Vieques (More)

Tonight we’re going swimming in a bioluminescent bay. What is that? Don’t ask me, but Bernie’s real excited. I’m excited, too. I always get excited when Bernie’s excited, plus swimming is exciting, so there you go. 

Another thing about this island: you see members of the nation within the nation at the beaches. No horses at the beach, but they’re everywhere else, eating the grass nonstop. I ran around a whole bunch of them yesterday. We got along great!



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57 Responses to “Vieques (More)”

  1. Tyb
    8:34 am on December 30th, 2010

    If you google bioluminescence, you’ll be able to find out a lot more about it. The bay
    at Vieques in Puerto Rico is supposed to be the epitome of the phenomenon.

    “Hidden along the Caribbean coast is one of the most spectacular Bioluminescent Bays in the world. The mysterious blue-green light is created by micro-organisms which thrive in an environment uniquely suited to their needs. A trip into the bay on a balmy night is a magical experience. Fish flash by in dark water, and a swim is like floating through stardust.” – Captain Sharon Grasso

  2. dawson
    8:39 am on December 30th, 2010

    Yeah. That bioluminescent water sounds like something I’d like to see. None of that here. Just ice and snow.

  3. Melanie
    8:45 am on December 30th, 2010

    Good Morning All:

    As a child we camped all over the United States and one of our favorite places was the Florida Keys. Totally cool bioluminescence. Of course, this was before all the people moved there.

    We camped right on the beach of one of the Keys and could walk out to do snorkeling. Awesome.

    I think that to do some of the vacations I did as a child, I would have to time travel back.

  4. B.Stover
    9:18 am on December 30th, 2010

    Chet: I’m dubious about your last sentence. Please describe the beach tomorrow. I’d never heard of such a thing before. (I’m looking out the window at freezing rain.)

  5. B.Stover
    9:21 am on December 30th, 2010

    Good morning all.

    Tyb: Thank you for the explanation.

    Melanie: Can you describe the beach?

    Dawson: I know what you mean. We have freezing rain falling on dirty snow.

    And Socks (dog next door) just spotted a squirrel on my fence. He just wants to play…but the squirrel’s tail is flipping very quickly.

  6. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 am on December 30th, 2010

    Bioluminescence!…. Why can’t they just go to Disney Land like everyone else?…gruffle!

    Snow!… The snow wasn’t supposed to start till this afternoon…grunt!… Well, it started at 6:00am. I am worried about my friend. She is driving in the dark in the snow….snort!…I’m sure she will die on that highway today….snuffle!…This begs the question, who will feed me?…sniff!

  7. Melanie
    9:41 am on December 30th, 2010

    We have SunShine! Might get above freezing but they’re not sure.

    The Key was Bahia Honda. FL State gov has it set up differently than it was 40 years ago. (Jeeez) Long thin key. Camping was on the bay side not ocean. We camped on the sand just up from the water. We could walk out of tent, down the beach, snorkel, face mask and fins in hand get into the water, and watch the coral reef activity.

    If we wanted waves we went over to the ocean side. No reefs there, just breaking waves up the sand. Great for body surfing.

    In the evenings, twilight or later, we would sit in the water near the tent and just wave our arms and light would appear in the water wake. We’d also run and our feet and legs would kick up the light.

    Awesome for kid or grownup. Bernie and Chet are right to be excited!

  8. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:15 am on December 30th, 2010

    Good morning y’all! Mom and Dad are getting ready to go to the beach, so I won’t be around for a few days. I wish they could take me with them, but the state park won’t allow it 🙁 Instead, I’ll be hanging at the vet’s office boarding area. It’s pretty nice, but this is the first year I’ll be there without Buford. I hope I don’t get too lonely! I’ll have my bed and my new toy, so at least I’ll have something to do!

    Rio: I hope your grandma is doing better. I’m sorry I wasn’t here last night to say that, but Mom and Dad ended up going to the emergency room at the army hospital. Last year Dad had an infected saliva glad, and he was sick as a dog! (Not sure where that comes from — I’m doing just fine!) Last night his jaw started swelling, and he didn’t want to go through that again, especially since they’ll be in a remote area. The doctor gave him some medicine, and now he’s feeling a lot better. I hope your grandma is, too!!!

    Happy New Year y’all!!!

  9. Jasper the Poodle
    10:18 am on December 30th, 2010

    Good morning, plunders!

    Day off! Yep, today and tomorrow are days off and paid holidays for me. Kinda new, the paid holiday thing.

    New job is great, the work is very interesting. Can’t wait to really get into the thick of it all. Couldda shot a cannon off in the parking garage yesterday and not hit a thing. Not a lot of people working or cars. Got the phone/voice mail set up yesterday.

    Mom! Yes, she is still here. she brought coffee and donuts for the 2-leggeds, just a scratch and hug for me.

    Waiting for Ryan, our honey-do fix-it guy. Mom needs a kitchen drawer glued back together, and some other stuff nailed.

    Errands! Mom needs a haircut, needs an oxygen sensor replaced on her trusty Toyota Camry. Me? I just need lunch. I’m hungry!

    Exhibit! Mom and Grandma are going to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to see the Lady Diana exhibit this afternoon. The tiara, wedding dress and other froo froo stuff are there to see. Me, I just need my red collar with my name on it and I’m good to go.

    Son! Kids are back from FL. Spent the evening with me and mom yesterday. They opened their Christmas gifts, mom got a purple snuggie. Mom took it out of the box and I immediately claimed it as MINE! It is in the dryer now getting all soft and sweet smelling (mom loves Gain!) and then it is MINE, MINE, MINE to lay on. Sweet Jasper dreams for me, baby!

    Mom says she will put a pic of the kids on her Facebook that shows the ring, so you can see it.

    Ryan’s here, gotta go. BBL.

    10:23 am on December 30th, 2010

    Good morning! We learn so much on this blog. Melanie, you were lucky to get to do vacations like that as a child. Barb’s vacations were of 2 types: travel across Missouri to see grandparents, or fishing trips to the Rockies. Both were fun, but the ocean once or twice would have been nice, too.

  11. B.Stover
    10:26 am on December 30th, 2010

    Rio: It does not beg the question; it raises the question. You’re just being difficult.

  12. Melanie
    10:29 am on December 30th, 2010

    B.Stover and Kindle people: I found it took me about 20 minutes to get used to the Kindle. I’m liking it now. Though I think I’ll get some sort of case.

    B.Stover: Tana French is very wordy in the beginning of “In The Woods.” The Prolog, used to set the scene, and then most of Chapter One, is a snore. But then I like description of place and people through dialog.

    Now that I’ve reached Chapter Two things are moving along.

    I just find it amazing that a woman in the theater would use SO MANY words.

  13. B.Stover
    10:35 am on December 30th, 2010

    Thank you Melanie.

    Here’s the Wikipedia article on bioluminescence. Apparently the same chemical reaction is what brings about the light in fireflies and glow-worms. Cool!

  14. Melanie
    10:36 am on December 30th, 2010

    Riö, my Pug! Stay strong. Your friend will be okay and be back to feed you.

    You need to stay strong for your friend. She’s been through a lot this year. Maybe she could sneak you in to Grandma’s place and have you lick her face. That would make anyone better!

    Zoë took Franklin to see Dan. It took her forever to get Frank to Dan’s room. Everyone wanted to see the BIG BLACK DOG! When Frank saw Dan, the tail went and went and went and then he licked and licked and licked Dan’s face. If Dan had a tail it would have been going a mile a minute.

    Big meeting today with Zoë, Dan and all the Rehab people. Will let you know how it goes.

  15. Melanie
    10:39 am on December 30th, 2010

    Here’s a site about the Vieques “Bio Bay”

  16. B.Stover
    10:45 am on December 30th, 2010

    Melanie: Amazon does sell covers for the Kindle. You can also get lights. However, the cover that I really like is from They are really beautiful. Leather in various covers with various designs and nice silver clasps. The one for the Kindle 3 is $69 I think. You can order online and they usually send a thank-you gift: a silver charm.

  17. B.Stover
    10:47 am on December 30th, 2010

    Forgot–Melanie: I’m going to try to find the French novel that I read so I can figure out what I didn’t like.

    Kirby: I hope your people have a great beach vacation. Sorry you can’t go.

    Jasper: I’m glad the job is working out well.

  18. B.Stover
    10:58 am on December 30th, 2010

    That’s a good site Melanie. Of course, I had to look up “dinoflagellates” since I couldn’t imagine something half plant half animal. Here’s the Wikipedia article that contains a picture.

  19. Melanie
    11:49 am on December 30th, 2010

    Jasper: Your mom does not sound like she is having a day off. It sounds like she is having a Catch Up Day!

  20. Melanie
    11:51 am on December 30th, 2010

    B.Stover: I looked at the site. I sort of remember all of that from college. I took Marine Biology and Oceanography for some of my “hard” sciences. I had a lot of fun.

  21. Siber-H
    1:12 pm on December 30th, 2010

    This is one member of the nation within a nation you wouldn’t find on the beach, but I am glad you are enjoying your vacation, Chet, and telling us a little bit about it.

    WOO WOO We are getting some snow and Arctic air is moving in. This is my idea of a holiday! WOO WOO

  22. Siber-H
    1:15 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Rio, I just read about your friend’s grandma this morning. I hope she gets better soon, and we are praying for her. Keep us posted, please.

    1:50 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Barb is going to the librry after she gets off work at 1:00, and will try to pick up another Tony Hillerman book. Has read 3 so far, and she likes them. Thaks to Wookie’s dad for the recommendation.

    She is reading this book about dog miracles. Not a great book, but there are some interesting stories in it. One is about a dog named Bobbie, part English Shepherd, like me, and part Scotch collie, which is like a cousin. In the 1920’s he was on a road trip with his people and got left in Indiana. They tried to find him, but were unsuccessful. 6 months later he showed up at home in Oregon, 2800 miles from where they lost him. There were some books written about him and his unbelievable journey home. Part of his trip was during the winter, so he went thru alot. TYB, that is a good example of ES smarts and devotion.

  24. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:54 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Unfortunately, I have some very sad news to report. My Dad got a message from Rio’s friend; her grandmother died this morning. His friend is on her way home from the not-so-busy-place, braving the snowstorm as well. My Mom helped me look back at some of the more recent posts Rio made about his friend’s grandmother, and I know that Rio and his friend did so much to make her last few days very happy ones, from the Thanksgiving “jailbreak” to Christmas dinner with the cottage cheese and green onion recipe. Nor, as Rio told us, could grandpa resist his big brown eyes and little yeep (or not so little yeep). Rio’s friend also made a very special Christmas present for her grandma, the beautiful quilled flower portrait that Rio shared with us on the blog, which I have copied below and which I am sure meant so much to her. I don’t think Rio will be posting today, but it would be very special for everyone to say a little prayer for Rio’s friend and Rio at this time of loss.


  25. B.Stover
    3:14 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Thanks for letting us know Wookie. I wish I could do something for Rio and his friend. I will be thinking of them.

  26. Siber-H
    3:28 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Yes, Thanks for letting us know, Wookie, and for your paragraph and photo of Remembrance. Both are beautiful and no one could have said it better. It is a special tribute for Rio’s friend, Rio, and Grandma.

    They are in our prayers.
    I’m worried about Rio’s friend making it home safely in this storm.

  27. Mollypop
    3:40 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Wookie – Well done, thank you.

  28. Melanie
    3:42 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Beautifully said Wöökie.

    Riö and Friend: Thinking of both of you.

  29. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:49 pm on December 30th, 2010

    SiberH– I understand that Rio’s friend has made it home safely in the storm. Wookie

  30. Mollie (a black poodle)
    3:51 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Thank you Wookie for that sad information. As you say, I am sure Rio and his friend made Grandma’s last days happy ones. The picture is a lovely remembrance. I am saying a prayer for Rio and his friend.

  31. Debbie LM
    3:52 pm on December 30th, 2010

    We are all mourning your loss here in Chevy Chase. A very special set of prayers for your friend’s Grandma Rio. Cuddle up with her tonight – it will mean so very much to her to have a loving presence with her in this time of bereavement.

  32. Mollypop
    3:53 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Wookie – We’re glad Rio’s friend made it home. Mom was just looking at Intellicast and that is a nasty storm.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    4:04 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Woookie, Thank you for letting us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rio and his friend at this sad time.

  34. Siber-H
    4:17 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Wookie, Thanks for letting us know that Rio’s friend made it home because I was really concerned. i know the storm must be much worse in Colorado than it is where I live

    Wookie, thanks for letting us know that Rio’s friend made it home safely because I was really concerned. This storm has high winds, snow, and blizzard conditions.

  35. Siber-H
    4:17 pm on December 30th, 2010

    sigh, blog freak out

  36. Alice Johnson
    4:53 pm on December 30th, 2010

    This is sad news indeed and we know Rio will be a big comfort to his friend. We are glad that they could be there for Grandma when she needed it. We send all our sympathy to Rio’s friend. We all share her sadness. Grandma was a part of our blog family.
    Alice Johnson, AbbietheKitty and Staff

  37. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:28 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Rio and Friend.
    Love and licks from our entire pack. (well the 2 legged don’t lick). We will keep your friend in our thoughts. Grandma had the best possible last months thank to you and your friend.

  38. B.Stover
    6:43 pm on December 30th, 2010

    I’m watching the movie version of The Shell Seekers on the Hallmark channel. Don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. (I really liked the novel.)

  39. Tyb
    6:45 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Rio and Friend,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  40. dawson
    7:31 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Dear Rio: Keep your friend close tonight. Give her lots of hugs. This is the saddest day of a difficult year for her. My sympathies and prayers for both of you.

  41. Melanie
    7:58 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Wouldn’t it be grand . . .

    to swim in warm bioluminescent water where for every move you make there is light. Light surrounds and caresses you as you float.
    Every worry gone, every distress gone, every pain gone.

    Then the water disappears, and you are still there, in the light.

  42. B.Stover
    8:01 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Melanie: What a lovely image.

  43. Debbie LM
    8:03 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Poetic Melanie and entrancing.

  44. Mollypop
    8:17 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Melanie, that’s beautiful and where I want to be.

  45. Jasper the Poodle
    8:46 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Hugs and prayers to Rio and his friend. Sorry to hear this sad news.

  46. C. Harris
    8:59 pm on December 30th, 2010

    So sorry Rio. Take care of your friend.

  47. Siber-H
    9:18 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Rio, Rio’s friend and Rio’s friends’s mom, you are in our hearts and prayers tonight. Our love and comfort go out to all of you.

  48. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:25 pm on December 30th, 2010

    The water glows
    Your trouble goes
    It’s bioluminscence.

  49. Barb & Maggie
    10:31 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Melanie and Macy have such beautiful thoughts for you and your friend, Rio.

  50. AbbietheKitty
    11:15 pm on December 30th, 2010

    It is a sad night on the blog. I know our thoughts and prayers are with Rio’s friend tonight. Somehow we don’t seem to feel like posting.

    Melanie and Macy I love the theme of your comments.

    Good night all

  51. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:36 pm on December 30th, 2010

    Thank you all for being here more me and each other. Some people I know do not understand how you can feel so close to people that you have never met, but I know more about some of you than I do about my reclusive sister. Be kind to yourselves in the new year. If I did not have you guys, some days I would not have anyone to talk to at all.

    Macy’s Mom.

  52. Wolfie
    12:04 am on December 31st, 2010

    A very sad day, indeed. Rio, I am keeping your friend close to my heart tonight. I know how much she loved Grandma and how much she will miss her.


  53. LizF
    12:40 am on December 31st, 2010

    Sorry to hear your sad news, Rio and Friend and all the family, condolences from over here.

  54. dawson
    9:11 am on December 31st, 2010

    Rio: I admit you are right and I am not a moose, but I may come back as a deer. I’m wearing my smiling face today, thinking of your friend’s Grandma and how much she loved seeing you. I’m remembering some of the funny stories you told us about her and her spunky ways. Grandma will be remembered with love.

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