Another great trip this year. Stayed at Atlantic Ocean Beach Villas again, have just come to really love that place. Mainly the location being right on top of the beach and great snorkeling straight in front of you. Saw some things I had not seen before.
- More people snorkeling down at the Turtle Cove area and going straight to the spots provobum and I have pointed out. Hardly had a question about where the reef is this year, so this forum is obviously reaching quite a few people.
- One of the snorkel boats pulled up to the reef in front of AOBV. I had never seen that and would not think people would pay for a boat excursion for on-shore snorkeling. But, then someone walked to the end of the boat and started dumping a canister with fine powder billowing out. The people on the boat then made a toast and left. I am sure they were spreading the ashes of someone. If you had to pick a final resting spot, is there one better?
- I was out in the water about waste deep and friends on shore were pointing out a dark shape making its way down the beach to me. It got to within about 20 yards and we could all see the 6' or so shark as it turned and went back into the grassy area and disappeared. That was a definite highlight.
- We usually eat-in one night, go out the next. But to lower cost, we go to places like Tiki Hut, Horse Eyed Jacks, etc. Finally went to Bay Bistro. Blew us all away with the quality of the food and service. Clive was a gracious and humorous host. It is now our favorite spot.
- My son came down with strep throat and went to Urgent Care behind the Graceway Gourmet. The staff was pleasant and the doctor was great. He had sons in college in North Carolina (my state) and we probably talked for 10 or 15 minutes about that and other topics. I do not know about anyone else, but I can't remember spending more than a couple of minutes with my doctor here talking about my medical condition much less other topics. As strange as it sounds, it was a highlight of the trip just to sit around and shoot the breeze with a doctor. In case you're wondering about cost, I thought very reasonable, $140 for visit and medicine.
- Cracked conch and fritters at Da Conch shack, always a highlight.
- My wife and daughter made the mistake of going to the TCSPCA to get a t-shirt and then looked at the Potcakes. We had talked about Potcakes before, but we already had two dogs. We lost one on Christmas day, which was also a rescue dog. We ended up bringing home Gracie. They say she will be only 50 lbs but her paws say she will be a lot bigger. If you're wondering, the Potcake Place meets you at the airport with the dog and carrier. You pay the airline fee and breeze through security at TCI. At Charlotte Customs, they asked if that was one of those Potcake dogs so they are quite familiar with them. Coming into the US was hassle free. I know, we could adopt a rescue dog here at home but I guess I kind of figure dogs don't know nationality.
Great trip, hope to be back in 2012