Dare I say that our last cruise day in St. Thomas was the very best?
We found an amazing beach to sun, play, and relax at. There was even snorkeling â€“ right off the sand! A man gave Henry a few dog biscuits, which drew in tons of tropical fish that ate right out of my hand. It was â€“ in a word â€“ perfection.
All in all, my family had a much needed and highly relaxing vacation. It was a BLAST. Iâ€™m going to write a whole post about the cruise experience; for now, Iâ€™ll just summarize this perfect day in a fun wayâ€¦ in FOOD, but of course!
We had breakfast on the ship.
Veggie omelet, melon, potatoes.
This is a view that I could get used toâ€¦
When we got off the ship, we made a pit stop at a little butterfly garden, which Henry thought was too cool.
And then we headed into town.
We had a few detours â€“ our cab took us to the wrong spot at first. But it worked out because we got to accidentally see more of the island.
We ate at a little cafe with lots of character.
My fellow vegetarians can relate â€“ itâ€™s hard to find meals when traveling! I have eaten a LOT of potatoes, French fries, and Rum Punches. Itâ€™s a hard life. 😉
Iâ€™m not going to complain about fried plantains! YUM.
We eventually made our way to the beach, where the aforementioned Rum Punches (and Pina Coladas) were consumed.
I dug a sandy pear out of the bottom of my backpack. It was delicious. Henry and I split a bag of chips, too.
When the clock struck 4:00, Kristien and I had to tear ourselves away from that beach. We REALLY didnâ€™t want to leave. And Henry has become a total beach baby â€“ I think his little heart will break when he doesnâ€™t get to dig in the sand tomorrowâ€¦
We got back on the ship with just a few minutes to spare, and then we hit up the cafeteria for salads and â€“ YOU GUESSED IT! â€“ French fries. 🙂
I offered to stay in the room with Henry while Kristien and his mom enjoyed one last dinner out. I had vegetable korma delivered in and man oh man â€“ was it good.
Henry and I watched the sunset, and then I got to packing up our stuff.
I donâ€™t know about you, but by the end of most vacations, Iâ€™m ready to come home. Know what I mean? I miss my bed and my routine and my friends and our dogs and our normal life. Heck, I even usually miss normal eating and exercise! I hate to say this, but this time around, all I am missing is our family, our friends, and our puppies. I would trade in our regular life for cruise life in a heartbeat! We really, really enjoyed this trip â€“ the time together, the boat itself, the beautiful Islands, all the amazing volunteers we met through the Cabot Community Celebrity programâ€¦ It was grand. I will keep the memories of this trip with me forever.
See you back in the States! <3 <3 <3