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Published: November 24th 2009
Well today unfortunately didn’t go as planned as we had some bad news this afternoon. We arrived in Grand Turk early in the morning. Lin didn’t have any tours booked but I had a 4x4 Safari tour that didn’t leave until 12:30. So we had a leisurely breakfast in the Lido then headed off to do some shopping (Lin’s idea not mine). She was trying to find some shoes (she forgot her walking shoes) but the shops right at the dock don’t have that type of thing. It was very hot (someone said over 100 and it seemed that way to me) so we decided to stop by Margaritaville to cool off (ok I had a coke and Lin had an Ice Tea). We were the only ship in port so it wasn’t very crowded.
Lin then headed back to the ship to relax by the pool and I headed off to wait for my tour. This was my first time to Turks and Caicos so figured I’d do something to see the island. There was another woman by herself on the tour so we talked for awhile. She’s from Montana and just lost her husband last year. Our tour
guide Grant led us over to the Safari vehicle and we headed out around the island. There were 3 couples plus the other woman and I so there were a couple of empty seats on the vehicle. The island was actually very interesting once you get away from the planned shopping area of the port. There are about 4000 people living there and it’s made entirely of sand and limestone so they can’t grow anything at all so all food (except fish) and pretty much everything else has to be shipped in. They used to harvest salt from the sea and there are still some areas that show where they used to bring in the sea water and let it evaporate to leave the salt. There are also wild horses, donkeys, cows, and dogs all over the island. Some of the road parts were very rough hence the 4x4 and towards the end he backup up a long sandy road to a lookout point which was really pretty once we got there. Our last stop was at a beach for punch (with or without rum) but we didn’t end up getting out since they were already calling him to see
Model of space capsule that John Glenn landed in near this island
where we were (it was 2:30 and we were supposed to be onboard by 2:30). We did get our punch though. Everyone enjoyed the tour which is always fun and I’d definitely recommend it (especially if you get Grant as the guide) but as the tour descriptions indicates it may not be a good idea if you have back problems.
After dropping my stuff in the cabin I hurried up to the Lido to get something for lunch but due to the time had to go for the grill. The line was long and they are still very slow for some reason here but at least they seemed to be able to deal with a hamburger without cheese today.
Headed back to the cabin and decided to check emails and unfortunately had a couple of emergency ones for Lin to contact the Nursing Home about her mother. Turns out she had passed away earlier that afternoon so the rest of the day was spent dealing with that. We had reservations for the Pinacle so I called and cancelled them and we had room service instead.
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