Royal Navy Dockyard
The ship docked at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda which has the feel of a very old military-industrial area. At about 10:00 AM the next day we took a public bus to Horseshoe Beach on the south side of the islands. From the bus we walked downhill for one-half mile to the beach. The long curved beach was framed by large volcanic rocks. The beach was filling with people, especially near where the path from the bus came to the beach. We walked the length of the beach and climbed a sand trail above the rocks at the far end. Once we left the beach, we were by ourselves. The trail connected to a series of rocky coves with small beautiful beaches. The sky was blue, the beaches white, the sea was a deep aquamarine, and the light was bright but not harsh. It was very hot and humid, causing us to sweat profusely. At one small beach, we got into the ocean to cool off, and a strong wave knocked us both off our feet.
We walked back and after lunch at the snack bar above the beach, we rode the bus to Church Bay, another beach close by. I rented snorkel gear and tried it for the first time, swimming among the reefs, which were very close to the beach. I saw living coral along with striped fish, small bright green fish, and one black fish with a bright blue neon stripe. I struggled with the apparatus because I am not used to breathing under water.