|We headed to the airport early on Saturday. It was a pleasant drive. I was a bit worried about the size of the plane but it turned out to be a full sized jet so everything was ok. Although it still was a bit bumpy during landing. But there was no vomit.
We arrived at the little Malindi airport. As we exited the plane we were smacked in the face by a stifling humidity. It was hot and muggy. Not as bad as Lamu last year, but pretty close.
There was about a 40 minute drive through scenery and picturesque small villages. We arrived at the resort, ready to start our relaxation. We checked in, got our green wristbands, and headed to the rooms. It was lunch time, so we dropped our stuff and went to the poolside buffet. It was pretty tasty. And I started my diet of pina coladas. I would have several before the weekend ended.
From lunch, we walked down the beach. Fran did a little shopping at a kiosk set up at the end of the beach. Jessica, Evan and I did some perusing. We did locate a plaque on the wall with the name of one of my coworkers and her family. When you come to Turtle Bay 4 times, you get a plaque on the wall. Kinda fun.
When we got back near our resort, Evan rented us a camel. I went first. It was so much fun. A little scary - it's a long way down from the top of a camel. Actually, the scariest part was when the camel stood up. He sits down for you to climb on his back. And he stands up butt first - so you feel like you are gonna pitch forward over the camels head.
The camel ride was awesome.
After the ride, we dawdled on the beach at dusk. It was a lovely sunset. And as the sun went down the crabs came out. They burrowed into the sand during the day, but at night they scamper all over the beach. They were closing in on us from both sides.
I was just afraid that one would burrow out from the sand on which I was standing.
After sunset, we went back for showers before dinner. Our dinner the first night was at the buffet restaurant. They set up tables right next to the pool with candles. It was very pretty. The food was good also. There were some really tasty parsley potatoes! After dinner, there was a performance by three guys - acrobats. They juggled, flipped, walked a tightrope, limbo'd
, and the one really bendy guy put himself through a lampshade in a variety of ways.
After all the performances, Jessica, Evan and I competed in trivia contest (Fran was very tired and went to bed). We didn't do that well. Kinda disappointing.
On the way back to the room, Evan and I noticed a crab caught in the wading pool. Since there was no way out for him, I made Evan fish him out with a big net on a pole that was lying around. So we saved him from the little pool, and as soon he hit the ground, he ran straight into the big pool. So it was back to the net. We got him out of the big pool (a little more difficult than the little one) and he almost ran into the wading pool again. But we managed to herd him away and to freedom.
The next morning, Fran and Jessica were up and reserving beach chairs before Evan and I even awoke. We ran into them when we headed down. They were just starting breakfast, so joined them. After breakfast, we wanted to find out about snorkeling. I had never snorkeled before and that was one of the main things I wanted to do. We finally got it arranged and headed out. It was a small ride on the boat to the snorkel site. It was a little scary at first - I swallowed a fair bit of sea water until I got the hang of breathing with the snorkel. I also spent the whole time hanging onto a floaty ring. I just felt like I would sink if I let go. Fran was not sure if she was going to join us but she did eventually dive right in.
The snorkeling was awesome. We saw some really cool fish. I think Dory from Finding Nemo swam by several times. There were lots of little striped fish, big fish, rainbow fish, iridescent fish. I had a waterproof camera which I unsuccessfully tried to take a couple of pictures. Evan and mostly Jessica took the underwater shots (it has not been developed yet. As soon as I get them pics I will post them!)
After snorkeling for a while, we headed back. On our way, we took a detour to a sand bar. The tide was heading out, so we wandered around on it for a while. It was very scenic.
Once we got back, it was time for showers and lunch (I don't remember which order). Lunch was pizza for us and hard bread for the fish in the nearby water feature.
Relaxed after lunch. Evan and I tried to rent a pedal boat, but it was too late. We went into to water (Indian Ocean). I started to get seasick from the waves and was afraid of being bitten by an eel so I didn't swim long. We also went in the pool for a bit.
We had reservations for dinner at a fancy restaurant for dinner. The waiter put is near an open window for a nice breeze. It was tasty. And very filling. I think I was full after the soup. We called it a night after dinner.
The next morning we headed home. Fran and Jessica were up early to shop and take photos. Evan and I got up for breakfast and departure.