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For some… it is what drives us

Time to exchange the flippers in for a paddle as Duane loads us up with a surprise.  Have you ever watched a movie in which a group explores through the wilderness, then kayaks through the clear ocean to hike the deep jungle until they fall upon a glorious beach with huge waterfalls covered by rainbows and sprinkles of tropical raindrops… ok, well this wasn’t exactly like that however this experience was way beyond my typical day in the sun!

First was an energizing paddle out to sea. At this moment I felt so insignificant in the wide open water, especially as I allowed thoughts to consciously cross my mind. I have been so fortunate to see a large glimpse of this amazing planet, however I’ve only scraped the surface.  Imagine all of the panoramics that our eyes haven’t seen and the friends we don’t even know yet. What a sensational concept that ignites something within when you really think about it!

For some… it is what drives us.

    

    

 Once we reached Bloody bay, we took a moment to take in the wilderness and all it comes with. A gorgeous landscape and private beach confirms why this is one of Duane’s favorite spots and we haven’t even seen the best of it yet!

   

 
These magical little leaves are responsive to touch, aren’t we all? They lay flat open absorbing the wind, rain and sun until touched or dropped. If stimulated, they fold inward and droop defending themselves from harm and re-open a few minutes later. Pictures don’t do the action justice, but I felt like a kid out there playing with these creatures. 

     

  These ping pong looking balls are actually empty eggs of the fascinating sea turtle. Momma comes here and digs a hole for thousands of eggs in hopes that a few will survive. You can see on the right side of the collage how a few hatched and slid down the sand bank heading for the water. The following photo is Duane walking the path of what appears to be mothers trail.

  

 I’d like to pause here and remind you of the activities park in Malaysia.  I do this because our barefoot rock-crawling hike today reminded me that theres no other feeling that can duplicate the sensation of earth under your feet. Heres a collage from Penang in the post Monkey business in Malaysia.

  

…and today!  

   

I had no idea where this therapeutic jaunt was leading until I heard the faint sound of water splashing. “Duane, did you take us to a waterfall?”! 

 Large enough to play in, deep enough to swim in and hidden to the public means this little escape made for the perfect play day! Who wouldn’t turn into a big kid around here?! 

        

 So at this point, I’ve been shown the landscape of what could be the next beach film, paddled in the open sea, played in a waterfall and now… I’m humbled during our return to shore. With a direct memory of the village in Ecuador, we witnessed a group netting off the beach. Below is a collage from the good times volunteering in the post Does it taste better when you catch it?

 
 This process takes precious time, consistent strength and team work. How rewarding! 
Not that fish was on our menu though. We had fresh fruit and… no knife. Leave it to Macgyver to pierce the watermelon with a screwdriver then split it open and serve it bowl style. Utensils? We used the 10 digits we were born with, glorious! 

 

For our next adventure, we kept slightly inland for a peaceful paddle on a smooth river in Richmond.

    Nothing fancy was needed to absorb the simplicity of the arched trees that created a shaded path for our ride. Enjoy… we did! 

  

      

      
 
For all my soca fans out there, may I get a curtesy laugh for wanting to title the next collage Ducking? 

 I won’t hesitate to end this post with another sunset shot, as it seems Tobago just hands them out as gifts. This look out point is Flag Staff Hill. Duane said that years back they had an organized party up here with a shuttle service and a DJ providing the backdrop tunes for what I can only imagine to be an epic evening.

   
Handstand!    
 

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Atlanta in 5 days!

Remember Marshall?
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He was the chef I met in Las Vegas just a couple of months ago. We started chating about travels poolside at Ceasars Palace and before the end of the day, we made plans to reunite. High fives to a fellow traveler that sticks to his word!
This brings me to his residence in Atlanta Georgia for a whirlwind tour in 5 days.

Stone Mountain, at least the back side view anyway. My first excursion is to hike this beast!
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The walk towards the base. There was an awesome kids activity set along the way, clearly puts McDonalds playground to shame.
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Need a break mid climb? I suggest you don’t rest on this tree.
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I wish the pictures could show how steep it is. Obviously it’s not “gear worthy” or some record setting incline, but still enough angle to make me feel like I accomplished something.
Love the captain pose Marshall!
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Bonus to the mom with a baby on her back!
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History written in stone.
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We made it!
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This little guy kept me smiling… Who wouldn’t want to jump rock to rock? I should of joined him.
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Group photo!
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These are the three attempts at an airborne picture. I don’t consider them a failure at all. I think I like capturing the pre and post jump better than the mid-flight photo. We look so happy in our awkward poses.
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I love Stone Mountain!
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SATURDAY PIG ROAST!
Marshall found out that I had never been to a roast before. This brought him to plan a shindig at his place for me and his friends.

*Please note some of these images might be difficult to observe depending on your eating beliefs.

Prepping in the kitchen!

Kim (the trooper in the pictures above and Marshall’s friend fom college)dominated the bacon and beans. I should also mention that her sauce for the slaw and cucumber salad should be documented and sold around the world… Scrumptious!
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Ooh, my job! I got to play with the fruit and veggies.
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Marshall and his spices. He’s like a little kid experimenting with a new set of toys.
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The main course before the roasting begins.
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Spicy time!
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Bringing on the heat!
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What’s he looking at? Is it the upsatirs neighbor with their window open or possibly the fun fact that we have the flame directly below the sprinkler sign.
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Time to rotate and add more coals.
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I personally love the hug happening in the background.
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And the feast begins!
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DISC GOLF!
Otherwise known as “Frisbie golf” or “Frolfing”. Each individual player throws a flying disc at a target with the objective of ending in the fewest number of throws. The game is actually played in about 40 countries around the world.

This course is gorgeous!
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This is Kim (from the pig roast) and Brendon. These two are absolutley a blast to be around with their relaxed vibe and friendly jokes.
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In action!
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Turns out you’re supposed to avoid the bushes… But I love trees!
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Why not wrap it up with a huge slide. If you could of heard the horrific sounds of sweaty skin being peeled off of grown adults in unexpected pain… It was hilarious!
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I cheated and took the short route.
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My favorite local business goes to Sugar Moon Bake Shop! A desert shop specializing in cupcakes and other delights. Baked desserts aren’t the highest ranking on my sweets list, but this place was creative, cozy and adorable! Plus, all the treats we brought to the roast from this shop was a popular hit (proven by the lovely ladies that even took another cupcake to go).

I didn’t grab as many photos as I should of so please check out the website for tempting details!

  www.sugarmoonbakeshop.com .

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Took a walk around a nearby park. What a beautiful setting in the middle of a major city.
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Can you see the flame next to the lovely couple?
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Areas for your kids to play in (either paw babies or the human ones).
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Loved this duo! “Hmmm sweetie, should we watch tv again tonight or go do pilates in the park with a city skyline view”?
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Follow the beat! Percussion is one of my favorite musical sounds. This open street group gathers every week and spills the contagious desire to shake your hips.
Today there was a woman “feelin it” as she belly danced her smile around the small square.
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