Saturday, April 24, 2010

Aruba's Welcome Squad

So, instead of Paris for spring break we ended up in Aruba. It was not what we had planned, but it was definitely better than sitting home all week feeling sorry for ourselves. We spent Thursday night at home, re-packed our bags and rented a car and drove through Friday night to Philadelphia ( all flights out of Rochester were booked through Monday) and took a 8 AM flight to Aruba.

Upon our arrival at the resort, this was one of the first things we saw.


These iguanas were everywhere--running around the pools and under the tables at the poolside grill. It's a little freaky to be eating your lunch and have a 3 ft iguana run under your feet.

This guy was hanging out near a light house.



We saw lots of skinny dogs. They were slow and seemed to have little interest in people.



We saw this one climb the tree and enjoy the view over our heads.



I had read that there were wild donkeys on the island, so when saw these guys hanging out at an abandoned lot, we had to stop and get some pics.

Feeding iguanas at the resort's iguana sanctuary (which is just a few rocks along a path).


This guy came barreling over the wall when he smelled the lettuce and then back where he came from when he was done.



These blue lizards were spectacular. A female (on left) is brown with blue spots and the males are a bright turquoise blue.



The color is almost too blue to believe.



This little one stopped by for dinner.


Lots of friendly critters to be found on the island.

7 comments:

sixlayerdip May 6, 2010 at 2:34 AM  

All these creatures are almost as good as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Hall of Mirrors, the Arc de Triomph... almost. Oh, and the crepes are pretty amazing too!:) But ya know, I bet it was a lot warmer there! The weather that week was the pits!

Anna May 6, 2010 at 7:10 AM  

Why do they need a sanctuary?

Amy May 6, 2010 at 7:20 AM  

I forgot about all the iguanas. That would make me a little freaked out. But the blue ones are amazing.

carla May 6, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

too many iguanas. i might never go to aruba. :)

RandomJonesThoughts May 9, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

That's too bad you weren't able to go to Paris, but it looks like Aruba was a lot of fun. I can't believe all of the iguanas.

laurak May 18, 2010 at 7:31 PM  

Those animals are amazing!

JP September 10, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

Looks like a lot of fun! I think I want to visit there too. I do love the Dutch Whimsy - you coined that so well. It almost looks like they are from a movie shoot and not real.
I hope you still get to Paris sometime with those kids. Still can't believe that happened!!