Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Break (part 3)

Next we did some snorkeling ...

 Max fed the fishies some bread

 tons of fish gathered around our dhow/boat

  yep, that is a jellyfish .. scared all of us and almost detoured me from snorkeling .. ALMOST.  :)

 Paige hitchin' a ride on Daddy to get closer to the island to do more snorkeling
(Brooke said "no thanks" after seeing the jellyfish)
  they made it to the island and up the stairs!

headed back to the boat 

After our boat cruise, we were dropped off on a remote beach to camp for the night.  It was "cheater camping" because we didn't have to do ANY of the hard work .. everything was set up for us, prepared for us, and later cleaned up for us.  All we had to do was eat, play and sleep .. and believe it or not, we all SLEPT!  (minus a  12:30 a.m. goat interruption!)  Here are pictures:

 one worn out little munchkin

our campsite

 Brooke immediately found a way to color

Paige started gathering rocks for the firepit

  Max checked out the "showers" (the black bags are bathwater .. warmed by the sun)

our campsite
 I slept in the small tent with Max while Mark and the girls slept in the big tent

kinda like a kitchen counter, and yes, that's a speaker for music .. we could hook up the iPod'n everything!  I told you .. CHEATER CAMPING.  

 I was up before everyone else .. saw this beautiful scenery.

  The girls collected shells

 One of the goats that ransacked our camp at midnight .. who'd have thought??  

 I love this picture .. I wish Paige was in it. 

 another pesky goat

  we thought this was a cat for a while .. finally got a good look at it. 

 exploring a cave .. chanting "Goin' on a Bear Hunt" .. one of our favorite bedtime stories
I had no part of the cave.  No thank you. 

the only downer of our camping trip .. trash EVERYWHERE. 

We were picked up by speed boat and taken back to our car, where we then drove 2 hours to Ras Al Khaimah, where we checked into the Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa.  Our room wasn't quite ready when we arrived, and we were all still NASTY from the camping trip, so we gladly put on our swimsuits and played in the kid pool area with a water slide and playground.  We ended up playing for about 3 hours, Max did the slide all by himself (he makes me so nervous!) and then we finally went to our room and SHOWERED and CRASHED .. I was OUT by 8:30 .. exhausted!

continued on "Spring Break (part 4)" <--click :)

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