Everywhere we went, as well as the staff on the ship, the people were wonderful and so very friendly and helpful. We met some great people on the ship (Radiance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean) from all over....Canada, Britain, Columbia, Trinidad, India, Phillippines, South Africa, Australia....Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, NY, California, WI.....=).
The cruise was 12 days so we stopped at several ports. Cabo and Acapulco were beautiful. Ixtapa, which is a resort area in one of the ports, was also fabulous. We took excursions on many ports. One of the most interesting and fun was in Manzanillo where we went to a turtle sanctuary. Sounds weird, you're saying? Like what is with Rusty and Jim and Turtles??!! Actually, these were sea turtles. Two types come and lay their eggs in the sandy beach in Manzanillo...goldfina and blackback. Sea turtles can live to be 150 years old....those that survive, that is. And so weigh 1000 pounds! Here's how it works....and a few very interesting facts. (bear with me...it REALLY is fascinating...and, NO, I was never a turtle lover).
*First of all the female turtles do not lay eggs until they are 25 years old!!!
*The female returns to the beach where she was "hatched," lays her eggs, then returns to the sea.
*The workers at this sanctuary collect the eggs and bring them to a sandy area, safe from predators, and bury them there. The depth they are buried is the length of a man's entire arm!!!!
*After 45 days, the little turtles climb to the surface and are then protected by a plastic "cage" until they are old enough to be set free.
*Last year this sanctuary released .... are you ready.... 80,000 baby sea turtles! *Only 1-2 % survive, which is really sad.
*We had the pleasure of releasing our own. Normally the releases are done at night to avoid the predators, but ours was mid afternoon.
*We were told to give our turtle positive energy and also to name them.
Mine was Betty Boop, and the minute she was placed in the sand, she made a bee line for the water...go Betty!!!!!!
*Jim named his turtle Maverick. Well, Maverick was a bit slow on the journey....kinda just sauntered and stopped and sauntered and stopped ...taking it all in.
*Interesting thing is my personality fit with Betty Boop....I get right in and go for it, and often times miss things along the way. But no moss will ever grow on my fins. Jim's, on the other hand, was more like his personality....observant, taking it slow, no need to hurry up. The surf was verrrrrrrrrrrry strong that day, so I shudder to think about what could have happened.
BUT, it was so awesome to connect with one of God's little creations....
When you look at the sunsets and sunrises - the powerful ocean waves - whales frolicking - sea lions sunning - crocodiles lounging, and baby turles tuning into their GPSs, how can one ever doubt the existence of a power greater than we?
I wish you blessings today....