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Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas

Spring Break came this last week – and we escaped the cool March to the warm waters of the Caribbean.  The girls have been asking to go on a cruise for several years.  After going on a Disney cruise eight years ago, they’ve wanted to experience the ship life again.

Linda worked diligently to create a fantastic 4-day getaway.  We first arrived in Orlando and drove to Cape Canaveral to stay the night.  The next morning we drove up to the Kennedy Space Center and did a quick tour.  What a massive and interesting place.  The space shuttle was on the pad and being readied for launch in April.

We then drove to the dock to catch our boat, the Carnival Sensation (pictured above).  We were on the lowest deck, but we did have a window.  The first thing Linda did was find a chair in the sun.  See if you can find her in the picture below.

I found time to sit in some shade and really relax – no phones, no emails, no work!

Our destination was Nassau, Bahamas.  We spent about 6 hours on shore at the Atlantis resort.  We went swimming at the beach and toured the Atlantis grounds, including the massive aquarium that is made to look like the ruins of Atlantis.  Very cool, indeed.


Just like any vacation – it was too short.  But we had a good time.  Be sure to ask the girls about staying up past midnight each night with the Circle C club (group of 12-14 year olds on the ship).



My trip to the Dominican Republic

Once again, the blog has been silent.  However, this time I have a good excuse.  I took a trip to the Dominican Republic with a group of friends from the on-line cigar community.  I hooked up with CigarTourism.com to be guided through many cigar factories and fields and be taught about the production of premium handmade cigars.

This was technically a birthday gift from Linda for my 40th birthday – a great gift, indeed.

The weather was warm (80 degrees) and I didn’t need any sunscreen because we were mostly inside or in shade.  It was a great getaway from work.  More importantly, I missed the snow blizzard of the season that crippled much of the country.

To read about my visit – click on “D.R. Trip Pics” at the top of the page.  This will take you to a collection of albums that are individually annotated.


Omaha Zoo

We have been planning to go to the Omaha Zoo for several years.  Each summer has come and gone and we kick ourselves in August for not having made the real effort to get to Omaha.  It’s only 3 hours away – but yet just far enough.

Friends from medical school, Neil and Elissa Hamill, have just moved to Omaha after just completing his final month of fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  Finally – a perfect reason to make a real effort to get to Omaha.

We drove into Omaha about 3:00 pm on yesterday (Sunday) and spent the evening with the Hamills.  We had dinner at a restaurant that brewed their own beer, went swimming at their gym, and then homemade brownies (from scratch), ice cream, and coffee at their new house.  What a lovely evening.

After a night sleeping in luxury at the Doubletree, we got up this morning and headed to the zoo.  Elissa and the two boys joined us and we spent the whole day walking around the wonderful exhibits.

Where have we been? Puerto Vallarte

It’s been almost 3 weeks since the last post – it’s been a busy three weeks.

Most importantly, the 4 of us and Linda’s parents traveled to Puerto Vallarte, Mexico for spring break.  This was an absolutely fun time – and it was warm.  Upper 70’s every day…much better than the 30s and 40s back in Kansas.

Here are some pictures to show just how fun it was!

Here we are whale watching – we followed a mother and baby humpback whale for at least an hour (all with food and beer provided).

The girls loved playing in the water.  There was also a very nice pool that found some splashing and swimming, as well.

This was the view from our balcony – just beyond the trees is the water.  The room was comfortable and close to the stairs that emptied out onto everything.  Great spot.

We had lots of stuff to do – obviously sitting by the pool or the ocean.  Several open bars with drinks flowing (I loved the margaritas and Coronas; the girls loved the virgin strawberry daiquiris).  The buffets were full and had plenty of choices to choose what to eat.  The fun stuff included a climbing wall and a shooting range.

One of the days was spent on a bus tour of the city and the surrounding mountains.  We had lunch at a really nice open-air restaurant that served awesome seafood next to a cascading river.

We went to a flea market and got to haggle prices…

I also found a cigar shop across the street that made their own cigars there – got a nice box to bring back home.

We finished the tour off with a tour of a Tequila factory – got to sample several different varieties.  Also got a couple bottles to bring home so I can remember my great time in Mexico.

Our last night on vacation was spent at a candle-lit dinner on a secluded beach – 45 minutes away by a cruise boat at sunset.  The dinner was precluded with a show filled with native drums, dancing and singing all in ancient costume (as noted in the pictures below from Vallarta Adventures.)   What a great end to a great vacation.

photo courtesy of http://www.vallarta-adventures.com/tours/rhythms-of-the-night#