Going Through the States into Florida and Cruise

Trip Start Aug 16, 2008
Trip End Aug 31, 2008

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hi, everyone! It has been quite a while since I last wrote in here! During that time, I went to several states down south to get into Florida and then cruise my way into the Bahamas for my cousin's wedding and some awesome beach time! Once again, I cannot stay on for long because other cousins are planning to use the laptop while I'm staying in an inn close to Orlando and to Disneyworld! So here I go...from state to state!

To Florida!
Road trip lasted for 30 hours due to 11 or 12 stops, picture taking, rest, restroom breaks, and eating! >_< Sleeping in the van wasn't fun! And what was worse was the fact that we actually experienced tropical storm Fay for the first time ever! Well, for most of the my family, it was the first! We went through New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida via interstate 95!!! We then went through some ugly, yucky weather with thunderstorms, gusty winds, and sooooo much rain! At least we were able to arrive in time for the cruise to the Bahamas come Friday morning.

New Jersey - stopped by at the place where the person established the American Red Cross during the war - Clara Barton. went through a bridge to get to Delaware. 

Delaware - went through so many trees and green stuff! It didn't take long to get to Maryland because the state was so small.

Maryland - went pass Baltimore, more trees, the huge tunnel that went through part of Maryland, saw the sunset.

Virginia - stopped in a couple of rest stops, rested in the middle of the night, went to Petersburg where the last battle of the Civil War took place.

North Carolina - too sleepy to get out of van while everyone else was going to the restroom in one of the stops! more green places. =]

South Carolina - wasn't able to buy local chips and snacks, but took pictures of the sign and what not. It's on facebook. hahaha. Stopped at a local market to buy food at Taco Bell and then checked out boiled peanuts and bought pork cracklings! A favorite!

Georgia - Everyone in the south was awesome! Lovin' the southern accent! =D Probably slept through the storm for most of the ride, but stopped by at the outlet in Darien, Georgia for 75% worth of Bath and Body Works stuff! And then there was the lunch at Wendy's! Once again, people were nice over there! They say, "Mam" and "do you like my nuggets" a lot!

Florida - finally arrived at florida but had to go to so many hours to get Miami, Florida. Once we arrived there, we slept at an inn (which was sucky and yucky) for the night and woke up the next day for the cruise.

note: 23 people came in TWO VANS.

The Cruise to the Bahamas
Cruise that we took was the Royal Caribbean: Majesty of the Seas! Amazing cruise to be in (for the most part). Was able to watch shows, get in a bar (haha legal me), stayed near the pool, went around the ship, went in front of the ship at night, and ate fine dining like crazy! People were mostly nice! Food was sooooo delicious like escargo (snail), roasted salmon, chicken, shouffle, and more! Wine was great to have, but for some reason (FLORIDA LAW), I can't have any wine during fine dining because I just TURN 21! Weird. =[

Anyway, we arrived at Coco Cay, Bahamas first! The Bahamas is home to 700 islands, one of them as a private island excusively for the Royal Caribbean Travelers! Crazy huh? The beaches surrounding the island were really clear and pretty (and clean compared to SOCAL beaches). I went snorkeling (for the second time) for a good hour and a half. Note to self: I still can't swim. It's all good though. I had a lifevest to keep myself from drowning! Suppose to go parasailing but it would only last for 5-6 minutes. >_< Got pretty dark. Back and stomach got sunburned! Bought A LOT of stuf! =]

Went to Holly's wedding the next day at Nassau, Bahamas - the capital of this commonwealth island! It rained for quite a bit, but the wedding turned out to be successful! Nobody got super wet! =] The trip to get there from van was crazy and different. We were riding on the opposite side of the road (like Europe) because the Bahamas is international and not from the U.S. Rather, it was a British colony. Gained its independence in 1973. Anyway, wedding took place on a beach with the shore in the background. Water was soooo beautiful! Looks very turquoise! =D Wedding was beautiful! Reception was back at the ship while everyone else (like the rest of the people in the cruise) where shopping at the Bahamas! Reception had great food, dancing, performances (from stacey and alvin), and super more! After that, we had mass for my lolo and lola's 60th anniversary! more stuff! =] went clubbing at the ship in the end...I think. met new friends too! YAY!

Today, we had to wait to disembark the ship, but it took such a long time to get out because the disembarkation procedure was disorganized. However, customs didn't took that long! =] Took the van to Orlando, but had to meet Tropical Depression Fay this time. LOUD thunder and lightning almost hit the van at one point, but we survived! Now, we're chilling at the inn until the rain disappears! HOPEFULLY...we can go to Disneyworld tomorrow before going straight to New Jersey and New York to finish off the rest of the trip.

AUGUST 31. I'll return!

Miss you all!

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Neal Gafter on

Hiee Jerry..

Its really nice places which you have visited...
You can also check out some awesome places in florida also...


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