Where In The World Are David & Leslie?

…Shooting a Mermaid at Buddy Dive

…Shooting a Mermaid at Buddy Dive

While having lunch one day at Blennies, the Buddy Dive restaurant, we met a young lady who is a professional mermaid. We struck up a conversation and when she found out I did underwater photography,...

…Having Dinner on the Beach

…Having Dinner on the Beach

David wanted to soak up the atmosphere for one of the shore dive sites he is documenting, so he suggested he enjoy the amenities above the water instead of just below. The dive site is called Front...

…Diving at Weber’s Joy

…Diving at Weber’s Joy

David and I enjoyed a couple of morning dives today - first at Something Special and then at Weber's Joy. After our dive at Weber's Joy, I've decided this should be renamed to Howell's Joy. What a...

…Celebrating Thin Crust Thursday

…Celebrating Thin Crust Thursday

While living in Bartlett, David and I used to have pizza every Thursday night, so this night of the week was affectionately dubbed "Thin Crust Thursday". We always looked forward to our tradition...

…Viewing a Double Rainbow at Breakfast

…Viewing a Double Rainbow at Breakfast

It's not unusual to experience rain first thing in the morning in Bonaire, but it typically ends quickly and then the sun comes out. Today it rained a bit harder and lasted a bit longer than usual...

…Back in Bonaire

…Back in Bonaire

After our brief visit to Chicago, we returned to Bonaire to make up for lost diving time. The first stop was the Bonaire Rent A Car to pick up a truck. While there, we ran in an old friend - Spike...

…In the Emergency Room

…In the Emergency Room

David isn't the only one in the family who has had to take advantage of the medical facilities on our host islands. After a couple of weeks of headaches, fatigue and coughing fits, we finally...

…Indulging in a Decadent Breakfast at Ocean Oasis

…Indulging in a Decadent Breakfast at Ocean Oasis

As a reward for finishing the Salt Pier video for his "Shore Dive Collection" David chose to celebrate at Ocean Oasis. He had spotted their Eggs Benedict with salmon on the breakfast menu and had...

…Enjoying the Sunset on our Balcony in Belnem

…Enjoying the Sunset on our Balcony in Belnem

Finally! After 12 months, 10 residences, 3 islands and 2 countries - we are finally in the location we planned for our initial retirement location in May 2020. We arrived on Bonaire on April 30th,...

…Waiting for Our Flight to Bonaire

…Waiting for Our Flight to Bonaire

We got an early start this morning in an attempt to make sure our luggage traveled with us to Bonaire. Although we enjoyed our time in Curaçao and fell in love with the island (especially the...

…Getting Covid Testing

…Getting Covid Testing

Today is our last day in Curaçao - we leave for Bonaire in the morning. While we are looking forward to our next adventure, we are sad to leave the beautiful island of Curacao. We have had many...

…On Lockdown in Curacao

…On Lockdown in Curacao

It's been over a year now since we sold our home, gave away most of our belongings and started living a "gypsy lifestyle". Events have not gone as originally planned, but we are actually grateful...

…Exploring the Reefs at Playa Porto Marie

…Exploring the Reefs at Playa Porto Marie

Another day another dive. Today we are with Rebel Diving Curacao at Playa Porto Marie which is known for it's the beach facilities (restaurant, showers, area for divers to suit up and rinse...

…In a Virtual Reality

…In a Virtual Reality

Who knows where David is right now or what he is doing. He could be killing zombies or destroying beats with his beat saber or doing any other unique activities set in an amazing backdrop. While we...

…Enjoying Cheeseballs at The Pen

…Enjoying Cheeseballs at The Pen

David and I are back in Willemstad and couldn't be happier. Staying in the West part of Curacao was an "adventure" and we will say the diving was phenomenal, however our stay in the West did lack...

…Go West Diving

…Go West Diving

We spent our last dive day in the Westpunt area at Go West Diving. Their house reef, aka "Playa Kalke" and "Alice in Wonderland", is quite lovely, with loads of sponges and "mushroom like" coral...

…Getting To Know Our Iguana Neighbors

…Getting To Know Our Iguana Neighbors

We have quite a few iguanas as neighbors while staying at Playa Laguna. Like many fish that we encounter underwater, the iguanas display different personalities. Some are very timid and retreat as...

…Pop’s Place for David’s Birthday Dinner Reboot

…Pop’s Place for David’s Birthday Dinner Reboot

When asked what type of meal David wanted for his birthday, he said he just wanted a good hamburger. What makes a good hamburger for David? One that is rare, thick and juicy. Very pink in the center...

…Meeting Rebel Diving Curaçao!

…Meeting Rebel Diving Curaçao!

Whenever we visit a new island, we make a point of pairing with a few local dive shops because they know the best sites, secret locations, currents, hazards, etc. Rebel Diving Curaçao was...

…Curaçao Home #1

…Curaçao Home #1

We successfully made the trek form Aruba to Curaçao...albeit in two trips. The Divi Divi Airlines small prop plane only carried 30 or so passengers and had a very small space for luggage. They even...

…Saying Goodbye To Pure Diving Aruba  :-(

…Saying Goodbye To Pure Diving Aruba 🙁

Today was a sad day as we had to say goodbye to Pure Diving Aruba. Well, all of Aruba really, but Pure made our stay supper enjoyable. Steve, Marcel and Marjolijn set us up from the beginning (in...

…Barefoot Restaurant

…Barefoot Restaurant

David and I enjoyed dinner under the stars at Barefoot Restaurant. It was a perfect night with a great selection of both appetizers and main course options. We are noticing the increase in tourists...

…Breakfast At The Beach

…Breakfast At The Beach

This morning we went over Eduardo's Beach Shack for a couple of their Smoothie Bowl creations. Leslie went with the Acai Bowl with berries, kiwi, pineapple, orange and granola. I went with a...

…Taste My Aruba

…Taste My Aruba

One of the great things about Aruba is there are so many restaurants to choose from. David and I like to pick a nice restaurant about once a week so in late October, after scouring nearly a hundred...

…Beatrix Airport!

…Beatrix Airport!

Curacao is now open to visitors from Aruba (finally)!! We are keeping our fingers crossed that the Covid 19 positive numbers remain low in Aruba so that Curacao remains open until December 1 - our...

…Voting From Aruba

…Voting From Aruba

Given the importance of this year's election and the unique circumstances of our retirement amidst the global pandemic, we voted by mail this year. It took almost three weeks to get the ballots, so...

…Out A Week

…Out A Week

Unfortunately, I will be out a week as both my ears are infected. I got water in my left ear last week that would not clear. Taking a few days off seemed to do the trick, but a Saturday boat dive...

…With A Mess of Iguanas

After breakfast, Leslie and I took a meandering scenic route back to the car winding our way along the piers and stores at the Renaissance Marketplace. The rear of the plaza ends near the water....

…Breakfast With a Kick

…Breakfast With a Kick

Breakfast at Linda's Dutch Pancakes in Palm Beach, Aruba.  The angle is misleading as both Dutch pancakes were the same size. 🙂  Leslie (top) ordered a Gouda & Mushroom and rolled it up like...

…Buying the New “Pandemic Combo” at Wendy’s

…Buying the New “Pandemic Combo” at Wendy’s

On one of our recent dive trips, a fellow diver said he had "the best Wendy's burger" he ever had. Not one to turn down a burger recommendation, we drove to one near where we are staying. Despite...

…Watching The Sunset at Manchebo Beach

…Watching The Sunset at Manchebo Beach

After passing our Covid-19 test upon arrival to Aruba, we have settled in. Luggage is unpacked, fridge is stocked, first dive scheduled and local mobile service has been set up. After a sushi dinner...

…Descending To The Vandenberg

…Descending To The Vandenberg

The weather was terrific on the surface but, unfortunately, the visibility was only about 30 - 35 feet. There have been a few storms coming through Key West in the last few weeks. Luckily, no...

…Shooting Cats At The Hemmingway House

…Shooting Cats At The Hemmingway House

This morning we walked over the the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. We found that hitting just about anyplace first thing in the morning gives us the best experience in terms of crowds and social...

…Waiting to Board for Our First Dive in 2020

…Waiting to Board for Our First Dive in 2020

After settling in for a week, checking out local dive shops and navigating boat loads for social distancing, we booked a two reef dive from Lost Reef Adventures. The 9am departure from its mooring...

…Trying Out New Toys At Sunset at Mallory Square

…Trying Out New Toys At Sunset at Mallory Square

Tonight we took a trip downtown to participate in a long standing Key West tradition - enjoying the sunset at Mallory Square. David wanted to try out a new GoPro toy and I wanted to try out my new...

… Adjusting to The New Normal?

… Adjusting to The New Normal?

We took some time out yesterday to drive up to Looe Key to check out a dive shop off the beaten path. Since we arrived a week ago, we've observed that many people are not observing the...

… Passing A Key West Cemetery

… Passing A Key West Cemetery

This is a beautiful cemetery that has seen its share of storms. Weathered stone, cement monuments and makeshift metal structures stand (sometimes precariously) decorated with a variety of floral...

…Key West Bound

…Key West Bound

After 4 weeks of staying in a 2 room Marriott Residence Inn, David and I decided to wait out the opening of Bonaire in Key West Florida.  We thought a change of scenery would do us some...

…Contemplating a New Purchase

…Contemplating a New Purchase

Four weeks living out of a hotel room with few distractions and a series of Bonaire flight restrictions gave us an opportunity to go through our gear. Leslie found a gap and we drove to Dodd Camera...

…Still in Warrenville, IL

…Still in Warrenville, IL

Parts of our routine are genuinely enjoyable.  Leslie playing “Everything is Awesome” and dancing when we get up, redesigning our website to get it to a point we have long discussed but not had...

…In Retirement Purgatory

…In Retirement Purgatory

2020 has been bittersweet at TropicLens.   What started as a pair of much anticipated retirements representing a combined 75+ years of work between us has slowly been absorbed by a global...