First Port of Call

Our two days at sea were smooth and very relaxing.  As we got near land we spotted a hang glider so Norman got a picture. hang-glider

You can see the glider in the clouds.  The boat that was pulling him is just visible  in the middle of the picture.  See how calm the ocean was.  It was almost that calm most of the cruise.  Our first port of call was in Road Town in the British Virgin Isle.  roadtown-3

This is Road Town just as we were coming into it.  We had a whole day here so we decided to walk around the town and see the shops.  We hoped to pick up some things for the kids. road-town

Here we are tied up to the dock.  These ports are very small for the large ships so there can be only one or two at a time docked at the pier.  They get 4 to 7 ships a day in these ports so some have to anchor out and tender the visitors in.  We had decided before we dock not to go ashore if we had to tender, but with the ocean this calm it would not have been a bad trip in the tender.

A long walk down the pier and we were in the shops recommended by the cruise lines so we stopped there first and got all the free gifts they had to offer.  I got a charm bracelet for Gina and Dyhana from Diamond International, then went to Effy Jewelry and got a very pretty little sterling silver necklace for Gina.  Then we walked into the town and found a Craft Mall run by the locals.  I got a cute shorts and shirt set for the boys, one in blue for Colby and one in green for James.  I looked all over for something for Becca and could not find anything I like so decided to wait for St Thomas and see if I could get something  there.  By then it was HOT and I was getting very tired so we headed back to the ship. On the way I found a store that had the cutest tops with necklace so I had to stop and the price was right so I got one for Becca and one for her BFF.    Of course we got lost and I got hotter and hotter.  We just headed in the direction we thought the ship must be and soon found it over the houses.  I was so glad to see home port.  I was wet from sweat, right down to my underwear.  A good cold shower and short rest put me back in shape so we looked at all of our treasures.  If I had known we could put the pictures on this blog so easily I would have made Norman take more pictures.  Next time I will.  He had his iPad and that is how we got the pictures that we did.  Then I transferred the pictures to my lap top when I got home and from there I put them on the flash drive with the picture of the ship.  Next time there will be many more pictures on and off the ship.

That night we went back to the slots and lost all the money we had won the day before and I even lost that day’s ten dollars.  I don’t know why I like the slots so much but I do and I always loose! unnroadtown-2amed-1

saying good by to Road Town.  road-town-5

One last picture as we sailed away and it was off to the American Virgin Isle of St Thomas.  I was excited about going there as many years ago I had wanted to move there.  I had gotten a job teaching but Norman could not get a job without going there first so he would not go sight unseen and just hope to find a job so I had to cancel my teaching job and stay in New Hampshire.  I wonder what life would have been like if we had moved there years and years ago???  I don’t know if I could have taken the heat?

Things are busy here getting back into the swing of things.  We both came home with a cold so are doing a lot of blowing and sleeping.  We went to Lowes this morning and got a new shower head for our shower.  It is just like the one on the ship or as near like it as we could get and Norman hooked that up.  It looks great and works just as good as the one of the ship.  While we were there I saw a refrigerator just like what I have wanted and looked for about two years and it was on sale!!  Norman can’t think of two things at once so said let’s just get the shower head in.  I didn’t want to push him as I know he is uncomfortable when I spend much money and this week we really have spent way more than we usually do, so I shut up.   While we were having lunch, Norman said “Would you like that refrigerator?”  He didn’t have to say anymore, that was what I wanted to hear.  He got the measurement of the space we have to put it in and we went back to Lowes.  The thing was still there and it was just the right size so he got it for me.  It is one of the new models with French doors and a large freezer in the bottom half.  It is a beautiful freezer too.  It has two chest type bins and a full tray on top of it and a good size fridge on top.  He didn’t measure the height so if it is too tall he will take the cabinet over it out.  I can’t use that anyways.  They will deliver it on Thursday and take our old one away.  I am one lucky lady!!  Have a great day.  I’ll take you to St Thomas tomorrow.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to First Port of Call

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I will be waiting to enjoy St. Thomas!!

    • I seem to all over my cold. We never go out into a crowd of people so going on the ship with so many people in a close space it is no wonder we picked up something. Norman is still coughing and blowing but is feel better so I guess he has his beat also. Gina is coming over to visit with us this after noon so I had better get ready for that. She is easy to take when she is alone and really a lot of fun without the boys too.

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