Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Having a wonderful time at Atlantis

Our visit at Atlantis has Flown by! We had such a great time, I can't believe it's time to go all ready. CJ & Margie arrived on Wednesday and Meliza came in on Thursday. On Thursday we all went to the Cove Buffet for the first time (on the opposite end of the resort). It's the nicest buffet I've ever seen! It was fun to introduce my "old" and "new" friends to each other and better yet that we all had such a great time together! After dinner we headed to the casino. I've never gambled before but we were at the single deck blackjack table and I just had to give it a try :) What a blast! I started with $20 and ended and hour later with $25. A 25% return in an hour - not bad (and a free drink...) :) It was a great night filled with laughs...

The past few days we've spent some serious time relaxing, sitting by the pool, and drinking lots of fruity rum cocktails. We took Meliza on the river ride and we walked a bit around downtown Nassau. It was so awesome to have Meliza here, I just wish she could have stayed longer. I also got a lot of awesome pictures and no more pink streaks! Meliza brought me my new camera - the one CJ & Margie told me about. It's freakin' bomb-proof. It's tiny, 10 mp, shockproof, waterproof to 33 feet and has tons of awesome features. I got it half price because it was green instead of black or silver. How cool is that?

We have been laughing for the past few days over what a "hit" Mel has been here at Atlantis. It seems like there were three times the number of gulf carts cruising by our boat since she arrived. And one employee kept saying something to us every time we passed him (frequently) but neither of us could understand what he was saying. Then we were walking with Martin and the guy said the same thing... Martin exclaims - did you hear what he called you?? "Choco-liscious". Seriously, he is calling Mel "choco-liscious" every time he passes her. Oh my God. But of course now I can tease her relentlessly :)

Now it's Monday... but it feels like a gray, kind of lonely Sunday afternoon, you know that feeling? Mel just left and is on her way home. CJ & Margie are back in FL, they arrived safely yesterday. It feels like the end of a very long and wonderful vacation. I miss our friends and I'm sad to be leaving the Bahamas. It feels a lot like when we left Key West, only more so. How weird to have another 6 months of adventure in front of us. I have to keep reminding myself that there's still so much to come. We're living in such an alternate reality to have so much time and so many adventures. We are incredibly lucky.

So, Martin and I are chilling out, preparing for heading back to the states. It's gray and windy, a little more comfortable than the hot, hot sunny days we've been having. We are going to walk over the bridge and get some more supplies for the trip back. We have a windy day tomorrow, expecting 4-5 foot seas in the tongue of the ocean. It'll be a long day going to Cat Island (about 8 hours at our new and reduced speed). We'll refuel there and stay the night and then head to Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday. It looks like we'll have calm seas across the gulf stream (yay!)

Departure Update!

We have been able to get another night here at Atlantis so we'll be leaving tomorrow and arriving Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday. The seas are pretty high today after a heck of a storm passed through yesterday. Luckily, it delayed traffic coming in too - so we can wait out the waves until tomorrow when it's supposed to be much calmer...

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