I'm still on vacation, but I have a few minutes of internet access, so I thought I'd post a bunch of pics from the vaca so far! We are on the last stretch of it.....should be home in about 5 days. I just love how driving vacations can linger......and I am making sure we are taking our time! :o)
We started in late March with a drive from our home in Maine, to Philadelphia. I'd never seen 'the bell' before, so it was a perfect first destination!
Philly was fun, but we had golfing to do......so we headed to Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Bragg in NC and Fort Stewart in Georgia. Woohoo! It was so good to get to play again. Our local course closes the middle of October and doesn't open until the middle of April each year......so we are just about to burst waiting for it. And golfing on bases is really cheap......my kind of golf! Ha!
Then we headed for Tampa, and then got on our cruise! Woohoo! Royal Caribbean to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico for a 5 day cruise! Totally fun in every way! It was my 2nd cruise, but my hubby's first, so I wanted to make sure he had a fantastic time......so he'd want to do it again! AND HE DOES! Yippee!
Our excursion in Cozumel was taking the Xtrail dune buggies through the jungle to the Jade Caverns. It was awesome! The ride through the jungle was amazing.....and you totally get covered in mud from the tires on the dune buggy. FUN! Then you get to the caverns, and you can swim in the pools. It was a little murky looking for me.....but hubby and a bunch of others jumped in from the top of the caverns!
When we went to Costa Maya, we took an excursion to the Chocchobean Mayan Temples. Our guide was really good, and gave us so much history and information about them. There were several temples that had already been excavated (just since the 1990's), and many more that are just hills with trees on them, until the government can come up with some more money to fund more excavating.
When we finished the cruise, we visited a bit more in Tampa with our cousins, April and Drew. Did we get any pics of them, or the new grandson?......No! Sheesh! But I know April was taking a bunch of pics, so maybe I'll post one when she sends one along. Speaking of April......she just started a blog......here's the link......Life Without a Tagline. April is awesome in every way......and as I like to say, she's the 'voice of reason' in every group, especially when the family gets together! lol
While we were in the Tampa area, we took a quick trip down to Ft. Myers to visit my sister, Alison. Three words.......Norman Love Chocolates! If you've never tried them, you are truly missing out! If you are ever in Ft. Myers or Naples Florida, or a Godiva Chocolatier, then definitely get several! They are little works of art, and totally yummy! I even got to talk with Norman, himself! :o) And then we went next door and had some of his gelato......Holy Cow! The best!
And did I mention that we had pretty much turned this into a Krispy Kreme vacation! LOL You know, we don't have any KK anywhere near us......and there is nothing like an original glaze Krispy Kreme donut! YUM! My favorite! And all this chocolate, gelato and donuts are on top of all the amazing food we had on the ship! Oy!
Yep......hubby and I are definitely going back on Weight Watchers when we get home......but for the next week, we are still living it up! lol I love being on vacation and eating every yummy I see!
When we left Tampa on Monday, we headed for Suzanne and John's place in The Villages in central Florida. We just spent a fabulous 3 days with them, golfing, eating, visiting and checking out all the villages have to offer. Hubby and I are in the beginning stages of figuring out what we are going to do with our winters when we fully retire in 2 years. And this area is looking really good. We were also told by April that the Mount Dora area (also central Florida) is a lovely little town right up our alley! And boy, were they right! They so know us! And yesterday we golfed with another couple we know from Maine in another local area, and that all looked good, too! We have so many choices to consider now. We just need to figure out what is really important to us.....and go from there.
Right now, we are in Atlanta, a good stopping point on our way to Mary Jo's Quilt Store in North Carolina tomorrow! Can't wait! Woohoo!
Speaking of quilting......I managed to mark and cut a bunch of civil war repro fabric for my 8-pointed star quilt......my next hand work project. I saw the inspiration antique quilt on the Museum of the Confederacy's site.....www.mocquilts.org.....The Shelton 8 Pointed Star quilt. I just love the striped fabric for the sashing, and I've always wanted to do this in small size......so these are going to work up to just under 3 inches square.
And.......still on a quilty note......when I saw this car in the parking lot of our hotel in North Carolina......all I could say was......"That's a perfect cheddar color!" Ha!
My pic reads more yellow......but in real life.....it was CHEDDAR! ha!
Hope you have a great weekend. I'll post more when I'm home!