Thursday, February 9, 2017

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tour

It has been some time since I have blogged on a regular basis. I have had many obstacles to overcome in the past couple of years with two major deaths taking my life on a depressing spiral. Death is never easy but a totally unexpected death does not give us much time to plan a mourning process. My Sister in Law and best friend from middle school, Cindy had a massive stroke and slipped into a coma and never woke up again at the age of 51.

I was starting to get myself back on track when an awesome friend's cancer returned and I once again found myself in a state of depression. I did the best I could to be a friend to Bernie during this time, being at his side even when he took his last breath.

I think of myself as a tough person, that when knocked down, I can pick myself back up but these two events, really took a toll on me.

We took our Winter Cruise to the Bahamas this year. We take cruises during the winter to escape the biter cold of winter but I must say, this year, we have not had much of a Winter here in my GEORGIA GARDENS.

During this cruise, I took a lot of time to reflect on the past few years of sadness. I have come to the conclusion, that I can remain sad for the remainder of my life or I can get out from, in front of the TV and Computer games and get my life back on track.

Even though Bernie was not with us during the cruise like he has been for 5 previous ones, he was there with us in spirit. I saw him all over that ship and all those wonderful memories will remain with me until my time comes to say goodbye to this earth.

So today, lets go to Half Moon Cay and see what I saw last week which helped to lift me up. 

 Bright colored cabana's tucked in behind beautiful lush greens. 
 Some of the plants were labeled but not all so I shall just show the pics and name when possible.
 Pretty Sun flower maybe Wedelia but not sure.
 Bougainvillea of different colors.
 Pretty white blooms.
Moving out, you can see the bush of that white bloom. 
 Seven Year Apple. Hum, I do believe the white bloom above to be the apple blossom! It does not take 7 years for the fruit to mature but rather one. Mocking birds and butterflies enjoy this plant in the tropics. 
 The Saint and I stroll about the island finding beautiful scenes such as this. 
 And this. Oh La la...
 Golden grasses along the shoreline.
 Palms, grasses and green leafy bushes along the paved pathway. I do not know if these were planted for tourist or natural. But so pretty and do look natural.
 The walk we took was hunting Geocaches. Can you see the cache hanging in the tree? Center of pic you will barely spot it as it is camouflaged.  
 I loved the texture of the pine or spruce type tree behind the palm.
 And what is an island without a tall palm tree? Not a Tropical Island to me.
 The greens were so lush and happy.
 The sky was a really dark blue that morning but by the time we had finished our walk, the clouds had lifted and we played in the ocean a bit.
 Here is a long view of one of those neat spruce/pine trees. The bottom of it seem to have a bush or is that how it starts out?
 Zooming into the bottom here. I did not want to disturb the ground thus did not get any closer to examine. 
 Here we have a Rock Bush. The Saint felt it and said, Ah, that is why it is called a rock bush. I felt it and it was a stiff as a rock! 
 Seven Year Apple maybe? Not sure but could be at the yellow stage of life. 
 So mad at myself for not making sure these fruits were clear in the camera. When snapping photos in the bright light, it is very difficult to view. Sorry to even post such a blurry photo but these looked like some type of raspberry but who knows without a sign, I do not...
 Backing away, here is the bush to the red berries.
 Another bush filled with yellow blooms.
 Closer view shows the pretty yellow blooms. 
 The Strong Back tree or bush. 
 Darlin' Plumb 
 Simple garden guiding us to lunch. 
There is a small chapel on this island for guests to enjoy during their day of stay.
 I knew this bird as soon as I spotted it. Mockingbird of the islands looks very similar to the ones I see in my GA gardens.
 The Saint spotted these tracks in the sand. Not the flip flops or tennis shoes but the long trail of the Curly tailed lizard, Corn Lizard or Chameleon Lizard.
 I recognized this from our cruise to Belize a couple of years ago.
The Saint poked it with a stick and sure enough, Termites in the nest.
I bet mama hen and her chicks enjoy eating them! The chickens and roosters begged at the table as we had lunch. We happen to accidently drop some rice for them. hee hee...
Most of these plants I have shown you are used as medicinal herbs and teas.
We ended up on the other side of the island from the beach goers and even ran into another Geocacher! We visited with her a bit then headed for lunch.  
My father told me to be on the look out for Pirates during our cruise. We did find this ship on the island.
But this was the only Pirate we saw the entire week and this guy had nothing on me. I took his sword away from him and had him walking the plank at HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS, In the Garden...
Bernie aka: Dragon was a commenter on this blog many moons ago when it first began through my hometown newspaper site. So in his honor, I would like to dedicate this posting to his memory.
Bernie Hopwood Feb 25, 1956 - Nov 19, 2016
Keep Breathing Fire my Dragon Boy until we meet again... 

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  1. Beautiful trip photos Skeeter. I hope you work through your grief soon. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The only comforting thing is that they will always be in your heart.

  2. I think Dragon would be mighty pleased to see this post dedicated to him. Well done my dear! So sorry for your losses but as you said, you are a strong lady. Hang in there. Your cruise looked fun! I have no idea on those tropical plants. They are so different from the temperate ones I know.

    1. Thanks and yes, I am strong but we all have our breaking point. I think I found mine a while back. Tropical Plants are so foreign to me as well. I was happy to see makers on some of the plants. Made for a nice stroll around the island. If my leg had not been acting up, I would have walked the entire island. So peaceful with no one else strolling about. As if the Saint and I had our very own private oasis....

  3. Beautiful post. It's hard to deal with grief. I lost a very close relative a few weeks ago and like you I found thinking: do I grieve forever or do I overcome this moment and try to live my life in a way that would make my auntie proud? I chose living. Fantastic photos.

    Greetings from London.

    1. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Auntie. Never easy indeed but the wonderful times we had together will be with me forever...

  4. So sorry for your losses. Glad you are finding ways to honor them and enjoy your activities again. Keep loving and living! Thanks for the trip photos. So many great places to explore.

    1. thank you, I have some great memories with both my buds so that does indeed help...

  5. Winter are harsh here and so it's nice to escape for a bit. Love your photos. I've only been to the Bahamas twice (Bimini) to swim with the dolphins. It was a a fabulous experience.

    Sorry to hear of the death of your loved ones. It's not easy and the grieving process truly heartbreaking. Hope you find some peace of mind as time does have a way of healing.

    1. The Saint and I swam with the dolphins as well! One to mark off my bucket list along with many more to come through cruising.... Thanks for the kind words on death. I am embracing life these days as it is so short...