With some sadness, we had to leave Beatitude in the Bahamas for four and a half weeks. We waved good-bye from the back of a water taxi Friday morning. We hope she is safe while we are away and that we find her just as we left her.
We caught the Green Turtle Cay Ferry from the Bluff House Marina dock in the morning around nine. After a quick trip across the Sea of Abaco, we arrived on Treasure Cay where we caught a taxi to the Treasure Cay airport. We arrived much earlier than needed, but we were following the recommendations of the marina staff. The airport is definitely the smallest airport I’ve ever been in. Since we had some time on our hands, we left our bags with one of the Silver Airways personnel and walked across the street to the Junkanoo Cafe. We sat outside and enjoyed breakfast, consisting of yellow grits and corned beef hash. The food was good and the staff was great. A couple of dogs walked up and watched us finish our meal (Cindy gave the crippled one some of her grits). When we returned to the airport, we checked in for our flight and sat down to wait for 2-3 hours. Believe it or not, we had free wifi! This helped the time pass a little more quickly.
Soon we were boarding our Saab 340B+ Turboprop plane for the quick trip to Ft. Lauderdale. Once in Ft. Lauderdale, we changed planes, again to a Saab 340B for another quick trip to Orlando. Approximately twelve hours after leaving on the water taxi, we arrived at the Terrace Hotel in Lakeland, our home for the next ten days while I work…
It is now Monday morning, and I’ve completed 3 of my 10 shifts at the LRMC emergency department. Our plans are to return to Beatitude to resume cruising on January 5th. One week from today, we will go on a road trip, driving first to Atlanta to visit my sisters and their families, then to Barberton, Ohio to visit Cindy’s family and our oldest daughter, and then on to Boston to visit our youngest daughter. From Boston, I’ll fly back to Lakeland for another ten shifts prior to returning to the sea. I’m sure we’ll post a couple of updates along the way until we return to Green Turtle Cay.