It's been a while since my last PhotoHunt, but when I saw the subject for this week my mind went straight to one place -- Aruba. This photo, taken from inside of the Bushiribana ruins, is one of my favorite shots from a trek up the northern coast on our first visit to the island. Obviously evident is the square 'window' overlooking the beach and the vivid blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Less obvious is the journey it took to get to that spot.
|Bushiribana at a distance.|
|Rock stacks along the beach at Bushiribana.|
|The fierce waves against the rocky northeastern coast of Aruba.|
Fortunately for us, we did not get eternally lost, shot, or end up getting stuck long enough to spend the night with the goats. We were wonderfully able to trek ahead through the disparaging landscape back towards our little slice of resort heaven to indulge for a bit in some of the gloriously clear water, pink sands, and fruity drinks. I think because of the earlier events of the day, we were actually able to enjoy the comforts and ease of our surroundings that much more. We didn't make that same explorative trek on our subsequent visit (once was enough for me), though I would no doubt recommend it to anyone who hasn't yet struck out on their own to explore. Had we not ever felt lost on our map, gotten stuck in the rough and rocky terrain or taken the risk of crossing the firing range, we never would have seen the beauty of the island in it's entirety to really know where we were, or appreciated the comfort and luxury of the resort quite as much as we did for the rest of our visit - a lesson I, for one, would be wise to remember more often.