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Jeff's Trip #4

Cary, North Carolina
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Jeff's Trip #4

Went to Westpunt today....what an interesting and delightful day. Stopped for a leisurely lunch at Sol Food and had the opportunity to meet Sunshine and David...what nice folks, they create an ambience that was like having lunch with friends, even though with four tables of complete strangers. Knowing we had come from Blue Bay, Sunshine was right there with a map to show us a couple of shortcuts, including one to avoid the Tera Cora construction by taking "a dirt road, but a good dirt road" from Bullenbaai. Tried it on the way home and we're still lost, and looking for car parts...just kidding; we actually missed the dirt road where we should have turned left and ended up at St. Willibrordus. Had to pull out the old iPhone and Google maps to get reoriented...y'all know what a disgrace it is when a guy has to fall back on a map! Finally hitting the right road, it certainly was shorter, but quite bumpy. OK for an SUV I suppose, but for marshmallow the Picanto, with its go-cart sized tires, it just wasn't happy with the bumpyness and washboard like vibrations. Enough on that. For lunch, I had the pizza, and as others before me have said it really was one of the best tasting pizzas I've ever had. Barb had the grilled hot dog that she raved about too.

After lunch, off to Grote Knip. This is something every visitor to Curacao just HAS to see. The overview when you arrive is breathtaking and picture post card beautiful. The waters were as calm as we've ever seen them making for great visibility and snorkeling. Saw a little octopus hiding in the rocks and a wide variety of fish. The real surprise of the day was when we were standing in the water and a bunch of people started to gather to marvel over a big old iguana in the cactus on one of the cliffs. A couple came up to us, and actually spoke English, so we got to talking and the conversation led to about where we were from. Turned out that they were from KY and we were from NC, and we soon realized just by chance that we had just met lexmelinda and her husband. What kind of improbability is that!!!

Also, while snorkeling found some pirate's long lost treasure...shiny gold and silver coins lying right there on the bottom...and in only six feet of water. What a Mel Fisher moment! OK, turned out it was only three guilder coins and a 25-cent coin the had probably fallen out of someone's pocket. Nevertheless, we came away fl 3.25 richer, and didn't even need to set foot in a casino. Think we'll save this windfall profit and buy Powerball ticket with it when we get home. Seems like it must have been a lucky omen...after all the odds on winning the lottery have to be more in our favor than the remote odds that we would actually stumble across and meet Melinda. Watch for me on TV next time the drawing has a big winner...I'll say howdy to all my TA friends. And to the person who lost the money, if they happen to be reading this, if you will step up and identify the coins, I'll be happy to give you your $1.55 back out of the winnings. ; - )

After a great day of high adventures we topped it off with a great dinner at another of our go-to places, Fishilicious restaurant. A super good seafood restaurant in the Scharloo section of Punda. Restaurant reviews coming soon to TA for both.

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1. Re: Jeff's Trip #4

:) Sounds like a wonderful day. I forgot to mention; while the shortcut was still basically a MTB route (far worse than yesterday), there was talk of making it an actual road. Now that it's grated, many hope it will get paved after the other construction is completed. Next year, bigger tires - I have other shortcuts LOL

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2. Re: Jeff's Trip #4

Pirate's treasure!!! Hahahaha. I read your post to DH and he laughed out loud at the whole thing. We think your chances of winning the lottery are VERY good. :-) What a pleasant surprise to meet you both by chance. Isn't Grote Knip the most beautiful place? I had to go back one last time.

I was wondering if you always fly on Tuesdays? Do you get a better price on those days? We're already plotting and scheming for the next trip. I can see why you love it here. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Cary, North Carolina
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3. Re: Jeff's Trip #4

Grote Knip is our favorite of all the beaches, particularly for its calm water and sandy bottom.

We usually travel Saturday to Sunday the following week or two. Gets in a couple more days without burning Barb's limited vacation time. But this time we used AAdvantage miles and Tuesdays were the days we could get the one stop in Miami good flights. I've found that the prices only vary a few bucks here and there by travel days, but keep checking costs often. Occasionally there's bargains to be had especially if you look on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday mornings. I've heard that's when airlines reset fares to match competition. You might also want to check Insel Air. They fly from Charlotte NC direct for about half of AA price, but only on Saturdays. My daughter used them last time and liked them.

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4. Re: Jeff's Trip #4

Jeff, we also voted Grote Knip as our favorite of all the beaches...and there are many beautiful beaches, so that's saying a lot. I just couldn't get over the absolutely perfect shade of turquoise water and how you could just float effortlessly in the calm sea. Lovely...just lovely.

Enjoying your posts...keep 'em coming. Very cool that you and Melinda ran into each other. :-)

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5. Re: Jeff's Trip #4

Nice reading your "#4" - had to google image Grote Knip and it doesn't look like a bad beach at all :) (I'm judging by Bahamas standards, so am a tad biased...ha ha). Sounds like another great day, Fishilicious is a cool name for a restaurant, fun about your 'treasure' & good luck with that lottery!

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