Aug. 9, 2009 12:13 pm
Updated: Aug. 20, 2009 7:21 am
Yesterday we took a boat trip to the British Virgin Islands and went snorkeling at Treasure Island. Really- the Treasure Island from the book! Some friends rented a boat for the day, and T captained. One of our stops was the caves at Norman Island, which is largely believed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel. The story involves lots of pirates and buried treasure; I'm pretty sure there's no buried treasure there today, but you can explore the caves and imagine pirate adventures from a hundred years ago.
For lunch, we motored over to the next bay, where there is a large boat anchored called the Willy T (after the pirate). This is one of the few places for miles around serving food and drink...the food isn't spectacular, and they definitely take advantage of their captive audience- $18 for fish and chips, $21 for chicken roti, etc. The food really isn't the draw though. Not so long ago, if you jumped off the top deck (20, 30 feet?) sans swimsuit you would get a free t-shirt. A few people have gotten hurt, so they don't give a t-shirt anymore, and it's officially forbidden. Some people still do the jump, though. (Not yours truly!)
For the budget week, we ended up spending $76.45, so $28.55 into vacation fund. In addition to kabobs and huevos rancheros, T cooked a fabulous vegetable curry, grilled veggie pasta with feta, and shepherd's pie. I think we did very well on budget, but as T had taken it upon himself to do most of the planning, shopping, and cooking, he thought my few purchases were too expensive, and thinks he can do better by himself! He has actually fired me from the menu this week...ok, game on, good luck hubby!
Jumping off the Willy T
Caves at "Treasure Island"