The idea of going on an Impact Travel cruise came from our friends, David and Melody. They had heard of Fathom’s unique concept and shared it with us. We were intrigued and looked forward to experiencing it together.
Unfortunately, several days before the cruise, Melody had a back injury too serious to be able to travel; so, they had to cancel out. David and Melody still wanted us to visit them in Vero Beach prior to the cruise, so we made our way south on December 28th.
While Melody rested, David gave us a fabulous tour of Vero Beach during the first full day of our visit; so, it made it easier for Bruce and I to find our way around while exploring over the next two days.
Over the next couple of days, between poking around the galleries, visiting the McKee Botanical Garden, taking long walks along the boardwalk at the beach, and watching the manatees; we got a great feel for the area. Bruce and I enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and friendliness of the locals.
It just wasn’t the same not being able to share it with our friends, though; and, we were heartbroken Melody and David wouldn’t be able to experience the cruise.
On New Year’s Day, we left Vero Beach for Miami to board Fathom’s Adonia. It was a day of mixed feelings—concern for Melody, and sadness our friends would be missing the upcoming adventure; but, excitement that our volunteer work in the Dominican Republic would have an impact in more ways than one.
The following are scenes from our visit in Vero Beach.:
Next up: Aboard Fathom’s Adonia