Our last night on Beachcomber ended with a nice night of cards and cribbage (Michelle’s mom sent us a mini cribbage board so I am learning how to peg now too! I am still not as good as Michelle but I am learning and starting to give her a run for her money) we were really tried but after cup of what we now believe to be caffeinated tea after dinner we were up chatting for a while! The next morning we were up to pack and have a nice walk around our island before breakfast because you guessed it THE SUN WAS SHINING! Our boat transfer came shortly after breakfast to bring us to the beautiful island of Waya Lailai! Our small transfer boat onto the island was an experience! It was a very small boat where we fit about 10 people on it and we had to sit right on the bottom of the boat, there were no seats or anything and maybe only two lifejackets for the entire boat! We all had to scoot to the back so that the front of the boat didn’t sink, like I said an experience! Thankfully we all made it shore dry and safe.
So far Waya Lailai is my favorite island (I know it is only our second but it is wonderful here) and a lot of my love for this island may have to do with the fact that Michelle and I have our own room complete with bathroom and our own real beds! It is nice to have some space to ourselves we even have a porch where we sat and played cards after dinner.
Our day on the beach was fabulous. We got to lay in the sun and even spotted a few pods of wild dolphins from the beach! Lunch was great we got to sit out on the deck and eat. After lunch we did a weaving lesson and got to weave a bracelet out of coconut tree leaves, I even got to do an anklet too! Michelle did a bookmark and a ring! The black colour in the weaving is also dried coconut tree leaves but they soak them in the mud for a week to change them from tan to black. It was fun to take part in the village culture.
After our weaving session we took a nice swim in the ocean, it is really shallow for about 10meters or so from the shore and rather rocky so it is a bit of a challenge to get out far enough that you can actually submerge your body farther than your knees but well worth it! The water is so clear and blue you can see all the way to the bottom the whole time. as we hung out in the deep water we even had a few small “Dory” Fish swimming around out feet! Then it was time for a lovely nap on the beach! we also got to see some dolphins swimming about in the bay it was really cool to see!
After our nap we headed back up to our room to change in hopes of going on a hike but we were told we could only go with a guide, it was sorta a downer but we turned our frowns up side down and went for a short run on the beach instead! It felt great although I am not sure sand will ever be my first choice running surface, it is hard work! On our run we went past the village where some of the dogs were laying and they came and ran along side us trying to get us to play with them.
After our run we sat in a hammock on the beach cooling down and watching some of the people get ready to head out in a boat to do a bit of fishing, after they headed out we headed up to grab our books and sit in the hammocks near our room and read before showering for dinner, it was lovely! I did a bit of schoolwork to start and then got a chance to read for pleasure!
Dinner was nice they had tablecloths and everything on the tables to make it feel like home. They also had a few of the native guys singing and playing the guitar, ukulele, and even some little drums. They had this at lunch as well, a bit of music to dine to! After dinner we headed back to the room to once again play some cards before we went back down towards the dining area for a nice traditional show, Sadly we missed a lot if it because we didn’t know it was going on until we saw some smoke from a fire down from the show! We made it in time to see their last dance and participate in a few dances they taught us, everyone was smiles and laughs it was great fun!
Now that that is all over and Michelle once again beat me in Cribbage (though they were close games, and I did beat here in peanuts or nubs and she would call it) we are back in our room cleaned up for bed journaling about our beautiful sun shining day ready to do some reading and head to bed in a nice quiet quant room! Remember be God is Good! And be positive praising his name, it is a wonder how it truly can change everything around!(a bit of sunshine doesn’t hurt either!) I encourage you all to spend some time in Gods word today, I got a chance to start reading through Galatians today in a hammock and it can brighten your mood and make you feel that much closer to our Amazing God! We get to enjoy his handy work all around us (even back home in Michigan!) I know making sure I spend some time in his work and thanking him has really helped me remain positive and joyful over the past few days and I am so thankful for that! I reckon that is another God thing that I don’t have any wifi to play about on my computer at night or in the morning I have more than enough time with few distractions to lay in a hammock and read, enjoying life and praising God! Thank you for the love and support back home!!
Good night from Waya Lailai
Galatians 2: 20-21