Yoga, Tennis, and the Beach

Trip Start Apr 21, 2007
Trip End Apr 28, 2007

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

We awake to the sounds of the surf and the chatter of the beach workers arranging the lounge chairs and raking the sand before the guests get to the beach. Our room service coffee and fruit arrive, and we plan the day. We want to try the breakfast at the Palms and see how they prepare the food. I pick the fried plantains and French toast with syrup that has fresh fruit mixed into it. Miss Judy has the French toast, fried plantain and bacon, pineapple/guava juice and of course, we both had Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. The food was delicious.

We went to yoga and tennis at 10:00. I had a great time but Miss Judy has a real ass for an instructor. We went to the sports bar for our cool down smoothie and started chatting with a couple there. They were in the military, stationed at Camp LeJeune and had just gotten married on Saturday. They were in their late thirties, she was a Navy nurse and he was a Navy doctor. They met in Iraq. While we were talking a young couple walked up and said they were from North Carolina and had been married on Saturday also. Both of them graduated from NC State in 2005. The bride was from Sanford, and actually knew where Pittsboro is located. We had been telling most people we were from Raleigh, as that is the best known NC city since it is the capital.

We lounged on the beach and it started to rain a bit. Even though it was a quick shower, we decided to stroll down to the Cabana Café for lunch. On our way we saw workers removing ferns and planting new plants at the altar on the beach where weddings are held. I had the Jerk Chicken and Miss Judy had a cheeseburger. As usual the food was outstanding.

There were intermittent showers with bits of sun, so we just lounged on the beach and enjoyed whatever was happening. It only rained hard for a few minutes, and the sun came out while it rained. There were a lot of wimps that ran for cover, but we just stood there underneath an almond tree until it eased up.

Tonight we viewed the spectacular sunset from our veranda. There is a very short window of time in which to view it, about 15 minutes, during which it goes from bright sunlight and becomes golden orange as it sinks toward the horizon. From this vantage point, we had palms in the foreground.

After a shower and a bit of rest, I typed up more of the blog and went to the internet café to call home and put in our blog entries. Since it is in the same building we went to the Patois Patio for dinner. Miss Judy had grilled Cajun chicken and walnut bread pudding. I had the grilled grouper with Sweet Potato Bacon hash. It was outstanding. I have never tasted potatoes or bacon like them before.

Tonight's entertainment was an international revue held at the Palms. Not only does Skippy arrange the entertainment, he seems to enjoy it as much as anybody else, dancing with staff and guests alike, showing them a few moves of his own, although he said he usually puts in 16 hour days. However, for a young, unattached guy, it seems to be the life!
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