Friday August 25:
Our last full day on the island had arrived. Iâ€™ll be honest; I was ready to go home. I really hadnâ€™t slept well all week and it was still too hot. The house had lost some of its charm and had become a humid death trap.
We didnâ€™t have much planned other than one last snorkel trip and a trip to town to do some shopping. Weâ€™d picked up a few things during the week, but needed to do some more shopping. The morning was still hazy and evil and we didnâ€™t do a whole lot of anything.
Then, a miracle happened. A breeze picked up. The haze blew away.
When we got back to the house, it was about , so I mustered the crew for one last drive over to the
We hit the beach as all the day-trippers were leaving and there were maybe 30 people there. We geared up and headed to the right side of Trunk Cay. Itâ€™s the less-popular side, but Iâ€™d read about Charlie the barracuda who is often seen there. We had the side of the island to ourselves and I did manage to spot Charlie. The reef isnâ€™t as colorful on the right side and the water was oddly cool, so we swam around to the more popular left side. The underwater trail that I had mentioned is on this side and the reef is very good. The 4 of us were all in one general area, but were off in our own worlds. Since JewelrySlut and I didnâ€™t have flippers, I actually found maneuvering to be a lot easier. I was able to float in through some real shallow sections to get to more secluded pools and caves. It really was a lot of fun. Every now and then, one of us would pop to the surface and beckon the others over to see something of interest. As we were starting back to the beach, we hit pay dirt again. There was a lone sea turtle having dinner next to one of the reefs. We just hung there for a while watching it eat. At one point, it surfaced to breathe and was about 2 feet from me. Iâ€™ve got to say that the sea turtles were the snorkeling highlight of the trip. The fish are very cool and the coral growths are unbelievably bright, but the turtles were just awesome. And weâ€™d seen 3!
As the clouds rolled in, we packed up and went back. By the time we were about half way back to town, it was pouring. We decided to pass on JJâ€™s and just head to the house. We arrived right in time for an all-out deluge. It poured for about an hour. So, we all got cleaned up and dressed and then went back to town. We had shopping to do and needed something for dinner. Iâ€™d finally run out of food. We hit Freebird Jewelers and picked up some loot. I got another pukka-type necklace and some pirate treasure for Shmuppie. The kid had managed to score 2 pirate shirts, a treasure map and now some â€œauthentic treasureâ€. JewelrySlut had wanted a petroglyphs bracelet and Iâ€™d been arguing with myself all week whether or not to get a St John Hook bracelet. Part of me thought it was cool; the other thought it was gay. I decided it was cool and grabbed one.
The bracelets are famous on
We hit St John Spice yet again and loaded the car up and drove across town to Mongoose Junction again. JewelrySlut had seen some earrings in a store there and wanted to pick them up. I also figured the chances of finding a place to eat for under $35 per person was higher there. Well, the store was closed. Then, we decided to go to Morganâ€™s Mango. Iâ€™m still not sure why we did that. Weâ€™d gone there in 2004 and really liked the food. But, the service was just appalling.
They failed to disappoint this time out. Our waiter didnâ€™t know the specials or how to pronounce tough words like â€œscallopsâ€. MerlotMan ordered a glass of red wine and they brought white. When we sent it back, they never came back with another glass. I finally grabbed the waiter and asked for the wine. He brought the white again. MerlotMan was ready to burst into flames at this point. Finally, we got the wine and our food. As usual, the food was very good. JewelrySlut and I split half a chicken and a grilled shrimp salad. It was simple and very good.
Sated and still wondering why weâ€™d eaten there, we went back to the house, did a little packing, drank some rum and all went to bed. Saturday would be a hectic day and my stomach was already churning in anticipation.