Activities and Adventures in Turks and Caicos

I could seriously go on and on and on about our trip to Turks and Caicos, but I’m going to make this my last post about it. I’ll finish the recap up with our activities and adventures from the trip….

I’m not one to sit still for too long. I love to be active. There was most definitely a lot of rest and relaxation on this trip, but we did a lot of fun activities as well!

One morning we walked about 25 minutes to a nearby beach called Three Marys Cay which we read had some decent snorkeling.

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Not to mention it was very pretty!

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The waters were fairly choppy while we were there so we couldn’t get out too far without being swept back in, so we stayed in shallow water.

We saw a handful of fish and a barracuda! I’m not a fan of those barracudas…they scare the living daylights out of me. It wasn’t the best snorkeling we’ve ever experienced, but still fun!

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JODO provided stand up paddle boards to use at our leisure. We got out on these a few times and I REALLY enjoyed them. The water needed to be fairly calm in order for us to use these properly. I’m sure the pros could handle a few more waves than I could. :wink: I’m hoping to do this back home on the lakes this summer!

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JODO also provided a two person kayak (I’m almost positive they have other single kayaks as well). We used it a couple of times to explore the water near our villa and took a longer trip over to a nearby island called Parrot Cay. Although the islands are technically public around there, security does a good job of making sure Parrot Cay stays private. People spend the big bucks to stay in those villas. Although security didn’t approach us when we paddled up to Parrot Cay, we didn’t take any chances and literally just got out of the kayak long enough to snap a photo and then turned back around.

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We also went for walks on the beach…

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We had one day of rain but had a blast inside playing games, reading books, magazines, and chit-chatting.

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We rented a car one day and took a drive over to Middle Caicos. We stopped at Mudjin Harbor which was probably the most beautiful island, beach, and water I have ever seen.

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We have at least twelve photos of this place. It was spectacular.

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It was super windy on the day we drove to Middle Caicos, which made for slightly unpleasant beach experiences. It’s not fun having sand whip into your eyes. But we wanted to check out one more beach before we drove back to our place.

We stopped at Bambarra Beach. Gorgeous. We didn’t stay long because again, the wind was insane.

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One night, we got all prettied up and headed out for a dinner out at The Silver Palms Restaurant. We met the owner, Karen, who is originally from Canada. She was so sweet and made EXCELLENT food! This is where Dana and I shared fresh lobster and fresh conch stew. Oh, and the chocolate cake. Can’t forget the chocolate cake. We licked that plate clean.

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We also packed along some other outdoor entertainment like a frisbee, a nerf football, and hand paddle boards which we played with in the water a few times.

We went for a run along the beach one morning which is alway an intense workout. All in all I’d say we stayed pretty active.

I am working on getting back into the workouts again now that I am back home. Vacations have a tendency of putting me back just a little bit. I have a 7k run coming up next weekend and I haven’t been running a whole lot. Yikes. I am hoping I will be fine though.

I ran 2.5 miles yesterday and felt great and then walked for a while in the afternoon. I am hoping to get a run in today too.

Anyway, that is the end of my Turks and Caicos recaps. I have SO many more photos but I think I will stop there. However, I DO have to recap my weekend in Colorado still. Be on the lookout for that very soon.

Happy Wednesday my friends!

Question of the day: Have you ever tried stand-up paddle boarding? Kayaking? Do you like it?

Our Villa in Turks and Caicos and My First Video

Well after a full day of being home from vacation, I am feeling pretty settled. All of the laundry is done, clothes are all put away, the fridge is restocked, and the house is semi-organized. It feels good.

For some reason my appetite was totally off yesterday (Dana said the same thing too, actually). We didn’t have any groceries in the house when I woke up, so for breakfast I just scooped myself a big ol’ healthy scoop of peanut butter. It was more than what I wanted which was nothing, but I had an appointment to go to and errands to run, so I needed fuel.

When lunch time rolled around, I still wasn’t hungry, but munched on some carrots while I whipped up a huge smoothie. In the blender I threw strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kale, kefir, aloe vera juice , and a touch of water to help it all whirl.

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It was tasty and very filling, but I wasn’t in it like I usually am. I just ate it t nourish myself.

What I was craving was some comfy veggie soup, so I dug through the freezer and found my last bag of garden tomatoes and my last bag of bone broth and got to work.

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In a large soup pot I sautéed onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in some coconut oil. Then I added savory spices, dried parsley, a bay leaf, salt, and pepper, followed by the thawed tomatoes and bone broth. Last I added in a bunch of chopped rutabaga (what I feel is the forgotten vegetable). I covered the pot and let it simmer for a good hour. At the end of the cooking time, I added in frozen peas and frozen green beans.

This soup was very similar to this veggie soup recipe I made a short while back.

It turned out fantastic! I had a bowl for dinner while watching the THREE hour finale of the Bachelor. Lucky for me living in central time, it was on from 7-10 pm so I didn’t have to stay up as late as you eastern timers. I was very shocked at his decision and admit I got pretty choked up over both the break-up and the proposal. They seem very happy together. Let’s just hope they stay together!

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Moose was super pumped that mom and dad were home from Turks. He spent most of the day catching up on sleep and totally veggin’ out.

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When I see him after being away for some time, I am always blown away at just how big he is!

That was my little spurt of normal life; now back to recapping the Turks and Caicos vacation…today I want to show you where we stayed!

Our Villa in the Turks and Caicos

Upon arrival to the airport in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, we had to take a taxi to catch a ferry to get to North Caicos where our villa was. Unfortunately we missed the ferry by 10 minute and the next one wasn’t leaving for another two hours. So, we changed into our swimsuits and shorts and hung out at the pier while we waited.

I was so antsy and anxious to see our place and just relax, so inevitably the waiting time went by real slllooooowwww. But, alas the ferry arrived and we were transported to our island!

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Upon arrival, we were greeted by another taxi driver, Mac, who brought us to our resort.

The resort we stayed at was JODO resort at Sandy Point on North Caicos, and I have nothing but incredible things to say about this place.

We were greeted by Mark, who manages the resort. He walked us through the villa and gave us some info, suggestions for things to do, and answered some of our questions. We were also greeted with a bottle of wine and a CD full of island music to get us feeling the island life.

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We unpacked, showered, and hit the hay early. We woke up nice and early the next day and were showered with sunshine! And so began our vacation!

The JODO resort has two homes; one is the main house and one is a guest house. We stayed in the guest house which was more than enough space for the two of us.

The front porch:

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The living room:

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I loved all of the vaulted ceilings.

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One of the bedrooms…(this bedroom had AC which was super nice for sleeping)

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Washer and dryer in the bathroom…

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The kitchen…which was fully stocked with everything you could ever need. We were so happy we were able to do all of our cooking (except a couple of meals) while we stayed there.

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The front entry way and steps that lead up to the second bedroom…

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The second bedroom which overlooks the ocean and opens up to a walk-out balcony…

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Here is the main villa…They are still in the process of finishing it up but it will soon be available to rent. This would be an awesome place to bring a bunch of friends.

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We sat in the front of the main house most evenings and watched many beautiful sunsets!

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They provided plenty of toys…stand up paddle boards (photos to come soon), kayaks, snorkel gear, water floaties, beach chairs, boogie board, an electric car, etc etc etc! Everything was so well thought out.

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We pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves which is something I have never experienced. I felt like we were VIP!

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The people of JODO were so accommodating and we felt so at home in our gorgeous villa. Everyone on the island was super friendly and welcoming. Our villa and the people over-exceeded my expectations. It was hard to say good-bye.

This is a very new place; we were only the third group to stay in the guest house. The main house should be open in a year or so. I really want to spread the word on this place because it is seriously so wonderful. They thought of everything!

We put together a little video of the villa to give you a better look. This is my very first video so please be kind! Enjoy!