Up until now, every one of our shore excursions have been a fun filled and exciting adventure where we returned to the ship thoroughly exhausted. Today was very different. It was a relaxing and peaceful day, but still very fun. It is a good thing too because the night before had been one of the most excruciating nights of my life.
It came on so suddenly that it was quite shocking. It was a little after midnight and Kira and Justin were in our room and we were just talking. All of a sudden I felt like I needed to go to the bathroom so I grabbed a book said goodnight to Kira and Justin and off I went. Within five minutes I knew I was in trouble. I started getting nasty cramps that progressively got worse and worse. This hasn't happened often in my life but I just knew what was coming and before long the nausea started. I don’t want to subject you to all of the gruesome details but my night consisted of sitting on the toilet, kneeling in front of the toilet and then writhing in agony in bed trying unsuccessfully to find a comfortable position. This repeated several time throughout the night.
I felt so bad for Lisa because she was getting quite sleep deprived. As I mentioned, I had the flu during this entire week and while I was pretty much over the flu I had that nagging cough that sometimes follows and so I’d been coughing all night all week long and she wakes up to the slightest sound. Plus she’d also been getting up to turn off the alarm on Evan's feeding tube, as well as getting up with Cameron every morning. It’s not like she ever sleeps in anyway but Cameron had been getting up earlier than she would have liked.
So now she was laying next to me worried about me the whole night and unable to sleep. I had actually planned on getting up with Cameron and letting her sleep. She would have been awake anyway, but at least she could have stayed in bed. Your mind plays tricks with you when you’re in that much pain too. In knew it had to be food poisoning the way it came on so fast but “what if I was sick?” “Would they let me on the airplane?” “Was I going to be stuck in bed on our last day ashore?” All kinds of horrible scenario’s passed through my mind.
The last time I remember crawling in bed it was after 3:00 AM. I must have fallen asleep because the next thing I knew it was morning and other than sore abdominal muscles I felt fine. It was like nothing happened. I was weak but otherwise perfectly normal. Very bizarre.My plan of waking up with the kids was obviously shot. Lisa had let me sleep in and had the boys already watching the TV. You can see me in the background and there's Cameron controlling the TV with the telephone.
We were trying to decide just how serious this sign was. I suppose that since this island was owned by an American company they are more worried about liability.
The Cabana was like being in paradise. We could order free food and sit in the shade and just relax. We were also surrounded by a tropical jungle. It was glorious. There was so much to do but all I wanted to do was sit in the chair and enjoy my surroundings.
The hammock was a highly sought after piece of furniture.
This is a view of the walkway between our cabana and the beach looking towards the cabana from the beach.
And looking from the Cabana to the beach.
Birds were constantly flying in and out of the cabana.
Castaway Cay is a small island that Disney bought in the Bahamas. It is actually a scruffy little island with nothing going for it but Disney has taken about a fifth of the island and turned it into a small paradise. They have created beautiful beaches, planted beautiful plants and created some very nice trails. Lisa and I went for a bike ride along some of the trails. At one point on the trail they had a tower that we climbed up and looked over the island. This is what the undeveloped portion of the island looked like. A far cry from the developed portion. It looked like they are continuing the development since large areas outside of where the tourists are were looking ready for more tourists.
Mom and I in front of our cabana with the ship in the distance.
Mom and I relaxing in the Cabana. I didn't want to move.
Kira and Piper taking their turn in the hammock.
The Mount Rushmore of Castaway Cay
The snorkeling off the coast of Castaway Cay would be quite boring compared to where we had been but true to Disney, if they don't have a natural beauty they created one. One area has been turned into a snorkelers paradise with underwater statues of Mickey Mouse and sunken ships.
Our own super model
Evan found a snail shell and was ecstatic when he realized it had a hermit crab inside it. He named the crab "Linda" and they were best friends the whole day long.
Far too soon, the horn blew and we had to make our way back to the ship.
We were always very good about being back to the ship early but this time we did not want to go. We knew that when we woke up the next morning we would be back at the terminal and it was quite sad. We were literally the second to the last family to board the ship. The workers were all encouraging us to get moving.
This platform is where it all happens. It is just off the bridge and if you look carefully you can see a glass floor where you can look down and see the workers casting off the lines. We would love to stand here and watch them leave port.
And then we were off.
I'm already thinking about facing the real world the next morning. Rather depressing if I must say so myself.
But it wasn't over yet. We still had one more evening.
Our last dinner was in the Animators Palate and it was a special show this time. They gave everyone a sheet of paper like the one above where you could draw a character. They then took everyones character and made an animated show out of it. Most of us got a brief cameo appearance but a very few of us (like Mom and Kira) had their characters become main characters.Our servers for the entire week were Alan and Miroslava. Alan was from India and Miroslava was from Slovakia. They were very good to us.
I then went for my midnight walk on the upper deck and said farewell to the Disney Magic.
Vending machines are twice as likely to kill you than a shark is.