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Saturday, March 19, 2011
White sand, the bluest sea, a tropical breeze, palm trees, sail boats drifting by…what could be more perfect? That was my morning on Mayreau Island in The Grenadines.
I took a book along and found a group of familiar faces at some picnic benches and we just soaked up the scene.
Dave approached me with a suggestion that I climb up to the church to take a picture of the beautiful view of the surrounding islands. He was making me feel guilty after all the pictures I had taken, but a church with a view is not on my camera’s memory card. I did my share of climbing and this was a brutal climb; I guess you could take a cab up to the top.
But all good things must come to an end and packing was on my schedule for today, since tomorrow will be a pretty full day in Barbados, and we depart on Monday….very early.
I got most of my things packed except for what I’ll be needing in the next couple of days and it all seems to fit.
We gathered at the “Love Boat” staircase (Discovery was once the Love Boat) for a group picture.
We had a professional photographer take some with a really high-end camera, but another passenger used our cameras to take some shots also. We then gathered to the Game Room for a Farewell Party before dinner. Jean Geil again put words to familiar melodies as our “Ode To Valerie”. Jean, Sue Brown, Kari-Lise Richer and I sang; Robert Gruen was the prop man.
To the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas, it went like this:
On the first day of travel, our leader said to us:
1. Look for the Road Scholar sign (Robert holds up our sign)
2. Keep your ship card safe, and
3. Copy of your passport.
4. Remember your receivers.
5 DO NOT BE LATE!
6. Board….(Jean interrupts with ”Stop! Hold it! This could go on forever! Skip to day 12.)
6. Board the proper bus, and
7. Hurry with your shopping.
8. Go use the restroom.
9 Wear sturdy shoes.
10. Take all your raingear.
11. Use a lot of sunscreen.
12. Bring your bug repellent.
Then Jean sang a solo to Bizet’s Prelude from L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1, a tune that’s used as a Christmas Carol, “March Of the Kings”.
Remember us, we hope to meet again,
Our paths may cross in unexpected places.
One fine day you’ll encounter once again,
Robert’s rocks and Willie’s hats and braces. (suspenders)
More ship’s lectures and Kindle games,
Nancy’s exercises, Lois Jett’s fine paintings,
Late night notes to keep us on our toes,
Receiver batteries and pisco sours.
Then we conclude with everyone singing to the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again“.
Dear Valerie we leave today,
We wish you well as we go away,
We thank you for being our mother hen,
And hope to sail with you again,
And we all are sad as we say farewell today.
The captain came and a few other officers to wish us well as we end our journey on Discovery.