The trip home from Tobago was easy. Lee picked us up at the airport and the next day we drove home. Of course, it was a shock to our system. In Tobago the lows were 75 degrees and the highs were 85 degrees. The first morning here it was 30 below! Slowly we are getting warm clothes out and ready the brave the elements again. I shoveled a little yesterday and filled the bird feeders.
Attached are a few pictures that I could not figure out how to get on in the Tobagp blogs from Bruce’s iPad. The first picture is the bay where we had a picnic lunch on the all day snorkeling trip. Our boat is anchored right in front of you. Then we have Bruce snorkeling. Finally we have Bruce feeding a mot mot bird at our dining table. With everything open the birds come in all the time. This bird was particularly pretty with its colors and interesting tail feathers.
One of our favorite times during the trip was dinner time. I am sure you are not surprised to hear that. While we went out for dinners, we also cooked in a lot. Our entre of choice was fresh fish. Our first time buying from a street vender of fresh fish was an experience. The man wanted to charge us too much and then wanted to charge to fillet the fish. Bruce almost died and the vender could not believe us when we just took the fish home. Bruce had brought his fillet knife and in a couple of minutes, the fillets were ready for dinner!
Bruce either grilled or fried the fish. I made a couple of different sauces and the sides. We also talked with a fruit and vegetable vender. He told us how to buy plantain and how to cook it properly. That was a big success. Hopefully I will be able to repeat the process at home.
Zach’s birthday is coming up so we are off to Missouri this weekend. He is part of his school’s robotics team so we will be able to see that also. If it is like the Grand Marais team, they are building a robot to stack boxes. An additional project is bringing home hickory firewood for Don’s smoking. We will take one of the trucks down and fill it to the brim with firewood.
Going to Missouri has another bonus. We take two days to make the trip. That means we have to spend one night in Minneapolis each way. So we will get to see Grant and Mae. On Thursday they have gymnastics lessons. Each of us will spend half the lesson with each child.
Have a good weekend. I know that we will.