A Turks and Caicos sunset

sunset over Grace Bay
PROVIDENCIALES, TCI —  The sun bid us farewell for the day after a lovely dinner of crab cakes and mahi mahi ceviche on our first night in Provo. We caught this gorgeous sunset at The Infiniti Bar, a modern lounge on the beach that deems itself the longest bar in the Caribbean at 90 feet.

 

For the love of SPAM

canjo

That’s Alice. She plays the canjo. Its long neck is made from reclaimed wood, then fitted with a single Banjo string and a can of SPAM. An empty can of the potted meat apparently produces better sound than, say, Campbell’s. In fact, each canjo is tuned to the key of D. I found Alice selling the instruments at Oktoberfest in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville on Saturday morning.

Yes, that’s a Playboy logo in the desert.

art

On our way outta Dodge on Sunday, we drove past the now-notorious 40-foot neon Playboy logo and, er, Dodge Charger in the middle of the desert. The art installation went up quietly in June on the outskirts of Marfa, and it wasn’t long before disapproving locals filed a complaint, calling licensing and permits into question. Is it art or advertising? Stay tuned for the bunny’s fate.

Caving in

caverns

We decided to cut the drive home in half with a stop at the Caverns of Sonora, a National Natural Landmark about 8 miles west of Sonora, Texas. There, we descended 155 feet into the damp cave on a guided tour through over two miles of passageways. The “show cave” was discovered at the turn of the 20th Century and opened to the public in 1960. On our hour and a half hike underground, we admired an impressive combination of live stalagmites, stalactites and helictites throughout a maze of dripping formations. Go there. It’s spectacular.