On this final installment, I'll wrap up some of the good stories and experiences that we had on the honeymoon. I would probably be impossible to squeeze in every story because there were a lot to be had. However, I'll do my best...
- Ziplining - Being somewhat scared of heights (I'm working on it), I was a little nervous to go ziplining in the rain forest. I essentially just looked around at the rest of the group and thought "if these folks can do it, so can I." Then I stopped thinking about heights and just decided to go for whatever challenge was placed in front of me.
The first few ziplines were no problem. They would hook up your harness, then tell you to sit down. Your weight would naturally carry you across the line. One guy in our group was not paying attention when they told us how to break, and he destroyed one of the guides as he arrived on the opposite side of the first line. It was like a free safety crushing a helpless receiver. Our guide Bobby was tough, though, and he kept on going.
Then we arrived to the zipline which was "the reason we paid money for the trip." 1000 feet across, 320 feet high, and over a river that the Jamaicans called "The River of Doom." It was a little nerve-racking, but once again, I tried my best to just do it and not think about it. When they hook your harness up they say, "Make sure you run, jump, and cannonball or your momentum will not carry you to the other side." Noted. So with that, I ran, jumped, and cannonballed across a massive ravine in the rain forest. It was awesome!
- Casino Night - Sandals had a Casino Night which mostly consisted of a few of the workers running a psuedo-poker and blackjack tables. I played poker and Mrs. B. played blackjack. The game was not set up like real poker, and let's just say it was an easy game to succeed at. I easily doubled my chips, yet some of the more naive guests did not do as well. At the end, Mrs. B. and I combined our chips and had the most, by far. Then they had a prize auction where we won a wooden giraffe, maracas, and a bottle of Appleton Rum. The dealers, Dwayne and Jason, were also really cool guys that we got to know from then on.
- Jamaican Trivia Night - During the day, we had just gotten back from riding on a paddle-cycle in the ocean. By the pool, Jason was helping us learn about Jamaica. We listened, and then found out that there was a Jamaican Trivia night that night.
We showed up a little late to the main hall, but that did not stop us from dominating Jamaican Trivia. Mrs. B. was killing it and I had to go on stage as part of a game to translate Jamaican-speak into English. In the end, we won and received another bottle of Appleton Rum. Another Jamaican activity runner (they were called "The Playmakers") Micheal then helped us cash in our activity points. We had accumulated 260 points. In awesome Jamaican fashion, Micheal rounded up to 400 and we found ourselves with another bottle of Appleton rum (we otherwise would have gotten a necklace that neither of us would wear.)
So we left Jamaica with our three bottles of rum, maracas, huge wooden giraffe, and lots of great memories. It was a great honeymoon and I highly recommend Sandals Negril to anyone thinking about going to Jamaica. It is a really fun place with lots to do and really great people. The one downside- mosquitos! Watch out for those suckers!
If there are any follow up questions about Jamaica or the honeymoon, feel free to ask in the comments. I probably forgot to mention many details, but I have a feeling you got the overall jist of things. Tomorrow I'm back to talking about all things American, and on Friday I leave for a bachelor party in Las Vegas, so I'm sure there will be much to talk about.