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A Bermudaful Day with Somerset Bridge Water Sports!

2015-04-12 18.18.38 We’re just back from our second visit to Bermuda, and everyone needs to visit Bermuda at least once, and that probably won’t be enough for you. You can enjoy Bermuda’s beaches on your own with no problems, and public transportation, which includes ferry and bus, allows you to explore the entire island affordably. This time, we decided it was time to enjoy some watersports, so we joined our friends for a Jet Ski Adventure with Somerset Bridge Watersports. And, we saved a little money with their Early Bird Special at 8:15 am. What a great way to begin a day in Bermuda!

My husband, Roger, is an old pro with jet skis, and he loves speed, so I was thrilled to ride as his passenger. This was a beautiful morning, and the cool breeze and the spray of the water kept us both smiling. Our tour guide, Harry challenged us to catch him, and Roger gave it his best. I was hanging on, having a ball, laughing because it felt like my body was going to take flight a lot of the time. Wow, what a great ride. Bermuda’s coastline was beautiful from the water, and I’m only sorry our tour was over before we made it to David Bowie’s Bermuda home.

The pinnacle of our ride was feeding the fish at the wreck of the Vixen. The fish swarmed as we tossed bread in the water, what an amazing sight. Harry invited 2015-04-12 17.20.12us to jump into the frenzy, and Roger jumped right in. I stayed on the jet ski, laughing watching those fish frenzy around him. This was so much fun! Here’s the details of our ride:

Taxis were waiting in the port area to take us anywhere, so our group of seven jumped in a van for the short ride to Somerset Bridge. The taxi driver headed inside with us, because Somerset Bridge Watersports pays for your taxi ride to their facility. And, we all settled in to complete our paperwork for the ride. We sure would have loved some coffee while we did this, so that’s a little suggestion for their early bird business.

After our paperwork was completed, we headed inside for our safety briefing, and to store our belongings in their facility. The ride is fast, so anything that’s not secured tightly to you needs to be left behind, including sunglasses and hat. My hat was the only loss on our trip, so I replaced it with a Bermuda hat shortly after this excursion. And, we all donned our life jackets, before boarding the jetskis.

2015-04-12 16.26.27Bermuda had some damage from Hurricane Gonzalo last year, so Somerset Bridge Watersports has all new jet skis as a result. We all boarded our jet skis, ready to head out in our water tour of Bermuda.

Our tour guide, Harry, told us, Speed is our friend, and the jet skis were so much easier to handle at speeds above 40. The gals in our group had no problem handling the jet skis, and we only had one couple in our group who didn’t fare well, because the wife kept telling the hubby to slow down, when he really needed to go faster to get better control.

Once our ride was over, we waited outside Somerset for a while, laughing and sharing our jetski stories, until we realized that no taxis were coming down there, so we all strolled out to the main road, where a taxi quickly pulled over to take us back to the port.

I absolutely recommend Somerset Bridge Watersports for all your water fun in Bermuda, whether you want to kayak, jet ski, ski and/or snorkel, or rent a boat. Tell them I sent you!


Good Friday 2010

Good Friday Thanks

So many fabulous friends have written guest blogs for us, and I want to say thank you.  Tom & Mary Milano most recently wrote several Wimpy Friday reviews, and I certainly want to give them a big thank you, because I know many of you were already fans of theirs, while others were just getting to know them.  Tom’s taking a break from these reviews, but I wanted them to know the joy they brought to our lives. 

As a review, here’s all the recent guest blogs: 

I’ve invited these wonderful people to share their stories with you, because their stories may enrich your travel experience and will definitely enrich your souls.  If you’ve enjoyed any of these guest bloggers, please leave a comment on one of their posts here, or visit their blogs and websites to let them know.  It’s good to let folks know they’re appreciated. 

To that end, thank you for sharing in my life by reading my blog.  I love my life! 

Judy J.

Ports of Call

St. Thomas

U.S. Virgin Islands

We love St. Thomas.  The folks on this island are friendly and welcoming, and St. Thomas has some of the most beautiful views and beaches I’ve ever seen.  We consider St. Thomas a paradise, and Roger claims he’s working his way south to live in St. Thomas at least six months out of every year.  more »

Dreaming of Beaches

Boatyard Beach, Barbados

I woke up this morning thinking about beaches.  Some of my favorite memories from our cruises are the relaxing days we’ve spent together on fabulous Caribbean beaches.  Roger is a sun lover, but I’m not, so he gets us two beach chairs and an umbrella at the beach, then he settles my chair in the shade of the umbrella, while he stretches out on his chair in the full sun.  We each take a few dips in the water, just to cool off, but other than that, we don’t spend any time in the water unless we’ve also booked some snorkeling, jet skis, or parasailing.  I love digging my toes into the cool wet sand.  I love hearing the waves lapping against the shore, the birds calling as they fly overhead, and the laughter of people nearby enjoying their vacations.  I’m happy with a lovely fruity beverage and a good book, relaxing in the shade, near my fabulous husband.  more »

Scuba Diving Destinations & Tips

Scuba Diving Destinations & Tips

PatchWe’ve met lots of good friends on cruises, who we travel with over and over again.  Dave Patch is one of those friends who we enjoy seeing as often as we can, but he is also an avid scuba diver, having dived  more than 100 times all over the world.   At Dave’s encouragement, I became scuba certified in 2009.  I asked Dave to share some of his best scuba tips and destinations as a guest blogger, in hopes that more folks will become scuba certified to experience the amazing underwater world.  Here is Dave’s first guest blog, with more to follow about dive destinations and tips. 


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