Wednesday, December 3, 2008

AND WE'RE BACK

ITS BEEN A COUPLE OF DAYS SINCE I WROTE SO I WANTED TO JOT A FEW WORDS. AT LAST POST I WAS PATIENTLY WAITING THE DEPARTURE FOR THE CRUISE. WELL, IT HAS COME AND HAS GONE TO BE ONLY A MEMORY.

WE LEFT HERE AT AROUND 5:00 ON FRIDAY(21ST) MORNING. I WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE TRAVELING BUT ALSO BECAUSE I WAS GONNA GET TO SEE HOPE(AND FRED). I SPEAK WITH HERE ALMOST EVERYDAY BUT SEEING HER IN PERSON IS JUST A BREATHE OF FRESH AIR.

WE ARRIVED IN GEORGIA SOMETIME THAT MORNING...LORD I CANT REMEMBER THE TIME. WE ATE AT SHONEYS. IT WAS A SHORT VISIT BUT IT WAS WONDERFUL. THE GIRLS GOT TO SEE THEIR AUNT HOPE AND CAT NAVY AND I GOT TO SEE MY BEST FRIEND.

WE THEN HEADED SOUTH AGAIN ON 95. WE HAD A LONG WAY TO GO. WE WERE WANTING TO GET TO WEST PALM BEACH BEFORE DARK. IT WOULD NOT HAVE MATTERED TO ME AS LONG AS I GOT TO STOP BY THE HARLEY SHOP IN DAYTONA. THAT HAS BECOME A LITTLE TRADITION OF MY OWN. THIS WAS MY 3RD CRUISE AND ON BOTH OF THE OTHERS, THE TRAVEL DOWN WE STOPPED. I GOT A SHIRT THOSE TWO TIMES AND I WAS GONNA GET ONE THIS TIME.

WELL I GOT MY SHIRT AND AGAIN WE WERE HEADING SOUTH. WE FINALLY ARRIVED IN WEST PALM AT RONS COUSINS THAT EVENING. I TELL YOU. THE WEATHER THERE IS SO NICE AND MAINLY STAYS THAT WAY. CHAWN (RONS COUSIN) WAS SO GENEROUS. SHE LET ALL OF US STAY AND TREATED US SO GREAT. THE KIDS LOVE CHAWN. THEY JUST CANT GET ENOUGH OF HER.

WE GOT UP THE NEXT MORNING AND HEADED OUT FOR THE LAST 75 MILES TO MIAMI PORT. IT WAS A GOOD HOUR AWAY AND WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD ENOUGH TIME. WE DID WITH PLENTY TO SPARE.

THE GIRLS WERE AMAZED WHEN THEY SAW "THEIR" SHIP. IT WAS HUGE. TWENTY QUESTIONS HAD NOTHING ON THEM. I FINALLY HAD TO SAY. TAKE A CHILL AND I WILL TELL YOU ABOUT EVERYTHING IN AWHILE. I CANT ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TRY TO GET LUGGAGE AND FIND PARKING ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

THE DEPARTATION WENT WELL. THE GIRLS WANTED TO GO DO STUFF BUT WANTED ME TO TAG ALONG. I TOLD THEM TO GO HAVE FUN BUT CHECK IN EVERY SO OFTEN. WELL ABOUT WEDNESDAY THEY FIGURED OUT THAT GOING AND DOING THINGS BY THEMSELVES WAS ALOT MORE FUN THAT STAYING WITH ME. THEY FINALLY STARTED REALLY ENJOYING THE SHIP. THEY WENT TO THE ARCADE. THEY DID LITTLE ACTIVITES..OR JUST WENT SOCIALIZING WITH THE OTHER HUNDEREDS OF KIDS ON BOARD. I WASNT TELLING NO LIE WHEN I SAID HUNDREDS OF KIDS. IT WAS LIKE A PLAY YARD FULL. I GUESS THANKSGIVING ON A SHIP WAS WHAT ALL THE OTHER PARENTS WERE THINKING TOO.

ALL IN ALL THE CRUISE WAS GOOD. THE ISLANDS WERE BEAUTIFUL. I CAN SAY IVE BEEN THEIR NOW AND AM ALREADY SEARCHING FOR THE NEXT ADVENTURE. IM NOT SURE WHERE IT WILL BE BUT I WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED.