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SUNDAY -- JAN. 2

GRAND TURK

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This island is a part of a group of thirty islands located due east of Cuba and 575 miles southeast of Miami. It is known as a diving and snorkeling paradise, but today we stayed on (sort of) dry land. Ed was ship's escort for a Dune Buggy tour of the island - here one of our guides was giving us instructions.

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I decided to go with the best driver J. Helmets were required and face shields recommended (lots of donkeys and wild horse on the island!)

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Most of the beauty of Grand Turk is near or under the water (the beach, the coral, the fish). The landscape is scrubby vegetation and limestone. Salt flats are edged with what the locals call their "snow".

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Climbing one of the highest spots we looked out over Gibbs Bay. The coral reefs surrounding these islands drop off in one portion at "The Wall" and go 7000 feet down. The water is crystal clear! We saw rain coming and hurried back to our waiting vehicles.

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One of the reasons for wearing face shields when you don't have a wind shield.

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At times our little convoy looked like an invading army!

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The lighthouse on the north tip of the island - rumor has it that Grand Turk may be where Christopher Columbus touched land in 1492.

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John Glenn splashed down in the waters off Grand Turk in his space capsule way back on February 20, 1962.

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We put our feet up before showers chased us back to the ship..

Posted by Swenigale 19:06

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