Published: September 5th 2009September 5th 2009
Summer is almost over but before I let my suitcases rest, I headed off to meet my sister, Rachelle, in Nassau. Since this is her first time appearing in my travel blog, I put the pressure on and asked her write today's blog. Without futher ado, here's her update on today's adventure...
Traveling back to the lost continent was an experience in food, water, and fun! Arriving late last night, we went exploring around Zeus and Hera's tank in The Dig. Zeus and Hera are manta rays with at least a 20 foot wingspan. Their welcome to the island was spectacular and set the tone for today's adventure.
After a much needed sleeping in, aquariaums and the lazy river awaited us. All the natural habitats so careful laid between paths and walkways create this spectacular vista. Between shark tanks that you can walk under and sting, eagle, and manta ray enclosures, Atlantis provided us with a trip, maybe not in to the past, but definitely into the world of the sea.
Lunch at Murray's delicatessan was another stop on our exploration of Atlantis. With portions enough to share and dill pickles on the side, dancing waitresses made
what would normally be a club sandwich into an adventurel. The food was amazing and it gave us the strength to tackle the Lazy river.
You would think that with the word "lazy" in it, the river would be easy. However with its random white rapids it provided us with a few surprises. In a double inner tube, Ricki and I decided to float our way around the rest of the water park. A few crashes into the sides and some serious slides and plunges, we enjoyed our afternoon on the lazy river so much we plan to head there again tomorrow at some point.
To rewards ourselves for such a hard days work, Mandara Spa was the place to be. A massage and pedicure later, we were ready to venture to The Bimini Road. The chefs at Bimini Road treated us to a ingenius variation to an old Cuban classic, tostones. Their version included pulled pork with shredded cheese melted on top. Sounds odd but the result is truly speectacular. While we ate this culinary delight, Reco the Clown made Ricki a balloon flower which made her smile.
Our night ended up with a new game
called "I Win". We journeyed into the casino to try our hand a bit at the games. Our luck swung from high rolls with "I win" as the result to "what the heck just happened...where did all my money go?" Ricki's favorite moment was a testament to beginners luck. I had never played video ppoker before (her favorite casino game) and had no idea what I was doing when I hit MAX BET. With huge eyes, I looked at her and said " what did I do?" Her reply was "You bet the farm! I hope you win." And I did, which prompted me to cash out and run-away with my winnings. The rest of the night had its ups and down and like Kenny Rogers said we knew when to fold them.
Great adventures await us tomorrow with dolphins and submarines.
With love from Atlantis,
Rache and Ricki
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