A ride of a lifetime  

2017-02-28
Cartagena, Colombia

Hotel Stil Cartagena

A nice sunset for our last night on Isla Grande


 We arrived in Cartagena late yesterday afternoon. It was windy when we left Isla Grande. The boat that picked us up was very full with about 35 people. I though that it had about 15 too many people. We had a hard time finding a seat. I thought that the sea might be rough so I wasn’t surprised when the boat took off with a fair bit of shaking, but then our pilot slowed the boat to a crawl, and made the announcement that we were in for a very wet and rough ride, but not to become frightened, which of course had exactly the opposite reaction.  

The boat had twin 250 hp outboard engines. Our pilot put the throttle to the max and soon we were at once airborne, and then came violently crashing down. There was a fair amount of screaming. One woman in front was even trying to jump off the boat. Other passengers were trying their best to hold her back. 

Once again the pilot stopped in mid sea. The swells were enormous, so that the boat rolled and pitched in a manner that looked like half of the passengers were soon going to start throwing up. People again starting shouting, but this time “¡Hale, hale! Siga, por favor!” Which is just what he did. I have never been on a boat in such rough seas going so fast and had as much confidence in a captain. As the tall and muscular and shirtless blackman stood working the wheel quickly from side to side I could see that he was at one with the sea. He was in the zone. After awhile I started to get into it. I briefly though about getting out my camera, but then another full bucket of sea water was dumped on me I decided to leave it in the waterproof bag that I had put it in. 

An hour later we pulled into the dock at Cartagena. Soaked but safe. 

I was last to get off, so all I got was a picture of an empty boat with a lot of memories.   

Safe and sound in Cartagena


Kim enjoying a well deserved alcoholic beverage after our adventure.

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It’s our last day on Isla Grande!

2017-02-26
Isla Grande, Colombia

Hotel La Cocotera

All night long the wind howled. This morning it was cloudy, and the usuallly calm surf was choppy. We swam anyway, and because of the cloudy day we were able to lay on the beach in the warm sunshine extra long.
After a nice breakfast on the windy porch Kim took up her art supplies and I took off on another hiking adventure. 

The town square–kinda.


I went through Orika, the small town. It has a town square but it was pretty sad. On the other side I came a cross an almost abandoned Aviary. The were a few birds there, and the ones that were there looked healthy, but once again there was nobody who seemed to be in charge. Just a couple of small kids hanging around. 

A few peacocks wandered the grounds.


Who pretty much ignored me. 


I followed a small path which ran thru the swamp, and was pleasantly surprised to be back  in town. It is a small island. From there it was a short trip home. And tomorrow we start on our journey back home. It will be pretty sad to leave this place. 

Here’s lookin’ at you kid.

We’re still here!

2017-02-25
Isla Grande, Colombia

Hotel La Cocotera

What a difference a couple of thousand miles makes.


Today I awoke feeling a little rundown, so our swim was shorter, but laying in the warm tropical sun was longer. 

We even had time to watch the pretty birds on our yard.



Also I decided against a marathon photo walk, and then opted to just take a walk into town with Kim to buy some groceries for lunch. 

Later we eliminated the walk and just sat on the patio and read. Then when we found that we were out of drink mix for our afternoon rum drink and we had to go into town anyway. 

Sunset was as beautiful as ever.


Work, work, work!!!!

Another day in paradise

2017-02-24
Isla Grande, Colombia

Hotel La Cocotera

Can you ever get tired of a view like this?


Nothing new to post. Same thing, different day. And THAT is a good thing!

Here are a few random shots from my morning photo walk across the island.

I just fell in love with the mid day shadows on this unusual tree.

I just loved this boat in the mangroves.

A special shop closed for now, but painted with a message.