Rain, Rain Go Away

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

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Coffee and fruit delivered to the room again this morning. We were going to be busy in the afternoon with the Catamaran ride. On our way down the beach to eat breakfast, I noticed they were doing a swim suit photography shoot on the beach. Unfortunately I think it was for JC Penny's and not Sports Illustrated. The models were nothing special.

We went to the breakfast buffet again this morning. I had the French toast with pineapple syrup, smoked salmon, and Jamaican bacon. Miss Judy had the French toast, bacon, fruit, and some type of cold cereal somewhat like oat meal.

We returned to our room and hit the beach early. I had reserved our seats by putting towels in a couple of chairs in a prime location just outside our building. Our chairs were about 40 feet from the area on the beach where they do weddings. Sure enough, at 10:00 am there was a wedding starting. There had a short ceremony and played some slow Reggae music as they were leaving the beach. The first song ended, and the second song started. It was the first time I heard "I Shot the Sheriff" as wedding music.

The sun was blazing hot so we spent a lot of time in the water. We missed out on the iced towels, but they did bring everyone chilled fruit kabobs. There was a good wind, and the water was choppy. The jet skis, water skiers, and parasailers were getting a good ride. We kept Romaine busy bringing water and ice.

We did a late buffet for lunch. The lunch buffet includes all kinds of food and is very good. We found the food in the large restaurants better then the smaller ones that required reservations. I think some people like them just for the snob appeal of requiring reservations and having to dress up a bit.

We discovered that there was a fashion show in the restaurant while we had lunch. It was members of the entertainment staff and a few guests. They were modeling sports wear and swim suits from the gift shops. The first person on the catwalk was our friend Skippy. He seems to be at the center of almost everything. After the show he stopped by and told us it was his day off, but he came by just to do the fashion show.

I started raining as we were leaving the restaurant. We rushed back to our chairs, as we had left our books and towels there. The books survived, but the towels were soaked. Miss Judy headed for the room and I exchanged the wet towels for dry.

We took a quick shower and watched the rain. It was after 3:00 and the Catamaran ride was to start at 4:00. The rain turned into a rapid succession of thunder showers, so we decided to pass on the Catamaran ride. We saw the boat pull out from the beach a few minutes later, and it on had 6-10 people aboard. We were just as happy to take a long nap until dinner time.

We woke up refreshed and headed out to the internet café before dinner. We loaded the blog entries for the past couple of days, along with a few pictures of things we did each day. With the rain, almost every seat was full in the internet room.

We had diner at the Palms. Miss Judy had the shrimp cocktail, salad and strip steak. I had the crab cakes and seared Marlin. On the salad bar I found a mixture mango and seared marlin. We ended the meal with cherry cheesecake and coffee.

After the meal, the entertainment started. Tonight's entertainment was a troop of traditional Jamaican dancers. They showed the history of Jamaican dance and how it related to their history. They were very good and delivered a high energy performance.

There was to be a bonfire on the beach at 11:00, and we left the restaurant about 10:30. There was a ring of lounge chairs around the pile of wood, and we thought we would sit and wait for the fire. The chairs and mats were soaking wet from the heavy rains earlier. We decided we did not want to stand a wait, so we went back to our room.

They canceled the Wednesday night naked shagging competition; we had been practicing for months. It is probably for the best as our costumes got soaked earlier in the day. I worked on the blog, Miss Judy read her book, and we sat on the veranda and listened to the waves. Even with the rain and no catamaran ride it was another great day.
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