we made it back and overall that trip gets a 10 out of 10! We have nothing to complain about. From the flights, the weather, the food, the hotel, the diving, the prices---Aruba is absolutely the gem of the Caribbean. The more people we mention it too, the more people agree.
Our last full day there (Saturday) we drove around the island after doing a little shopping downtown. We drove to both ends of the island and the views are incredible. Saw some great kite surfers (and some great kite surfer wipe outs). We ate at some great places while there, but none better than on Saturday night at the Flying Fishbone. Most of the tables in this restaurant are in the sand right up against the water. The ocean there is calm, no real waves. We were literally 1' from the ocean. Our feet (barefoot of course) were actually getting wet now and again. We got some pics, but you can't really see much of the ocean in them or how close we were to it. In person though-- it was a beautiful night and the beach was lit by some underwater lights as well as the moon. We saw little crabs crawling near us and fish in the water. The food was wonderful as well, but the atmosphere is what made it THE nicest setting ever.
Now we are home and it was such a treat to come back to sunny weather. It is supposed to be in the mid 60's to mid 70's and sunny all week! Yay!
I am attaching a few more pics from our trip. If you get a chance, go to Aruba!
*pics: kite surfers at baby beach, our hotel, tom and I at sunset, tom at our fave beach bar, Di being serenaded by the sax man at Flying Fishbone, Di noting the miles home and our fave beach shot.