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Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach, FL

Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach, FL

A Daytona Beach Sunrise

A Daytona Beach Sunrise

Good Morning, Daytona!

Good Morning, Daytona!

It was so good to be with Tim and Annie again.

It was so good to be with Tim and Annie again.

Dinner with friends

Dinner with friends

I ran into the cousin of R2D2 on the elevator of our hotel.  (There was a gaming convention going on nearby.)

I ran into the cousin of R2D2 on the elevator of our hotel. (There was a gaming convention going on nearby.)

On Saturday morning, with three hours of sleep under our belts, we boarded the plane in Daytona Beach to return to Beatitude in Charleston. The previous five days had been a whirlwind of multiple shifts in the emergency department, sandwiched around a year’s worth of Dr’s appointments in one day for me. And — for Cindy — it had been a whirlwind of driving back and forth to Lakeland and Orlando to visit with good friends from our previous life on land. But now, it is good to be back on Beatitude.

Flowers at the Bok Tower Gardens

Flowers at the Bok Tower Gardens

The Singing Tower at Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary

The Singing Tower at Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary

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Cindy met up with friends, Heather and Lynn, at Bok Tower Gardens

Cindy met up with friends, Heather and Lynn, at Bok Tower Gardens

Cindy having dinner with a group of her Lakeland friends.

Cindy having dinner with a group of her Lakeland friends.

Cindy with Julia and Louise

Cindy with Julia and Louise

Cindy's trip to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. (Attempting to set Obama straight.)

Cindy’s trip to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. (Attempting to set Obama straight.)

Cindy and Jackie

Cindy and Jackie

Shortly after returning to our beloved catamaran, Justin picked us up to take us to his and Shera’s home to watch the Georgia-Florida game (don’t ask!) and for dinner. Dinner was a fun and new experience for me and Cindy. Shera steamed some South Carolina oysters for our dining pleasure and made some Frogmore Stew, a.k.a. Low-Country Boil, which consists of fresh shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes. The Stew was delicious! The whole oyster experience was pretty cool as well. We were provided with oyster knives with which we were expected to crack open the oysters and extract the meat. The meat was placed on a Saltine cracker along with some cocktail sauce or Texas Pete hot sauce. I thought it was really good! Cindy accepted the challenge pretty well, but quickly moved on to the stew from the oysters.

That's a lot of oysters! (And shrimp)

That’s a lot of oysters! (And shrimp)

Cindy Shucking

Cindy Shucking

Place oyster on Saltine with hot sauce and devour!

Place oyster on Saltine with hot sauce and devour!

Frogmore Stew

Frogmore Stew

On Sunday, we took advantage of the extra hour of sleep (thanks to the time change) to catch up on the sleep we missed the night before. For morning worship, we once again were treated to a heavenly service at St. Phillips in downtown Charleston. Then, for lunch, we had Chinese with Justin and Shera at P.F. Chang’s.

Today, was a day of preparation for the continuation of our journey southward. Shera was kind enough to let us borrow her vehicle for the day to run some errands which included the post-office, propane tank refilling, laundry washing, food and supply shopping, and who knows what else? Tomorrow morning, as the skies begin to lighten, we plan to pull out of Charleston Harbor with Miami in our sights. If the weather holds out, we may make the trip in one giant leap down the coast. I estimate we would arrive in Miami sometime on Friday evening if all goes well. However, we will be prepared for contingencies and ready to duck inside along the way if needed. Once in Miami, we’ll look for the first weather window to cross the Gulf Stream into the Bahamas. It’s good to be moving once again.

Daytona Beach in front of our hotel

Daytona Beach in front of our hotel

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3 thoughts on “Back to Beatitude

  1. You guys really are having the time of your life! I have loved catching up on your travels and seeing your wonderful blog and photos!!! I so look forward to your next post!
    In Christ,
    Katherine

  2. I MISSED YOU!! Cindy looks so much like Christy in the shucking photo! I would probably move to stew too! Prayers!

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