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Anticipating Embarkation in Windy Miami

21 December 2018


View 2018-Christmas and New Years Cruise on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Last night I took advantage of the seat in the shower and washed my hair (after getting a couple of cold water dousings while figuring out how to get the hand-held shower to work).
Hotel room window

Hotel room window


I try to drink at least one glass of cranberry juice a day. I rarely drink anything else other than water (tap water). Bob goes down and gets me breakfast while I work on photos and brings me whatever there is for breakfast which is usually quite adequate at the Hampton Inn. The Selma-Smithfield Hampton Inn where we stayed the first night had cranberry juice at breakfast. The one in Walterboro had some kind of red juice that was a combination. This one in Palm Coast had an even stranger one - a combo of peach and kiwi which was very sweet.

The right side of my neck has sore muscles - I think I must keep tension there.

We got underway fairly early. It was sunny today. Much nicer than yesterday. But it is still extremely windy. We stopped at a rest stop about 11:30 for Bob to go to the bathroom, and then got on the Florida Turnpike. Bob wanted to know where we would have lunch, so I asked the phone and it gave me a couple of places so I picked Cracker Barrel. There was a Cracker Barrel next to the Selma Hampton Inn and we didn't go to it, so I thought it would be a good place for lunch where maybe I could have soup and something other than pizza or hamburger. But unbeknownst to me, the Cracker Barrel was not an easy off of the Turnpike. We had to get off the Florida Turnpike, get on I-95 for one exit and then find our way into a shopping center.
Getting on I-95

Getting on I-95


Bob parked on the short side of the restaurant so he gave me my cane and I managed to walk the long side to the door, only sitting down on a bench once for a short stop. Of course the desk with the person to seat you is buried in the back of all tchotchkes that you can buy. A man and his wife entered about the same time we did and the man went to the bathroom and the wife and I arrived at the desk together. The boy seating people thought we were together of course and asked her if she wanted to be near the entrance. She said it didn't matter so I spoke up and said we were not together.

They gave us the menu and Bob complained that there was nothing on it except the children's menu that was appealing.
Typical Cracker Barrel decor

Typical Cracker Barrel decor


So when the waitress came back she asked whether we were ready to order, and I said I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich and soup, and what were the soups. They had clam chowder and that was what I picked. And Bob just said he would have the same.
The clam chowder

The clam chowder


was standard clam chowder, very hot and good.
The three cheese grilled sandwich

The three cheese grilled sandwich


was kind of greasy and the bread distributed multiple crumbs everywhere but it was good too. It was raining again, and Bob paid and then got the car to come and get me. There was a man with an umbrella helping people to their cars and he held the umbrella for me. We got back underway, and made our way back to the Florida turnpike, but missed the turn at 852. There was quite a bit of traffic.

I heard from our daughter that she was in Antigua because the plane that they were supposed to fly out this morning had not gotten there last night. On the way to Antigua, she had to divert the flight she was flying (she is a pilot for AA) to Bermuda because a lady with diabetes had not eaten, had no medicine and was in a coma. Our son-in-law was having an office party, and she was going to be late to it.

We got down to the place to get off the turnpike and Bob wanted to get gas before going to the motel. So we did that (45mpg), but then it took us probably 40 minutes to drive less than 2 miles on US1. We found out later that they closed a section of US1 because the wind was making the light poles sway and they were afraid that they would crash down on someone. I would think that of all places in the world that should have sturdy light poles, Miami should be number one.
Traffic on US 1 at a standstill

Traffic on US 1 at a standstill


We got to the motel and checked in. There's a handicapped parking space right in front of the door. Bob left his stuff in the room but I wanted to repack some things so I wanted to take my stuff to our daughters and do that. Our daughter and son-in-law were still at his office party, so we got there way before them. She told us where to find the hid-a-key. Pepper hid under the bed and barked herself hoarse. I did manage to rearrange my luggage.

After our daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, grandson and his fiancee got to their house,
Daughter and son-in-law on the right and others in the kitchen

Daughter and son-in-law on the right and others in the kitchen

Granddaughter in purple on the left and grandson on the right

Granddaughter in purple on the left and grandson on the right


we had a dinner of stone crabs (which were delivered already cooked), Caesar salad and mac and cheese, plus our son-in-law had a Spanish ham
Spanish ham

Spanish ham


and he sliced some of that with some nice cheese. There were also some friends there and also our grandsons fiancee's dog a very young golden named Cooper.
Cooper with a dog toy

Cooper with a dog toy


Our son-in-law is going to drive us to the port tomorrow because our daughter has a flight and has to be at the airport earlier than we want to be at the ship in Ft Lauderdale. Also she drives a Versa and there would not be enough room in it for us and our luggage and the scooter.

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