Captain Jack & his first mate have invited us to their lake house every year. This year, we finally made arrangements to spend some time on Lake Freeman. I was super excited until I got there to find this….
WTF. Not again. Is this really why you invited me there?! Of course I had to dig in when my puzzle gene took over. We didn’t get it finished, but I did get it to a place where the Labor Day crew would get it done. Hell, L started this in January! After they would drag me away from it, we got some Rummikub in! Had to teach the college kid this old school game.
We woke up to a beautiful blue sky and ready to take a boat ride! But not until my parents arrived! Always a blessing when they can join our festivities!
Great low and high bridge architecture to check out!
We had to make the tourist stop at the sand bar. Little different than I’m used to. People literally run their boats up into the sand bar. Anchors aren’t needed here!
But is a grill needed? Yes please! I don’t even like hot dogs, but the thought of a grilled dog from the boat? Count me in.
Come dinner time, we were ready for a hearty steak!
Great friends, great memories. And I’ll have this memory to laugh at forever!
When the sun is out in Indy, every body or every seal is out to soak it in! That’s how brown I want to be!
I had not been to the Indy zoo since WAY before the Orangutan exhibit opened. I could see it every time I ran the canal. It was time! Can you see the one on his perch high in the sky?
I loved it! I always feel so conflicted visiting zoos. While I love to see the beautiful creatures, I hate the trace-loop most caged animals end up doing. I remember a polar bear at a zoo when I was a kid. He had a pattern. Forward around, reverse. So sad.
Back to this extraordinary open enclosure! A real marvel to look at. Spears, ladders, glass. Swinging fire hoses to climb and metal rungs to explore. It did look like these guys and gals were having fun. But Mama, Sirih, kept following the baby, Mila, like she didn’t approve of her antics.
Thousands of zoo fans voted to name this adorable baby with a name that translates to “dear one” in Indonesian. He was dear.
Then this joker comes climbing down from the top and I thought, that could totally look like a sasquatch or a yeti depending on your terrain.
After we were done with these characters, let’s see some more animals! This guy doesn’t need to climb anything.
Our zoo puts on shows through out the day, so we took in a dog show. We always love them on AGT, so let’s see it live! These were all rescue dogs who were given a chance by their amazing trainer. See them jump!
Next were the big cats. I’ve always loved tigers. Rewind 7 years ago when B & P & I actually got to play with them! Most amazing hands on experience that started my journey towards always having real contact with wild animals. Oh wait. P & I got to do it TWICE!
Must have a tiger selfie since I can’t pet him.
Add the lemurs were, first napping in a pile. Later, they were bums on a log. Booooooring. I’m so spoiled. At least these brother bears gave us some action!
Then came the scary train ride.
Thank goodness my parents were here to comfort me.
On our way out, real life happened. Hello sssssssssnake!
People were freaking out on the sidewalk. Come on, it’s a zoo! Last show of the day, the Macaws. This was awesome. There are 3 tribes of Macaws at the zoo right now. During specific times of the day, each tribe’s cage door opens and they are trained to fly from the cage to the Bicentennial stage near the zoo entrance. Very very cool.
And these birds were not shy about getting to the stage, so watch your head. It’s not the biggest zoo around, but I learned we have a lot to offer. I hope visitors of our city enjoy it too!
What to do on a Sunday afternoon? Let’s ride bikes to Broad Ripple and watch some ducks swim down the canal. What???
BRVA sponsors the Canal Duck Race. I know this race was around last year, but not sure how long it’s history is. I remember seeing signs, and since we were in town this year, we hopped on our bikes and headed down the Monon. 30 minutes later, we run into this guy! They even have a mascot!
So we sponsor some ducks and grabbed some seats at Flatwater to wait for the race to start. We hear the count down and then heeeeeeeeeeere they come!
Did I mention they are rubber ducks?! Go ducks 1707, 1708, 1709, 1710, 1711, and 1712!!
It was absolutely hilarious and adorable at the same time. All these families were out crowding the Canal and enjoying the great weather.
This guy may have had the best job. Chuckin’ ducks back into the canal that got caught on the rocks.
Panorama shot of the madness. It was so hilarious. Must definitely take part again next year!
After the race, you can pick up your ducks and take them home. We did. We wanted to show them what clean water looked like… Hello pool! I could hear the duckies going “Ahhhhhh blue water!”
Today brought us to the iconic Space Needle to see Seattle from the best view around. Plus, who doesn’t want mimosas at the 500 foot tall SkyCity restaurant for brunch?
This gave you a great vantage point to take in a lot of the fun architecture Seattle has to offer.
This isn’t from the Needle, but the creative art in this city puts them at the top of most art community lists. Turns out, it’s built into the city’s business model. You have to dedicated so much of your space to art installations. I loved the light up sidewalk!
Of course we had to the historic Pike Place Fish Market to watch fish get chucked around the booths. It was not a smell I appreciated but it was fun to see.
Next was the town of Fremont. We opted to miss the naked human painted bike parade. WTF? And just saw the painted cars.
Rumor has it, Mt. Rainer is an icon in the Washington landscape. Sitting at 14,410 feet and is an active volcano, you’d think we’d see it over our 4 day trip. Nope, not once. Looks like I’ll have to go back and trade the city-scape for a nature trip to confirm Rainer exists.
I’ve been waiting for this moment my WHOLE LIFE! Bring me my orcas!
Our boat arrived for the last tour of Orcas in Puget Sound. Cool thing about this boat was it had a front open bow and stern.
So the driver said “Hold on!” We are going to cruise out at 40 MPH to get us to the whales as quick as possible. Then you can get out in the open air. Good man, let’s go!
When the first dorsal fin showed up, I cried. I’ve had a dream of seeing Orca whales in the wild since I was a little girl. It took all I had not to jump in and just let life take it’s course!
These creatures are AMAZING!
Ocean hair, don’t care!
We were very fortunately to run into a super-pod of Orcas. About 20! AHHHHHHHHH! So that meant a few pods got together for some socialization and play. The boat crew lowered a mic down into the water and you could hear them communicating to each other. AHHHHHHHHHHH! This was an experience on a whole other level. Normally you only see 3-4 at a time. We got 20. Thank you Orca Gods for blessing us with this experience! I will never forget it.
I’ll work on some better video. For now, here’s a short clip. Look for the fins and water sprays from them breathing out the blowhole. Think white water misting.
More travel? Yes please! I asked K if we could sleep like this while in Seattle.
While AM had to work, we took advantage of doing a few activities that she’d already done. Let’s see the Seattle Aquarium! We were greeted with the Window, a 120,000-gallon exhibit filled with more than 800 fish and spans 20 x 40 feet. That’s a tank.
Lots of variety in fish and exhibits.
Then some WTF is that tanks?!
The Underwater Dome was pretty cool. Fish were swimming everywhere. Especially when the diver came in for the daily feeding frenzy.
Except these guys.
I had to ask the why these fish were settled, not moving, and even upside down. They are called rockfish and can control their buoyancy by deflating or inflating their swim bladder. They just looked so grumpy!
Estrella, Zoltars wife, read us our prophecies. We waited for Big to happen, but we didn’t switch bodies.
Next stop was the Chihuly Garden and Glass experience. Oh man! THIS WAS AMAZING. I don’t have enough words to describe the beauty behind this man’s art creations. From the very 1st exhibit, my jaw was on the ground.
2nd room was a massive collection of pieces, shapes, and colors.
I couldn’t get enough of this room!
I learned Chihuly was inspired by Native American colors and patterns.
Each room just dazzled us with color and brilliance.
Me standing in front to show you how massive these pieces are.
There were bowls…
Boats full of imaginative pieces. We felt like we were in Willy Wonka’s garden!
It keeps going….
My favorite piece, this pointy orange chandilier. Just gorgeous!
Glass house ceiling was covered in floral pieces.
Even the gardens and outside walkways had pieces.
The rain couldn’t stop us from having a great experience.
This exhibit is right next to the Space Needle. This neon green thing, is glass!
Mama commissioned me to purchase a piece for a several hundred dollars. Sorry Charlie. We aren’t even close!
Last year, Herbie decided to make Easter all about him. Dick move, and I let him know I felt that way. This year, we were celebrating! When you invite the hostess with the most-est to your place for Easter lunch, you must have a suitable center piece. This was my attempt!
Fresh flowers adorned with Peeps and jelly beans. Mannie even got into the spirit…
Let’s eat some ham!
After a full tummy of ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, baked beans, rolls, cake… we needed to walk it off. Mom was impressed with the flowering trees in the community. Sounds like an old person thing but I will admit, these were pretty cool.
When we bought the ham, we had few to choose from. 12-15 pounds each! It’s only 5 of us. So we have leftovers for days. What to do? Make ham sandwiches!
I’ve eaten ham 3 days in a row! I’m done with it, send me your shipping address. And don’t tell CS.
When you want to take your parents on vacation, but only kinda…
You put them in their own condo on the other side of the building! Just kidding, we love traveling with them!
Back to Gulf Shores we go!
We had beautiful weather most of the week. One storm rolled in but was welcomed and took our clan out to do some retail therapy.
Most days looked like this…
We hit all our favorite spots again. We had some newcomers to initiate. First stop, I needed to see my furry friends!
Look at her hands! So tiny and gentle.
Mom loved it.
And they loved her, Lemur attack!
That’s pure joy in her face! CS managed to stay lemur-pee-free this time.
The newbies were a bit timid, but they said they would do it again!
Ft Morgan is another tourist attraction we had to hit. Everyone set off to explore.
I love walking around this place imaging what it was really like. Last time we missed the Moon Lander while visiting the Blue Angels. Dad was on a mission to see it. You can’t fathom that people actually believed this would work…
Let’s see the practice!
By the end of the week with all the sun, it was easy to get chilled. Coats, coffee and cocoa were on the menu. Are we at the coast?!
BS found our new little friend at the bottom of the pool. That’s a tic-tac next to him. He’s so small! BS had eagle eye with his goggles.