Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Back From the Islands

Wow, has it been eight days already?  Talk about time flying when you're having fun...  We made it back early on Wednesday afternoon from the sunshine and breeze of the islands, to the drizzle and chill of Nashville.  But even though the weather sucked, it was nice to be home.

Long story short--I had an absolute blast, as expected.  Also, we ran into Hurricane Tomas in our travels, and our itinerary got changed in mid-stream.  So no, we never made it to St. Lucia.  And even though we actually made it into the harbor in St. Kitts, it was so windy and choppy that the captain gave up on docking the ship after a couple of failed attempts.  So we didn't go there, officially, either, although we got tantalizingly close.  Instead we high-tailed it back north, out of the hurricane's path, and spent the last two days of the cruise at Grand Turk and Nassau.  (Never been to the Turks & Caicos before, been to the Bahamas several times).  It was kind of a bummer at first, but we still had a lot of fun.

Once we got finally got back to the house, we realized how exhausted we were.  We dragged all the luggage in, played with the puglets, and ordered some pizza.  Then everyone spent the rest of the afternoon dozing...  And even though I had a four-hour nap, I'm still pretty tired.  I got more exercise and pushed myself much further in the past week than I thought I could.  It was good for me, but man, it took it's toll.  I didn't 'overdo it' so much as I just stretched the envelope as far as what I had the strength to do.  But that was a good thing--I feel 1000% better now than I did when I left.  Almost back to 'normal'.  All that fresh fruit, exercise, sunshine, and tropical breeze is not only good for the soul, but pretty damn good for the body, too!

Anyhow, I'll write up a more detailed post later, probably starting on it Thursday (pray for more rain, reclickers--that'll keep me indoors!), with a bunch more pictures.  But in the meantime, here's a little taste for you. (Clicky for full-sized goodness)

Sunrise at sea, as seen from my balcony

St. Maarten, first thing in the morning

Our ship, the Carnival Miracle, and the Holland America Eurodam, sharing a dock in Grand Turk.  Frankly, I'm surprised that this picture turned out so well because I was two orders of magnitude beyond f*cked up when I snapped this photo.

More soon...



Jon said...

Wonderful pictures! Glad you had a blast - can't wait to read the full write-up!!
Now rest up, because I bet you need it, Mikey!!

veryjosie said...

Can't wait to hear more about it!  Pics look great

Kikky said...

Loving that pic of St. Maarten since I'll be looking at that view in less than two weeks!

Looking forward to reading the rest as soon as you're able.

Mike from Cleveland said...

Excellent news on the great trip, damn I miss those huge boats, that I can see from just about anywhere on the island.  I so need to get back to the Caribbean.

DLE said...

I was wondering how you fared with the storm, glad you had a good time...can't wait to hear the stories

Mel Rains said...

Mikey,  Glad you had a good time.  I am really looking forward to this report.

Wildcat Fan

ritilinkid said...

Glad you enjoyed the trip and are feeling well.