Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fish and Lizards

This morning the kids were having some toast and English muffins on the balcony and, before long, there was a swarm of birds swooping in and around for some bread. The kids were laughing like crazy--but it was totally Hitchcock!
Then the three big boys and I headed off on a snorkeling expedition--and on the way passed "Iguana Beach" where a whole bunch of iguanas like to hang out and sun bathe. I took about a million pics--but I'll spare you and just show you one.
He's looking at me like get off my beach, lady.

The snorkeling trip was also a research project that was being done for a reef organization. Our mission was to identify as many fish as possible and our guide would fill out forms and submit them for the study. It was all very scientific!

Here are the boys on the boat...
with their fish identification guides...

...and me with my Guide to Reef Fishes.
Here are the boys hanging on the side of the boat:
Once the snorkel gear was handed out it was way too chaotic to take pics, so I didn't--but the snorkeling was SO cool! We saw dozens of different kinds of fish--many beautiful colors including prurples, blues and yellows with all kinds of stripes and spots. My favorite were these long fish with long, pointy, yellow noses that swam right under the surface of the water. We also saw a stingray which was super cool.

I don't know if I've mentioned how motion sick I get--it's bad! So I was nervous about the hour-long sail to the cove where we would be snorkeling--but I took some Bonine and got through it, though just barely. If anyone has any remedies--lay them on me!!

Here's another pic of the beautiful water:
While we were snorkeling, Don took the two little ones to swimmimg and to lunch andwhen we met them at the pool afterwwards--they had a surprise for us. While they were swimming in the baby pool, they found a baby iguana! I guess he was stranded on one of those pool noodles and they rescued him.

I want to name him Noodles, but the jury is still out on that. Does anyone know how to smuggle a baby iguana onto a plane?

After all that excitement we just relaxed until dinner time. Here are some attempts at group pics before dinner:
They had the prettiest pina coladas there!
Here's Pickle enjoying hers:
And I'll leave you with--more bananas:
and Mr. Puff:



Allison said...

What fun! Sounds like the trip is surely one in paradise!

Kori said...

LOVED the hitchcock reference!

Ashley said...

I am so jealous of your exotic vacations! How lucky your kids are to experience such amazing things!!!

Mimi said...

Mr Puff & Noodles are awesome!

Susie said...

So much paradise!!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Good luck with the iguana smuggling! I LOVE snorkeling.

Bee and Rose said...

What a fabulous vacation! I always love your photos! They are gorgeous!

I love the whole iguana rescue mission!

Jennifer said...

Bananas and iguanas everywhere, eh? So cool, Jen. :D

Audrey at Barking Mad! said...

Would ya look at that banana tree? How totally cool. I'm envious. I want to go someplace where I can see a real banana tree.

OK but maybe not the iguanas. They kinda freak me out.

On 2nd thought, I'm just going to vicariously live through you.

noble pig said...

The pictures are awesome. I'm sure the boys loved the snorkeling, they look so adorable. Good luck with the motion sickness, that's the worst.

Jen B. said...

Love it that you took the boys snorkeling! I hope they had a great time!

Catherine B :) said...

Love love love everything about this vacation. Also, want update on house closing situation. Is your squatter still squatting?? ;)