Hey everyone. I know I keep saying this but today was a great day. I’ll get to my day soon. First I want to reply to comments.
Eric, glad to see you’re still here. Thanks. I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts. It’s been great for birds and other wildlife.
Kabuldur, yes they really do swab the deck. It was very interesting. The bridge was very cool. And the booby was a great surprise.
Tipton, the bridge rocked. I took a bunch of photos. It’s so hard to pick just four pics for my posts. There were all these cool monitors. You’ll get a more detailed photo post when I return and am not limited on time. I think you might like engineering too. I let Chris know you wished him a happy birthday.
AudeS, The all access tour was worth everything we paid for. Not only was it enjoyable but it’s so cool to know we got to see things most people will never seen not even the other passengers. It’s a small fraction of people that take this tour as it’s very expensive and most people also don’t like going into the parts of the ship that are not pretty.
The play was disappointing. The music wasn’t so great either. I didn’t recognize any of the songs but know the phrase “And all that jazz” comes from this play.
I’m spoiled now. I don’t want to travel on a ship again for a long voyage without a balcony. I’ve done the interior rooms where they are basically a box. Never again. Having that ocean view is just incredible.
Yes I loved the laundry room. If I had to work on a cruise ship that’s where I’d like to work. The bottom of the ship, alone, warm and quiet. I don’t have to deal with people other than a few fellow employees, the boss and a bunch of machines. Perfect introvert job.
Wow that was fast. I’m so glad you go it. And just in time. I’m glad you liked the drawing. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever drawn a badger. I’m glad you liked it.
Glitter pie, Yes it was neat to see all the electronics and geeky stuff.
The brown booby was great. It’s like he read my thoughts or something. I was lying in bed just watching the water and he literally made me jump in the air and run outside.
Unfortunately I didn’t see anything new today. As far as birds go.
Ok so today. I keep forgetting a few days ago I saw a flying fish for the first time. It was about the size of a swallow or small tern. I saw a few and thought they were birds diving at a weird angle into the water til I realized they were fish. I told Chris about it but they were gone. Well today he saw some. These were different. They were tiny and green. And waking up this morning was great. As we got closer to St. Thomas many brown boobies were following the ship and chasing the flying fish through the air. Chris thinks he filmed it. There have been so many photos and vids to sort through. I make a folder for each day and empty the memory cards at the end of the day. So arriving at St. Thomas was very cool. This was an island with lots of mountain. There was another ship docked. A Holland America ship. One thing I enjoy about curing is seeing other ships. Not just other cruise ship, I love comparing those, but also cargo ships and oil tankers. Though this year I haven’t seen many of those. And luckily no scary ships like that car carrier we saw that time.
Our tour wasn’t until 1:30 though. So we waited on the ship and I got out camera bag ready. Oh before I go on. I saw I made a really bad funny typo last night. I wrote “Book” instead of “Bird” When I saw that I was laughing for real and realized I wrote what I was thinking about. “Red footed book.” HAHAHAHA!!! Of course spell check doesn’t catch these things. So sorry if there are spelling errors. Laugh at them. I have to type fast. When we finally went there it was so cool that there were iguanas at the port on the rocks. They were just walking around. I need to find out what kind they are. I have no idea. So we got on these buses and went up a mountain to the place to do our snorkel, hike and kayak tour. You guys know I worked out by rowing with my fighting staff daily. Well it didn’t matter it seemed. My arms still got tired and I couldn’t do it long. We both had a hard time. But it was fun. We brought our Gopro cameras and I brought my Fuji all of which are water proof. We kayaked all the way out to Cass Cay then hiked to where they had these aweome volcanic rocks. The water comes in and sprays through them. I think that was my favorite part. The geology of the place was so cool and it was so lovely. Then we went snorkeling. This was not so good for me and the only part I have a complaint about. The mask they gave me was small with a limited field of view. That was bad and it fogged up easily which made it even worse. Second you had to wear a life vest. They seemed paranoid. Yes life vest on a kayak, but not when you’re swimming and WANT to go underwater. I didn’t think anything about it at first but then I realized I couldn’t swim with it. I had like no power and I’m a decent swimmer. I did very well last year at Labadee. But this whole vest thing was slowing me down and I had no power no matter what I did, arms, legs or both. No fins either so I was swimming with just my beach shoes. I think that was hard too. I would have been better with just the mask and snorkel. So from now on I’m going to buy my own personal snorkel set because something always goes wrong renting. Last year the flippers cut into my feet. This time the mask had issues. So I just need my own stuff that’s always right for me.
Then we kayaked back. I’m proud of myself. This was the most strenuous day and I did well. Yes I’m tired, sore and my back hurts but I’ll be ok. Chris had a blast. So he had a very good birthday and the places we went to were very beautiful. Yes it hurts but I’m quite happy that despite having a disability I’m still living life and doing the things I want. I just have to rest and build my energy before I do activities like this. Tomorrow is airplane watching on Maho Beach at St. Maarten. That will be easy and relaxing. Sit on a bus, sit on a beach, sit un a bus again and then go home. I’m on my heating pad right now and will go to bed early tonight. Ok time for photos.
Here is one of the iguanas that was at the port. This is a female and this is the best pic I took all day.
This pontoon plane landed in the cove near the cruise ships. I thought it was a very lovely plane and cool to see it landing.
This is Cas Cay. I was in love with this area. It looks like a mix of desert and tropical. My two favorite habitats in one area. This gave me an idea for George and Leeanix. A short conversation they can have. Some cute character building.
Lastly a photo of a barracuda I saw while snorkeling. I’m so glad I got this pic. I wasn’t afraid at all either. I was more focused on trying to get pics and film it. Just lovely predator.