Hey folkses! We are on our second vacation of 2015. After all my summer work travel, I have been looking forward to doing absolutely nothing. And that’s what I’ve been doing. I do miss my boys though.
We came to Seattle on our honeymoon in 1997. Did all the touristy stuff then like the Space Needle and Pike’s Place Fish Market. This time, my main goal was to run 14 miles and see my sister and her family.
I connected with Black Girls Run Seattle/Tacoma over a month ago and told them I needed 14 miles while on vacation. They responded right away and I got a hookup from one of the ladies for a ride at 5:30am at the meetup. She didn’t know me from Adam but Elaine not only met me before dark but then ran with me for 9 miles and then waited til I finished my 14. Mind you, it rained 2 of those 3 hours! Soaking wet. Whew! Elaine also took us to see the Jimi Hendrix memorial and the Seattle Seahawks athletic center. How nice of her!
I also got to see my sister. Haven’t seen her in 11 years! It was so good to connect with her. We didn’t grow up together but we are a lot alike! I met her husband Trevor and my adorable nephew Theo for the first time. We caught up on life, family (our mutual father), acting and being a mom. It was the best feeling to connect with her. Blood. Family. Nothing like it.
Holding this little fellow for the first time tugged at my womb strings…for like two seconds!! He hugged my neck or was trying to grab my hair and earrings but I will count it as a warm hug. He was so adorably cuddly!
Cascades to Vancouver
We took the 4-hour Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver. My first time to Canada! For two business class seats one way, it was $126! We each got our own window seat, a coupon for the bistro and plenty of leg room! Such a lovely trip. The trip before the trip…
Our 10th Disney Cruise
After this cruise, we will be Platinum level cruisers which means more Disney perks! More discounts, early bookings, concierge level service, etc.
If you followed me last year on the Mediterranean cruise, we met a few wonderful couples at Table 16. We decided to book another cruise together so we’re headed through Alaska for the next 7 nights.
Louise & Bobby, Amanda & Rick are the main reasons we are on the trip. We’re all at Table 25 and the giggle fest has begun!
A typical picture of Bobby and typical me.
I love sea days. Melvin said he wanted to do everything on this trip including all the activities and what not. Me? I don’t want to do a thing. Absolutely nothing. I have perfected my napping skills, caught up on some Disney classic movies, saw some new ones and lazily watched the sheer beauty of God roll by from my verandah. The water is calm and a greenish blue. You can see the white water falling out of the clouds rushing down the mountain ranges. Eagles are flying overhead. The sun is beaming off the water. Simply beautiful.
The Magic Touch
We went to a Gold/Platinum (those who have 6+ cruises) reception where we get to meet with the captain’s officers and crew. Struck up a conversation with one of the officers. We missed out on the rice crispy treats that they gave to each Gold guest so he asked for our stateroom # and said he would get some delivered. Look what showed up at our door!
Little did we know he was the Food and Beverage Manager for the ship! Now that’s the Disney extra special touch of magic I love.
Tomorrow we cruise through Tracy Arm passage where we get a narration of the gigantic glacier mountains that we’re passing through. From what I hear, imagine a toy boat at the bottom of a bath tub. That will be our massive ship through this passage.
Us with Clayton the cruise director. I still miss my boys.
Til next time…