Cruise Pictures
Posted on October 27th, 2016 @ 8:28 pm

Earlier this month, my sisters, brother-in-law, and I went on a cruise.  The married sister had a balcony with her husband, since she gets motion sickness. The single sister and I got an upper/lower bunk setup for as cheapest as we could get. Being a cruise, we figured our room was for sleep and down time, only, as well a storage for our stuff.

There are no words to explain how wonderful and needed this vacation was.  I feared we wouldn’t get to make it because of the weather system known as Hurricane Matthew. It was going to Eastern Florida as we were driving to Miami for our trip.  We were originally going to go to Key West, but the storm took that out of the equation.  We ended up driving to Miami via I-75 and US 27, with a night stop in Kissimmee because the only hotel room we could find for the night was in that city.

We made it to Miami okay, but I was literally sick with worry about Savannah since it was on the list of cities to be hit by the storm.  Savannah got hit; my dad suffered damage on his property, but for the grace of God my house escaped damage from the storm.  My concern was about my house as it’s the central cleaning house for the family and my dad left a few cats there when he evacuated town and these cats refused to be caught. I just wanted to make sure they survived.  It wasn’t until the first night of the cruise that I knew for certain my dad  and the animals were ok.

My brother and his girlfriend were OK because they were out of town making arrangements to move to, of all places, Nashville, the family’s original hometown.  My brother wasn’t even born in the state.  After driving up to TN for my cousin’s funeral, he complained a lot about the road system up there.  And now, he lives there.

Sorry to have digressed there.  Once I could enjoy my cruise, I sure did.  We had 3 full cruise days.  I won a Ship on a Stick.  I did four excursions on port days:

  • Snorkeling and hanging out with sting rays in Grand Turk.
  • Visiting a rain forest in Puerto Rico.
  • Visiting a rain forest and taking a 4 x 4 tour on St. Kitts.
  • Snorkeling and seeing planes land in St. Maarten.

And I want to do it all again. I just need money and days off.  Days off shouldn’t be too hard, but finding a companion to go with me.

Well, enough of the talking.  The photos can show you more.

Eastern Caribbean Cruise 2016


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I Haven’t Neglected My Blog
Posted on October 21st, 2016 @ 10:34 pm

St. Maarten Rainbow

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I’ve been living life this past month. Between worries about Hurricane Matthew, getting stuff done for work, and then going on a week+ cruise, the blog was lowest priority.

I am currently going through my photos from my cruise.  I must have about 600 to share. I had a great time.  The photo in this post is from as were leaving St. Maarten, there was a rainbow. I only had my cell phone on with me, so this was the lucky shot.

I have plenty to share once the photos are all processed and posted to my Flickr account.


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