3 June 2008

After breakfast, Richard, Derek and Teagan began a game of pinochle.  After a few hands, they took a break and Linda and Teagan headed to the beach to go out in the water on rafts.  Richard stayed behind to cook a rice dish for lunch.

After the cooking was finished, Richard joined Linda and Teagan at the beach and they walked down to Cemetery Beach.  They got in the water and swam out to some coral.  There were lots of sergeant majors, grunts, and blue tangs in the water that were swimming up expecting food.  Linda had some fish food with her and she began to feed the fish.  A frenzy ensued.  The fish became somewhat annoying, so Linda passed the food on to Richard.  He fed the fish as well. Richard soon tired of the aggressive fish, so he passed the food back to Linda, who finished it off.

Teagan was having difficulty with her mask leaking.  After about an hour of putting up with the leak, she decided to head in.  Linda and Richard followed.

We all walked back to the condo.  Richard, Derek, and Teagan finished their pinochle game.  Derek won by a wide margin.

Meanwhile, Linda had stayed at the beach to float in the water in a small inflatable boat.  Later, Richard, Derek, and Teagan headed to the beach to throw the frisbee.  They ended up playing in the water to cool off.

The weather was much better today.  The tropical depression that was causing a lot of the heavy overcast finally began breaking up.  We had much better light, some blue sky, and a nice sunset for a change.

2 June 2008

We stayed at the condo until lunch hoping for the weather to get better because it was very overcast. We played a game of Qwirkle and Derek won. We ate lunch at the condo and headed to George Town to snorkel Cheeseburger Reef.

On the way, we stopped at the Grandview condos to look at their property. We got in a vacant oceanfront unit so we could see what they were like. Once we were finished there, we went to Eden Rock Dive Shop to look at their shirts.

Then it was off to Cheeseburger Reef, which is just offshore from a Burger King (hence the name). Richard had seen a picture on the web that showed an entry point just south of BK, so we entered the water there. Unfortunately, there was a strong current going south so we had to fight the current all the way to the reef. On the way to the reef, Derek spotted a smooth trunkfish. Just as we got to the edge of the reef we saw a sea turtle.

The reef was spread over a large area, so there was plenty to explore. We rested hanging on one of the many mooring lines since we were tired from the current. Richard, Derek and Teagan decided to swim to the far edge of the reef and let the current carry them back. Derek went with them at first but later decided to back downcurrent to where Mom was. Richard and Teagan saw large schools blue chronis and sergeant majors, and one school of large jack off the deep end of the reef. There was also the usual assortment of parrot fish and wrasses. They headed back to Mom and Derek.

We decided to let the current carry us to the wreck of the Callie. That worked well for a while, but the current gave out along the way and we had to kick. The visibility became worse along the way also. Once we were directly in front of Don Foster’s Dive Shop, we found it.

The wreck covered a large area. Mom and Derek headed in to Don Foster’s, while Teagan and Richard went to the far end of the wreck. They found a coral reef at that end, but the visibility didn’t improve so they didn’t explore it much. After about ten more minutes on the wreck, they headed in also. We rinsed of in a shower at Don Foster’s and headed back to the car. Mom and Teagan got ice cream at Burger King and Derek got, appropriately, a cheeseburger. On the way back to the condo we stopped at Chicken!Chicken! to get some cornbread and looked around in Diver’s Supply.

Richard and Teagan grilled some marinated chicken thighs. While they were grilling, we took some family pictures on the beach. The we ate supper in the condo. Afterward, we played euchre and hearts.

1 June 2008

We spent the morning at the condo playing pinochle. Teagan and Richard won. After lunch, we drove north to the public beach near the Alfresco Restaurant because we had heard it was a good snorkeling spot. We snorkeled out about 100 yards, then turned right (north) and swam past the pier. We never saw anything interesting, so we got out and headed to the Eden Rock Dive Shop where we know things are good.

We got in using the ladder at the dive shop and swam out to Devel’s Grotto. Then we headed south to get to a part we had not visited before. We found a flounder in the sand on the way out. Then we saw the same school of blue tangs we found during our last visit here. We also saw a usual assortment of reef fish here, including black durgons, damselfish, parrot fish, and blue chromis. We also saw a green sea turtle that was about 2 years old. We swam with the turtle for several minutes. On the way back in, we saw a baby file fish.

After we got out, we headed back to the condo. We played another round of pinochle and ate supper there. Linda and Derek won.