Saturday, 16 February 2013

Salt Cay Continues

Sunday afternoon we had some great fun, while one friend and I were diving, the other three rented bikes to explore the island.  They met us back at the cottage where we were having a light lunch and some wine.  That turned into mimosas with strawberries! Delicious!

I wanted to do some exploring too, so one of the girls went biking with me. We headed east across the island.  We rode past the airport - and donkeys, chickens and cows!  A large part of the middle of the island has a saltina where they used to produce salt.

At the end of the road was the islands water cistern, there was a nice view of the ocean on all sides. Salt Cay is very flat with just a couple high points so the views can be spectacular.  On the ride back, we found the ruins of a little resort. Now when I say ruins, they are very recent. Windmills was sold to a big developer. Almost immediately after the place was torn up by a hurricane.  Since the new people were planing on bulldozing it anyways they told the locals to take anything they wanted so it was stripped of the fixtures.  Nothing has been done since but it still has a very bright paint job so it was a fantastic place to take pictures.

On Sunday nights Coral Bar does BBQ ribs, we were booked in and looking forward to it. Just as we were all getting ready to leave, a massive downpour hit. This lead to some hilarity as everyone rushed to get jackets or garbage bags to cover up with.  Of course by the time pictures were done being taken the rain had stopped.  Which is a good thing as the cafe was almost entirely open!

The ribs were delicious and we chatted with another tourist who was travelling alone, she had come for the diving.  We met a lot of people, everyone was very friendly there and exchanged a lot of email address so we could all trade whale pictures!

Monday was the last day, :(  We had a bit more relaxing morning and after breakfast went to sit by the beach.  There were still a lot of waves, which made for some cool photo opportunities, but our little spot on the beach had some high rocks about 20ft out so there was a little calm spot to relax in the water.

After more Mimosas at lunch it was time to pack up and head back to the airport.  As we boarded our little plane back to Provo I was reminded that you can never really escape work for long, my boss was waiting in the plane!  He'd actually been in Grand Turk for meetings and just happened to catch the same plane back.  Who new I'd run into a familiar face while visiting an island with so few people on it!

Sadly the vacation was over, but I got to remember all the fun we had as I sorted through the 900 pictures on my cameras that night.  It took a while!


  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Turk and Caicos Islands? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Turk and Caicos in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia, 39
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez