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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81601
01/20/2016 12:28 PM
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Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.Glad to hear your sandals survived the road trip! Placing things are car roof tops don't always turn out so well.



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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: murphycpcu] #81602
01/20/2016 12:52 PM
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Central Florida!
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LaBamba very recently reopened. They had an ad in the paper a couple of days ago, but can't find it now. Hopefully they will be much more considerate of their neighbors this time.


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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: Carol_Hill] #81603
01/20/2016 02:33 PM
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It is strange they closed in the first place. I think there is much more to the story than meets the eye.It will be interesting to see just how long they stay open this time.



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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: murphycpcu] #81604
01/20/2016 03:01 PM
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Latin party on Friday night at La Bamba...same night as the BBB family and fireball night. The beach should be hopping

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81605
01/21/2016 08:19 AM
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Last night we went for the 5pm bridge opening and then to Lee's where we were treated to the offloading of a days catch of Wahoo caught on one of Lee's charters.

Pictured is a 86 lb beast next to Lee and another showing the remaining 20 Wahoo....that would be over a half ton of fish

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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81606
01/21/2016 08:27 AM
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Peaceful Eastern North Carolin...
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Wahoo has become very popular on restaurant menus there, where we never saw it in the past. On the opposite side of that, red snapper isn't as easy to find on a menu as it once was. Was the snapper over-fished?

I prefer the snapper's milder flavor.

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81607
01/22/2016 08:14 AM
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Strong surf was back at friar's and Happy Bay yesterday. At Friar's the sand that returned to cover the rocks had departed and black rocks were back.

Happy Bay was very rough but it didn't stop the Zodiacs from arriving (four groups 12, 12, 4 and 8).

There was a potentially ugly event when an elderly large woman from a Zodiac got into trouble trying to get back to the waiting boats. Her legs kept getting smashed out from under her and she did MANY triple 360 rolls in and under the water and sand being sucked back out and in by the surf.

The leader raft couldn't come in too close because it would have swamped. After many attempts she built the courage to try again and was towed out to the raft.

I hope that was a check mark on her bucket list and NOT to be repeated.

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81608
01/22/2016 08:18 AM
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Scary stuff!! Remind me not to take one of those deals!!


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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81609
01/22/2016 08:31 AM
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Oop...forgot a pic of the neighborhood girls out for their morning walk...

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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81610
01/22/2016 11:37 AM
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How fun! Thanks for the pic!


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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81611
01/22/2016 11:47 AM
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Our rental car driver identified the 737s as being owned by Russian billionaire, one for him, one for wife and children. He claimed that security, not opulence was reason for two planes.

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81612
01/22/2016 01:18 PM
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So we postponed our Simpson Bay Beach walk for aride to the Oyster Bay/Westin area. Note: if you haven't fulfilled your requirement for iguana viewing you can get it all done in one place. Go to the Westin and instead of turning left at the guard gate take a right into a dirt lot with an old house foundation.

Pond to the right, Mangrove-like tree FILLED with iguana of all sizes. If I said we saw 40-50 I probably wouldn't be exaggerating much. ALL sizes..small to HUGE. Jumping from the branches and swimming back....

Here are a couple:

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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81613
01/22/2016 01:23 PM
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wow, those are some ugly beasts!! Good pictures though!


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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81614
01/22/2016 01:30 PM
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Hmmm...Big Blue (KLM) was ready for takeoff at SS Beach and started and then aborted its takeoff...never really got up to any decent speed. Back at the gate now....

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81615
01/22/2016 01:41 PM
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Must have had an engine light or something. Hopefully everything is ok.


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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81616
01/22/2016 01:44 PM
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Grab a couple of the big ones. Gut them and put them on a grill, pull the charred skin off and enjoy the flesh.
Tastes just like chicken as they say. I learned this in Mexico and a little hot sauce helps.

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: Carol_Hill] #81617
01/22/2016 01:57 PM
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KLM getting ready to give it another try....

Edit: Update (over Mary's Boon):

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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81618
01/22/2016 02:21 PM
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Great picture!!


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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: Carol_Hill] #81619
01/22/2016 05:00 PM
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Where was that KLM picture taken from? It looks like an airborne platform of some kind out over the water.

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: january] #81620
01/22/2016 05:08 PM
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Kinda...5th floor balcony at Simpson Bay Resort...(and a decent Canon 70-300 zoom helped a bit)

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81621
01/24/2016 07:34 AM
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Well we had a great two weeks. This last week rain was totally absent and was replaced by sun, winds and high surf. Not a bad trade.

It looks like our JB flight to BOS will be fine as it already left BOS. No clue what is gong to happen with the NY, NJ, Phily and DC people as their flights home are cancelled again today. BOS got a bit more than predicted (8 in) but nothing like the above areas.

I will have some random pics to post tomorrow but now I am just going to enjoy our last hour on the balcony watching the yachts come in. Eclipse has kept us company for just about our entire two week stay. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/dine.gif" alt="" />

Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81622
01/24/2016 08:38 AM
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Thanks for taking us along on your holiday. Safe travels home and looking forward to seeing a few more pictures.


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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81623
01/24/2016 12:44 PM
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Enjoy your last few hours on the balcony and safe travels home.



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Re: Short notes on a visit [Re: boucharda] #81624
01/24/2016 01:13 PM
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Thank you so much for taking us along on your trip and for sharing your thoughts and findings with all of us. If we can't all be there in real time, it's nice to at least be able to enjoy the shared second hand experience. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


Respectfully,

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