|enjoying the ride now that she feels better|
As soon as we were anchored we headed out to snorkel. This area if famous for the Thunderball grotto. It was in the 1965 Jame’s Bond movie, Thunderball. We anchored the dinghy in front of it. Dave decided to stay with the dingy while the 2 of us snorkeled. The tide was low enough for us to enter, but rising. So we checked it out and didn’t stay inside too long. Then we spent some time snorkeling the outside of this rock formation. We found a helmet conch, more rare than the queen conch.
|inside Thunderball grotto|
|topside of helmet conch|
|underside of a helmet conch|
|crazy tourist attraction|
|this woman will talk to anyone|
|they've learned to keep their noses above water|
|Kaitlin being head butted trying to take a selfie|
Our boat was anchored nearby, so Dave ditched us. Kaitlin and I took a bucket of beers to a beach. We sat in the water and enjoyed a couple cold ones. My birthday is on Friday, and this is something I wanted to do for my birthday. So Dave explained to us that Kaitlin was my birthday present. He knew I wanted a girlfriend to play with.
|what a place to enjoy an adult beverage|
|This was my pre-birthday party|
|Fun beach day|
|loving the weather compared to SD|
Back at the yacht club, we found my South Dakota friend, Cheryl Ulmer and Glenn who owns the boat she is crewing for. They saw our boat in the anchorage and came looking for us. We knew we were in the same area, but not sure if we were going to connect or not.
We all sat outside on the deck and watched the sunset with our “sundowners”. Dave had gone back inside to order another round of drinks. Kaitlin followed him in to get menus for dinner. She came up next to him at the bar and said in a loud voice “if you buy me a drink, I’ll go back to your boat with you.” I guess the guys next to them looked shocked. Dave said “happens to me all the time.”
We had a great evening enjoying our meals and sharing stories with Cheryl and Glenn. It was great to see her and nice to meet him.
|fishermen feeding the nurse sharks at Staniel Cay|