November 10th, 2007 – by: leah151
Speeding along to Treasure Beach, Jayeesha blowing in the wind
After getting fully buzzed at the Rum Factory, we sped off to our final destination, Treasure Beach. I think Denville was trying to reach there before dark so he drove at what seemed like warp speed with our now slowed senses and the scenery was a blur as we rushed along. Of couse, under our altered state, everything we saw was absolutely beautiful and then the day's crescendo came. As we drew near to Treasure Beach, the sun was setting and with the clouds the most brilliant hues painted the sky. It was all purple and pink and we gushed with delight. Poor Denville! It was probably the most magnificent sunset of our trip even though we weren't looking out across the water.
Vibrant colored sunset
We couldn't stand it any longer and eagerly requested Denville to pull over for just a second so we could get a still shot of the sunset. Jayeesha snapped off several more than the one I was able to. Her camera took better sunset photos so I figured I could get it from her eventually. So we enjoyed our glorious bid farewell to the daylight and once again were on the way.
As it tends to go, we were almost there when there was no way I could wait any longer to go to the restroom. Anyone who's ever had a drink knows how fast the alcohol runs through your system! The one thing I forgot to do was take a bathroom break before leaving with all the excitement of shopping for rum to bring home. Once we had our boxes, we were ready to go and never mind the bladder! Anyway, I implored Denville to find a potty stop as soon as possible and he pulled over at the next place he saw which just so happened to be a small convenience store.
I had to take a picture of the box next to the Eve box - it was called 'Pum Pum'
They let us know they didn't have a public bathroom (or perhaps not one at all) but pointed across the way to a neighboring bar. As we spoke to the clerk, I noticed the shelf on the wall with all of their toiletries and for some reason, a cologne or perfume box with the words 'Pum Pum' jumped out at me and I let out a loud guffaw. In case you're unaware, 'pum pum' is the Jamaican patois word for a woman's genitals if you catch my drift. I couldn't believe they actually had a cologne with that name. Imagine a cologne in the U.S. named 'Coochie' and there you have it! Try not to laugh, I dare you! We quickly ran over to the bar, begging to use the restroom and the nice young women obliged us. OH, what a relief!! Jayeesha took my cue and took care of business too so we'd have no more stops before our final one.
When we were all together again, we gave our most sincere thanks to the ladies and hopped back in the car.
Less than 15 minutes down the road, we were finally pulling in to Jake's Resort. Jayeesha went to the front desk to get us checked in and Denville and I looked around, scoping out the grounds. After checking in, we agreed to leave the luggage in the car and have Denville join us for dinner at Jake's restaurant before heading on the road back towards Negril. After putting up with us, the least we could do is buy him dinner! Though the memory is fuzzy (hmmm....wonder why), all of us ordered something different but both Jayeesha and Denville's entrees looked to-die-for and my kingfish which was one of the specials of the day was superb! As a kid, I never would have imagined I'd grow up to love seafood so much but when you're in Jamaica, it's so divine that there's no way you could not love it.
Denville McKenzie, our driver and new friend
If any of you travelers make it to Treasure Beach, even if you don't stay at Jake's, I highly recommend visiting both of the restaurants associated with them. The one directly on the resort and their other one called Jack Spratt just at the end of the property (reviews forthcoming) have a reputation throughout the island. Denville told us he'd visited there once before to have dinner with his Mom. So apparently, it's one of the notable restaurants on the island even for the locals.
We wanted to get to know more about our new friend Denville so we started to give him the '20 questions' routine, asking him the usual questions like 'when's your birthday?' and 'what do you do for fun?'. This was when we learned that he liked to play cricket which is probably almost as popular as soccer (or football) there.
Chef preparing delicacies at the outdoor cook station
In fact, he liked to play cricket so much that he was a former member of the national Jamaican cricket team. That was kind of exciting to think we were hanging out with a professional Jamaican athlete. On the other hand, the reality that even someone with the notoriety of a professional athlete may end up working a regular job such as a taxi driver. It shows how poor Jamaica is and no one can take their current status for granted since it can change at any time. We continued to have a nice conversation with Denville and also learned that Denton, who was the counter clerk at the Bar B Barn and arranged our ride with him was his brother. I commented that I could see the resemblance and also about how nice his brother was. He was incredibly helpful to us whenever we needed something arranged like when I went horseback riding.
My bed with fluffed pillows
Their Mama must've raised them good because they're both really sweet men.
After dinner, it was time to check in to our rooms so Jayeesha went to get the keys and one of the staff followed Denville and I out to the car to unload our luggage. Jayeesha appeared with the keys just as we had unloaded and we followed the woman from Jake's and Denville who both wheeled our luggage along the path to our cottage. Although we tried to grab some of our luggage to help, neither of them would let us. Instead, we grabbed our boxes of rum and any straggling items we had. We'd been upgraded since the cottage originally reserved was damaged during Hurricane Dean. Of course we had no objections to getting an upgrade! What made me laugh was as we followed the path to our cottage, the unevenness of it, since it was tiled, caused me to stumble a little.
I was already obviously tipsy and not entirely graceful in unloading the car and I informed the woman from Jake's that we had just come from the rum tour. Her response: "I can tell!" At the time, I don't remember what my reply was but now each time I think of it, I fall out laughing. What a sight we must have been!
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