The kids are old enough to have opinions on things they want to do, so Brian and I decided they could each choose something within reason - we were allowed veto power. Nathan opted for horseback riding months ago, so that was one of the first things we did. Nathan picked the 2 hour rain forest tour, so we saddled up and headed off on the adventure.
|Poor Brian's view!|
All of our horses had distinct personalities. Bri and Will's horses just wanted to eat, given any bit of slack on the reins. Nath's horse was stubborn and had to be fussed at fairly often. Mine liked to stay on the path and gave me a bit of excitement when he decided to start to rear up on me. I yanked on the reins hard for him to stop and just clung on for dear life. Brian swears I'm exaggerating, but it felt scary!
The bush was lovely and the views from the top were stunning - but we don't have any pictures of that because Brian's horse got very fidgety when we stopped. The boys were exhausted about halfway through the tour and we had to tell them to stop whinging - all of our bums were sore! They didn't realise that you used different muscles riding. All in all, they had a good time and are pestering us to go again here!
|Nath's sweet face|
|Looking fantastic in our riding helmets|
Will picked riding U-power boats around the harbour. The boys kept calling them U-boats and not understanding why Bri and I were laughing. Basically they were two-seater pontoon boats. The real appeal here is that the boys could drive them as long as we sat behind them. Off we went behind our guide, with the throttle open and the boys giggling as we wake hopped. We took a bit of a break in the middle of our hour tour for a swim. The water was absolutely crystal clear and were surprised to hear that it was 30 feet deep, since we could easily see the bottom. The boys adored this part of the holiday. Alas, I'm not risking my camera on that ride, so no pictures!
We also saw a fire dancing show at our resort. When they came out and weren't in traditional dress, I was a bit disappointed. However, that feeling was quickly lost watching the show. Here are a few of my favourite pictures.
|And now the kids think it would be cool to breathe fire...|
Hideaway Island is also home to the world's only underwater post office. There is a postbox you can dive down and mail postcards in, which we did. I have no idea when they'll arrive to the people we sent them to, but fun for the kids to do anyway. Twice a day the postman goes out in scuba gear to man the post office. The kids thought he was really fun!
|The guy with the massive hair? That's the postman.|
|My three guys snorkeling|
|Nath was done|
|Wills "borrowed" my sunnies for the return ferry!|
|Back to the mainland - hope to be back to Hideaway Island someday!|