Our fifth day on the cruise and last port stop was Jamaica. I had a mission in Jamaica of finding Ginger Beer for a friend of mine, other than that I just wanted to find a beach but once again we were not close to a beach and there is a story behind this one!
had a great view of the port from our balcony and things looked so nice
with the little shops and cobble stone paths. I thought this isn't the
Jamaica I have seen on TV where people live in plywood houses with tin
roofs! We got off the ship and shopped around a bit in the port area.
The group of gals I was with decided that we needed to leave the
immediate port area and see if we could find where a beach was. We
stopped at the information booth and they said it was like $60 to go to
the beach area. That just wouldn't do! Some how we lost the Canadian's
in the quest but we gained Danita and Keith.
showed us the beautiful bracelet she got, she was so proud of the
gorgeous beads. I looked at the bracelet and then looked at her and said
"nice marijuana bracelet you got there girl" and she was shocked and
stated "I THOUGHT THEY WERE FLOWERS!". She then told us she had wanted
to get a few more for her husbands aunts as presents. I think she was
relieved that she didn't find more after she knew what was on the beads *okie falls out her chair laughin, picks herself up and catches her breath*.
This is a picture of Danita's gorgeous bracelet! *falls out of chair again*.
left the compound, as I guess I would refer to it because it had walls
and fences all around it and as soon as we left out there were local
vendors wanting to braid our hair or sell us their wares and that is
when we got to see the plywood houses with the tin roofs as well! Danita
and Keith weren't sure they wanted to go to the beach since they had
done a trolley tour. There were a few taxi drivers that came up and
asking us if we wanted a taxi and we would refuse. Finally this gorgeous
smooth skinned man came up and asked if we needed a taxi. I smiled at
him and said "you are kinda cute and sexy ain't ya!". Well that was the
beginning of a beautiful relationship, if ever so brief! He introduced
himself as Michael Johnson and told us the company he worked for. He
wanted $20 each for the trip to the beach. I flirted a little
more...okay A LOT MORE, and he said he would take us to a nice beach and
it was $5 to get in. Keith said "so you want $20 and then we have to
pay $5 and $20 to get back?". Michael said the $20 was round trip. I
kicked into the ever so Oklahoma southern charm flirting mode and got
Michael down to $10 each round trip, and he would stay at the beach area
with us so we didn't worry about getting back *okie smiles to
herself remember how last year at St. Thomas she flirted her way into a
cheaper taxi ride to Megean's Bay beach with Roberto*. I think what
really got our fare cheaper was when I smiled so seductively at Michael
and told him "Ya know I did come to Jamaica to get my groove on!". Of
course it might have been him feeling sorry for me not wanting my old
fat azz to be walking 20 miles to a beach, but I am going to choose to
believe my version of seduction!
had a 40 minute ride to Montego Bay and Michael was great telling us
about the things we saw and answered all the questions we had. One of
the cool things were the goats next to the road. He told us they come
down from the hills during the day and eat the grass along the highway
and then evening time they go back up to where their owners live. Keith
asked if they ever lose a goat and Michael said "oh every now and then,
just like we lose one of you" and we all cracked up laughing.
beach area was gorgeous and there were a lot of people but not too many
to make it crowded. We soon found a spot to set our towels and claim as
our own. I didn't waste anytime getting in the water and looking at the
fish swimming in the clear ocean. The other gals falled suit pretty
quickly. Keith joined us after he went and watched the gals in bikini's dancing on the stage *okie isn't sure that is what Keith was doing but since he is a man she figures that was where Keith was hiding*.
We got to see quite a sight while at the beach. There were two rather
plump women swimming and they had on shorts and white wife beater
T-shirts *okie hopes everyone knows what those are* and nothing
under them. They came out the water and were all like OH EM GEE! Of
course we had to point them out to Keith and I think I remember him
shaking his head and mumbling something like "that just ain't right".
We had to go through the security
check like the other ports but at this one there was a slight problem.
One of our duties was to gather sand and shells at the beaches we
visited and BFF Karen got caught with hers and they took it. Well Sandie
came back to see what the problem was and told one of the security
people "That man over there let me bring mine in" and showed them her
bag of sand....and then security took that as well! So there we were
without sand! Once back to the cabin Wendi who was smart enough to keep
her mouth shut showed us the little bit of sand she was able to smuggle
in *okie wonders if Wendi is gonna have to be deported to Jamaica if
this goes public* and luckily we didn't need a whole lot and were able
to share it. To be honest we probably could have shaken out or bathing
suits, shoes and towels and used that sand. So just a fair warning, if
ya want sand from the beaches of Jamaica you better hide it in your
Our night back on the cruise was spent with the second Surprise
Event which was Cricut Bingo. The winners got cartridges and I think
there were a few other prizes as well but after Michael I just don't
remember much *okie drifts of dreaming of her Jamaican man*. I
didn't win at bingo, that much I do remember. We had open crop that
night as well. BFF Karen, Wendi, Sandie and I went to The Savoy Theatre
and watched the Late Night Adult Comedy and the comedian was pretty darn
funny! We were ready for bed after that...at least I think we were.
The next two days were spent at sea and in classes doing our Cricut projects!!