A dream trip became reality recently for Happy Frazier as she explored the awesome in her life. Beginning with this installment, she offers a series on her journey, with description, photographs and personal reflection. Join her on this wonderful voyage and see that a dream can come true.
Leavin’ on a jet plane
Three a.m. came early as I readied for my 6 a.m. flight out of Fort Smith, Ark. I’ve never been on a trip that far away without a co-pilot, and I’ll admit that venturing a few thousand miles from home alone was leaving me a little antsy.
However, I was excited to start the New Year exploring the awesome in my own life and sailing aboard the Holland America Ms. Noordam. It was a trip I had looked forward to for a long time. I had heard about the beautiful ships, exotic travel itineraries and exemplary service and I was ready to experience it all.
When I boarded my flight in Fort Smith, I was seated next to a gentleman in the National Guard and we had a very nice chat about his wife and children.
He was on his way to Nebraska for National Guard training for a promotion. This polite young man was a fine example of the service men and women we are blessed with to serve and protect our country.
Through the window, the sun began to levitate shyly, haloing the horizon with diaphanous hues. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no one paints like God does.
After my hurried predawn trek to the airport, the pleasant conversation, smooth flight and spectacular sunrise were a welcome conclusion to the first leg of my journey.
When I reached Dallas, I had a tight 55 minutes to make my connecting flight, and after a kind stranger helped me locate a shuttle that delivered me to my air taxi, I was excitedly on my way toward Fort Lauderdale.
On the second leg of my flight, I sat next to a gentleman who used to be in the military. He and I talked from Dallas all the way to the Southeast coast. He helped me get my luggage, a cab and kindly pointed me in the direction of the cruise port.
I am thankful for the kindness of strangers and that God seems to put the perfect people in my path just when I need them.
My taxi cab driver was a convivial Bob Marley doppleganger, and was a native of St. Maarten. I was delighted to discover his penchant for Reggae and he informed me he was quite a famous singer back on the islands.
As enjoyable as our conversation was, I was excited to see the bustling cruise port and the Noordam beckoning to me in the distance and I was anxious to get my sea legs about me.
One of the things I’ve been talking about with my Explore the Awesome in Your Life adventures is to do what you need to do to feel your best when you travel. Unfortunately I didn’t follow my own advice. I’m hypoglycemic and in my excitement and haste didn’t eat from the time I got up this morning until the time I boarded the ship. I was pretty shaky the rest of the evening.
After I settled into my room, I ventured out and located one of the restaurants, feasting on salmon, green beans, zucchini and ice cream. It is my personal opinion that ice cream is a necessity in one’s diet. Afterward, I set about perusing the ship like a kid in a candy store, exploring every detail of this curious place.
I quickly located the gym, which amazingly it overlooks the ocean with a splendid and breathtaking view. It’s probably as close as you’ll get to running or walking on water. I’ve also found the swimming pools, more restaurants, places to shop and the spas.
There’s really no need to get off the ship to have a great time. I’ve having a ball and tomorrow allows for a full day at sea when I’ll be doing a little R&R, getting into my fitness routine and doing a lot more exploring on the ship.
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