Saturday, July 9, 2005

2005 Oregon July trip with Barb (Crater Lake)

I was always threatening to take my best friend from childhood on a trip with me.  We finally did that trip.  Turned out to be a lot more stressful for her then we ever anticipated!  Anyway---

We started the trip with a couple night on the beautiful Oregon coast.  By now my husband and I were Worldmark owners, so I had gotten a couple nights at the Worldmark Depoe Bay in a 3 bedroom unit.  My DAd joined us and was pretty much our driver for most of the week we were in Oregon.  My friend started showing signs that something was wrong, but we chalked it up to the chilly Oregon coast breezes, even though it was July.
Worldmark Depoe Bay
view from livingroom window

more of our condo at Depoe Bay

the gounds of the resort
 Of course we headed down the coast to show Barb the scenic coastline.  She had never been to the west coast.  We stopped in the little town of Depoe Bay and watched for some of the resident whales there.
 Then we continued on .
 Dad even found a tree stump on one of the coastal pathways that doubled as a chair.

Monday, February 28, 2005

2005-Our 4th Kauai visit, alone this time: Queen's Bath; Napali/Niihau snorkel tour; Waimea Canyon; Kipu falls;

Another year passed and February finally rolled around again. At the end of the month we were heading back to Kauai for our 4th time there. Instead of renting another week, we picked up another 1 bedroom/1 bath unit at Pahio KBV off Ebay for about $1200 for another EOY ownership. We were again upgraded to a 1 bedroom/2 bath unit and were able to stay in the same unit for both weeks. It seemed a little odd being there all by ourselves for both weeks, but we had a great time none-the-less.

Our daily routine is usually to check the forecast for the north shore in the morning. If it looks like it's going to be sunny there, we head north. Sometimes we luck out and have lots of nice days there, other times hardly any. Being the rainy season when we're there, the north shore gets a lot more rain then the south side.

But we were able to head north right away this trip. This is just one of the gorgeous north side views from the car as we were heading north.


I had read so much about the controversial Queen's Bath that we decided to give it a look. We weren't expecting to swim, but the hike sounded short and pretty. We really couldn't tell what was suppose to be the Queen's Bath "pool". There were a lot of waves crashing in and we stayed as far away from the edge as we could. Every year we read about people drowning there. We have gone there a few other times since this trip and have seen some real idiots tempting fate in the rough pool. Even talked to others who had been there and had been beaten around pretty good. One time we went and the water was extremely calm and inviting. I probably would have gone in if I had been wearing my swim suit, but I wasn't expecting it to be so calm in the winter. But we really do enjoy the shaded walk to the lava bed. That's another trail I wouldn't try after it's been raining, though. This is one of the waterfalls you can see along the trail.

It was a calm day on the north shore beaches, though, so we headed to Kee and did some snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.


I even discovered a little gravel trail that led around the corner of Kee and leads to this view of the Napali.


Saturday, January 15, 2005

2005---Disney Wonder Cruise (7 nt), Let's try again!--St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Castaway Cay




Feb. 2005- Disney Wonder 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise:


After the disastrous Disney Magic cruise the year before (where Dad tried to drown himself), I emailed Disney Cruise lines to see if they were aware of what happened on one of their sanctioned excursions. One of the things cruise lines boost about using their excursions is the "safety checks" they make on the providers. About a month later, I received a coupon in the mail for Buy One, Get One Free on another Disney Cruise. They certainly weren't obliged to do that, but we appreciated it and took them up on their offer to cruise with them again. This time, we elected to go on a 7 night cruise of the Eastern Caribbean and enjoyed an ocean view room.  (To check out that disastrous cruise, click here: Disastrous 1st cruise  )

The ocean view rooms were laid out slightly different---the bed was away from the window, so my Dad got it this time. But the fold down sofa was very comfortable. Being repeat customers, we were also given a gift of a Disney Cruise beach towel.

 Ingenious and comfortable fold down couch.