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Aruba: Day 5


Today is finally the day we start some activities! Snorkeling.

We began the day as normal with cereal and yogurt. We finished up our milk today, so will have to find some more to help us limp through the week. We will probably do a regular breakfast on Friday morning.

When we finished breakfast, we gathered our stuff for the beach/pool and went down to the concierge to check in for our excursion and find out its pick up time. It was about 20 minutes to 9a and our pick up wasn’t until 1:25p, so we went to the beach for an hour or so…sunned, swam and watched the birds fish. When we got super hot and ready for some shade (and a drink) we went up to the adults only serenity pool. We made some shade and had some drinks and then headed up to the room for lunch.

We had bologna and cheese and chips with pretzel snacks for dessert. I’m so mad we bought mustard as I was smart enough to ask for mayonnaise packets. Three have gotten us this far in the week already. I wish I had done that with the mustard too. Bub says I need to just let that $3.50 go. But I’m struggling. Haha. The Marriott system is a well oiled machine and it is tough to beat it…even with your best attempts.

We rested in the room for about an hour before our snorkeling adventure and just as we were leaving, the tidy crew showed up!

We got on a little van that took us down the beach a bit to the pier. We checked in and waited to load the big catamaran. There were probably 40 or so people on the boat. We took a short ride out to Catalina Bay where the water was fairly warm and calm. The boat dropped anchor for about 45 minutes and we just swam around and looked at fish. It was only about eight feet deep so ou could see the bottom pretty easily, but also get down there to see something cool. We saw a lot of the same fish, not a lot of variety, but I did see a starfish on the ocean floor AND I swam down and touched it. The crew found a small octopus and brought it aboard to show everyone and then someone found a sand dollar.

After getting back on the boat, we went to the shipwreck. It’s a boat from WW2 that was sunk to avoid capture. Supposedly you could see it from the ocean surface (without having to dive down), but the depth was 60 feet and the water was very, very choppy. Bub and I both got a little freaked out so decided to swim back to the boat and hang on the catamaran nets until it was time to head back. We had a blast, but were not super comfortable not being able to see beneath us and with swimming against the current.

We went with Red Sail Sports. The crew was pretty fun and for snacks they served chicken empanadas and some sort of curry croquette with mustard. Pretty yummy! Here is their Trip Advisor page.

When we got back, we stopped and made reservations for Que Pasa and went up to shower.

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The food at Que Pasa was delicious. Bub had the Wahoo Special that was served medium rare on a mango, orange, pineapple and cilantro salsa with a side of mashed potatoes. I had the “Pincho Que Pasa” which was marinated beef skewers served with a peanut sauce over rice. As an appetizer we shared a spicy Thai soup (shrimp broth, coconut milk, etc.). For dessert we shared the banana fritters which were bananas fried in a cinnamon batter and served with vanilla ice cream. I was stuffed when we left.

We took a cab back home and are now resting full and quietly. Bub isn’t asleep in the couch yet, but I’m already in bed about to be snuggled in with a book (feeling a little mild vertigo due to the rocking boat all afternoon…usually not a problem for me, but maybe it will lull me to sleep). Tomorrow we make our second attempt at an island tour and then spend the afternoon at the beach or pool trying to decide where to eat dinner tomorrow.

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Aruba: Day 4


Ready for a little variety, we decided to head into town after breakfast to shop the malls. We had Corn flakes and guava yogurt for breakfast, showered and headed off.

We stopped at the concierge desk to make a reservation for a sunset cruise tonight, but, alas…nothing was available…we continue the trend of pushing all of our activities to the end of our trip. We WERE able to schedule dinner at Madam Jeannet’s for tonight, but had to push the cruise to Thursday night, which works out ok because it’s our last night and we are going to finish it up by having dinner on the beach. Tomorrow, we will do the afternoon snorkel tour.

We went down to the Renaissance Mall and to shop around the local places near the port. We got a Christmas ornament and a sarong for mom. I kept want to call it a salong and Bub kept calling it a so-right.

We had lunch at a place called Mojitos. It was a Cuban place. We shared an appetizer of beef empanadas and for lunch I had a Cuban sandwich and Bub had a steak sandwich. It was very blustery up there (the restaurant was on the second story of the mall) so hard to eat without holding onto your hair and your napkin!

Then we went to the mall closer to our hotel. I was disappointed I didn’t really find anything I wanted to buy. Bub said I had found plenty (David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tiffany’s, etc.) so I reworded that I hadn’t found anything I could buy. 🙂

After we walked from the mall down the beach back to our hotel, we made our way to our room to change into our swimsuits and cool off before heading to the pool. It was a bit overcast today, even sprinkling a bit…but it’s not so overcast we feel super safe taking Bub to the ocean this afternoon. 🙂 Especially since we’ll will be snorkeling tomorrow afternoon.

We found some seats in the shade (for T) and sun (for me) and headed for the lazy river. After two passes, we were kind of done with that as it was more bumper to bumper people most with abrasive accents and attitudes to match so we made our way back it to the regular pool to play a bit. We alternated between swimming and sunning/shading and had one round of drinks during happy hour. We might’ve gone for two rounds but Bub was running out of shade and we had a 6p dinner reservation.

We went back to the room around 4p and just rested.

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Not too shabby a view…they did tell us it was “ocean view” but we don’t mind…it’s there at some point.

We watched a little bit of Mighty Ducks on the tv because we are trying to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers and needed to get out of the sun and heat. 🙂 When that ended (with a duck victory…yeah, Disney) we went to find a cab. It was a short but harrowing ride to dinner as we (it appeared to us) almost hit a few dogs on the way (though the cab driver assured us “They live the crazy life and know to get out of the way.”)

Madam Janette’s is a great place.

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The ambiance is awesome (minus the flies). We were seated in a garden patio area with gravel walkways. To start our meal we ordered some wine and they brought out some garlic bread and butter with pickled onions. Weird, I know, but they were delicious (though not great for the breath). Dinner was amazing. Apparently it was the “White Asparagus Festival” so a lot of the meals came with that. I ordered lobster ravioli (an appetizer) as my dinner. I assumed it would be big enough for a meal, but when I asked the waiter how big they were he said, “This big!” and made a cup with his hand. I couldn’t quite figure out the sizing so I asked if I could have three. Bub had “Tournedos a la ‘Ramon'” which was two beef tournedos wrapped in bacon, topped with sautéed onions and sauce Béarnaise. It came with white asparagus and a side of au gratin potatoes (made with cream and butter). My ravioli was stuffed with lobster, mushrooms, spinach and ricotta cheese, sautéed in sage butter and sprinkled with Reggiano. It was topped with tiny tomato squares and some onions and a swirly pattern of balsamic. They were big enough I would have been fine with two…but T ate half of the third and I nibbled off his plate some too.

After dinner we went to a casino! I’ve NEVER gambled before so I was super nervous. I don’t mind to lose money when I get something nice in return (a massage, a handbag, some shoes, etc.), and I like to find money or get money, but losing it just for fun, makes me nervous. We went to Excelsior Casino (in the Holiday Inn…so pretty low stress) and played three card poker on a $5 minimum table. Bub set me up with $100. We did pretty good to start then he emptied his pot. I gave him some of my chips (since they really were all his chips anyway) and he hit it big! He made his money back plus some! We set that to the side so he could at least break even. I played a little more and pulled my chips when I had one $25 chip and a $1 chip left. We gave the $1 chip to the dealer lady and cashed out. It was so fun! Especially because of the low risk for me…plus, I made $25! Haha. Me and Bub make a pretty good team. Plus, that was a good game to play because me not knowing what I was doing didn’t mess anyone else up (like it could in Blackjack or something).

After we cashed out, we walked back to the hotel. We stopped at the store in the lobby and I got an ice cream sandwich, Bub got a Diet Coke for breakfast tomorrow and now we are CHILLING! We snorkel tomorrow afternoon and are probably going to eat at Que Pasa. They have a ton of banana-themed things on their menu.

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Aruba: Day 3


What I’ll call day 2 of our vacation was pretty relaxing. The only real stress of the day was keeping Bub covered in sunscreen so he wouldn’t burn more than the day before. I set a timer on my watch to go off every hour so he could get reapplied. It worked for a few hours, but then we got distracted by drink specials and swimming and playing.

We had corn flakes, soy milk and guava yogurt for breakfast. We started the day at the pool; while there, a couple offered us their float tubes since they were leaving. We came up to the room for lunch (more bologna and cheese) then took our new tubes down to the beach to swim around. After some beach time we went towards the lazy river, but decided to sit in the shade. We found an unattended umbrella and two lounge chairs. Score, we thought. It turns out those chairs were right in the crosswinds from where the breeze between the two buildings met. It was like hurricane central and we quickly realized why the seats were empty, but we stuck it out anyways.

Around 5p, we came up to the room for a snack (pretzel sticks and cheese) and showers.

We had decided on Madam Jeanette’s for dinner but unfortunately they aren’t open on Sunday. So we decided on The Old Cunucu House Restaurant instead. Here is the website for the restaurant.

It was a quaint little house, and old farmhouse I think. And we basically just sat on the front patio.
20130602-211539.jpg For our appetizer, we had Arubian mezze which included two fish cakes, one cheese pastechi (a Gouda cheese turnover), fried calamari and meatballs with a creole sauce for dipping.

For the main course, I originally ordered the Keeshi Yena (the house specialty…similar to a chicken pot pie and made with gouda cheese, chicken, onion, peppers, celery, green olives, raisins and cashews), but it was sold out. Instead I had some pumpkin soup and the “Palm Beach Seafood” which was basically a seafood stew (shrimp, mussels, scallops, lobster, etc.). Bub had the catch of the day, grouper, pan fried. It came with a side of rice and vegetables (carrots, green beans and Brussels sprouts). Mine had the same sides. We took photos but it was a dimly lit restaurant (as we were on the porch) so they didn’t come out great on the iTouch so we had to take with the camera (so they will be uploaded later when we get home). It was a wonderfully delicious meal and very reasonably priced.

We took a cab to the restaurant that cost $10 ($12 with a tip). The restaurant called us a cab to get home. The driver of this cab, a young lady (maybe 30) asked if we’d had the iguana soup (it wasn’t on the menu) and told us it had healing powers…they fed it to her daughter who was only six months old but running already and gave it to her dad who’d had a stroke and he was all better. She also said she ate it because she was bulimic, but we don’t know if she really meant bulimic or something else. It was awkward so we just let her talk. When we arrived at the hotel she said something about a deal then said, “Usually it’s $7, but tonight it’s $10.” We paid her $12 but decided it wasn’t much of a deal.

After the weirdo cab ride, we walked down the beach a ways and then around the resort some. We only got asked to buy G twice and I had to resist the urge to ask, “Is G the same thing as elephant butt?!” both times. (If you don’t get the reference, you can go back and read the blogs about Barbados from March of last year.)

Now we are doing more of the same as last night. I’m blogging and Bub is sleeping on the couch. I think the Balashi beer (Aruba’s beer) might have NyQuill in it! 🙂

Tomorrow we plan to putter around in the morning and then venture into town to walk through the malls again while they’re open to give us a break from pool/beach sun (there are three very close by…and I just can’t help myself!). We will probably stay away from Louis Vuitton, but I want to see the street vendors and maybe get my hair braided (just kidding). But we need to find an ornament and some other goodies to bring home. I’d be ecstatic if I could find some guava cheese! We wish our tour of the island hadn’t been pushed back so far in the week but I think we will take a sunset cruise tomorrow night before dinner to give us something else to do for a little variety. Then we tour the island Tuesday and take a snorkel cruise on Wednesday.

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Aruba: Days 1 and 2


We finally made it to Aruba. That sentence is weighted two ways…1) we wanted to come here for our honeymoon, then for our second anniversary, but couldn’t get it through the timeshare when we were able to come; and 2) our travel getting here this time didn’t go exactly as planned…

Our flight out of Knoxville was scheduled for 9:20a. We left the house at 7:30a and arrived at the airport at 8a EXACTLY as planned. We checked in, grabbed breakfast and…that’s where it all fell apart.

Bub got a call on his cell phone and answered it, when he realized it was automated, he hung up. A call came through again about 10 minutes later, after we made it to our gate (huge airport, I know) so he answered and listened. The flight was delayed an hour. Ugh. Still not a huge deal, but made us cut it a little closer to our layover in Charlotte. We were annoyed, but still fine.

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A few minutes later, the flight was pushed back to 11:30a. Our flight in Charlotte was to leave at 11:30a. Obviously a problem. They called us up to the counter, and gave us our options. You can still go through Charlotte, but then you’ll go to Miami instead of straight to Aruba as you will have already missed the last flight out of Charlotte to Aruba until tomorrow. They usually leave in the morning before noon. (We know, that is why we booked the 9:20a flight.) Ugh 2. Of course I ask how sure we are the plane coming to get us will get here in time for us to make the new Charlotte flight. Not sure…another plane was coming but the one coming to get us hadn’t even left DC yet due to mechanical issues. Not looking good. What’s the other option? Leave the next day. Boo!

A few minutes later another attendant comes on and says, the plane for Charlotte will arrive by 11:30a and leave on time (the new time), but I have six seats on a flight leaving here for Charlotte in about 15 minutes. At this point, I hopped over a child and slid to the front of the line around the side of the counter before people could make their way up. I got us on that flight, and was assured our luggage would make it all the way to Aruba, despite the new travel arrangements. Fine, whatever, just get us to Charlotte so we are at least starting our vacation.

On the plane to Charlotte we had no problems and even had the nicest flight attendant ever! At first Bub was in the window seat at the very front of the plane and i was in then back by the bathrooms. a very nice man, Bub thinks and air marshall, traded seats with me so we could sit together at the very front! We had a pretty short layover in Charlotte and boarded the plane to Miami (things were looking up even though we were headed to a state we hadn’t planed to be in). The layover in Miami was going to be about three hours (boo 2), but don’t worry, we had some stress to help us kill time.

Having flown to the Caribbean before we knew that you’re supposed to check your luggage at the international airport if you don’t check it all the way through, which most of the time you can’t because you have to change airlines. We were SUPPOSED to fly all the way through with US Airways, but they had our last leg of the flight switched to American due to the screw up BUT when we left Knoxville they said your luggage will get to Aruba. I had my doubts. The attendant had retagged it by hand when it was moved from the first delayed Charlotte flight to the second later, but still on time, Charlotte flight. I watched her write CTL, MIA, AUA on both tags. I watched her go down the jet bridge with the tags and come up without them. When I boarded the plane I asked, “So our luggage was switched over right?” She nodded and said yes.

When we landed in Miami, we didn’t see the Aruba flight we were supposed to be on listed on any of the boards and our tickets were US Airways tickets for an American Airlines flight. I had more doubts. I stopped to ask someone at a ticket desk what we should do and she was more confused than us. She sent us to the check in counter. We walked past every check in counter in that terminal (probably 50 and the length of four football fields) and didn’t find an American one so we walked all the way back to one of the first ten counters for US Airways. We told them what happened and they weren’t sure what was up and told us to go to the American gate check in all the way in another terminal. Luckily, I had a moment of panic and decided we should go check for our luggage at baggage claim, since we hadn’t really been told where it was going to end up.

No luggage. I went to the lost baggage area (my lease favorite place) and told them what happened. She took my tag receipts and scanned them and said that they hadn’t been checked in and likely they were on their way to Aruba or would come the next day on the original flight pattern, but delayed. When I started to well up with tears, she decided to go look for them (clutch my pearls, I nearly kissed her). She came back and said, “They’re back there. They were going to transfer them to American…they didn’t have these tags on them, they had new ones…that’s why it wouldn’t scan.” Then she did the most customer service oriented thing I’ve ever experienced in an airport…she asked us if we wanted her to pull them, give them to us, let us take them and re-check them with American ourselves to ensure they were on the same plane as us (as best we could after you watch them go through those tiny doors). Of course we said yes and thanked her profusely. Then we began the almost two mile trek (probably not an exaggeration) to the American counter. We checked our luggage, went through security and began to search for food. We found a Cuban place, had ham croquettes, pork, black beans and rice and a guava pastry. Then we waited.

We were supposed to board the flight out at 6p but a terminally ill marine coming back to Miami after meeting the president was arriving on the plane we were flying out on. There were legion veterans and an active soldier plus about five police and several American Airlines employees. He came off the plane in a wheelchair through two rows of passengers and all those service men clapping. It was pretty cool to see. Obviously. They drove him to baggage claim in a security cart with flags on it escorted by a bike cop. All that made us a little delayed leaving. We boarded at 6:30p. The fight was about 3 hours 40 minutes (and about a half hour longer than I was prepared to amuse myself for). We were FINALLY wheels down in Aruba at 9:40p. Six hours and an extra plane ride and city later than we had planned.

The benefit of this was that customs was a breeze, there were no lines. No hassle with luggage. No taxi lines and no lines for hotel check in. We checked in around 10:30p and then went to find a burger. We ate at Champions in the Marriott then made our way to bed.

The next day…

We were supposed to do an island tour that was picking us up at 8:45a so we set an alarm the first day of vacation. We got up, went down to the front desk and found out that our tour wasn’t coming. We were the only two booked and he had, apparently, been trying to call for two days to let me know they wanted to reschedule. So we got up early for nothing on a morning we really would have enjoyed sleeping in, but nonetheless, we rescheduled the tour to Tuesday morning.

We went in search of food and ate breakfast at a bagel place. Then we walked around a bit and made our way back to the hotel to go to the beach. We sat on the beach, drank fruity drinks and swam until we felt we needed to find some shade. We then went to the pool, found some shade, ordered more drinks and made friends with some LSU fans. We hung with them a bit then went to buy bread, bologna and cheese and chips for lunches. We came up to the room, made a poor man’s lunch and fiddled around for a bit and then went back down to the pool briefly. We then showered and got dressed for dinner. We decided to stay away from the more suggested restaurants with it being Saturday night since we assumed everything would be slammed so we decided to try an Indian restaurant called Taj Mahal. It got pretty good reviews on trip advisor so we went for it.

We got nervous when we went to get a cab and no one knew where the restaurant was. Someone finally figured out (after we told them) that it was downtown near where the cruise ships come in. I happened to see it as our cab driver drove around aimlessly. Still not a good sign.

We walked in and there was one guy sitting at a table. He looked like he might work there but didn’t speak to us. We were really confused. It took a full 30 seconds for someone to greet us…so long that we almost left. Seriously, Bub was at the door. We seated ourselves and waited about three minutes for menus. At this point we were debating leaving even more, but I really wanted to try it. The waitress came over and brought us menus and water. A few minutes later she came back and asked if we wanted anything else to drink. Bub ordered a spiced salty drink from her and she said, “You ever had it? You won’t like it.” He was pretty taken aback. She pretty much refused to serve it to him! We decided to stick it out due to the comedy of errors that was occurring. I HAD read on Trip Advisor that the food was good but the service was not outstanding. So far they were right about the service part.

We chose our food items, an appetizer, two dishes and naan and rice. She didn’t come back until she brought our appetizer. She brought out two sauces and the tea Bub had ordered. She was right, he didn’t like it. It was a mix of black salt, cumin seeds, and some other stuff…meant to help with digestion. Sort of like a detox drink. I thought it was weird, but not horrible….though I wouldn’t want to sip it with dinner.

I will say, our food was good. We did like it. The waitress grew on us and us on her, but we were the only two people there besides someone we couldn’t see but could hear…a man, I’m pretty sure, who may or may not have been choking. But since the waitress didn’t seem worried, we tried to ignore it.

We walked around a bit after dinner at the mall (even went in Louis Vuitton…I looked at the bag and when the lady told me the price and asked if I wanted to try it on, Bub said, “I don’t think she does….” You can bet $1800 he was right) then caught a cab back to the hotel.

Now we are just relaxing (read: I’m blogging in bed and Bub is asleep on the couch….I’ll wake him up shortly). Tomorrow is more of the same as today, except I have to do a better job putting sunscreen on T. His shoulders and face are a bit red even though I thought I was very diligent. I need to determine a better combo of water resistant and non-pore clogging sunscreen for him. Good practice for when we have kids!

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A Couples Beach Vacation: Day 4


This post won’t be a long one because we just bummed it up on the beach yesterday.

We got up late and found a place for breakfast called Kitty’s Kafe. It was pretty tasty. I had an egg and cheese sandwich on French toast, Bub had a pork chop with eggs, Clint had steak and eggs and Mary had an omelette.

After breakfast we headed basically straight to the beach. I waited a bit to go down so I could wrap my leg up, but we were down there until the sun went down.

For dinner, we went late to DeSoto. It was crowded, but we waited at the bar and had some oysters and then sat down to our meal. Clint finally got his red snapper (fried). Mary had hers grilled. I had a platter with scallops, shrimps and fish. None of us but Clint was able to finish our meal they were so big.

After dinner we went to Floribama to listen to music and hang out. We stayed until they closed and came home to fall into bed. Unfortunately, when we got home, we had to make all the beds because we changed rooms and had washed all the sandy sheets. Poor planning on our part.

Today, we may fish some off the pier and hang on the beach. Our plan is to have dinner at Cosmo’s tonight, but are dreading the wait. Supposedly it’s very good, but you have to wait forever. Some lady told us it was worth the wait though, so we will see.

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A Couples Beach Vacation: Day 3


I write again sitting on the balcony of our condo listening to the waves and looking out over the ocean. We really do have a spectacular view and the weather has been pretty good. Not too sunny, not too rainy, but just the right amount of each to keep us from over or underdoing it.

Yesterday was more of the same, we got up, had breakfast, sent the boys for some necessities and then made our way down to the beach. As I mentioned in the last post, we hadn’t been super impressed with the people here…thinking most of them are rude and not capable of observing proper personal space.

When we got to our spots though after Mary and I finished our workouts, we were able to maneuver a bit and get a place to ourselves. To our right was a family of all generations. The youngest, who the boys had played with the day before at the pool tossing a football, asked if he could borrow our volleyball. He apparently had tired of skim boarding. When they brought it back, I said, “Ok, since you’ve played with our stuff…I want to learn to skim board.” So the training commenced. (I should note, that at this point, my husband had walked back up to the pool to use the restroom, so he was nowhere in sight.)

The first attempt was no good. My feet got onto the board, but barely. I fell and busted my left leg and got a little road rash to show for it. But of course, I decided to try a second time. For the second attempt, my legs flew over my head and I landed on my back…rewarded with some road rash on my backside and a swimsuit full of sand. At this point, Clint had joined in the training and was doing little better than me, but was still trying. When Tanner returned, I said, “Hey honey, watch this…” and tried for the third (as it’s always a charm, right?). I then proceeded to jump onto the board, fall immediately off and have my ankle twist in a way it shouldn’t and that was the end of that. I floundered around a bit as no one was sure whether I was laughing or crying. When Bub figured it out, he tossed me over his shoulder and carried me to my chair. I sat there a bit with ice on my leg and people fussing over me, but a nurse nearby scared us into going to the emergent care clinic.

So we did. The boys carried me up the beach and I half hobbled/half hopped to the car. When we got to emergent care, I realized, that in the fluster, I had left in just my swimsuit with no cover up, or shoes. At that point, I didn’t care, but quickly felt bad about it when we pulled into the center and a group of high school cheerleaders was there volunteering…not so great for my self esteem. The nurses were so nice, I had managed to call ahead and tell them we were coming, so they met me with a wheel chair and gave me a robe to wear after they wheeled me straight from the street to an exam room.

As I waited, they offered me a snack. The nurse said, “Would you like an oatmeal cream pie to settle your stomach?” I said sure, of course. When she came back with water she said, “I forgot, but we have Bruster’s ice cream out there, would you like some of that? We have chocolate raspberry and birthday cake flavor.” I said, birthday cake and she returned with an oatmeal cream pie AND some birthday cake ice cream. Everyone said it was a big show just to get some ice cream.

Anyway, they xrayed my ankle and fortunately it isn’t broken, but it is a high ankle sprain and I’m stuck in a boot for the next week. It makes the beach a little difficult, but I went back out yesterday and just carefully maneuvered the sand. Today, I’m going to try wrapping it in a trash bag and taping it to my leg so that I might be able to get in the water. We will see how it goes.

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Now all this sounds like I took this like a champ, I really didn’t. I cried like a baby sporadically for the rest of the afternoon. Though at the clinic, I tried to be really cheerful because it seemed to get us better service. (On another side note: if you are ever injured in Gulf Shores and need urgent care, I suggest going to the one on the parkway. They were so nice to us. The whole ordeal from fall to return to the beach was less than two hours.) I must say, though, that everyone who saw me said, “Oh I had a friend who broke their doing that.” That’s what I get for thinking I could keep up with a kid, but, man, that eight year old made it look sooooooo easy!

I came up from the beach a little earlier than everyone else to give myself time for a pity party and to shower before dinner. By that time, I was ok. For dinner, we went to Tacky Jacks and had some drinks, a dozen raw oysters, fish tacos, shrimp and grits, and crab cakes. After that, we went to The Hangout, had some truly awful strawberry daiquiris, heard an ok cover band (maybe called Rumor Mill) and then headed home where we all immediately crashed.

I’m the only one up right now, but I would wager it’s because my Ibuprofen has has worn off and my body wanted me to put my compression boot back on instead of hobbling around without it.

Despite the injury, this trip has been great and I look forward to another beach day today and one tomorrow. Not sure where we’ll eat tonight, but on Friday night, we’re going to Cosmos to do it up with a big nice dinner. Good thing I’ve got this Gucci boot!

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A Couples Beach Vacation: Day 2


Coming to you from my beautiful morning view again.

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Clint and Mary jumped out of bed this morning to place our chairs on the beach, so I’m taking a few short minutes to tell you about our day yesterday.

We were on the beach all day. We packed a great cooler full of snacks and drinks and sat on the beach ALL.DAY. The only disappointment was how rude people are, as we placed our chairs and then someone came and sat BETWEEN us and the ocean…seriously, like two feet away from us. I wanted to ask them to move, but my husband was too polite to let me. (As I type this now, I see that Clint and Mary placed our chairs in a different spot and someone has already placed theirs less than a foot to our right when a huge expanse of empty beach sits directly to our left…some people).

Around 1 p.m. yesterday we came up for lunch and made sandwiches and hung out a bit, then headed back down to the beach where we stayed until a cool breeze and a little rain ran us off. We played bananagrams (a scrabble-like game) and then went to a place called Sea n’ Suds for a raw oyster appetizer before we called in our dinner order at Steamers.

Now, our desire was to have a low country boil will all the best sea food, but we didn’t want it to be too spicy (for me) and we didn’t want to have to cook it, even though we wanted to eat it at our condo. A cab driver from yesterday told us Steamers was better than another place we had looked at to order from and we got more/better food. Crab legs, crawfish, shrimp, corn, sausage, potatoes, mussels and oysters. And lots and lots of butter. We had brought two loaves of french bread with us, so we used those to sop up the mess.

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We talked about taking a photo to show you what it looked like after we finished, but we were embarrassed. Our inner fat kids sure did come out during the meal.

It was an adventure for me and Mary to get the steamer picked up though as apparently there are TWO Steamers located in Gulf Shores and myriad other restaurants that DO steamers. Called in our order at the right place and then after our oysters headed to pick it up at the wrong place. When we got to the wrong place, they not-so-helpfully directed us to the other place, so we called the other place and they not-so-helpfully gave us directions to their place, which we couldn’t find and then called and not-so-helpfully got directed to the VERY crowded restaurant then stood in line while no one would talk to us until we finally got our steamer (that obviously had been sitting on the counter for the last half hour, because it was pretty cold). Luckily, the boys had been baking the bread so the oven was still hot.

When we got back, we just popped that basket into the oven and let it steam itself a bit and then enjoyed. We tore into it in such a way, it was good that we weren’t in public, but we were not ashamed. We ate like savages with our hands and were covered with seafood juices and made a huge mess. We ate in almost complete silence. It was WONDERFUL!

After we cleaned up, we sat on the balcony watching people shoot off cheap firework and answering “would you rather” questions…Would YOU rather work or be at the beach?! DUH!

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