Stepping out onto the quiet, untouched sands of Shoal Bay East at that time of day is like a prayer. The only footprints I see are the bird and lizard tracks in the sand from the night before. Looking left, looking right, there’s not a soul on sight. You’ll have to pardon me here, but it was a moment of pure joy and grace, and as a deeply seated agnostic, those are not words I bandy about frivolously. But there is something magical, spiritual if you will, about those quiet moments where earth meets water and the sun glances off the waves with a certain slant of light; the beauty of it all is so much to take in that you nearly burst trying to contain it, so you can return to these moments in the future, when everything around you is cold and dark.
|The avenue of palms at Anguilla Great House|
Our next stop is the Anguilla Great House to drop off a small thank you gift for Junior. We apparently just miss him, but we got to chat with his brother Will and walk out to the beach to make some photos. I’ve always loved the look of Anguilla Great House; if they had larger units with kitchen facilities, I’d stay there in a heartbeat. Until then, I guess we’ll just visit. Rendezvous Bay is gorgeous and a little wild looking that day.
|Rendezvous Bay, looking east|
|Rendezvous Bay, looking toward Cuisinart|
|DH and DG at Rendezvous Bay|
We’re the first to arrive at Smokey’s for lunch, but by the time we leave in the late afternoon, the joint will be jumpin’ with tourists and locals enjoying the live performance of the Musical Brothers. Despite our breakfast back at Ku, we definitely feel a rumbly in our tumblies, as Pooh might say. Two orders of ribs and a BBQ bacon cheeseburger and some Presidentes make a valiant effort to quiet the rumblies, but it takes a round of pina coladas to drive them away for good! The ribs were marvelous, though I would have preferred them with less sauce. DG enjoyed her burger but also thought there was a surfeit of sauce.
|Una (not to be confused with Oona!) nee Gumbs|
|Looking out toward Cove Bay from Smokey's|
Just to shake things up a little bit, I took a walk up the beach towards the pier, and by the time I returned, DG had made a friend. There was a little boy on the beach about the age of her younger brother, and they spend the better part of an hour playing together in the water. His mama gave me permission to make photographs of them. Apparently he was using the big stick to try to keep the big waves at bay, jousting them like a knight would. It was very cute to watch them together.
|DG and me at West End Bay. Photo credit: B Moser|
|Sandpipers near a salt pond at West End Bay|
|Sunset at Sandy Ground|
|Various fruit-flavored coladas make for shiny, happy people!|
|DH and DG at the SandBar|
|Setting crescent/new moon seen from Sandy Ground|
So yes, another day of hard living on Anguilla. Another day of making friends. Another day of unexpected joys. I could definitely get used to this!
|All three of us at Rendezvous Bay|