Aruba’s Alto Vista Chapel and Bushiribana

Touring Aruba, Zeb and Soapy Duck left the paved roads and headed toward Alto Vista Chapel.  Approaching the chapel we spotted white crosses beside the road.

White crosses for Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba

White crosses for Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba

These did not look like crosses honoring people who died in accidents along the roadway, and they are not.  These crosses represent the Stations of the Cross.  During Holy Week, the week before Easter, residents and tourists come here to live their religion and respect its meaning. The Alto Vista Chapel was rebuilt on the site of the first chapel. The original was built in 1750, abandoned in the 1800s and rebuilt about 200 years later.  The original chapel was built before Aruba had a priest.

Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba

Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba

This yellow chapel is very peaceful, situated amid cacti and near the pounding Caribbean coast. The northern shore of Aruba has rocks, granite and lava and is shaped by the fierceness of the water. The Spanish cross of the Alto Vista Chapel is one of the oldest European works of art in Aruba.  The small chapel, with its beautiful altar, has a loyal following of worshippers.  We ducks thought the location was very serene.

Inside Alto Vista Chapel, Aruba

Inside Alto Vista Chapel, Aruba

The humans were subdued and reverent here.  We felt good at this chapel. Continuing on the dirt road we viewed something else.  This was the Bushiribana Ruins.

Bushiribana Ruins

Bushiribana Ruins

A 12-year-old boy found the first gold on the island in 1824.  This started a gold frenzy in Aruba.  For about 30 years local people found gold and sold it at a fixed price.  A nice second source of income for them.  In 1854 the gold mining concession went to Aruba Island Goldmining Company.  A smelter was built and operated for 10 years.

From Bushiribana Ruins to the Caribbean

From Bushiribana Ruins to the Caribbean

The gold ran out, the smelter ceased operation and is now in ruins. Our guide said that now we, ducks and tourists, are the gold of Aruba. We like our tour of Aruba.  Next we are heading to the rugged north shore of Aruba.  Pounding waves, here come the ducks.

Simpson Bay Resort and Marina

We are in the Caribbean!!  I see the beach.  It is warm and sunny here.  My Alaska cousin and I, Zeb the Duck, love Sint Maarten.  Cool Dutch spelling!  Mom and my Alaska uncle say we will stay here for a week.

Our home for one week

Our home for one week

Yeah!!

Our condo has views of the ocean and one of our pools.

View from our room

View from our room

We have several dining choices here.  For breakfast we can go by the marina and eat at Alexander’s.  We can go just past the Peli Deli (more on that wonderful place later) and eat at Bon Appetit.

Dinner is served at Alexander’s other restaurant, upstairs by Bon Appetit.  We can choose The Stone by the marina or the Hollywood restaurant by the Hollywood Casino.  Also, the pool and beach bars serve lunch and early dinner.  So many food choices!  We tried almost all of them.

We have two pools.  One is just outside our door.

Our pool

Our pool

They offer water aerobics classes in our pool every morning.  The other pool is by the next building near the complex lobby.

Since we ducks have never even seen a beach, let’s start there.  Our beach is on a bay, so we have gentle waves that humans love.  Some humans swim, some play in the waves and some walk around the ocean water with big smiles on their faces.  There is a bar, which serves mixed drinks, beer, soft drinks and many sandwiches.

Beach bar and grill

Beach bar and grill

Everything I tried there was very good, and I tried lots of things!

We walked on the beach and even got wet when the waves came further up the sand.

Feet on the sand

Feet on the sand

It is fun.  The water is warm, but rather salty.  There is a net for beach volleyball.  We could never hit a ball that high, but we could have fun playing here.

Volleyball anyone?

Volleyball anyone?

A man brought beach lounge chairs for us to use.  Very nice.  He put the chairs by shade and a little table.  Mom said these grassy shade things are palapas.

Beach with palapas

Beach with palapas

We love the beach.  A lady is selling some beach supplies.

Shopping on the beach

Shopping on the beach

She has hats, dresses, swimsuit cover-ups, beach bags, some jewelry and other items.  This is so convenient!! Of course the beach bar provides food and beverages for us.  We ducks want to play on the beach, so we will continue this next time.  Sunshine, sand and warm water.  This is perfect.

Devils Tower Legend

We visited Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming.

Devils Tower, Wyoming

Devils Tower, Wyoming

Yesterday I told you about our time there.  When we entered the national monument area, we were given literature from the national park service.

This legend was included from the national park service.  I love this legend.  So, I told mom that I wanted to tell all of you about this.  You may or may not have already known this, but I wanted to tell you.

The national park service brochure says:  “Eight children were there at play, seven sisters and their brother.  Suddenly the boy was struck dumb; he trembled and began to run upon his hands and feet.   His fingers became claws, and his body was covered with fur.  Directly there was a bear where the boy had been.

The bear

The bear

The sisters were terrified; they ran, and the bear after them.  They came to the stump of a great tree, and the tree spoke to them.  It bade them climb upon it, and as they did so it began to rise into the air.  The bear came to kill them, but they were just beyond its reach.  It reared against the tree and scored the bark all around with its claws.

Devils Tower Legend

Devils Tower Legend

The seven sisters were borne into the sky, and they became the stars of the Big Dipper.”

Sisters form Big Dipper

Sisters form Big Dipper

WOW!  I know I will remember this legend every time I see the Big Dipper or see a bear.  So, now you know why Devils Tower has those lines.  If only the geologists would agree.

Go to Devils Tower and experience the tranquility of the area.  You will love it there.