LONG BAY

 

After several people on the cruise boards suggested going here, I just knew it was going to be beautiful from the few pictures I had seen of it.

 

We had found paradise....it was confirmed.

The water was gorgeous! The sand was gorgeous! It was heaven on earth.

 

The family couldn't wait to get in the water. I think the joy of it was also that the sun had come out a little.

 

There wasn't another person here.

Man this place was beautiful. I thought St Catherine was pretty, I liked this place even more.

 

Kolin testing the water out...and running from it.

 

Another thing I had worried about coming to Bermuda in October was going to be whether or not we would be able to swim and enjoy it. I know the temps are cooler during this time but was assured that there's still plenty of swimming weather at this time of year too.

 

We did find the water to be a little chillier than last time, but when on vacation, we manage to swim no matter how cold. We would not let the opportunity pass us by.

 

It took some getting use to. Maybe after freezing the first 5-10 minutes of being in the water, then you started to get use to it. After that, you were good to go. You could get out for awhile and when you got back in, it felt fine. Not as warm as the last time, but you could definitely tolerate it.

 

Of course the kids never care at all (the little ones)

 

The nice thing about this place was there were plenty of trees (had there been a lot of people there and if the sun was out and extremely hot) that you could sit under if needed.

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The hubby and Billy decided to go rock climbing...baby rock climbing.

They said they could see some big fish swimming in the water by the rocks. When we snorkeled over that way, we really didn't see much. I tell ya, they were hiding from us this time around. The rocks here were just like those at Horseshoe Baby Bay, TONS of huge crabs and snails crawling all over them.

I tried my best to capture some of them, but they (the crabs) were just too quick for me and my camera.

You could see the airplanes coming in over the water and headed toward the airport. I reflected on our times at Maho Beach in St Maarten. Great times!

They convinced Kolin there were fish over there...so off he went.

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I continued to take more pictures of this beautiful beach.

You could see the pretty colorful houses over at St David. I could see the lighthouse from here.

All of a sudden Kendra yells "DO YOU SEE IT???" I looked and looked and couldn't see anything. She yelled that it was a turtle and pointed off in a direction. Then yelled a few more times and pointed in different directions. Turtles were popping up their heads everywhere.

 

I took a picture...can you see it? Top of the picture (my aim was a little off, but I had no idea where one would be popping their head up at any time, so I just aimed and shot). Do you see the dot? That's a turtle.

I zoomed in on the picture...so the second picture is a close up (so not very clear, but you can clearly tell it's a turtle).

DUDE! (Finding Nemo).

We continued watching the turtles go up and back down. The kids were excited, especially those that have never seen them in the ocean yet.

 

I started walking down the beach and taking pictures. The kids started following. It was time to explore a bit. The hubby finally came down from his rock climbing adventure and joined us. Time for a selfie.

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Toward the end of the beach, you start to see some shells along the sand.

Now during my planning stages, I always go onto Google Earth and get as close in to where I'm going to "have a look around". I have studied this beach area for awhile and knew that directly across a small street was another beach that looked interesting. So, I decided I was going to walk over there and check it out. The hubby followed me and the kids were busy looking at the shells on the beach.

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It was a very small beach, but pretty with the rocks sticking up in the water and on the beach. I took a 360 picture of the beaches.

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I tried desperately to get a picture of both beach in one picture, but no matter where I went, it just wasn't happening the way I wanted it to.

I needed a fish eye lens for that....OR, as the hubby suggested, to walk up the hill and take one. That was something I just wasn't wanting to do at the time. LOL

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So just decided to stay where I was at an continue exploring and taking pictures.

Another 360 attempt at getting both the beaches together.

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There were plenty of shells along the beach.

It had some very interesting places with huge rocks by the water to explore.

The one thing I did notice on THIS beach was there was a lot of trash around it. Some weird things. I couldn't help but wonder why they didn't keep this beautiful beach cleaned up and it was ashamed that it looked like an abandoned area and could be so beautiful. It's a nature preserve. You would think one of the things they do is to clean up. I wasn't thinking until I got home and now after seeing these pictures, THEY JUST HAD A HURRICANE!! Geesh, what do you expect? Those things were probably washed up on shore during the crazy waves and they haven't got to it yet. I feel ashamed now.

I was not able to capture the picture I wanted here. This huge tree was growing...on top of nothing!! It was just up there and it's roots hanging down. It was strange. You could walk under it. It was like the ground had been pulled out from under it just exposing the roots and tree above.

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There seem to be a lot of chitons everywhere we went this time. The last time we only seen them at Achilles Bay.

I believe the name of this bay was called Ft Hill Bay. I really wish I would have walked up the hill and explored more. I have since then looked it up and it says the building up there is a former NASA tracking station and the pictures of it look pretty cool. Of course I just got a "told ya so" from the hubby after telling him what it was. LOL

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We headed back over to Long Bay to join up with the kids.

Billy seems to be the only one back at our "camp" and from what the hubby told me, Billy was starving and ready to walk back to Clearwater to eat. Not wanting to leave us all behind, he did wait, but impatiently. He did not eat breakfast this morning. He said that he really don't care for the breakfast on the ship so he'd "wait" and waiting is exactly what he was doing...only he was waiting on us. LOL