Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sunset and JUMP...

...these are the two things that Rick's Cafe in Negril, Jamaica are famous for. Rick's is a bar/restaurant that sits on top of bluffs that overlook the ocean. The bar is busiest between 4-7pm...once the sun sets, its a ghost town! So Matt's doctor (chiropractor at that)told him about Rick's and that we had to go watch the sunset and jump off the cliffs (his back doctor told him to jump!!!).

So on the Friday of our honeymoon, we loaded up and went to Rick's Cafe. I told Matt that I wanted to jump...oh wait...jumping doesn't seem like that big of deal right? Well, there are 3 different spots to is 10 ft, one is 70 ft (which only the locals do and they are CRAZY) and the main spot is 35 FEET!?! So I told Matt I wanted to jump and I wanted to go first so I didn't chicken out. We got there a little after 4, watched a few people jump, found a table and ordered a drink. Matt kept trying to talk to me but I wasn't listening...I finally held up my hand which was shaking uncontrollable and said, "Let's get this over with!"

I went up to the 35 ft (yes, I jumped from 35 ft...everyone that was there and I told that I jumped was like, "OH the 10 ft one"...NO ladies and gentlemen...I, the wife, jumped first off the 35 ft cliff. I didn't even hesitate, I knew if I did I wouldn't do it. I took one giant step off thinking this isn't so bad then I noticed the cliff sticking out. The two thoughts that went through my mind: 1. I hope I don't hit that cliff and 2. I don't want to do this!!! Well, I did, I splashed the water filling my entire nasal cavity with salt water. I swam to the side and got out running to my husband (trying to fix my swimsuit nips exposed but it was a close call). He was so proud of me and he cheered for me....I was still shaking and wouldn't stop talking. A couple guys standing by asked me if it was worth it, I honestly told them, "No!" but now I can say, been there, did that, not doing it again. Mattie went to jump but ended up jumping twice because I missed the picture the first time.

This is me can barely see me but I'm above the lady in the black swimsuit...the little dot with pink shorts.
All week Matt wanted to see a steel drum band...well they were at Rick's and they were good!!!

Mattie and I and the beautiful sunset behind us.

There's Mattie on jump #2. He still thinks its a bad picture because I didn't let him straighten out to a pencil before I took it.

Us in front of the Rick's sign (sorry these pics are great...they were taken with a disposable camera.

So here's to Rick's and cliff diving!


LucyinStLou said...

All I can say is you are WAY more brave than I am! Good for both of you!

Cecilia said...

Holy cow!!! I can't believe you jumped from those heights. What an amazing trip!!! I'm jealous.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs Groeteke,
Had to say that! Mama fish here. Wanted to stop in and see the wedding and honeymoon pics. Wow! The wedding was fabulous. Such an awesome setting and you both looked remarkable. The honeymoon looks amazing. Alyssa, I can not help begin to tell you how happy I am for you. Matt is such an impressive young man. Perfect for an amazing young woman like you. I loved what you said about you not worrying about other people. That is so true. Do not let angry, bitter, selfish people steal one minute of happiness from you girl. Enjoy your awesome husband and thank God. He has blessed you girl. I love you so much and I am so proud of you.
Love Mama ;-)