Before spring officially begins, this evening I believe, I must tell you about our winter vacation. People who live on islands have a tendancy to vacation on other islands. A few days after Christmas Frank, Dale, Jaren and I flew to Aruba where we vacationed for a couple of weeks. We didn't do the "tourist" thing. No resorts, no casinos (well, one night). We rented a private home and spent the two weeks exploring the Arikok National Park, snorkeling, swimming, swimming, swimming oh yes, and did I mention swimming in the bluest, warmest most... oh well (sigh). The food was fabulous, the people warm and friendly and you know how I am about creatures. They had wonderful creatures, big eyed parakeets ,hummingbirds, teeny colorful little birds, Iguanas,wild donkeys and goats and these adorable lizards called Cododos that are irridescent blues and greens. They come up to you in a restaurant or even in the house and beg for food. They're vegetarians. Aruba is a desert not a tropical island with cactus everywhere. The temperature was between 82 and 87 with no humidity and those wonderful tradewinds blowing constantly. We had the best New Years Eve ever. Incredible! Ocracoke in the spring, summer and fall. Aruba in the winter...............hmmmmmm.
(Posted by Jude)
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells about island customs relating to death & dying. You can read the newsletter here.