Four years ago this week I began the adventure of a lifetime, my twenty one days aboard Ocean Star with Sea|Mester. I kept a blog during my trip, as well as a handwritten journal. I’ve been reflecting a lot since another year has passed and I’ve decided that I’m going to share my entries from the blog and some from my journal here. I hope you enjoy!
Yesterday was quite possibly the longest day of my life. I started at 5:00 at the airport after getting three hours of sleep (which is my own fault for procrastinating and worrying). I flew to Atlanta, where we sat on the runway for 20 minutes due to repetitive gate changes for landing. I was worried about navigating the ATL airport because I knew how big it was, but it was easy to figure out and it was quick to get around… Go ATL! I then flew to Puerto Rico on a PACKED flight with roughly 15 screaming children surrounding me. It was a long 4 hours.
When we landed at Puerto Rico I checked in, and they asked me for my weight, which I thought was strange but who knows right?! My flight kept getting delayed and they told us after we watched Air Force One land that it was because President Obama was coming and all aircraft was grounded. Next time, I’ll ask him for a ride to PR. We finally were boarded, and by boarded I mean lined up and walked on to the runway, (where by weight) they boarded us to our 10 person Cessna plane!
The plane was so small that our carry-on baggage had to go in the nose of the plane, and our checked baggage had to go on a separate plane. It’s a 40 minute flight to Tortola, and it was magnificent. I was able to see everything from the air. PR looks like a beautiful place to visit and dive. They have mountains, islands, reefs, and active marine life that I could see from above. Everything around here is just breath taking.
When we finally came in to land in Tortola, the runway was just a runway in the middle of water… which means trusting your pilot and itty bitty plane is crucial. We landed, went through customs, and then I found a cab. Everyone on the island has been very friendly, although the cab driver scared me to death constantly.
This island is paradise. There are mango trees, flowering trees, palm trees everywhere. The ocean is that incomparable teal that you see in pictures. I checked into my hotel and headed for a margarita and dinner downstairs, relaxed under a palm tree listening to the live band, and watching the sun set over the next island.
I’m running out of words to put it, and as you all know, I’m never at a loss for words. My hotel room didn’t have a TV, and I’m learning that is pretty common as far as hotels around here. Everyone just enjoys everything. They are willing to help, and they are glad to have people here. I’m getting ready to head to the boat which is another 30 minute terrifying cab ride away. We will be in Tortola for the next 4 days I believe, then to Nevis, Antigua, St. Barts, Statia, Saba, then back to Tortola to head home. So here’s to the adventure of a lifetime!