Let’s Flamingle!

The holidays are coming! Birds of a feather flock together.

Cocktails and Mocktails!  Mix up a pitcher and shake your tail-feathers!

“Pink Flamingo” drink Recipe: 

Pink lemonade with a splash of soda.

Garnish with lemons, limes or strawberries over ice.

With or without Vodka. 

Cheers….and a little more art making!

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Flamingo watercolor

Watercolour flamingos by; S.Craig

Rise and Shine

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Bonairian Iguana

After sunrise this character moves to a place where he can soak up the suns heat.  I suspect this guy has been in the neighborhood about 15 years or so.

We often see him or his compadres on our daily walks as he struts and swaggers along.  He waves his floppy dewlap on his neck and nods his head up and down.  His tail twitches slowly back and forth giving us the “iguana glare” ever hopeful for a handout.

RESFEBER

Resfeber

Resfeber

(n.) the restless race of the traveller’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together; a ‘travel fever’ that can manifest as an illness.

I’m loving these new travel words! 

There is a whole range of unfamiliar terms that seem to be popping up if you do any sort of pre-tripping internet research. 

I few others I found that you can work in to your next hipster travel conversation;

Solivagant (adj) wandering alone

Novaturient (adj) A desire to alter your life, the feeling that pushes you to travel.

Fernweh (n) Being homesick for a place where you’ve never been to.

Here is a “pinable” version of the definition of “ resfeber” for you to add to your board when you get excited about experiencing some “Island Life”.

1,000 Steps

1000 Steps

Don’t be fooled: There aren’t actually 1,000 steps to trudge up at this popular tourist site and dive beach—only 67. You’ll understand the name once you climb back up the stairs with your wet scuba gear strapped on after an hour long dive.

Located just north of Kralendijk on the island’s west coast, 1,000 Steps Beach boasts pristine turquoise waters and an impressive display of coral, sponges, turtles and fish.

But even if you don’t plan on exploring the sea life, the view from the top of the limestone steps is worth the trip.

The beach site exists of white sand and large chunks of coral rock, and the cove is surrounded by limestone cliffs.  Nice place for a picnic if you bring your own everything.

Visit the Donkey Sanctuary

Donkeys were imported to Bonaire in the 16th century to work in the island’s salt trade, but as technology improved, their use diminished and the donkeys were set free.

In 1993 Dutch Nationals, Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman, established a donkey sanctuary on Bonaire for sick, wounded and orphaned donkeys: Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire.

The primary objective of Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is to offer a sheltered, protected life to all the donkeys of Bonaire. Their information about the lives and experiences of donkeys is also raising awareness amongst the local community, schools and tourists.

When a report arrives about a live wild donkey in distress, volunteers are sent to the rescue. Sick and wounded animals are nursed and, where necessary, a vet is called upon to give medical attention. Orphaned foals are raised with a baby bottle. All stallions that arrive at the sanctuary are castrated to avoid expansion of the numbers of donkeys in care. Once the animals are recovered, they are lucky enough to spend the rest of their lives lovingly cared for at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire.

You are very welcome to visit Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. They are happy to welcome you in their little shop and tell you about the work that they do. Here you can also buy nice souvenirs of which all profits of course benefit the donkeys.

Next you can make a tour with your own car amongst the hundreds of donkeys in the big park. The animals will gladly come over to meet you and to put their snouts through the car windows, hoping you brought them something nice to eat. If like you can buy carrots from the shop to feed to the donkeys. If you do so, you will definitely make many new friends in a minute!

The special care meadow is only accessible by foot. Here you find the donkeys that need extra care, for example because of an injury or illness. Also moms with their foals and little orphaned foals that they raise by bottle feeding them are in this meadow.

Besides they have a garden where you can admire iguanas and tortoises. At last you can order a drink or snack and relax on the attractive terrace, in the shade of a palapa roof made of dried palm leaves. From there you enjoy a wonderful view on the salt lake, in which almost always flamingos can be seen.

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is open for visitors daily from 10 AM until 5PM. Entrance is possible until 4PM. Your tour can be done by car, scooter of bike. Of course you can also make a walk through the park. Quads are not allowed.

All in all, an enjoyable and informative attraction for all ages!

Sources: International Donkey Sanctuary/Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary

website:  http://www.donkeysanctuary.org/en

Coral Restoration Diver

Coral Restoration Diver from Shelly Craig on Vimeo.

Coral Reefs are nursery grounds to 25% of all known marine species and home to nearly 33% of all known fish species.  Reefs are important to maintain biological diversity.

The major threat to coral reefs are diseases, loss of Sea Urchins, coral bleaching, degraded water quality and hurricanes.

The mission of the Coral Reef Foundation Bonaire (CRFB) is to develop affordable, effective strategies for protection and restoring the shallow water population of  the two protected species of Staghorn and Elkhorn coral along the coasts of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.

The CRFB project was born in 2012, when Ken Nedimeyer of the CRF http://www.coralrestoration.org was invited to visit the island to work with and assist Bonaire with their continued efforts to preserve Bonaire’s greatest assets, it’s reefs.

The video was shot with a GoPro Hero3+ and is my personal impression of taking the Distinctive Specialty course of “Coral Restoration Diver” offered by Great Adventures Dive Shop at Harbour Village Beach Club, Bonaire.  It is a vacation video with the purpose of informing others and inviting them to become involved in the project if they wish to give something back to our beautiful Coral Reefs.

Get ready to restore!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire
Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire

Locally known as Chogogo, the Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is famous on Bonaire, and is celebrated as the island’s national bird.  The flamingo population depends on just four major breeding sites in the Caribbean: Great Inagua, Cuba, Yucatan and Bonaire. On Bonaire, the flamingos breed exclusively in the Pekelmeer flamingo sanctuary in the south of the island, typically from January to July. Up to 3,000 breeding pairs use the sanctuary every year; females lay a single white egg in a volcano-shaped nest built from mud.

Resource: DCNA