A couple of cruise ships docked overnight in Kralendijk, and our merry band of sailors has decided to escape the throng and explore Washington Slagbaii Park, the first national park in the Netherlands Antilles. It’s not only on the other side of the island; it’s as though it’s on the other side of the world. Its confused landscape mixes cacti and mesas, blowholes and fossilized rocks.
We putter along the coast in our rental van crammed with the Hufford family–Geoff, Michelle, Jerome and Miles–the Lezovi and the crew of s/v Puma, Candice Carson and George Banker. Our first stop is Gotomeer, a flamingo sanctuary where we fail to spot any of the long-legged creatures. Mikayla saw some parrots fly overhead however.
Our next stop also disappoints. A guide book described a monthly craft festival in Rincon, Bonaire’s original settlement, an event that faded away two years ago. We head to the park and along the pot-marked road find many photo opportunities.
We ended our day at La Fongon Latino, a Colombian restaurant that served ice cold beer and great food as the sky opened up and poured.