Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Desert Islands

My recent escape was to the desert island of Aruba.  Temperatures were about 90F with a constant trade wind blowing across the whole island.  Why would I leave the beautiful fall in my woods for such an experience?.  I had 'points' that were about to expire and that made the condo FREE!!  It was the low tourist season for them and that meant no waits in line at any restaurants, no re-scheduling of any tours, beaches that were not crowded and a swimming pool that might have only one other family using it at the same time as we did.  The weather was hot, but the shade was just fine.

Their desert is exotic and full of a quiet beauty that I do not see where I live.  I even saw small succulent flowers blooming in the valleys between rocks and squat barrel cactus waiting to trip me.  I did not see the rattlesnakes or boa constrictors that live there.  I did see several lovely birds which I will post for your edification later.

One side of the island  has crashing beaches with waves tossed on sands by the trade winds.  The rocky shores are worn coral and volcanic rock along a line that sometimes becomes caves.  This side of the island has enough wind to power their wind farm and their wind surfers.
The tourist side of the island with low-rise and high-rise hotels has beautiful calm waters and extensive beaches with rocky outpatches for snorkeling and watching dozens of species of fish and sea creatures and sipping island drinks while watching the best sunsets!

Those are a few of the reasons that I went.

18 comments:

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Sounds like paradise, even with the warmer temps! I would have jumped on that freebie, too! Beautiful photos.

Celia said...

Lovely and fall is still here. The cactii in such places are amazing, from the big blossoms to tiny ones hugging the ground. Sounds very soothing.

Joanne Noragon said...

Thanks for taking us along. The beaches are lovely.

Brian Miller said...

nice...the desert can be a very beautiful place...love the beaches as well...

Kat said...

It was clearly a wise decision to go. ;)
What a beautiful place!

Hilary said...

What a gorgeous spot. I wouldn't have had to look for reasons.. they're all pretty clear to me.

Lynn said...

. . . sigh . . .

Red said...

I have thought of going to Aruba. Now it think I will. good post.

Chris said...

Thanks, I love traveling even vicariously, beautiful pics and descriptions. So glad you got to go.

Peruby said...

Love the sunset and the ocean, but I do not like that cactus area. I do not like the desert. I need to look deeper, I suppose.

Dave said...

Seems like you had a nice time Tabor. I liked your photos - Dave

Dave King said...

Wonderful. Sheer perfection, I'll be bound!

Bob Bushell said...

A paradise on land and sea, beautiful photos.

Rachel Cotterill said...

It looks very beautiful :)

lime said...

all perfectly wonderful reasons to go! glad you had such a nice time
:)

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Looks like a fun trip. Changes of scenery are good, especially when the points oblige.

jelly andrews said...

Amazing! This is really cool. I really love watching the sun set. That’s really a beautiful view. Thanks for sharing this. I really appreciate this post!

mae anderson said...

Oh! How wonderful! It seems your describing to me what a paradise looks like. Thanks a lot for the pictures. They were really amazing.