Alas, the sun has set on our vacation. It has truly been a dream vacation for me. As we walked towards the beach for the last time tonight, I started to cry. I could not have scripted a more beautiful, romantic, vacation, nor could I have written a more perfect last day.
This morning started as usual, with a buffet breakfast at the Corral. I had plantain porridge and scrambled eggs. Brandon had fried eggs and he found a unique fried fruit that tasted similar to a funnel cake (yum yum)! He just reminded me yesterday at lunch he had a jerk pork burrito…they have “jerk” effecting here.
Following breakfast we headed to the Jewel Box, where we rew given a purple (amethyst) stone, just for bringing in the gift certificate we were given at check-in. Their jewelry was beautifu, especially the blue diamonds. I didn’t even know such a stone existed. It’s blue was as light and majestic as the Caribbean Sea.
Shortly after leaving the jewelry store, we boarded a bus to Dolphin Cove. Maxwell was our driver again, and we learned he tells the same stories to everyone he drops off at Dunn River Falls, including:
1. The falls make you 10 years younger.
2. The falls are a natural Viagra for women.
3. Men can find an “extension” in the falls.
Arriving at Dolphin Cove felt a bit unorganized compared to everything else. Orientation was a joke, but once we made it to the Shark, Dolphin, & Stingray area, it was okay. I got goosebumps as I watched the dolphins jump and swim from the deck. We had 15 minutes to wait until our orientation with the trainers, so we were able to watch them jump several times.
Our orientation was okay, but a group of about 8 people arrived late, & they made us all wait on them. I think we would’ve got a better orientation had that rude group not acted the way they did. Even their British accents failed to add charm to their total attitude of entitlement. But I digress.
When we headed to the dolphin pool, Brandon & I were both excited, but that was nothing to how we felt as we swam around the corner & actually saw the dolphins in the water with us. We swam with 2 Mexican dolphins, both in their 30’s. They were truly beautiful creatures. There are no words to describe how amazing it is to be in the water with dolphins. I couldn’t stop smiling from the moment I realized they were in the water with me.
The first thing we got to do was pet the dolphins as they swam under our hands. Brandon thought they felt like a type of rubber. They reminded me of rubbing your hands across a vinyl record. You could feel lines in their skin. I had expected them to be more slippery for some reason.
After they swam under us, we did the signal and they came and danced with us. One of the dolphins danced right in front of me. It was so amazing. I wanted to reach out and hug her, but I was told from the beginning it wasn’t allowed. Brandon thought it was funny watching me smile as we danced. He said I looked like a little kid in a candy store with an all you can eat pass.
After the dance, the dolphins sang for us. It was so cute. All of the noise they make comes from their blowhole. Following the dolphin concert they both swam by again to let us pet them. Then we got to spend several minutes just sitting in the water, petting them, and admiring their beauty. It seemed the dolphin really liked getting so much attention, but perhaps it was just me who liked getting so much attention from the dolphins.
I will write about our dolphin kiss, our dolphin fin pull, and our cool out of water experience, plus the rain storm, our last romantic night on the sea & jazz music, and a whole lot more when we get home.
For now it’s off to enjoy the last few moments with Brandon…who just told me he’s moving to Jamaica. He just realized he could be a millionaire in Jamaican dollars!! 🙂
Good night. 5 a.m. comes early. Thank you Jamaica for so many great memories this week!