We arrived about 15 minutes later and anchored in front of the runway. We saw the 3 of them sitting on the dock waiting for us. We all jumped for joy. We got the motor on the dinghy and Alex and Graham raced over to the dock to grab them. It was so wonderful to see the three of them. I actually even teared up....of course. It is just so overwhelmingly cool to have friends come so far to visit us. I really can't thank them enough.
They arrived and after the grand tour we had our capuccinos and a yummy fruit cocktail cake that Amelia had made. We then picked up anchor and headed out to our first paradise island. It is really cool to share our life on the water with them and see the excitement and wonder in their eyes with each new experience. I think sometimes we forget how lucky we are. This is such a nice reminder.
Before the anchor had hit the sand the kids were in their swimsuits with snorkels in hand and ready to go. I had to hold them back and make them wait til Graham and I had the boat set in position. Once it was, away they went to the island. Once the adults had all caught up to them, we found them holding a very large star fish. Kayvon had it in his hands and the kids were getting the tentacles to stick to them. I obviously had to take a picture.
Then as we are standing in the clear water, we see behind Tara this fish start jumping, jumping, jumping....it was obviously being chased. All of us are pointing and saying OMG....poor Tara we scared the beegeesies out of her. She didn't know what was behind her. Then in the clear water you could see the Barracuda chasing the fish. It was really cool.
Back at the boat we had the Kuna Indians canoe up with some lobster for sale. We decided it sounded like a great dinner option and $8 dollars later we had two nice lobsters and wondering..."What now?". Graham put them in a container we had and away they went in the fridge. They made for an amazing dinner.
We have really squeezed every last drop of pure enjoyment out of this day. It is hard to imagine that we can match this day for the remaining days they are here but we will most definitely try. I think my favorite part was after the sun had set and the sky was filled with stars and the kids were all sitting up front on the boat in the breeze and talking and laughing. Absolutely my perfect moment. Nothing better than happy kids.
Tomorrow we are heading to a group of islands called "Coco Banderas". We have also heard them referred to as "Disneyland". The pictures in our guide book look amazing. I can't wait to see if they live up to all the hype.
ps.....we still talk about the Pacific crossing daily and I wonder how the heck I am going to be able to pick up the anchor and go.....it is lingering in the back of my mind in amongst all this "high-lights"!