Barbara in Barbados- Day 6

Day 6 in Barbados.  Wow.  Geno and I got up and walked to the gym for a nice workout about 7:00am. I don’t get up that early when I’m at home working but the sun is up here about 5:30 and it is pouring through the windows.  Between the sun and the sounds of nature (chickens, roosters, tree frogs and birds) you can’t stay in bed very long.

These shots below are worth every hour I spent at the gym this week. So then we came back to the house and eat on the porch and had chat time.  Then off to Brandon Beach. We took the bus and then walked over to the beach.  Of course the beach was beautiful.

The lifeguard, Ron, was great…we saw him on this rescue surf board and he let us take a few pictures with him.  We just enjoyed the afternoon and evening on the beach.  Enjoy the pictures.

 

Barbara in Barbados – Day 5

 We were going to go to Bathsheba which is in the north part of the island however the rain was strong.  We did make it to a few beautiful spots.  We stopped at the Animal Flower Cave where the view was truly breath taking, as we stood over watching the water a storm came.

The drive over to Cherry Tree Hill was amazing as was the sugar cane I got to walk through. The area got a much needed rain and we ending up back home after visiting the Wildlife Preserve where I sat in this beautiful old tree. 

This morning as I slept the rain came through like a monsoon.  Then the sun came up like clockwork.  The weather reminds me of when I lived in Tampa for 7.5 years. Liquid sunshine (rain) one moment and real sunshine 10 minutes later, typical tropical weather.

We had a cup of coffee on the porch as we have done daily since I got here.  I tried to get used to the sound of the chickens and roosters crowing…it’s a haunting sound, and they crow whenever they want to.   I just heard one crow. I wonder if they are in pain. Okay, I’m working on figuring the video thing out… I’m on vacation, that will have to wait. Oh well.

Barbara in Barbados – Day 4

Today we decided after the 5 hour hike we would forgo the gym. I actually said this about 10 times while we were lost in the woods yesterday. Geno kept saying, let’s wait and see. I was VERY clear, I was not going to the gym. I don’t think any of us really knew how tired we would be.  Just imagine being on your feet for 5-6 straight hours.  That is a long time.  My tooties are not used to that kind of activity.

    Today we had a light breakfast and I read and relaxed, Sandra and Kym, I did relax this morning.  😉 Geno has not allowed me to help do anything in the kitchen except get water and something to drink. We went to to downtown Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados.  I went to Woolworth…who knew there would be a Woolworth in Barbados. I found some cool earrings for $7.50 and $5.00.  We took pictures and came home and ate a nice lunch.  We will probably chill out for the evening.  Enjoy the pictures of downtown.

Barbara in Barbados – Days 2 & 3

Isn't this beautiful!

 

Day 2 – We all went to the gym and worked out.  It felt great to be back working out again.  My ankle strain has left me with very limited workouts, except SALSA.   We went to Brown’s beach for the afternoon and watched the sunset.  There were many families on the beach and Warren, Regenna and I enjoyed the weather and chilling in the water floats and the overall beach scene. The picture on the header is from Brown’s Beach in Barbados. 

Day 3- This was the most unexpected day.  We got up to go to a 6am hike at Hackertons Cliff. Regenna and Warren London and I got up and took our snacks ( trail mix, grapes, apples, water, and a few Little Debbie Oatmeal pies for Warren).  It all started out so well, we got there right on time as they were explaining the different hikes.  We opted for the Stop and Stare.  We figured it would be a nice easy hike, we could STOP and Stare and take some pictures along the way.  It was listed as a 3 hour hike.  It started out very nicely, we walked through some wooded areas that were very beautiful. Then we walked past some houses and moved to where the fun really started.  We entered a very wooded area that didn’t seem that different from the other area we just left.  About an hour into the Barbados forest we all started to wonder what was happening.  This was no ordinary hike.  We were climbing up what seemed to be mini cliffs.  Not what we had in mind.  Well, there were several times we all were stopped and joked that the guide must be lost.  We were right.  We were lost in the Barbados forest for about 3 hours.
                Working out in a gym doesn’t quite prepare you for climbing up rocks, grabbing vines and maneuvering around trees with ants and slugs. I felt about as close to Survivor or Lost as I would ever be.  The other 39 people on the hike were just as befuddled as I was about why we were lost.  Were there markers we should have seen?  Of course there were.  I don’t hike. I mean I walk trails sometimes but really hike, no.  I really didn’t know what to expect or know what to look for. I thought that was why we had a guide.
                About 3 hours after realizing that we were indeed lost we made it to what looked like the top of a pit.  Regenna’s husband Warren was a life saver for the hike.  He made sure that we had assistance and helped us in the steep areas.  I was pulling on a stick several times  that he held out to me to be sure I made it up some of the steep paths. Did I mention I don’t hike? Well, we made it to the pit and one of the guys helping the guide tried to convince me it was easy to get out and to the top. At that point I would have done just about anything to get out of that hole.  It was beautiful in the forest, woods, it wasn’t quite a jungle but it was as close to a jungle I would see. But I definitely wanted out.  He helped us all out with a smile and in the typical Bajan accent, “Wasn’t that easy.”  Hell no.  It wasn’t easy…it was a trip.
                When I came up out of the hole we walked over to an area to rest atop of a beautiful cliff.  It was breathtaking. But that was not even close to the end of the hike. We still had another hour to go.
My body was aching; we were now back in the 80+ degree weather of Barbados and still clueless about how to get to the car.  We all bombarded a local store owner for water, Powerade and Banks Beer (a local favorite) to help us on the next hour leg of our trip.
                At one point when we were nestled quietly in the forest waiting to find out which way we were going, I was standing very still and quiet with my eyes closed.  Regenna asked me if I was okay.  I told her I was praying.  She asked if I was worried.  I told her no, I was simply praying my prayers of affirmation.  I thanked God for the safety of all the hikers. I thanked God for the wisdom of the guide. I thanked God for keeping the hikers calm. I had a few more prayers for God. I am continuing to pray at all times, prayers of gratitude help me remember that am at all times a blessed child of God.                Regenna and I discussed what could be the lesson in being Lost in Barbados. I don’t know for sure but I am sure that being in the moment and knowing that I would be divinely protected had to be somewhere among the things I learned and experienced on my three hour hike that was six hours while I was visiting Barbados.
                After our hike we were all EXHAUSTED.  We came home, showered and slept the afternoon away. We woke up and Geno cooked flying fish, rice and peas, mashed potatoes and salad.  Yummy.  Flying fish is native to the island and it was DELICIOUS! We just lazied (real word?) around the house all afternoon.  My feet and body are so sore.  See some of the pictures.

We made it back to the top!

 

Check out my article on Salsa Dancing!

Bailando Salsa! (Dancing Salsa)

 When was the last time you tried something new? When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Are you living life, or just simply existing? Think about the last time you did something new, if you can’t remember, it has probably been too long. Why not simply try something new?

About nine years ago a friend invited me to go to a “latin dance” club.  I had no idea what that was and I didn’t want to go.  I was over the going out to club thing and had done enough of that in my twenties.  She and another friend went without me.  The next day she came back bragging about how much fun they had and how it really was not likea typical club, on and on. Yeah, sure. The next week she kept bugging me about going.  I went. I went to shut her up. Well, that was how I started dancing salsa.  I stepped out of my comfort zone, tried something new and I found another way to truly enjoy life. Salsa dancing has become one of my favorite activities, it’s great exercise, the music is wonderful, I’m learning another language and having fun with a group of diverse people who enjoy life.In January I celebrated my 46th birthday salsa style.  A group of my salsa crew came out dancing with me at the Sanctuary and I got to do one of my favorite things, DANCE.  Every  birthday I thank my good friend, Ade, who got me to “step out of my comfort zone” to try something new.  And now, I can’t stop trying new things.  You never know when you will find your own “salsa.” If you are interested in more information about salsa in Atlanta, GA check out Afrisalsa – (www.afrisalsa.com) a cultural organization to promote cross cultural activity.  Anana Parris Harris is the CEO of Afrisalsa, she will add you to the mailing list for her classes and let you know when we go out dancing.  You can also check out www.salsaweb.com – look for the cities guide and find a local spot to check out the salsa scene.  Try something new, step out of your comfort zone, and remember, LIVE LIFE with Passion!  Hope to see you on the dance floor.