I’m coming into my last couple of days of vacation and head back to the cruise ship on Saturday. I have had an absolute blast this vacation though! I spent the first week or two between Duluth and the Twin Cities. I had a weekend down at my dad’s and Bear came down as well. We had a really good time…. headed out to the local winery for lunch then went into Muscatine, IA for a river days and a weinie dog race. That was so cute with hundreds of weinie dogs coming from all over. It was so hot and the races kept getting pushed back that we didn’t even stay for the races, just watched all the dogs come! We then went out to the campgrounds clubhouse for a Karaoke. All in all it was a really good weekend and it was nice to show Bear what the good part of Iowa is!!I got back to Minneapolis just in time to pick up Greg Ward, “the other Greg”, from the airport. We just hung out with Lindsey for a BBQ at her house and then hit up the Mall of America the next day. That afternoon Jen Baker, another ship coworker, flew in and we headed to Wisconsin Dells. We spent three days at Wisconsin Dells going to Noah’s Ark and Devils Lake State Park. We stayed right off the strip and had fun at night at our favorite bar, Showboats. This place had great live music and also one night gave away free bacon all night – weird!! After Wisconsin Dells we headed into the middle of nowhere Wisconsin for Flam Bam. It was a blast this year just as every other I’ve gone, just a little bit wetter this year. On Saturday night we got a lot of rain and everything got wet! At the lodge which we had taken over the power went out, and even though that is sometimes a bust with so many of us there we kept right on partying and even all sang songs together! haha! After a couple days showing Greg and Jen around Duluth I had to say bye until we are all back on ship again. But it was amazing having them here and being able to show them around and I hope they had a good time as well!
I then headed off to Cabo with my BFF Lindsey for a week. We stayed actually in San Jose del Cabo about 20 miles from the city of Cabo. We had a great time relaxing and just having a blast! We went on a snorkeling trip and saw stingrays jumping out of the water… that was amazing! I didn’t even know that they could jump out of the water like that. We also went to what we think was the bast place in the area to snorkel, Santa Maria Bay. It was a really fun trip. We spent an afternoon having a beer or two up in San Jose del Cabo and they actually shut down the town square on Sunday night and we watched the locals singing different songs. One day we took the local Mexican Public Bus and went to Chileno Bay. It was a really pretty beach with probably some great snorkeling except the waves were too big and crazy so they shut the beach down to swimmming. But the rest of the Beach had built in palm umbrellas that Lindsey and I curled up and enjoyed. We had a great time and had lots of fun at all the shows and local bars and of course it was just great to be on another vacation with my BFF!
The rest of this vacation has been spent at my dad’s. This weekend I convinced my sister to come down and visit with her Fiance and we all had a blast. I have a couple more days here before going back to Duluth for one night for my flight back to Hawaii.
It has been a great vacation! I couldn’t have asked for it to be any better. I caught up with so many people, and of course there are always more I could visit and more time to spend with those I saw, but at least I got to see all those people I was lucky enought to see! I am looking forward to seeing everyone back on ship again, but am definitely going to miss everyone back home. My sister is also possibly moving her wedding up! yay!! So I may end up on ship a little longer than planned, but not too much, only a month or two but only time will tell, and we will find out when she actually sets a date!