Sam and I just returned from our honeymoon in Aruba [bet you didn’t even know I was gone!]. We had an amazing time, I would encourage anyone who loves the beach to visit Aruba. It was my first time ever travelling internationally [I guess I’m a bit sheltered], but it was definitely worth it! The island itself is located just North of Venezuela in the Caribbean ocean, with the interior featuring desert terrain with cacti and a more tropical landscape with palm trees and sand on the outskirts. The beaches were picturesque: soft, white sand and clear, brilliant blue ocean; it was mesmerizing to look at and definitely a view I will miss to say the least.
We stayed at a very nice adults-only resort on Eagle Beach, which is the quiet side of the island. We landed around 2 pm and were greeted upon arrival at the resort with a glass of champagne. After that, I knew we were going to have a fabulous time! All of the staff were really friendly, and we made a few friends along the way. The doorman, Frank, said “Welcome home!” every time we arrived back from an outing, Tome our concierge is a total foodie and made us fantastic reservations at his favorite local restaurants, Angelo our waiter on the beach was so funny and knew our drink order by heart after the second day and Karen at the sand bar loved looking at pictures of Miles. Even though being hospitable is their job, the staff at Bucuti really went above and beyond.
We spent most of our days lounging on the beach drinking piña coladas. I read a whole bunch of books including The Eighty Dollar Champion, the Bittersweet Farm series, Four: A Divergent Collection and a few romance novels. Sam mostly played on his new iPad Mini I bought as a “Congrats the Bar Exam is Over” present. Somehow, we both managed to escape without any serious sunburns which I’m totally wearing as a badge of honor because I am notorious for not wearing sunscreen.
Every night we ate at wonderful restaurants and gorged on seafood and wine. Our resort featured a five-star restaurant on site, so we ate there several times. But we also visited a seafood grill, as well as a nearby place where we ate dinner in bed [IN BED!] and drank half-price wine. The food was literally to die for, and I’m going to have to get used to my Meijer salmon and Barefoot wine again, such first world problems I have!
We did manage to do a few excursions while we were in Aruba, even though our main goal was to just relax and soak in the sun. One afternoon we went snorkeling and saw some very pretty coral and schools of brightly colored fish, as well as a ship wreck. My favorite trip was of course horseback riding on the beach! It’s always been on my bucket list and seeing as Ohio doesn’t have many beaches [at least, not pretty ones], I was ecstatic to have this opportunity. We went to a small local farm with a group of about seven. All of the horses were impeccably cared for [which I was obviously very happy about], with shiney coats and perfectly shod hooves. There was even a one-month old colt in the front paddock [the farm’s first home-bred, I later found out].
We enjoyed a two and half hour trail ride through Dos Playa park, roding up a few large hills that were made up almost entirely of shale, down to the sandy beach and back again. The horses were Paso Finos, and while they obviously knew exactly where they were going, these were not dead-head trail ponies. In fact, they did their characteristic ambling/running walk gait for most of the trip. Having never ridden a gaited horse before, it was very strange at first, but once I figured out the motion, it was very comfortable. Sam, who hasn’t ridden much at all in his entire life, really enjoyed the trail ride and expressed interest in learning to ride and possibly getting a trail horse for himself. I was tickled pink!
All in all, it was a wonderful trip and I was sad to fly home. Of course, I missed my boys [Miles and Rocky] terribly, so I wasn’t too sad. We’re already making plans to go back!