Settle down ladies, the flight is tomorrow. And we'll use a plane.
01/12/2012 - 01/12/2012 84 °F
Although it looks like the hens are trying to fly, they were just getting ready to dip their tail feathers in the Caribbean for an afternoon dip.
Wednesday was another easy day in paradise. The sun played a lot of hide-and-seek again today. I guess this mainly-overcast-occasional-rain pattern is typical for January in this part of the country. Nonetheless, we had no complaints. It was dry today and perfect beach weather - no worries about getting a major sunburn.
The prize Jeanne won last night was a gold charm (I think I have that right, I'll have to double check with her). I'm not much of a judge of such things, but the ladies thought it was nice.
Photos from the day are here. Here are a couple of photos of the fence separating resort property from the trinket shops next door, the ones we had such trouble extricating ourselves from yesterday. They start out pleasant and welcoming, but start ramping up the pressure to buy, and get some of their cohorts involved, all talking to you at once, wanting you to look at this, and buy that, and "check this out over here!" I think we would have all climbed the fence if the security guard hadn't let us through the gate as quickly as she did. It was certainly an experience.
Today several massive cruise ships docked at the Ocho Rios port. I'm sure Wednesdays are a financial bonanza for that area.
The ladies did more reading, more lounging, drank more "drinks of the day" (in Sharon's case, Diet Coke), and enjoyed the resort's happy, pleasant atmosphere. The young staff are extremely energetic and go out of their way to tease you and make you feel happy. One fellow squatted behind Cindy's beach chair - Jeanne and I saw him but a finger to the lips swore us to silence. He then used a feather to tickle Cindy's ear from behind. When she finally caught him he was all giggles. The staff learn your names and do a lot of high fiving and fist-bumping with you. Your wish is their command. We all agree that it was an excellent resort and an excellent vacation overall. The only poopy part was the long bus ride from the airport to the hotel. But, it is what it is. No problem, mon.
Another wedding at the resort today.
We will be sad to leave the Jewel tomorrow. Our flight leaves Montego Bay around noon, and we are scheduled to arrive in Cedar Rapids about 9:30 Thursday night. However, we understand a winter storm is approaching Iowa, so we'll just have to see what happens.
Steve's song selections at the talent show tonight will be "You Raise Me Up" and "Can't Help Falling In Love". The band was unable to practice with me this afternoon as planned, so I won't hear them until I step onto the stage. Wish me luck. The only saving grace is that I'll never see any of these people again, so if I bomb, it isn't the end of the world.
Thanks for following our adventures. There may be a final posting if I have idle time in an airport tomorrow, or if we end up staying in Dallas because our CR flight is cancelled!