We had a decent breeze the majority of our trip so the no-seeums were not much of an issue this time around. I also think that we have started building up an immunity to them, because when we did get bit the bites were not nearly as swollen, itchy and long lasting as I remember. That being said the few times when they were out I still made sure to wear my "bug suit". I hate putting on Deet in the evening after I shower so instead of using pesticides I would put my socks over my pant legs then flip flops on over my socks (I packed light) and then my grey hoodie tightened up so only my eyes nose and mouth were showing. I was told I looked like a space woman crossed with a 1940’s baseball player, but it was very very effective. I never once missed enjoying my coffee outside at sunrise or my glass of wine at sunset. Priorities!
Well anyway I thoroughly enjoyed my first morning back on Eleuthera by watching the sunrise with a my coffee spiked with just a little coconut rum. It was a little breezy but calm enough to take the kayak out, so we decided to head for Levi Island. J did a little spin fishing from the kayak while I paddled us around the front of the island. Before long a tern spotted us starting diving for the lure every time J cast. We did not want to injure the tern and the wind was picking rather up quickly so we decided to head back. We decided to troll the lure all the way back but still had no luck.
By the time we got back to the house it was too rough to snorkel so we decided to explore some of the closer Atlantic beaches. We had a huge shock the day before when we paid $80 for a half a tank of gas so we thought we better limit our drive time. We found out later on that we had paid for someone else’s gas along with our own, but it was still hovering well over the $6 mark so we wanted to use it sparingly.
Eventually we wound up on the rough sandy Old Queens Highway and decided to follow it for a while. After a long rough, somewhat scenic drive found a turn that took us to the water, well to the top of a cliff that had a rough trail down to the water.
We scaled back up the cliff and made it safely back to the vehicle for a hard eared Kalik. Then we headed down the road another mile or so where we discovered Twin Coves. We both shook our heads knowing if we had gone just a little farther down the road we could have had a nice easy snorkel, but that’s just not our style.
We decided to keep going and followed the road all the way to Club Med beach stopping here and there along the way. It was still mid-afternoon so we decided head up to North Palmetto Point and check out Poponi Beach too. Poponi is another great place for beach walks so we wandered down the beach for a while then decided to call it a day and head back to Caribbean Blue and clean ourselves up.
There was just the one waitress working at the Sunset Inn and almost every table was full (some customers not being too patient) so we felt pretty bad for the poor thing. We chatted with her a little and told her we were in no hurry. She told us how the night before it was just as bad and someone had stiffed her about $40 on their bill too (basically her gratuity). She thought they had just miscounted and was really hoping they would come back. The poor thing was working her butt off and just having a really rough couple of days.
We started off with a rum punch, yummy but too sweet for my taste. After my 3 month pre-vacation diet of low carb, no wheat, no alcohol, and no sugar, I have become hyper sensitive to sweets. We moved on to beer and decided to try Sands since Kalik was just not hitting the spot this time around. The Sands did the trick and were converts for the rest of the trip. We enjoyed our cocktails and watched the spectacular sunset while waiting for our meal. We both had the grouper, crab and rice and green salad for dinner. It was delicious and I could not have asked for a more wonderful end to our first day back on Eleuthera.