Chesapeake Bay day…

July 20, 2017 - One Response

Staying over another day after crabfest 🦀 we decided to drive on down to St Michael Maryland. DARLING little town.

Stopped rurally at a landmark schoolhouse. Seems Maryland also has a lot of our beloved Historical Markers. ( they don’t seem to have searchable  ID markings like VA markers do) 

Then onto St Michael.  We went to the terrific Maritime Museum in the biggest heat wave the east coast has seen this summer. Heat index here was like 107 degrees. 

Lunch on the bay–  OMG best crab 🦀 Sammie ever!!

My hair is ridiculous!! HOT!! 

Then a terrific bay cruise! 

Mike wouldn’t let me go to the Christmas Shoppe 😠. 

New Kent island – Maryland 

July 19, 2017 - 2 Responses

Mike and I are attending one of my company Top Producer events-  a full on crabfest  🦀 on the Chesapeake Bay.  Time/travel constraints always made it impossible for us to go, but this year I made room on the schedule. 

So we are extending a couple days- will catch some sites like this terrific distillery about 4 miles from our hotel. The tour guy was fabulous! 

Off to eat crabs 🦀! 

Drive to NJ…

July 16, 2017 - One Response

I forgot how tall and long the bridges are to NJ!! Beautiful day for a drive.  We took the biway highways not I-95 from RVA. 

Summer traffic kept us on our toes but we had no issues!! 

Crossing Annapolis to New Kent island 

Crossing Delaware to New Jersey! 

Yard work never done..

July 14, 2017 - One Response

Our shrubbery grows like weeds.  Trying to contain them is futile. So Mike just mowed them down a bit ( had to get new clippers cuz the old ones shorted out). 

So look closely at the end of the new trimmer. A baby Praying Mantis. 

Mike always finds the wild life!! 

Jeepin July 2017

July 2, 2017 - One Response

Long weekend for Everyone! Mike and I decided to go find Tangier River Cruises. We have a Groupon where we need to find the marina. Great drive up thru the Northern Neck of VA. 

Obviously we also made this into a mini history tour. So many of the VA Historical Markers to add to our book. Stopped at Hague Winery for tasting. ( home there from 1700s) barn restored as tasting room! 

Lovely covered porch for wine & cheese. Vines in front. Corn in back. 

Then off to George Washington Birthplace. Rebuilt buildings. The house burned down on Christmas Day in George’s day 1/10th size monument as in DC. Great National Park ranger was our guide! 

The ranger said the musket was the weapon of choice then! 

Beautiful day for a drive!! 

Bahamas 🇧🇸 blue water…

June 18, 2017 - One Response

It’s amazing how beautiful the water is. I can’t help but think of those first Spanish ships here. How did they go home? Why not stay here in this beauty?  

Just a relaxing beach day. Tendered in to NCL private island Stirrup Cay. Beach bar for Mike.  Cool refreshing swim for me. 

Back on board our ship did excercises we have not experienced before. We turned around several times, circled the island, and actually lowered the life boats , started them up and reattached them.  Good to know they test them!! 

So great cruise overall. Mikey had local beers 🍻!!  We could not find a hat in Cuba 🇨🇺 or the Bahamas 🇧🇸 for Mike   ☹️. Notice he wore his Imperial beer Costa Rica 🇨🇷 hat the whole time ! 

Cuba 🇨🇺 – Agricultural Experience 

June 18, 2017 - 2 Responses

Small farm had 145 acres with what seems to be very little modern farming techniques. Explained as organic farming. We had a jovial tourist with us that grew up on a farm. He said it was just ordinary old timey farming. 
70% or more of production goes to government. Beef production is 100% to government. Everyone gets coupons for “share”. The 30% is the farmers to sell on open market which of course has a price tag very high compared to coupons. Tractor ride on 1949 Ford tractor of course kept alive. Mike said tractor/cart ride was one big OSHA violation!  

So all of this was billed as the trendy “farm to table” Lunch was pig roast /salad / fruit. And of course we got to buy Mike one of 2 Cuban beers!  Mariachi music during lunch. 

Havana – Cuba 🇨🇺 highlights 

June 18, 2017 - One Response

Surprised at our bus- brand new motorcoach made in China. Provided by their government for the tourism. Yes the cars are old- convertible style is most requested for American tours. Others are Soviet supplied Renault and Peugeots. Then some new Toyotas & Kias. Rurally you seem to see the old American cars. Stopped at cigar & run shop. Humidor purchase of cigars. 

Buildings are renovated and decimated side by side. Reminded me of Russia. 

The fort. Just like the one in Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 

Miami day 2

June 12, 2017 - 2 Responses

Adventure time.  Took the trolley 🚋 from our hotel to Vizcaya. Fabulous historical site built in 1916.  Trolley was free and air conditioning was fab. They have their own trolley 🚋 app for your phone  tools bit to get hang of but worked great. 

Sat by the marina for a bit with a beer and great food at Mike’s new favorite destination restaurant!

Miami day 1

June 11, 2017 - One Response

Getting up at the crack of dawn to catch a flight stinks.  But starting off a cruise with cool Miami excursions is definetly worth it.  Double decker bus tour today. It was not overly scortching hot – we were on top- and tour guide kept referring to Mike as Mr Penn State! Then boat tour of the inland harbour to see movie stars homes! We had drinks and appetizers at a great bayside restaurant.  Fun !  

OMG. My hair blow out!  

Little Havana. Miami 

Gianni Versace mansion