Touring the Western Caribbean December 2018

We are off to visit the Western Caribbean. This trip was delayed from last year as Tom had an auto accident 10 days before we were to leave. He had three broken ribs and a cracked sternum, so it would not have been a good idea to go on the trip. So, the trip is on for this December 2018. What makes the Caribbean most interesting is that Tom and Diana enjoy history and studying architecture from the time this country was being formed. They also enjoy hiking-seeing the sites and the beautiful plants and trees and taking a close look at the creatures of the sea while snorkeling. We have become somewhat of art experts in that we enjoy painting of various artists. We won one panting last year and bought another on a cruise of the Eastern Caribbean.

A few weeks before our trip to the Western Caribbean Diana got tangled up with the dog leash and tumbled down a paved arroyo. She broke her pelvic bone, so we were not sure how much hiking we could do. Diana promised to rest and be ready for the trip. She did a fantastic job on letting herself heal.

We also did the necessary things that are needed to hike/travel outside the US like finding our passports, locating hiking poles and packing our clothes. Diana is a systematic packer while Tom waits till the last day and throws his stuff in the suitcase. Diana method is more logical but both systems work.

December 4, 2018 (T-2)

Located passports and we reviewed airline schedules and excursions we have planned at each port. Counted pills and vitamins and packaged per day so as not to miss anything each day as we traveled.

December 5, 2018 (T-1)

Up early so we can get on the Southwest airline web site and reserve our seats 24 hours before we take flight. Got A 59 & A 60 for first leg and A 57 & A 58. We reviewed schedule for getting to cruise ship from Albuquerque: " Southwest airlines ABQ to Dallas (Love Field) then Dallas to New Orleans " Boarding Cruise ship about 1:30 PM The cruise terminal is located near the center of the city, near downtown and the French Quarter. It is about 15 miles from the airport - a 25-minute ride. " Cruise ship sails at 4 PM but then need time to process us on-board.

December 5, 2018 (T- 0)

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