Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Break - Grand Turk, Part Two

Stop #2 on our tour of Grand Turk was at their historic lighthouse, which is over 150 years old and still works. We were joined at this stop by some folks out doing a dune buggy excursion around the island.

We walked out to the edge of the cliff and the view was just breathtaking.

The final stop of our tour was at one of the resorts for a chance to see the pristine beach. We could have stayed and gone swimming here, but opted not to stay since we would have an entire beach day later in the week. The cactus here along the path are called "Turk's Head" which is part of how the island chain got its name.

When we returned to the port area, we stayed and did some shopping. Our family tradition is to pick up a magnet for the refrigerator from places that we have traveled, as well as a special Christmas ornament. We found both of those and also got some other trinkets. Parker brought $32 on the trip with him (saved up allowance and some birthday money). He used $3 here to buy a tiny blue glass dolphin. We bought Wesley a book in one of the shops called "Peter the Cruise Ship."

The beautiful water near the port on our return.

We got back on board the ship about 1:00pm and first headed into the atrium to cool off at the atrium bar. We had purchased the "Bottomless Bubbles" program for everyone, which meant that we could present our Sail and Sign cards and receive unlimited soda or juice. Everybody grabbed a drink before heading up to the Lido deck to get lunch.

We were headed back to the cabin to change for the pool when the boys decided that they wanted to play golf. So we got the equipment and headed up to the top of the ship for 9 holes of putt-putt.

When golf was over, we changed our clothes and spent a few more hours up on deck - the grownups sunbathing and the kids bouncing back and forth between the hot tub, pool and slide.

Later we changed and went to dinner for the evening. The boys loved the napkins in the shape of candles. Wesley joined the waiters later for the dancing in the large conga line around our dining room.

As we left the dining room, we ran into one of the Showgirls out in the hallway posing for pictures. Wesley wanted to get his picture taken with her and Bubba jumped right in there too.

The boys with their backpacks on... they carried around their game systems, books and other toys to keep them occupied while they were waiting at the dining room table, lounge or theater. We headed off from here to the Criterion Lounge to see two different comedians, including Louis Ramey from Last Comic Standing.

After the comedy show, we got more ice cream and headed back to the room to find this little guy waiting for us. We think he was some kind of dinosaur?

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