Small outing

Yesterday I went out with Joany for a little hike and a picnic.  We went to the wide open spaces of the Galisteo Basin Preserve

She hiked and I enjoyed the view.  Then we went to the shady park by the Lamy train station for our picnic.  The train came through while we were there.

It was great to be outside and far enough away from the few other people so we didn’t have to wear our masks.  New Mexico does have the advantage of lots of room.

Last taste

We went to a restaurant, said to be the best on the island, in a resort on down the road at the northern tip of the island, down smuggler’s cove road. It would be hard to beat.

First there is the setting, much like our house.

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We were served an amuse bouche of couscous to go with our rum cocktails.

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I had shrimp and vegetables in a fabulous sauce.

Kevin had a good seafood chowder and the cheese plate.  Lucky that it’s our last day or we would have spent more money there.

Now we can clean out the fridge for dinner and leave in the morning.

Travel abroad

Today we took the ferry to France, in the form of Martinique.  The boat was a fast catamaran, quite comfortable.

We docked in Fort de France, with architecture reminiscent of New Orleans.

We went to visit the market and then went to the mall for some French novels for me.  And had a coffee.

There are two beautiful buildings, the cathedral and the old library.

 

On the water

 

I took a whale and dolphin watching tour while Kevin did a fishing trip with the same company.  My boat was really comfortable.

We cruised down the west side of the island.

We didn’t get to see whales but we followed a pod of dolphin who were leaping right under my feet which were hanging off the front of the boat.

We finished with a brief visit to a beautiful bay.

It was a totally satisfying trip.

Ruins

We visited Pigeon Island, which was the site of pirate raids, no trace of that, and the British fort.  It is also the other side of our little bay because they built a causeway to connect with the shore.  You can see our house from there.

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It’s a nice place to walk around.  Kevin climbed the hill while I checked out the flora.

There’s a simple restaurant on the beach where we ate lamb curry and watched the waves.