May the 4th be with you

Published: May 5th 2022
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So, may the fourth be with you! (and how many respond without thinking, “and also with you”?)

So today, which shall it be? Decisions decisions. Birding or snorkeling or both?

There was narry a cloud in the sky for a change, so even though cruise ships were due in, we decided to head to Eden Rock, which is right there in the center of Georgetown. Yep, 2 ships were there when we arrived, the Carnival ships Paradise and Vista, and while we were in the water, the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas also arrived. The tenders were going back and forth, back and forth. How does one get on one of the earliest trips if you are keen to snorkel early?? Never having been on a cruise, we don’t know, and we could have asked. Instead we fielded questions from quite a number of the cruisers about the waters there, how to rent fins (not flippers, evidently, according to the man at the dive shop), etc.

Because of the ships the restaurant opened earlier than the other day, so we enjoyed some coconut shrimp and a shandy. No wonder I felt like I couldn’t walk a straight line. We had been in the water about 1 3/4 hours. I later tried to count the variety – about 3 dozen types of fish. And the water is amazingly clear there. Not the variety of soft corals or fans as in the Drift Snorkel, but more fish chomping away on, or hiding in, the ragged coral. No scuba divers today.

We saw over 2 dozen tarpons but no nurse sharks.

A variety of Parrot fish: stoplight, princess, striped, red-band, and even one big rainbow

Porcupine fish, always eager to hide away from David coming at him with his camera

And David video-taped the cutest little hawksbill turtle – he was about saucer-sized. See how he puts on the brakes when entering a cave. I do that too 😉

It is interesting how territorial some of these fish are: we recognize the recesses where the tiny purple/orange fairy basslets like to hide out, and where a dozen tarpon just hang out.

The traffic going into town was horrendous – the guidebooks say don’t bother until after 9, but that’s hard too. We wanted to buy more grouper from the fresh air market men, but we didn’t see them, so we bought more grouper at the supermarket. It was so good.

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