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Day 3 – Grand Turk

On Day 3 of the cruise, I awoke to find the sun shining brightly.

I stepped onto the deck and saw this sign greeting the boat…

The water was absolutely GORGEOUS…

As I scanned the water, I spied this sailboat…

Grand Turk is a rather small island.  It boasts a hotel, which I easily spotted from the ship…

Looks like an oasis, eh?

My crew ate quickly.  We were eager to explore…

Yeah, the sign looked exactly like it did from my view on the ship. Imagine that.

The ship looks really big when you stand in front of it…

We walked through the “Welcome Center” and faced a courtyard of Tourist Traps…i.e. “shopping.”

I let the crew do the shopping while I took a seat outside, capturing the following pictures…

I love the palm tree in the next picture…so “island-y…”

My nephew spent some of his vacation money on this little guy…

After everyone got the tourist thing out of their systems, we were ready to tour the rest of the island.

We paid an exorbitant amount of money, splitting into two groups and climbed into our respective taxis.

The “tour” was mainly a drive across the very small island.  The driver provided various facts about the island, and I was saddened to see the state in which a majority of the population lives.

We got dropped off in the “shopping district,” which was, in reality, a few small open-air shacks.  You had to feel bad for the ladies running them.  It was, after all, about 85 degrees.  The humidity must have been near 70-80%, so it felt even hotter.

We decided to go for a stroll and saw the island’s museum…

I took the next picture to show that Grand Turkans (can you call residents of this island that?) drive on the left side of the road…

The next photo shows the famous establishment where emancipation was loudly proclaimed…

We saw real flamingos (now I know where those Miami folks get them)…

At the next sighting, we were told that John Glenn’s capsule landed about 14 miles away from the island, and he was taken to Grand Turk for physical examinations after he returned to earth.  This is something that island residents are very proud of…

After our trip back to the ship, we were ready to cool off and play trivia.  Don’t ask me how that went.

While we were gone, our room attendants had been busy…picking up discarded towels (yes, I actually showered BEFORE leaving for that hot, humid island), making up our beds, and creating this work of art…

Butterfly!

We re-visited our cabin decks, where Rooster spotted (pun intended) the following…

Yep…it was a cow…way in the middle of the island.  How he saw it is beyond me.

I filmed a bit of video (the quality isn’t the best) to give you an idea of just how small the island is…

The ship left the island fairly early in the afternoon, once again heading across the open sea…

I had my afternoon mug of peppermint tea and a cookie, which is mysteriously gone from the following picture…wonder where it went?

I did a bit of knitting…

My brother-in-law, Super D, spotted this mini-rainbow…

It was soon time to get ready for dinner…

Scallops (I think) made a delicious appetizer

Time for the entree…

Tortellini!!

Super D’s entree looked…um…interesting…

I hit the jackpot with dessert…

And yes, I did order two, thank you very much.  It’s my party, and I’ll eat two desserts if I want to…you’d order two if it happened to you (sing that to the tune of “It’s My Party”).

This was some sort of apple thing.  I took two small bites and handed it over to my nephew in a pre-arranged deal to make me look like less of an oink-oink…

Do you think I shared my chocolate mousse?

AuburnChick + chocolate = the glare of steel if you even think about it.

After that dinner, I had full belly and turned in early to prepare for the next day’s adventures…

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