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Sunday, February 25, 2007
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Chris and I spent last weekend in Orlando. Chris was down there the week before supporting the Woman in Aviation Conference. Since he was already down there and it was a long weekend, I flew down to join him.

Legos!

I flew down early Saturday morning. The rest of Saturday was spent bumming around between trips to the conference for Chris to set up and take down the equipment. Our hotel was across the stree from Downtown Disney, so we made the first of many trips over there. The lego store was really cool. For any lego fans out there, the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon™ is coming out in October. How cool is that? We also found a new artist we like. The Frogman does bronze statues of frogs and other amphibians. I'm generally not a frog loving person, but there is something about his pieces that draws me in.

Can You See Me?

Sunday we spent at the Animal Kingdom. Last time Chris and I were in Disney it was 1996 and the animal park wasn't open yet. It's hard to believe that a.) I've known Chris that long and b.) it was that long ago that we were last down there. It was so cold on Sunday. I froze all day and was too busy looking for the perfect sweatshirt that I never got one to keep me warm. It was interesting to see the animals on the the Kilimanjaro Safari. Taking pictures in a moving vehicle isn't easy.

Sunday night we had dinner at Jiko. We'd highly recommend it to anyone going down to Orlando. It's in the Animal Kingdom lodge and requires reservations. After dinner we went back to Downtown Disney were I finally got a sweatshirt so I wouldn't freeze the next day.

Monday was spent at Epcot. We slept in. Had a leisurly lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. There is one near us, but we never go. Our meal left us wondering why.

By the time we got to Epcot, the lines for some of the rides were extremely long. The two rides Chris really wanted to go on (Test Track at Epcot and Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom), he didn't get to do 'cause the lines were so long and he didn't want to wait. We did do Mission Space. The have two versions now, Orange more intense training and Green less intense training (no spinning). When the guy asked which one we wanted to go on, I asked how intense the spinning was. He said 35mph. So I said we'd take the orange. Mission Space is the only ride I've been on where barf bags have been provided. Eeeks! Actually it was really cool. I might even do it again someday.

We stayed at the park until the end to see the light show. Have I mentioned I love fireworks? I'm glad we stayed until the end, but I'm also glad I had my sweatshirt -- it was cold!

Epcot At Night

Tuesday we left. Tuesday it was also warm enough to wear short sleeves -- the kind of weather I was expecting the entire time we were down in Flordia.

Special thanks to my mom and dad for coming down to stay with the boys while we got away for the weekend. We really appreciate it.

Kelly • 10:30 PM • (1) Comments
Saturday, January 21, 2006
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Day 7 was at sea. It was a nice and relaxing day. We had lots of time to explore the ship.

Not every cruise comes complete with a gingerbread village. In the entrance to one of the lounges, there was this gingerbread village that was probably between 20 and 30 feet long. The whole ship was decorated for Christmas -- garland on the balconies, Christmas trees in the dining rooms. And there was even a sing-a-long in the Centrum that night.

The captain took us on a water site-seeing tour of Monsterrat. This is what's left of this part of the island after the volcano.

Kelly • 09:10 AM • (1) Comments
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Day 6 was spent in Barbados. The morning in the city was a little overwhelming with all the people trying to sell you stuff. Or have you buy them stuff at the duty free prices. It really did have more of a big city feel than any other place we went.

The afternoon was a blast. We went on a mini-buggy excursion (so much better than the ATVs). The weather was gorgeous, the views were incredible, the buggies were great!

Ready to go -- a self portrait.

The views were spectacular and those buggies could move!

The beautiful beach

Kelly • 07:10 AM • (1) Comments
Monday, January 16, 2006
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Day 5 was in St. Lucia. We took a tour of a cocoa plantation and a waterfall that required spending a lot of time on a bus on some very curvy roads. Our dinner mates saw the same waterfall with a 15 minute boat ride and a short taxi ride. One more tip for cruising. Bring a light weight windbreaker/rain jacket. You might need it.

Kelly • 10:42 PM • (2) Comments
Friday, January 13, 2006
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Day 4 was in Antigua where they have a beach for every day of the year. We didn't go to any of them.

We took the Fascinating Forts of Antigua tour which was a lot of time in a bus with a stop at a few ruins. The views were impressive, but the forts weren't what we were expecting.

Kelly • 09:03 PM • (2) Comments
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
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Our suitcases barely fit inside the closet. Next time we'll take the roller duffle bags that will store better.

Our ship stopped for re-fueling in St. Croix. We were able to get off of the ship for 3 hours. Most everything was closed so we didn't get to see a whole lot, but we both agreed the island may be worth checking out at some future date. Above is a picture of the Serenade of the Seas during our stop in St. Croix.

Day 3: Our second stop was in St. Maarten. Our objective in St. Maartin was quite simple shopping in the am and an ATV tour in the afternoon. St. Maarten is where we discovered Guavaberry Coladas. If you go to St. Maarten, make sure to stop off at the Guavaberry Emporium and get a sample. Yum! The ATV tour was a little disappointing as it was mostly on road. I had a heck of a time steering the thing. Chris said it was because they don't handle nearly as well on road as they do off road. The tiny bit we did off road was a lot more fun. Next time we cruise, we'll have to go with another couple and they guys can go on the ATV tour. I think I'd prefer to sit on the beach.

Kelly • 08:34 PM • (5) Comments
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
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When you leave the ship, make sure you pay attention to appearance. You're going to have your picture taken. Of all the pictures taken of us, this was the most decent of the two of us. I think it was windy that day.

Day 2 of our cruise was a stop in St. Thomas. Bet you couldn't figure that out from the picture above.

Kelly • 06:59 PM • (1) Comments
Monday, January 02, 2006
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Happy New Year!

For those pestering for pictures, I'll start adding a few here. I'm working on a book. If you're nice to me, I may post a link to the PDF version for all to see when it's done. Maybe.

We'll start with Day 1(aka the day we arrived on the ship). Here's a pic from our balcony looking out on Puerto Rico. We set sail at 10pm.

Kelly • 09:38 AM • (3) Comments