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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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Just the beginning of Barbados!

As you saw in the last post, I was able to experience Barbados with my mom. I’m so stoked to be back and will have much to share this round!

As I introduce you to this island of peace, parties and paradise, you’ll get to meet my amazing friends who have welcomed me to the “locals side” of life.

How we all first met was actually back in Folsom (my hometown) at the WOZ cup last year. Pause… WOZ cup? This is a tournament in which all of the best Segway Polo teams gather for a championship. Pause again… Yes, I said Segway Polo! If you want to see details of this unique sport, you can check it out at
www.segwayhtpolo.com .

I went to the tournament to visit my mom which was volunteering as a timer for the matches. As soon as I got there, she walked me to the field to meet “the coolest people here”. The team from Barbados!

Here we are last year during WOZ cup in Folsom, Ca.
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A little fun out on the town.
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I set plans to head back to the island during what they refer to as the wildest week of the year. This is the annual celebration of Crop Over which includes a variety of festivities. Those posts will be coming soon!

For a sneak peak at what I have to look forward too, check out the website at barbadoscropoverfestival.com .

Before I folded it to a wrinkly mess, I definitely had the coolest welcome sign at the airport…Thanks Ryan!
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Good morning Barbados!
We combined my typical breakfast with a little Caribbean flare… Notice the fried plantains? It added a nice sweetness to the plate.
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Right away I got to reunite with the entire team during one of their practices. If you look at the photo with the bus in the background, it’s actually tourist taking pictures of this world traveling team. Adorable.
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Here’s my host and dear friend Ryan teaching paddle boarding at his office (poor guy). His work ethic sends him to the beach at the drop of a request from either a local improving their skills or a group of tourist looking to just try it out. His prices are right especially with his knowledge and “fun facts” about Barbados. You’ll walk away with an experience beyond a board and paddle. If you ever get the pleasure of seeing this beautiful island please give him a call for some memorable lessons!
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I strolled through some of the streets and found some cute little buildings with a variety of shops, deli’s and boutiques inside. Love the colors!
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This is “Cuz”, a food shack that sits water side and serves up one option, fish sliders. You can pick from plain, with an egg, or with egg and cheese. This little hut was actually featured on The Today’s Show in the set of “Where in the world is Matt Lauer”.
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Snack time! I found a spiked green item that resembled a Cherimoya which is one of my favorite fruits from South America. Turns out it’s in the same family, but this breed is called a Guanabana, also known as a Soursop. I then opened up a starfruit and scooped some of the Greek yogurt I scored directly into it. Viola, a scrumptious treat!
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I stumbled upon this gem by accident, hooray for unexpected path crossing! Meet Nicha, the owner and operator of Body Restoration .
This wonderful place is a whole food store that provides an impressive selection of organic based products ranging from skin care to snacks. I pleasantly lost track of time snooping through all of the goodies and thouroughly enjoyed the uplifting conversation with my new friend. Thanks for the info girl!
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This was a cute set up outside of a bar along my walk. Bajan’s love their rum!
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Hungry? Clearly this is not farm raised and hasn’t been previously frozen.
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A bread fruit tree! I’m really looking forward to a local dish that includes this ingredient.
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Mikie (who you’ll get more of later) and his wild Monkeys! They Casually hang around and know just what to do when he reaches for the banana box. If you look closely at the 2nd photo, it’s a momma with her baby, precious!
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Awh… I was given a “poor boys proposal”. As children on the island they would pick these White Frangipangi flowers and bend the pedals to create a ring. A handmade gift for the girls that was given as a flirtatious gesture. I can remember the boys back home just chasing us around the playground with some sort of slimy creature. Well, I finally got my ring.
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Ackee fruit is common here in Barbados, however if you ask for an Ackee in Jamaica, they’ll hand you you something completely different.
Notice that we’re in a car. That’s because people stand next to main roads and highways and wait for a buyer. You just wave them over and seconds later, fresh Ackee!

Step one – Get a bunch.
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Step 2 – Split it gently open with your teeth.
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Step 3 – Eat all of the flesh off the seed. They’re sweet with an ever so slight tang depending on how ripe. Love them!
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Fact of the day: This island is approximately 21 miles long and 15 miles wide with over 3000 hours of sunshine a year! The average daytime temperature is between 29-31degrees Celsius (that’s about 84-89 Fahrenheit).

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