This is NOT a Treasure Map

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Erika and I are ready to go

Its the weekend!  Freedom! 

Today was a wonderful day.  It was as close to perfect as possible and that’s saying something.  It was nice having a day off and get outside.  This week I only made it outside 3 times, which is sad.  But today was fun in the sun.  The ship is getting ready to sail in a month and is running checks on all its safety systems, including the life boats.  The crew needed practice driving the boats and so used the opportunity to involve the entire crew by setting up a shuttle service to anyone who wanted to visit the man made breakwater wall across the harbor, which seperates the calm waters of the port from the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Can't get close to the shore, so have to wade in, Glenys and Erika head in
  So we gathered on deck 3, climbed down into one of the 50 person boats, and headed off across the harbor to the sandy beach of the breakwater. 

The boat tried to beach upon the sand, but got stuck about 20 feet from shore and so we had to get out and wade into shore, which was ok cause it was only thigh high and warm.  Most set up camp right there on the beach, but some of us set out to explore the shore.  Walked around the man made pennisula, large rocks dividing the 2 sides.  If you looked hard enough you can find trails leading through the underbrush.  Before we left we were given a map of the pennisula, showing what we can see while we were there.  There weren’t any trees on the breakwater, but covered in short underbrush and some colorful flowers.

The other side of the breakwater  was sandy but covered in trash washed up from the sea.

BBQ on the dock
  You wouldn’t believe how many shoes we saw.  The waves were small compared to how big they can get, sometimes we can see them crashing over the wall from the ship.  Walking toward the middle of the wall was an old rusty tugboat that had washed up onto shore oh so many years ago.  We got the opportunity to explore, taking care not to step to heavily on the rusty deck.  Some braved climbing up to the bridge to get a view out over the water.  Crazy I say.

Walked back to the rest of the group, laid out on the beach, watching the life boat come and go.  Most people were wading out in the water.  Dark clouds were gathering over shore heard a couple rumbles of thunder, but the rain held off.  Climbed back in to the life boat after 4 hours on shore and headed back to the ship.  Quick shower and then out on the dock for a lovely BBQ, complete with potato salad and real BBQ sauce to go with our steaks.  So yummy.  Ate out on the dock and watched the sunset, singing songs and just hanging out.  After it was dark, we sat and watched lightning off in the distance. 

So now, not much going on, I’m staying up to watch the Rockies in the World Series, GO ROCKIES!!!!!  Night.

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Erika and I are ready to go
Erika and I are ready to go
Cant get close to the shore, so h…
Can't get close to the shore, so …
BBQ on the dock
BBQ on the dock
Looking down on the full life boat…
Looking down on the full life boa…
The sad little tug boat far from t…
The sad little tug boat far from …
Tom on the sea side of the breakwa…
Tom on the sea side of the breakw…
Swimmers on the clean harbor side …
Swimmers on the clean harbor side…
No, This is NOT a treasure map
No, This is NOT a treasure map
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photo by: Bluenose