In the early afternoon we all loaded onto a 65 foot long Island Routes catamaran headed for Iguana Island, a.k.a. Little Water Cay. There were roughly 100 of us, and I honestly wasn’t sure that we’d fit. We fit with all of our belongings with some room to spare. It was smooth sailing when we remained in the reef, and the water remained an unbelievably beautiful shade of blue.
After a rough go with snorkeling outside of the reef, a few of us felt uneasy. I gladly shared some of my dramamine (motion sickness pills) with everyone who needed it, hoping it would help. After awhile it finally started to work for me and I was able to enjoy the trip a little more.
We parked at Iguana Island and my husband took off with Søren to fly while Aiden and I explored. We found the easiest way to find the iguanas was to follow their cute little tail and foot prints. We found quite a few as we scurried around the island barefoot.
Once we made it across the island, we found Steve flying and Søren playing in the sand. Aiden joined him for awhile until we heard our horn sound and it was time to leave. I think this island was my favorite place on our trip because it was so empty and wild.
Our final stop on the way home was just off the coast to swim in the ocean. The boat had a waterslide on the back that was really fun to go down. Aiden didn’t want to go and Søren wasn’t too happy when we took him with us. I think they were just tired after a few hours at sea and exploring.
Our flight left Seattle at night, headed for Atlanta. We slept most of the way, and just before landing the Pilot notified us of an issue with our plane. We landed in Atlanta surrounded by firefighters, “just in case”, and were towed to our gate. I remained calm on the outside, but couldn’t help freaking out a little on the inside.
Finally off the plane, we located our next gate and I went on a breakfast run for everyone. The gate we waited at had a perfect view of the runway, so Søren got to watch the planes take off until it was time to board our next flight. From there we flew into Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. It’s always interesting for me to pay attention to the colors and patterns in the water. Rain that looks insignificant from the air can wreck havoc on the ground.
The torrential downpour after landing was unfortunately one of the first things to greet us in Turks and Caicos, but the turquoise waters of Grace Bay weren’t far behind. I had to purchase a pair of shoes from the gift shop, because the sandals I brought were not water friendly. With a little sun, everything dried up quickly.
Our trip to Turks and Caicos was for Social Media on the Sand, a yearly conference. I found out in July before we came home from Maui that I was invited, and ended up cancelling our Portland trip so we could afford airfare for this one. I’m finding more and more that airfare is the thorn in my wallet for travel.
After check in, I had a welcome party to attend while the boys had some fun on the waterslides. We couldn’t miss our first sunset on the island, so we postponed dinner in favor of some beach frolicking. Once the sun was beyond the horizon, we settled in to Arizona’s for dinner. We ate here quite often, as it is quick, casual, and very kid-friendly.
Even though most of the world is enjoying Fall and even Winter feeling weather, Turks & Caicos remains a nice temperature year-round. The weather predicts averages around 86F, which tells me I’ll want to pack light with a little warmth for travel and just in case it cools down at night.
When I thought about what to pack for Turks and Caicos, the resort we stayed at was all-inclusive. Some of the restaurants had a dress code, and while I never had any issues with my clothing there, my husband and kids had to change once though into something a little less casual. I love the Melissa sandals because they look nice, but it’s okay if they get wet in the occasional storm or near the pool area. And my favorite for our trip was a Linen long-sleeve shirt to wear during travel since we laid over in New Jersey and Seattle.
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