A perfect final day at Couples

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

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

This was our last day of fun at Couples. We rose early and had our coffee and fruit in the room. I had finished Wednesday & Thursday's blog entries, so we went to the internet café and uploaded them before breakfast. We had breakfast at the Patio and ordered Banana stuffed French Toast. WOW ... we will have to find the recipe.

We hit the beach early and Miss Judy was talking to the lady who had sat near us on the beach all week. In the morning she would come out in a one piece bathing suit and work on her cross stitch and in the afternoon she would put on her bikini and go topless most of the afternoon. Our chairs were beside the area where they had the beach weddings. Sometimes the photographers would ask her and a few others to put on their tops while they took the wedding pictures.

Miss Judy found out the ladies cross stitch was of her Pekinese had died after she had him for 14 years. She had a picture of the dog she used for color matching and a patterned printed on the matt that was made from the photograph. She and her husband were from Los Vegas and had been coming to Swept Away for years.

There were weddings about every hour, so the grounds crew stayed busy. They would water the sand in the wedding area and then rake it smooth. Most of the couples dressed for the beach. Sarong type dresses and the guys would wear Lenin pants and white Hawaiian style shirts. Some couple wore the traditional wedding regalia, with one girl wearing her four inch heels.

The couple from Las Vegas always came to the beach early and reserved one of the palm frond topped beach umbrellas. We never got to the beach early enough to get one. The couple came over to us early in the afternoon and said they had to leave for the rest of the day, so we moved our things under the roof. It makes a real difference to be able to get out of the sun for a few minutes. Romaine would bring our drinks and we would sit in the shade for a while. We would then sit in the sun until we got hot and then swim until we were ready to start the routine over again. We found it was a really nice way to spend our last afternoon on the beach.

The sunset tonight was the best of our trip. There were a few clouds low on the horizon and they made purple and black streaks across the red setting sun. I was taking pictures from the veranda and I was able to steady the camera on the rail and get really nice shots even after the outdoor lighting was coming on to illuminate the palms.

Friday night is Beach Party night. They set up an unbelievable spread of food on the beach. Huge ice sculptures, tiki torches, and six hundred of your closest friends. The food was outstanding as it had been at every other meal. We had jerk chicken, pork, beef and sausage fresh off the grill. Tables were full of Caribbean vegetable dishes, fruits, and deserts.

We met a couple from Las Angeles who were married the past week, and a couple from Alabama who were there for the honeymoon also. The Alabama couple were both insurance adjusters who were working in Mississippi after Katrina. The guy was from Fayetteville, and happened to hear us say we were from North Carolina.

There was live entertainment with a steel band, singing, dancers, contortionists, and fire breathers. Skippy and the others on the entertainment crew were dressed as pirates and really worked the crowd. It was a great way to end our days at Couples.
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