Our trip to Runaway Bay, Jamaica already seems like weeks and weeks ago. We had a great week – sunny, warm, relaxing. We missed the kids a lot but a skype “date” mid-week was just what we needed to reassure everyone. Oliver didn’t talk much on Skype and when Nana asked him why he said, “I will talk to mommy and daddy at our house”. I guess seeing us was just too much reminder that we were gone. Emery’s appetite was off all week but otherwise he did fine. When a Thursday night skype date didn’t pan out (because of WIFI at the resort), he told nana, “that’s ok… I’ll see them soon”.
These are just a few of my favorite pics from the week.
Grand Bahia Principe in Runaway Bay – Our breathtaking, 5-star resort. We walked around for the first night and day thinking we must be in the wrong place, that it was so beautiful we couldn’t possibly belong there! (This is only about 1/4 of it by the way)
This was another common sight at The Point.
Jerk chicken in Ocho Rios. Brian’s pretty excited to try this at home now.
We did one day-long excursion. This is Somerset Falls, the first stop.
Then they dropped us off for a raft ride down the Rio Grande river. The rafts were made out of long stalks of bamboo and our buddy Glen here poled us down the river. (See how the forest behind looks “fluffy”? It’s bamboo!). The rafts have a seat for us (just wide enough for our bums) and are about 30 feet long. Apparently they originally used these rafts to float banana bunches out of the Blue mountains.
I admit there were a couple of moments, in more rapid water, when I wasn’t sure Glen had it but he kept us afloat!
This was the highlight of the day for us. Glen answered our questions about the woods and the river and talked some about the Jamaican lifestyle. Three or four times we floated by local kids fishing or playing in the river. In a nutshell, we spent as much time as possible in our beach chairs, snorkeling, or poolside and it was fantastic! I’m already planning the next trip!