Jeremy turned 30 at the beginning of August. I decided last October to start saving to take him somewhere great for his milestone birthday, to go skydiving - something he has been wanting to do for a long time. So thanks to airline miles, secret saving, budgets and low cost accommodation, we went to Aruba!
One of us went skydiving...
To the ruins of a gold smelting factory, and to the natural bridge that collapsed 6 years ago.
We dodged the local wildlife...
...and ventured out to the natural pool, only accessible by 4x4 -
and then to Dos Playa, possibly the eeriest beach in all the world.
We visited some old caves (complete with bats)
and relaxed in the peaceful garden of our home away from home, Paradera Park (thank you Trip Advisor)
there were delicious dinners out (and, in too, thanks to our trusty toaster oven)
We even had one dinner on the beach. It was a bucket list check-off for me.
The restaurant is called Barefoot. The place was beautiful, and the view even better.
most of the time, we just relaxed here:
It was amazing, and I am so, so grateful to have been able to go.
These kinds of memories aren't made all the time. Life is not always blissful and easy, and I know just how rare and beautiful this opportunity was for us. The timing of this trip turned out to be beyond perfect. I'm so grateful to God for Aruba.