Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Costa Maya

We went to Costa Maya today. It was Ollie and Cassies first trip to a foreign country. Despite 90+ temps and near 100% humidity they both performed admirably! I promise to post pics of Costa Maya tomorrow night as tonight is our turn to go out and have fun.
We did a Disney type to the local Mayan ruins which were impressive. And as an aside I can cross another "civilization" civ of my list. Anyway words don't do it justice so you'll just have to wait for the photos. I will relate a couple of things though - one: the ruins were over 1700 years old according to our guide and two - there isn't a fan thing to see along the whole forty five minute drive between the port and the ruins.  Nothing, Nada. All we saw was flat land and jungle. And because it's all karst there weren't even rivers or lakes. Just the occasional sinkhole.

Tommie is cozumel and the Jeep excursion with my mom. Arrival time is early so tomorrow there'll be double posts.

Staying aboard at the Grand Cayman islands

So we thought long and hard about this during our  'at-sea' day and in the end we decided to stay on board for the Grand Cayman Islands. We weren't too excited about the trip we'd planned there (a water-zoo park), we didn't really want to do the tendering to get to the island and we figured (correctly) that by staying aboard we'd have the ship to ourselves. lastly, we knew that the next day we would be going ashore to see Mayan Pyramids!

Boy were we ever correct! Ollie got to ride the Aqua Duck several times (and the other, smaller slide many many more). He also got to play in the pool as much as he wanted and he got to participate in what they called the Marshmallow Olympics. You'll have to ask him about it. We took that opportunity to catch some relaxation by the adults-only pool and to enjoy a tall beverage. All too soon the shore-leavers returned and, sadly, the boat filled up again. However, this also meant that my family came back on board and we got to hear all about their day, too.

Dinner was wonderful and quite entertaining at the 'Animator's Palate' - one of the restaurants here. We ended the day by watching 'Wreck-it Ralph' which i now need to get on DVD :)

So... pictures. No idea what order Blogger will post them in but match em' to the following captions -

- Ollie and Jack building another 'Jenga Tower' in the Concierge Lounge'. The staff there help!
- Cassie and Jeff having a chat on our balcony as we approach Grand Cayman island.
- A touristy pirate ship ride at Grand Cayman.
- Meeting Lilo and Stitch before dinner. Stitch is one of my favorite Disney characters and about the only one I'm willing to be photographed with.

So on to Mexico and the Mayans!

Monday, June 24, 2013

At Sea Day - Formal Night

At sea days tend to be more relaxing and slow. We punctuated ours with some fine dining and formal night! They say pictures are worth a thousand words, so im sending some along.

Also, Ollie got to ride the Aquaduck! Very exciting! (you should look up what an 'Aquaduck' is on the Disney Fantasy on the internet, which you have more of).

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Heading out.

This has become the obligatory photo of the group vehicle that we take to the boat. Again we're doing the limo except this time we're not completely overcrowded. It's so nice that cassie and I can share a seat all to ourselves and the little one are all in the back.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Epcot in the rain

This is going to be a relatively short post. Went to Epcot today and got rained on. I should point out that I haven't ridden the epcot rides in forever and the test track ride and the spaceship earth rides were completely different from what I remembered.

Anyway we ate a nice dinner afterwards and then repacked for the boat. Bedtime was early tonight to ensure that we are rested for tomorrow. Starting tomorrow things really get ingesting and or becomes difficult to communicate with the wider world. So if you need to reach me - email is the way to go.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Outbound flight...

Usually the outbound flight isnt that exciting. And usually I don't have anything but an aisle seat. A combination of events led me to sit alone and at a window seat. Being really tired and being the recipient of a clear sky, i enjoyed watching the rolling hills of WV pass underneath me.

About 20 minutes into the flight we flew over a patch of really hilly forested terrain. Then a large grassy valley opened up below us. Down the center of the valley a brown, windy river snaked southward. Something about the way the river bent and a single state highway cut through it made me realize i knew this place. First I picked up the little town of Renick. Then Spring Creek became obvious. And finally a sharp glint of a metal roof among some trees caught my eye and I realized I'd found the WVACS field station!

I followed the valley south past Maxwelton, Lewisburg, Ronceverte and Pickaway. I saw Davis Spring and wondered how many grad students get to see their field areas from the air. Around Union the clouds set in and the rest of WV was obscured. I closed my eyes - content that I'd gotten to see the part of WV I loved most from a completely unique perspective on its 150th birthday. Happy times!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Well this is a semi-interesting development


well this is interesting.. it doesn't work in the gmail app that comes with the 
tablet, but it wil work as a web app for google chrome in the tablet. *shakes head* a-mazing.

-- John

"What cannot be settled by experiment is not worth debating."

-- Mike Alder, "Newton's Flaming Laser Sword or: Why mathematicians and scientists don't like philosophy but do it anyway"

second attempt at email blog...

The first attempt worked well..  but that was from the  computer. i want to see
what happens when i try to send it from the tablet. So here goes...

Test via remote email blogger thingie.

So this test is to see whether blogger works well via email or not

I want to see if I can add a photo.

Hows that look?


this is a test of the blog using the android app. no useful information has been imparted.