Today was a group "me-day” as Katie McGuire would say. I woke up at 10 am feeling refreshed. Breakfast ended at 10, so since I slept in, I did not have time to go get any. I walked over to the other group’s cabin to see what we wanted to do today. A couple of ideas were thrown around and somehow we ended up with the idea of going to the spa. We wanted a relaxation day today. Sam called the spa place and we set up an appointment. Our appointment was at 12 and it was about 11 when we had called. We planned to leave around 11:30. We asked Mrs. Murakami to drive us to town. At 11:30 we left. Sadly, Sarah did not want to come with us, but when we came back and asked her what she had done today she said she had some fun with Mrs. Wood. We walked over to the spa place and looked at their brochure for what to get. I decided to get my toe nails painted and take the gel off of my finger nails. Sam and Katie M. decided to get a 30 minute massage. Katie B. and Linda got manicures and pedicures. They were only 2 people working there today so it was hard to get to all of us. In the end, we had stayed there for 3 hours. It was nice though because they women working there were very nice and gave us good advice. We were so hungry after spending 3 hours in the spa, so we headed down to the restaurant called Ocean Grill. Since it was a me-day, we decided to go all out on our meal. We got appetizers, entrees, and desserts. For our appetizers, Linda and I got the calamari, but we shared with everyone. Ryan got the spring rolls and I tried some of it. It was really good. Both Katies got baby crab cakes, which I also tried and was very good. Sam got bread and oil. I did not try that, but she said it was good. For our entrees, I got an open faced tuna melt. See the photos page to see it.
Katie B. and Linda got this too. Katie M. got a Mahi sandwich and Sam got a hamburger. Ryan got fish tacos. For dessert, I got a “build your own sundae.” Again, see the photo on the photos page!
Katie M. had a cloud 9 pie and Katie B. had a root beer float. Linda had an Elvis pie and Sam had chocolate mousse. Ryan had a peanut butter cake, which I tried and it was very good. We left and came back to camp. When we came back there was only 30 minutes until dinner. None of us wanted dinner after our huge lunch. We all went up to dinner and I wrote my blog. After dinner, I went back down to my cabin and worked on making some bracelets. Today, I think, was the best day of the trip. We had so much fun today.
Today was a pretty lazy day for me. Katie B. and I were the only residents of our cabin who woke up early enough for breakfast (I know mom, don’t be so shocked). After we ate, everyone else decided to go get mani/pedis in town, but I opted out, since the polish on my fingers still looks pretty good and I don’t like when people touch my feet. So, while the other six were having a spa day, I had a nice relaxing day in our cabin. The showers were relatively mosquito-free, so I took a nice, fairly lengthy shower. I worked on some bracelets for the kids, wrote a song about our trip, took a nap, chatted with Mrs. Wood for a little while, worked on a story I’d started before we left Columbus, and ate WAY too many Pringles. It was awesome. I’m excited to get back to teaching tomorrow, and I’m excited to see what kind of crazy outfits our 8th graders come up with for 8th Grade Week, which is like Spirit Week. It’s crazy that we only have four days left here, but I think I’m ready to see my cat and my friends (oh, and my parents too).
The group amused and surprised me today. Both Hollis and I had proposed a variety of different activities for the day including snorkeling, hiking, ruins, and beach exploration. First they said they just wanted to hang out at Cinnamon Bay beach for the day, which was fine with us. It was a gorgeous day out, and the beach here is one of the best on the island. Why not stick around? Then they came to me with their new plan, which was to get manicures and/or pedicures in town, have lunch, then spend the afternoon at the beach! They said they weren't sure I would support the plan, but I have to say, I admire their initiative. It's their free time, after all, and they certainly have earned a little spa time with all the work at school that they've been doing! And I can appreciate their need for creature comforts such as an air conditioned, bug free environment. So we packed into the car and headed back to Mongoose Junction, where they had called ahead for appointments.
Meanwhile, I went for a short walk to Solomon Beach, which is only about a mile walk (in flip flops) from Cruz Bay. No CSG group has ever chosen to go there, but with so many beaches to choose from that are all steps from the car or the cabin, how can I blame them? It was a pleasant afternoon with the perfect temperature and a nice breeze to keep things cool. The beach faced a different direction than I normally see from Cinnamon Bay (or Maho Bay in previous years), so sitting in the shade looking out with nothing to do was a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed the “me time," reading my book, conversing with my family, and eventually walking back to get my smoothie! By the time I picked up the girls, they were cheerful, relaxed, and happy. They definitely had a great time getting pampered and hanging out with one another.
Sarah chose to stay behind today, so Hollis stayed with her. Having the cabin all to herself gave Sarah a different sort of “me time." It appears that everyone had a good day!