Ahoy! Land!

It’s been a long six days at sea and although I love looking at the ocean, it got very repetitious after the first couple of hours. Add to that my unfounded paranoia about being stranded in the middle of the Atlantic and no one was happier than me to be docking in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Christopher Columbus and his kind should have been bestowed sainthood for having done this for months on end without the benefit of air conditioning, running toilets and a good, hot shower. As if to add insult to my injury, we set our clocks back one hour every evening to catch us up to Eastern Standard Time. Now there’s something I could have done without – an extra hour every day at sea! I wanted it time to speed up…not slow down!

It’s not that there wasn’t anything to do. There were lots of onboard activities and I had all the time I wanted to write, paint, read and write some more. I was in my glory, so to speak. No phone calls; limited internet and virtually no interruptions other than my stomach letting me know that feeding time was near.

We hit some rough water here and there as might be expected, but the weather has been beautiful with not a drop of rain or heavy wind since we embarked on the Carnival Sunshine Journey November 1.

Land. Terra firma. Can’t even begin to tell you how great it is to see something other than water after six days.

My favorite Caribbean island!

My favorite Caribbean island!

The Carnival Sunshine docked at Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos this morning. My personal opinion is that this is the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. I had the pleasure of staying here several years ago and it appears to be every bit as pristine now as it was then. I’m sure you will recall the days when everyone wanted to ‘find themselves’. Well, should you get the urge to do so today, Grand Turk is where you should do it.

It’s also a great place for offshore banking. They tell me it’s better than in Grand Cayman and a great place to avoid taxes. If you don’t believe me, ask Mitt Romney.

But I digress…

The water here is turquoise, not the same as the Bahamas, but true turquoise. There are only a handful of resorts here and not much else to do. A small historic area can provide some entertainment, but if you aren’t coming to stroll along secluded beaches, don’t bother.

We’re almost ready to leave this island paradise for our final destination, New Orleans. But before we reach the Big Easy, I have three more days of looking at water. At least this time I won’t be in the center of the Atlantic, or as I call it, the middle of nowhere.

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