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ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS FEBRUARY 12. 2013

ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
 
     “Boy talk about an adventure.” Bob, Sheila, and Bobbie
Lhea Everhart are off on a cruise, departing the port of Miami for
stops in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.  “We had sort of arranged to
perform on a ten-day cruise to the Southern Caribbean, but they canceled
the cruise, not enough people signed up for it.  So, we thought, why
not take our own.  We found an inexpensive one with Celebrity Cruises on
their ship the Constellation, out for five days.  Let me tell you right
off the bat, a reason for taking a cruise is not only the delightful
weather, but the incredibly good food they feed you.  For instance, we
departed Miami at 4pm on a Saturday, and by 7pm we were in the dining
room eating escargot.  Bobbie Lhea had escargot on one of our trips to
Paris, when she was just five years old.  She eats it now whenever she
gets a chance, and of course it was on the menu all five days we were at
sea.  By the time we had gotten accustomed to the ship, we were ready
for our berths.  The ‘cheap’ cabins aren’t large, but the third bed came
down out of the ceiling, and the room was pretty good size.  We had one
delightful time,” Bob said.
     “We were at sea the first day,” Sheila added, “and
sailed right past Cuba.  So close I could take a pretty good picture of
the mountains.  This was our second day at sea, so we went to the big
dining room.  Bob had duck, I had a filet mignon, and Bobbie Lhea had
lamb.  This is all included in your initial fee of taking the cruise. 
It was a delicious experience.  We went to one of their ‘Broadway Shows’
and found it pretty good.  We were all ready for the next day.”
     “It was Jamaica.” Bob said.  “We docked in Falmouth,
just a short distance west of Ocho Rios (where the homes of Elizabeth
Taylor, Johnny Cash, and John Barrymore lived.  We decided to go to
Montego Bay.  Nice bus ride, first stop along the seaside for some free
banana bread and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.  Many years ago, before
coffee became such a popular drink, Blue Mountain was the coffee bean
(flavor) that ALL coffee’s were rated against.  It’s still a very
delightful coffee, but a bit strong.  We visited the oldest church in
Jamaica, made from bricks imported from Liverpool, England, in the
mid-1700’s.”
     “I’m not sure it was a budget lunch,” Bobbie added,
“but it was pretty good.  I had wanted to taste Jamacia’s jerked
chicken, so I had some.  Dad took us the the Pelican Restaurant.  Mom
wasn’t taking any chances, she had a BLT.  But Dad tried a very Jamaican
dish, Akoee-codfish.  He said it was the old salted cod that used to be
packed in wooden barrels for ship’s cooks.  There was a kind of fruit
called akoee with the oily cod.  They told us it was very poisonous if
eaten before it was ripe, and when they served it, it looked like
scrambled eggs to me.  I noticed Dad didn’t eat it all.”
     “The next day was in the Cayman Islands, once known as
the most popular scuba diving location on planet earth,” Bob added. 
“Today it’s an island off India somewhere, but we were determined to
take a look at the reef, and found a submarine ride that was
incredible.  The sub held about 40 people, all sitting back to back,
with their own private porthole to look through.  Our first visitor was a
huge barracuda that Sheila got a stunning picture of.  The reef is not
as colorful as it once was due to ocean pollution, but we dived over a
hundred feet, and visibility still good enough to take pictures.  It was
an incredible experience for us.”
     “Our five days went flying by,” Bobbie said.  “Before
you knew it we were back in Miami, helping Bernie and Tom Worrell for
the big “Horse Country” show, February 23rd.  So now, we’re ‘back on the
road.’ 

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