We set off on an amazingly relaxing vacation to Mauritius, a small island off the northeastern coast of Madagascar. For 6 days we soaked up the sun, swam with dolphins, ate amazing food, and enjoyed getting to know each other again. No cell phones, no internet, no tv... it was wonderful!!!!! I don't think I've ever been on a more relaxing vacation. The color of the water, as you can see, was breathtaking and the mountain peaks toward the central part of the island were also impressive. We had great weather, despite the forecast calling for thunderstorms the entire trip, with occasional light afternoon showers which were a welcomed relief from the heat. One of the highlights was a day trip out to swim with dolphins and see other parts of the island. Though there are no pictures, we did get to swim alongside a small pod of dolphins. We had hoped to see one of the larger pods, but it was a cool experience none-the-less. After snorkeling around for a bit, we were taken to rural part of the island, where a lunch of grilled fish, lobster, chicken and plantains was prepared for us- and Nate's favorite, beer was served! To reach this section of the island, the boat had to anchor a long way out because of the shallow water. We walked the length of at least two football fields into shore and the water never came above our knees!
The only downside of our trip was our 9 hour layover in Dubai on the way back. A very cool airport, but not for nine hours at 3 in the morning!
|The walk from our boat into the island.... water never got deeper than our knees!|
|Heading out to swim with dolphins|
It was a wonderful two weeks and we returned feeling rested and gearing up for more deployment preparations and weekend travels. More to come on those travels to Plitvice National Park in Croatia, Cinque Terre, Italy, Barcelona, Spain, and London, England! Ciao for now!!!