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April 26 – New York City, NY

26 Apr

It is good to be back on the North American Continent . . .

. . . and not only will we be back on the North American continent, we will also be back in the good old USA!!

Here’s a little about North America that JJ and I found out:

North America . . .

  • is Earth’s third largest continent.
  • has 23 countries as well as multiple territories and possessions included in this continent
  • includes all of the Caribbean island countries, all the countries of Central America, the United States and Canada.
  • also includes the largest island in the world – Greenland.
  • is bordered in the north by the Arctic Ocean, in the south by the Caribbean Sea, in the west by the Pacific Ocean and in the east by the Atlantic Ocean.
  • covers an area of approximately 9,540,000 square miles or almost 5% of the Earth’s surface or almost 16.5% of the Earth’s land area.
  • had a population of approximately 529 million people in 2008.

The Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle both run through North America.

You better get busy reading up on North America – I’ve only given you some of the highlights . . .

, before you go and learn more about North America, let me ask you one question . . .

Did you have a good time?

I had an AWESOME time!  It was so much fun to tell you everyday about all of my many adventures!!  We visited a lot of countries, made new friends, met a bunch of people and saw some pretty amazing sights!




Port of Fort Lauderdale

17 Jan

Oops, JJ and I almost forgot to tell you about the Port of Fort Lauderdale!

JJ and I made our way from Vero Beach to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday morning.  It was about a 2-1/2 hour drive.

When we got to the port at Fort Lauderdale (the port is called Port Everglades) we could see 6 ships already docked.  But, where was OUR ship, the QM2?  Well, we found out that it was due in port at 12 o’clock noon and the ship was due at the buoy at 10:30 am.  Very near the buoy is where the pilot is picked up.  So, now we had a plan!!!!

Miss Joy knew about almost a “secret” spot where we could watch the QM2 come into port.  The spot is right at the port entrance and it was on the BEACH!  What fun – we would be at the beach and we could watch our ship arrive.  Here’s what the QM2 looked like when she got fairly close to the port.


Our friends, Mr. and Mrs. Short, (they sailed all the way from England) who we met on our previous World Cruises was on board the ship.  We spotted them and we all waved to each other!!

Well, now that OUR ship had arrived, it was time for Mr. Big Skip and Miss Joy to take us to the pier.  We had to say au revoir (that’s French for goodbye until we see you again!)

Look who we saw in the terminal as we were waiting to board the QM2.  Mrs. Cook from Michigan!  She said it was nice to be in warm, sunny Florida!


And this nice lady helped me and JJ get all checked in to go aboard the ship!  See, I’ve already made a new friend!

Later in the afternoon, the 6 other ships started leaving . . . leaving us all by ourselves!  Not to worry, we left shortly after they did!!!

And didn’t we look pretty all lit up!!



A Day in Vero Beach, FL

16 Jan

Mr. Big Skip and Miss Joy took me and JJ to see the beach.  The color of the ocean is a beautiful green blue.


We had a delicious crab cake lunch at the Ocean Grill and then we went to McKee Jungle Gardens.  There was a very special exhibit about Dr. Seuss.  I got to read some of the Dr. Seuss sayings and here is what I read:


You might be interested in seeing some of the statues that were included in the exhibit:


And there was a big display from the book The Lorax.


Remember I told you about the colorful turtles that are on display all around the city of Vero Beach?  Well, here are a few more turtles . . .


Thank you Mr. Big Skip, Miss Joy and my new friend Cetow for a super time at your house!  I hope you’ll invite me and JJ back soon . . . I really liked going to the beach.

January 15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL

15 Jan

Fort Lauderdale, FL  USA


Capital: Tallahassee

State Flag:    

States that Border Florida: Alabama and Georgia

Nickname: Sunshine State

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Click Here for Time and Weather in Fort Lauderdale

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Today we will be in port with six, that’s right 6 other ships!!!!  We should see:

  • Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas
  • Holland American’s Eurodam
  • Princess’ Crown Princess
  • Carnival’s Freedom
  • Celebrity’s Constellation
  • Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

The cruises that these ships are on START and STOP in Fort Lauderdale.  That means that people are getting off of the ship and a whole new ship load of people are getting on.  The QM2 will only embark (get on) and disembark (get off) a few hundred people.  Remember, we started our cruise in New York City and we will finish our cruise in New York City.

All of these ships are very big.  The smallest is the Constellation and it holds about 1,950 people.  The biggest is Oasis of the Seas and it can hold as many as 5,400 people!!!!!!  (The QM2 can hold about 2,600 people.)

You know what?  If we add up all of the people on these six ships, that would be 18,622 people  —  that’s like a small town – all coming and going on the same day!!!!

And, here is my new friend Cetow!!


Oranges and Grapefruits

14 Jan

The area very near Vero Beach is quite famous for growing oranges and grapefruit.  The next time you and your Mom or Dad go to the grocery store, look for oranges or grapefruit that are grown in the Indian River area  —  that’s where I am right now!!  Oranges and grapefruits grown in this area are shipped all over the world because they are so sweet and delicious!

Yesterday, I got to go to a museum, the Indian River Citrus Museum.  This museum has all kinds of historical equipment that was first used in this area to grow and pick the fruit from trees.  You can visit the website of the museum using this link: http://www.veroheritage.org.  There is also a display of some of the artwork that was used on the wooden crates in which the oranges and grapefruit were shipped.  You know now days, cardboard boxes are used to ship fruit.

I even got to meet Mr. George Hamner who owns a BIG citrus grove.  Here’s a picture of Mr. Hamner and Mr. Big Skip.  Mr. Hamner’s brand name of oranges and grapefruits is called Florigold.

 

Mr. Hamner and Mr. Big Skip

I also got to find out about a Grand Champion Oak tree!!!  How about that  —  since I’m from an oak tree and have an acorn head, this was perfect!  A Grand Champion tree gets that designation because of its age or size – either the diameter (the length around the trunk) or the height.  The designation means that the tree cannot be cut down, moved or messed with!  A tree gets great protection with the Grand Champion tree title.

JJ took my picture beside a tiny oak tree and an acorn.  Pretty cool, I thought!!

Downtown Vero Beach has lots of turtles sculptures that have been painted with some very pretty designs.  I had JJ take a picture of one of them.  You can find these turtle sculptures all over town and they are each one different – pretty awesome!


Snow, snow, snow . . .

13 Jan

. . . and more snow!!


JJ and I have a slight change in our travel plans!!  Today was our day to fly to New York City.

We were notified on Tuesday that our airplane flight to New York had been cancelled because of a winter storm.  The winter storm was expected to drop between 8 to 14 inches of snow in New York City!  With that much snow, the airport may have to close from time-to-time.

JJ and I have heard about the big snow storms in Marietta, GA and Dowagiac, MI and know that the Wood Acres School has been closed for a few days!!

Okay, enough about cancellations, delays and snowstorms.  What are we going to do?  How are we going to get to our ship?  Are we going to miss the World Cruise?

If we don’t go to New York City, how will we get on the ship?

JJ has come up with Plan B!  We are going to take a detour!  Do you know what detour means?  According to my dictionary, a detour is a “roundabout route taken to avoid something or visit somewhere along the way”.

Well, in this instance, we’re going to take the roundabout  route to Fort Lauderdale, FL via Vero Beach, FL and we’re going to visit our friends Mr. Big Skip and Miss Joy along the way!!!!!!!

Here’s Plan B:

  • JJ rented a car and we drove to Vero Beach on Wednesday.
  • We will spend a few days with our friends Mr. Big Skip and Miss Joy who we met on the 2006 World Cruise.
  • I’ll get to meet a really cute dog named Cetow.
  • On Saturday morning, Mr. Big Skip and Miss Joy will drive us to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • We had to ask permission from our cruise line – Cunard – to board the QM2 in Fort Lauderdale.
  • There will be about 6 other cruise ships in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday morning.
  • We will be very excited to get on board our ship.

So you see, everything should work out just fine after we take a detour and by-pass New York City.  Check out this link! You can see some photos of my previous trips to New York!!

Did you look on the QM2’s webcam and see if she made it to New York City?  What are you waiting for?  Take a look right now!! QM2’s webcam link.

Yes, these are oranges growing on this tree in sunny Florida!

Check it out – here are 2 of the 3 ships – Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria in New York City.  They’re busy getting their passengers loaded and unloaded, and stocking the stores.  The Queen Elizabeth is also going on a World Cruise and we’ll meet up with her later in Sydney, Australia and also in Italy.  The Queen Victoria is going to be sailing to Hawaii!!


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