GA got in early this AM from an undisclosed location. No, not Dick Cheney's underground lair.
Hint: sea urchins, plantain, coconut trees, ugly ducklings, blizzards of color and hanging fruit. Oh yeah, a beach.
And flowers from the Royal Poincia tree.
These are edible sea grapes, that grow by the- ya know, sea. Why they're called sea grapes. The tree leaves are thick, hard and roundish and were once used by inhabitants as dinner plates. Sea grape leaves have a medicinal use too, for the treatment of diarrhea. I am not making that up, people.
Plantain. Doesn't that droopy purple flower remind you of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors?
Got no clue what these are. Anybody?
We collected 5 ripe coconuts; ripe ones have a smoothe, brown outer shell. The hard shell and woody fiber below were almost 2 inches thick...that's before you get to the coconut. It took 2 days of hacking to open one, so we put the other 4 back where we found them (on the ground.)
Flower or leaf?
Now that's a face only a mother could love.
Sea urchin condos. Very fancy.
A brown grouper and some unidentified striped fish. Our taxi driver said that grouper are "ugly" and have "big, fat lips and close-together eyes like my ex-wife."
This flower is called Frangipani or Bridal Bouquet.
Fave haunt: the grotto in the pool (a.k.a. bar in a cave). That's Alfie the bartender, in the blue shirt. Hoboken needs one of these. How about it, Stick?
Lazy GA in the hammock.
GA got a kick out of the interactive map on the back of each seat- played with it the whole flight home. Here comes "Plane-zilla!"
Okay folks, those are a few pics from my week offline at an undisclosed location. What did I miss?