We started out the day with Don going just down the street to rent a car. We got a little car to travel around the island in the next two days. Then we set off for the north part of the island. The island is only about 39 km long and up to 8 km wide so its not very big. Here in Bonaire most of the town names and the signs are in Dutch, sometimes English as well. When we shop, the labels are usually Dutch, so we are guessing from the look or pictures on the label.
We followed a route along the west coast and stopped twice for the guys to snorkel at 1000 steps (which are only 100, but feel like 1000 if you are carrying up scuba tanks at the end of a dive) and Karpata. I just waited in the car and read my book while they were snorkeling. At Karpata I was asked to take a picture of a couple in front of a huge cactus. They were Dutch and had had their picture taken in front of that cactus 20 years ago!! So they will go home and compare their pictures.
When they were done their second snorkel, it was time for lunch, so we went into Rincon, a small town, and had a delicious lunch.
There is a National Park in the farthest north part of the island, which we debated visiting, but the entrance fee was expensive and the terrain looked exactly like where we were driving around so we did not enter the park. We visited a overlook of the town of Rincon and also the highest point on the island, Seru Largu, at 123 meters! You can see the whole island from up there.
We drove along some little dirt trails and some paved roads. Everywhere there were cactus! Cactus in all shapes and sizes, and when we got out of the car, even the bushes that weren't cactus still had thorns on them and were very unfriendly. It was very hot and being in the sun was unpleasant even though there was a strong wind, but while we were moving in the car it was great.
On our way back home, we stopped at the supermarket and bought some food for supper. So its time to sit in the shade, drink beer or Curacao, and enjoy the evening.