So. I have the attention span of a flea anymore – especially on week nights when I’ve been staring intently [INTENTLY] at a computer monitor for eight hours. The thought of getting back on the computer when I get home makes me want to scratch my eyes out.
But I still haven’t written about our vacation TWO MONTHS AGO, and Jazz’s marching band season so … bear with me. I’ll get to it. But it’s going to take a while – I’ll write when I can, and IF I can. (See the scratch my eyes out paragraph).
When we started planning our vacation for the year (we have sort of made a pact to take a cruise/trip somewhere at least once a year – because life is too short to be all work and no play), we knew we wanted something short – not a whole week because we didn’t want to leave the boys alone at home for too long. And we wanted to go someplace different – the west coast sounded good. We hadn’t been to the west coast since I was four-months pregnant with Dude – TWENTY YEARS ago.
We opted for Holland America cruise lines this go around because we hadn’t sailed with them before and we were getting a little burnt out with Carnival Cruise Lines. Not that Carnival isn’t great, it is, but we wanted something a little more “sophisticated” (i.e., a line that likely wouldn’t have as many children on board).
We picked a cruise that sailed out of Vancouver Canada.
We used our frequent flyers miles, which meant we could, and did, fly out of Springfield. We flew to Dallas, then caught a bigger plane to Vancouver – a four-hour flight. With Internet. SWEET. The flight went like clock-work and we arrived in Vancouver, Canada with nary a hitch. We sailed through customs. We hailed a taxi and made it to our hotel in record time (though I did get a bit car sick – it was stop/go/stop/go process the whole way).
The day was overcast and a bit rainy, but it wasn’t too bad.
Our hotel was literally across the street from our pier. And it was nice. as in, we were SEVERELY under-dressed nice. And it was expensive. But did I mention it was right across the street from the pier and we would save money on taxis?
We loved Vancouver immediately. And since we were only there for one night in order to catch our boat out the next day, we started planning another trip back again so we would have more time to explore.
We plan on going back in August/September next year.
More later …