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Old 05-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #10

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And the waterfront.

This was probably one of the snorkeling excursions.

Now evidently there were at least 27 wrecked ships in this bay. There was a restaurant on the shore that had a ladder into the water from it’s back deck. Our guide said that they actually encouraged folks to come down in their swimsuits and enter the ocean from their restaurant. It was easy swimming out to the wreck that we floated over, and then once the patrons came in from all that snorkeling they would be hungry.

It was difficult to see much of the wreck clearly through the water, but as our guide described the features you could sort of make them out under the boat. He also pointed out how deep the water was and that you could tell by the color of the water. We pulled out of the shallow section and into some deeper water. Then he got out a package of crackers. He asked all the kids if they wanted to feed the fish. Even the big kids wanted to do that!

All at once we crushed and dropped our crackers over the side of the boat. The fish came to the surface in a feeding frenzy.

We tootled around a little bit and then we went back on land.

Our tour was coming to an end and we started on our way back to the parking area.

We finished up our tour, gave the guide a tip and headed back to the port area. We asked one of the guys at the exit how we could get a cab to take us over to the Harley Davidson store. He basically talked Fran out of it by telling her it was only a 6 or 7 minute walk. Ha!

We walked across the parking lot and as soon as we got to the street we encountered a park bench. Fran asked if we could sit and she could get her breath. After about 10 minutes we got up and walked almost another block. It was hot, humid, icky and we were not even a quarter of the way to the store. This is where Fran got smart. Instead of persevering on to the store, she turned around and grabbed the cab which was sitting by the side of the road. She realized that she could walk herself silly today and not be able to move for the entire rest of the trip, or she could just take a cab and enjoy the rest of the trip.

The man was nice enough to even stick around while we bought a few T-shirts, and then he took us back to right across from the port where we saw a cheap T-shirt shop where we could buy souvenirs for our cat sitters and other friends.

Then we stopped for some more souvenirs. Buy six, get two free!

After that we were getting hot, tired and cranky. So what do you do to cure that? Have a tropical drink!

Then we were back on the tender boat on our way to the ship.

Unfortunately with our return trip we were not so lucky. Fran was exhausted and though the guys on the boat had told her how she could avoid doing the stairs at all, she didn’t want to wait for the next boat which boarded from a slightly different location. As she went up the steps to get on the boat, she lost her balance. She didn’t fall, but it caused a whole bunch of gallant men to rush to our aid! One took all my packages out of my hands. The ship hands held her arms and steadied her up the stairs. The drag was she was going to have to climb a flight of stairs to exit the boat once we got back.

Then, the tender boat let us off at the Forward end of the ship. Our room was at the complete Aft. At least she realized that she was too tired to walk all the way to the room, so we got her to lobby and she sat on a couch in front of Guest Services while I ran back to the room to get her scooter.

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