them various little treats such as chips and chicken, but they seemed too skittish to go after any food. I put one of them on the wall, and half an hour later checked his progress - he was halfway back down to the beach.

Crab #1:
Crab #2:
Plenty more photos and stories to share... I'll post more in between packing up for college. Leaving later this week!


Field Notes said...

Your crabs and geckos are way cuter than the mouse and roach that inhabited my cabana in Belize. Waaaaaaay cuter. But they came with monkeys, so I can't really complain too much.

Looking forward to seeing more pics!

fly tie said...

that first picture is *beautiful*!

i want so badly to be on some island somewhere.

PurrPrints said...

Those crabs are adorable--you should apply your crafting skills into making some modeled after your pictures!

Vivian said...

I'm soooo jealous! That first picture makes me want to be there right now! Great blog :)

Giftbearer said...

That sounds like a really fun vacation. I love geckos and the crabs coming in reminds me of when I was in Mexico years ago and anoles used to crawl upside down on the ceiling of the motel restaurant that was open on all 4 sides.

RedMarionette said...

Your crabs are adorable! How fun!