But we were there to hit the beach,
so after donning appropriate attire, and climbing appropriate trees, we
were usually out the door and sprinting for the shore.
Whether it was covering oneself with
healing mud or enjoying the fantastic snorkeling (again, right off the
beach itself), the water was our focus for the final week.
Unfortunately for Dave, his finger injury
precluded any real time in the water, so he had to remain on the shoreline
and keep properly hydrated!
One new feature of this particular
beach trip was the appearance of the monsoons. We had never had rain in
Sanur or Ahmed, had been poured on a few times in Ubud, and found ourselves
getting an absolute drenching every afternoon in Pemuteran. It was something
else to watch the clouds rolling in as we strode along the beach, and to
see the interplay between the bright sunlight and cloudy rain areas...
But the kids took everything pretty
well in stride. They knew that the rain was their ticket to have lunch,
and besides, it was so warm anyways that there was no reason not to practice
karate out there!
The one ill-effect was the flooding
of 'our' road that we had to walk back along. It drove Susan a little batty
from time to time, but she eventually adjusted (with the help of plenty
of cold, liquid, barley-based medicine).
But it was no problem for our intrepid
world wanderers, and the sight of us slogging through the mud was a source
of entertainment for the locals!