Stardate 11499.7

Captain's Log: Stardate 11499.7
With the end of the year approaching fast (Stardate 11499.9), I wanted to take a moment and wish the crew and all of the readers of the log a happy and healthy new year.

For us, 2014 ended on a high note, including the end of a major battle with an enemy far greater than the Romulan Empire, a couple of holiday dinners at The Lobster Box on City Island, and an 11-day cruise to Caribbean paradise ports such as St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and a cruise-ship-owned section of Haiti known as Labadee.

The cruise vacation was especially enjoyable. Not only did I get some much-needed rest, I got to spend some quality time with my wife along with some sailing, swimming, sunbathing, and I got to cross off an item on my bucket list - a ride from 55 stories up on the world's longest (2,600 feet) zip-line over water.

Don't believe I did it? Here's video!

And, if you look carefully at the 0:50 mark, you'll see my NCC-1701-B Racing Team navy blue hat flopping in the breeze held onto my shirt by a trusty cap strap.

Shot live from the line on my Fuji digital camera and the view from the beach below was done by my wife on her brand-spanking-new Apple iPad Air. OK, I admit I added the Hans Zimmer music track (Theme from "The Rock") later just for added effect.

For the sailing and swimming part of the trip, we chose a full day on the water on one of the pirate ships in the fleet of a company called Cool Boats USVI. As luck would have it, we found ourselves on board probably the only pirate ship in the world with a name that has a bit of a Star Trek theme:

Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a swashbuckler. Ahrrrrgh Spock, Ahrrrrrghh!

Bones wasn't a fast boat by any means, but who's in a rush when cruising the crystal blue waters of St. Thomas? I'd say the most disappointing part of the voyage was when my wife asked me if I wanted to go down below to see some booty, but then only to find this:

But, truthfully, the most disappointing part of the trip was knowing it had to end. When you have this outside your bedroom every day....

.... and you spend your time doing things like this....

.... it's hard not toss the ship's captain overboard and execute Star Fleet General Order 104 - Section B, assume command, and keep the ship circling the Caribbean for a year or so.

Speaking of the year, great things are ahead for us on the Enterprise and, believe it or not, 2015 will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Enterprise-B (2005-2015). In about four months, she'll launch again and we'll be back on the water, boldly going with friends and family through the final frontier.