Respect Goes Two Ways-Epic Girls Trip Day Two!

Good Morning My Peeps!

I’m going to continue with day two of the Epic Girl’s Trip, however, first I have to give my opinion on respect. 

If the protesters around the US want respect, they have to first show some respect. Not respecting the police in the first place is how all this got overblown and out of control. No one is mentioning or covering the fact that Floyd and many others who have been killed by police was disrespectful to the police, he was a criminal with a long record, and all of the so-called peaceful protests have turned into stealing, and destruction of property. Why should we show respect when they don’t even respect themselves?? No, they turn into animals, which hurts their own communities and does not help anyone. I believe that all of this noise is just a ploy to keep us (as a country) distracted from what is really going on, same as with the so-called virus…but that is only my opinion.

Ok! Let’s get on with the fun stuff, shall we?

Day two started with anticipation of securing a beach wheelchair for Stephanie, but first, we had to go get some fancy coffee at Coffee Waves coffee shop which also serves my favorite sweet treat, gelato! My other goal was to finally get in on some free wi-fi, I was successful, and kept the wi-fi the remainder of the trip, whereas the hotel never could get me on it.

While there, I called a couple of places, found out we could get a wheelchair from the city, and off we went after enjoying a delicious panini and some caramel flavored coffee. Then came the big disappointment. They had one alright, but it would have to have been returned by 4pm, and we were due to be in the sky at that time. In addition, it would not have been available for the weekend, it would have had to have been rechecked out on Monday, like a library book, and we were leaving Sunday. Boo, hiss! So we wanted to see what it looked like anyway, and the city worker walked Christina and I down the hall and we saw what looked like a dune buggy that was way too big to fit in the van, but how sweet that would have worked out for Stephanie. This thing was tricked out with big, fat wheels that she could have ridden right into the surf! It stuck out long and skinny in the front, reminding me of a funny car at the drag races. Cool, cool, but it wouldn’t work for us.

Beach wheelchair

Beach wheelchair

After that we drove way down the beach by the Palmilla Golf Course, where there is usually less people, to see how easy it would have been to push Steph in the sand. We stayed looking at the waves for a bit, we didn’t get anything like chairs or the umbrella out, just touched the water and got some pics with Stephanie in her chair on the beach. She loved it, but was excited for the day she would be sitting on the sand in the beach chair Dave bought for that purpose. Now it was time to go get ready for our parasailing excursion!



We went back to the hotel and got everything ready, what we needed to take on the boat, changed clothes and got our sunscreen on, potty breaks, and headed to Woody’s so we would get there in plenty of time to sign waivers, here the safety video and ask important questions. The excursion had already been prepaid and scheduled for 3pm by Steph and Christina, so all we had to do was wait, a little nervously I have to admit. 😉

Stephanie outside Shoot em Up waiting to board the boat.

Once I saw the video, I realized there was nothing to be afraid of, now I was excited! The guys are so experienced and sweet, they literally lifted Stephanie-wheelchair and all-onto the boat, got her seated out of it, and returned it to the dock where it was watched by another team member. We kid of wedged her in the corner and all three of us sat very close together on the ride out, listening to Tim and Sean tell us more safety tips. Then the guys prepared the first couple for launch and we watched them go up, after the guys first inflated the parachute. This is their business at Chute Em Up, they’ve done literally hundreds of parasailing trips and are very safe and professional.


Sean-our trusty guide, photographer, and person who hooked us up to the parachute

We watched the first couple rise up in the sky, stealing a kiss on the way up, and clapped for them. Sean took tons of pics since they didn’t opt for the go pro package like we did, even a funny one with a fake rubber shark that made it look like the shark was eating them in the sky!

He did the same with us as we were flying in the air, of course, we could not see that, lol! I cannot wait to get our go pro pics back!! We were acting so goofy up there, leaning back in the sling seat, looking up at the chute, and all around the ship channel. For me, it was great at first, then I quickly became nauseated, weird, because I usually don’t get motion sickness. It made me wonder if I don’t have some inner ear thing going on. Anyway, it was all still truly amazing, and I can mark that off my bucket list thanks to Stephanie!! We were so impressed with how hard the guys worked and how great they handled Stephanie to make sure she had a great, safe flight, that we tipped them $30 between us.

Tim and Sean bring in the parachute

After all of this excitement, I was still feeling super nauseated, so we went back to the hotel to take a break and rest, I tried gas-x and everything trying to feel better. After a while, we went back to the coffee shop for a treat since neither Christina nor Stephanie had ever tasted gelato. Oh my, was that delicious!! We had two scoops, one coconut, and one horshata (basically rice milk sweetened and with cinnamon added) yummy!! I could have eaten more, but knew better. 😉

I don’t remember what we did between that and dinner, but we decided on The Crazy Cajun, one of my favorite restaurants on the island since the very first trip down over 30 years ago, was where my husband and I first ate. We chowed down on a crab boil of crawfish, crab, and shrimp, mixed in with corn on the cob and sausage, washing that down with an Angry Orchard hard cider. OMG!!! I was in heaven! Stephanie had the less spicy version of that and Christina enjoyed some crawfish etoufee and a glass of Cabernet. What a lovely meal and my tummy was so happy.


Dinner at the Crazy Cajun

The menu-we got one here, they didn’t seem to care about Covid rules

Me eating crab at the Crazy Cajun

I murdered that crab, lol!

Back at the hotel, we didn’t want the good times to end, so we pulled up chairs and the tiny table and whipped out the Qwirkle game and played a couple of rounds. The girls seemed to like it, but that was the only time we played, after that we were too tired every night and pretty much fell into bed! It was a wonderful day, one for the books as they say! Tune in for more fun tomorrow!!


Word of the Day Challenge


SoCS 2-29-20 Respect the Process

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ect.” Find a word with the letters “ect” in it, and base your post on that word. (Not to be confused with “et cetera,” which is “etc.”) Enjoy!


As a writer, the first “ect” word that pops in my head is reject, rejection, or rejected. I respect the editors that have to read through tons of subjective material, or even intellectual projects. One has to appreciate the process and try not to take the rejection personally, though it’s very hard. Speaking from experience here, getting one rejection after another stings. After reading an article about what editors want, however, I learned that they are simply trying to do a difficult, monumental task, most of the time as a volunteer!! Now, I don’t feel quite so dejected. 😉 They pointed out in the piece that it doesn’t mean we are bad writers, it’s just that our pieces may not be a good fit for that particular publication.
Thank goodness for Grammarly by the way, if it weren’t for that fabulous editing app, even more of my writing ✍🏻 would end up in the slush pile, or more likely, the trash can. So try to look at your editors with some love and affection, they have a gargantuan job to do!



Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!