A day in DePalm-adise on the Natural Pool Jeep Adventure (pt. 2)
*I’ll be honest with you – Aruba has been my home for over 10 years, yet something as simple as knowing precisely how many districts there are on the island (a whopping six, in case you were wondering) or the actual size in length and width (19.6 miles long and six miles wide f.y.i.) are among many of the facts I learned while playing tourist on the trip.
We finally arrive at the first scenic stop of the day: Arikok National Park. As we pull in past the visitor center Rocky halts the jeep to talk to the gate keeper. I can tell that they are familiar with each other when they do the Aruban handshake, (slapping both hands together like a sideways high-five only to slide the fingers back against one another’s palm and snap as they jerk it back), before Rocky tears open a value pack of snack-sized chips and gives Mr. Gate Keeper a bag of cheese Doritos. After handing over bright blue wrist bands (the Park charges a fee to enter that is already included with the tour), Rocky starts in on the history of Arikok National Park.
|The Cascabel Rattlesnake (taken from http://www.wildaruba.org/unicolor.jpg)|
|The Male Cododo (taken from http://www.wildaruba.org/Arubensis.jpg)|
|The "adushi di pushi" cactus (notice the big hill coming up...*gulps)|
|How many shades of blue can you decipher in this picture? I count at least four.|
Want to find out what happens next on my “Rollercoaster of Aruba” adventure? Tune in next week for pt. 3!