The women had a wonderful weekend. Saying goodbye to new friends was difficult. After the guests left, we had baked spaghetti, salad, bread and brownies. Yum! Mike took us to Clonmel Potters, where a local couple make pottery from the pottery wheel and from molds. It is very interesting. We then had the opportunity to buy something to take home for our memories. We drove into Highgate, to have ice cream at the ice cream shop there. There are flavors like rum raisin, coconut/pineapple, reggae and grape nut.
Monday we packed our bags, said goodbye to Pinto, Pearline, Eli, and Brad and headed to Sugar Pot Beach. The beach is owned by a man from Belgium who visited Jamaica years ago and loved it so much he decided to stay. The beach is very beautiful with very few people. We all had a chance to either enjoy the warm water, walk on the beach or take a nap in the shade.
We traveled on to Ocho Rios for lunch and the opportunity to shop. There is a Burger King and a Kentucky Fried Chicken, but there is also jerk chicken or other authentic Jamaican cuisine. It is always fun to check out the straw market for souvenirs. The supermarket has jerk seasoning and spice packets for the pumpkin soup that we all love. We drove to Montego Bay and settled in at the El Greco hotel. We ate supper at Pier One. The restaurant had all open air seating. We ate as we watched the sun set over the Caribbean Sea. It was beautiful. Our delicious meal included pumpkin soup, baked chicken, snapper, baked potato, salad and carrot cake.
We stayed Monday night at the hotel. It was nice to sleep in a bit. Tuesday we woke and ate breakfast on the hotel patio facing the sea.
We were within 5 minutes of the airport. We arrived at 9:30 and helped the ladies and Will unload their luggage to head back to Kokomo, IN. Everyone was so thankful for the experience and the opportunity, to share the love of Christ. Bill, Janet, Emy and I are staying on for another week to help with the men’s weekend. The blog will continue with Part 2 – Men’s. 🙂