Saturday, December 30, 2006

Holidays in Bonaire

In 1945 Columbus lost his exclusive rights to explore the new world, after a falling out with Queen Isabella. The new world and the Caribbean, became open territory and Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci were first to explore the region. Alonso de Ojeda previously lieutenant to Columbus, was the first to discover Bonaire in 1499. We arrived in Bonaire on December 6, 2006, in time to enjoy Christmas and New Years with friends on the Island. We picked a mooring at the very end, the picture is a pan of what we see on the island from our boat.

We spent Christmas Eve on our friends boat South of Reality. We had a potluck dinner, gift exchange and at dusk we motored their catamaran up and down the anchorage singing Christmas Carols, we had a great evening. For Christmas we all went to the Flamingo Resort for a buffet dinner. The pictures: in the green elf hats are Ken and Roberta our friends from Second Wind (Tony from World Citizen in the background) and in the red Santa hats our hosts Byron and Denise from South of Reality.

We also had a sail on World Citizen with some friends. The pictures are: Linda and Hutch, Sandcastle, Byron and Denise, South of Reality, Bert, Not So Interim, Grace, Andrea Lee, Sharon, Pelican's Flight, Mike, Ka'imi, Ken, Second Wind, (Denise again) Kim, Ka'imi, Jim, Pelican's Flight, Roberta, Second Wind.

For New Years, they had an incredible fireworks show. We went aboard Sandcastle, to bring in the New Year. There were fireworks from one end of the island to the other. This is the last year that it will be legal for people to buy and set off fireworks, so they sold all of them cheap and everyone had them.

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season. Bye for now, Mike and Kim

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