Monday the 11th of February, Day 2:
This was our first day at an island, CocoCay Island, Royal Caribbean’s private island. That meant that there was a lot of a lot of things to buy, but it also meant that they could do things like basically having a large, free barbecue on the island.
Our goal was to run on each island on the trip. The first run wasn’t really that well organized. We got our stuff together and went to find the others that were planning on running. We went to the Game Room, and after not seeing anyone there, we headed over to the island. Luckily they were waiting there to meet up for the run. We ran for a while along the island. The island was VERY short, but was also very beautiful. The roads were a weird compact sand, that was almost like stone, but still very sandy. I ended up getting in about 3.1 miles, a little under 2 laps of the island.
After that we went to the beach area. Towards the far end of the island there was a section of the beach that the Sea Monkeys were meeting at. There was an unorganized “sandcastle” building competition. There were some amazing things already being built.
Squirrels, Cthulhu, and serpents:
So Beth and I attempted to make a sand cat. It started out a just a face and then some kids wanted to help so it slowly grew in size. I ended up getting some pointers from the guy that made the chess pieces on how to make some of the crazier shapes, like the overhangs he had in his. Apparently you slowly layer up VERY wet sand so that the water pulls all of the sand in very tightly.
It was impressive how awesome and blue the water was. The water was also very shallow. I didn’t go out into the water when we got there because it was a little on the cool side then. However, later in the day when it was a little warmer, I went to go into the water and the tide had gone out! At this point there wasn’t much of anything that was over a foot deep that I could find.
They had hammocks and benches all over the place. It was very awesome to get to be able to lay out in the sun and just relax.
We realized how unorganized the sandcastle building really was. There was no one to judge them and most of the people had started to leave towards the end anyway. However, before we left we destroyed some of them. Thanks to John, we got some amazing action shots. Here is Erik destroying our sand cat.
And another Sea Monkey hugging the squirrel to death.
It was then back to the boat so we could get ready for the Paul and Storm concert.
The Paul and Storm concert was amazing. They played a “new original” song that they wrote, “Baby Got Back”. They also did some made up jingles that I hadn’t heard before, “When you’re done with your Domino’s Pizza, eat the box! Because it tastes the same.”
After dinner we played a little Munchkin. And then we played a little Elder Sign, which is a crazy game, but fun since it is cooperative and allowed everyone to help everyone else. However, our gaming was cut short for the 3rd Annual Paul F. Tompkins Memorial Moustache Formal and Fezstravaganza.
Because it was so windy outside the Fezstravaganza was moved to later in the night and moved inside. I wish I knew more people there, or at least tried talking to more people. I always feel like I am interrupting, so I don’t know when it is ok to try to strike up a conversation. However, it was a lot fun getting to see all of the crazy fezzes and costumes that people had. There was so much creativity and awesomeness in one room!