I've been gone for about 6 weeks, sorry to abandon you all. I got real busy at work with the end of the schoolyear, curriculum workshop and then packing for a 2 week vacation.
I managed to knock off 3 things from my bucketlist...Monterey Bay Aquarium, Yosemite and my first cruise. We spent a week in California (Monterey/Carmel, Yosemite, LA, Long Beach) before a weeklong cruise with extended family to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta.
In Monterey, we spent 2 days at the aquarium
It is the best one in the US which probably means the best in the whole world. My son did their Dive Experience for children which was so fantastic he did it 2 days in a row. And I teach marine biology so I was in my element...literally.
Then we drove down the Pacific coast along Big Sur - BREATHTAKING scenery
We ate at the Mission Ranch which I highly recommend. Its Pianobar was great fun - like old-fashioned karaoke. They pour HUGE glasses of wine. The food is first rate and the atmosphere is priceless.
We drove to Yosemite which was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream - one down on the bucketlist...WOW!! Phenomenal!! Indescribable!! You need to see it for yourself. I recommend Tunnel View, Glacier Point and Mariposa Forest.
Even with the extra activity (on my feet all day everyday) I still gained 10 lbs on the cruise. DH got seasick and lost a day of eating, so he didn't gain as much.
The food on the cruise was excellent. We were celebrating my Great Aunt Julia's 90th birthday and it was near our 10th anniversary so we celebrated that, too. I think I may have drank excessive calories rather than ate them...at least both were contributors to the unfortunate demise of my weightloss progress. Now I have set myself back several months!
We managed to avoid Hurricane Dora (actually sailed right through it one evening as we slept) we had good weather during our days...but still very high seas. We had a scary moment with my 8 year old when we attempted to snorkel in rough waters in the Sea of Cortez. We tried Snuba another day, but that was too difficult too. We had a fantastic Pirate Adventure on Puerto Vallarta... we got to go sea kayaking and swimming, lots of pirateship entertainment and an open bar
Our only 2 true negatives on the trip - I was stung by Fire Coral which I never even saw - I just noticed the painful results in the shower (freshwater is the worst thing for it). So now I may have a lifelong scar with very little to show for it.
(No scuba/snorkel fitness emoticon!?!)
And for our 10th anniversary, my DH bought me a gorgeous "black" topaz 3 stone ring... that is now a 2 stone ring...that's right, I wasn't even off the airplane before I noticed a stone had fallen out!
So now we're home, unpacking, recovering from our vacation (physically as well as financially) and I am licking my wounds (applying neosporin actually)
Solong to the tropics for now
And back to the scale
and my sparkfriends
P.S. For Emmanyc: Your comment made me curious about aquariums around the world. The first website I looked at listed Monterey Bay Aquarium as the 2nd best in the world. Many of the places you mentioned, as well as others made their top ten list. Here is the site for those who are curious:
Thanks for making me think and inquire. Still, 2nd in the whole world is pretty amazing. Have you been there?