Our Soon Return to Beatitude (and a new diving video)

Cindy and I boarded our Delta jet in Providenciales eleven days ago for a two-week trip back to the states. I worked a few shifts in Daytona Beach, we attended a wedding in Ft. Lauderdale, Cindy is now visiting family in Ohio, and I’ve finished up my penultimate shift in Biddeford, Maine. Saturday morning, we will both board planes to return to the Turks and Caicos. We’ll rendezvous in Atlanta, going back to the islands on the same plane.

The wedding of Dominique and Brian Burkhardt.  Dom is the sister of our daughter-in-law, Fran (who stands behind the bride on the platform in the photo)

The wedding of Dominique and Brian Burkhardt. Dom is the sister of our daughter-in-law, Fran (who stands behind the bride on the platform in the photo)

It appears our departure from the Turks and Caicos will follow quickly on the heels of our return. I believe there will be a weather window allowing us to depart the very next day, Sunday, the 17th. Depending on how the forecast looks, we may be able to make a run all the way to Puerto Rico, close to 500 miles. If our window is smaller, we’ll make some stops in the Dominican Republic instead.

It's a good thing I bought a scraper and brush for the windshield.  I'm ready for the islands!

It’s a good thing I bought a scraper and brush for the windshield. I’m ready for the islands!

I’m so looking forward to leaving the stress of the emergency department and the cold, wintry, snowy weather of Maine behind to embrace the warm sunshine, beautiful beaches, and inviting waters of the Caribbean.

What is this strange white stuff falling from the heavens?

What is this strange white stuff falling from the heavens?

The Providenciales home of the musical artist, Prince.

The Providenciales home of the musical artist, Prince.

I’ve included a new seven-minute diving video of my most recent dive on West Caicos on January 3rd. Enjoy!

West Caicos is an uninhabited island.  In 2001, investors began to build a Ritz Carlton resort on the island.  70% complete, the work was stopped in 2008 when they ran out of money.  It has remained undeveloped and unchanged since then.

West Caicos is an uninhabited island. In 2001, investors began to build a Ritz Carlton resort on the island. 70% complete, the work was stopped in 2008 when they ran out of money. It has remained undeveloped and unchanged since then.

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