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Old 03-01-2014, 02:54 PM   #511
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I gotta say it, LOOK AT MY TICKETER. Actually it is off by one day. I am sitting in the DTW airport right now. I am on the way to AKL-Jambo for a me, myself and I mini-vacation.

Now to back up and read what's been happening with your trip.

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Old 03-01-2014, 03:16 PM   #512
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Years ago we went to Yellowstone and stayed in the Old Faithful Inn. We made sure to go while Sarah still qualified for "child" rates at the buffets, because even the buffets were EXPENSIVE. We figured with what we were saving with her "child rate" we could splurge and eat at the nicer places. Sarah has always eaten adult foods so when eating out we needed to either pay for an adult meal or find decent buffets where she could choose the duck, squid, etc. (No mac and cheese/grill cheese/kid food for her taste buds.) Now we justify eating at or visiting special, expensive places by saying, we are creating memories. And memories are worth paying the price. Sometimes.

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Old 03-01-2014, 04:42 PM   #513

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Dinner looked amazing. I love lamb chops! Yummy cocktail but what's with the hardware?

That's a gorgeous dining room too.
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:16 PM   #514

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That looks like a wonderful meal, and while the prices were expensive, I'm sorry to say that we see prices like that sort of a lot. Not really often, but nice places demand nice prices. I would have been all over that Prime Rib, Swordfish (sans olive tapenade), the apps looked GREAT! Sign me up. We need to make our reservation for next May!
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:24 PM   #515
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yummy yummy yummy!!!

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Old 03-04-2014, 02:27 PM   #516
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Your pictures of Yosemite and the hotel are just breathtaking! What a gorgeous place!! I really need to make it out to the national parks in the next few years.

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Old 03-05-2014, 11:47 PM   #517
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That dining room is gorgeous.
The drink looked even better. LOL
WOW! Those prices. Did you come to NYC for dinner? LOL
Nice gift. Looks like it was wonderful meal.
Hmm, I sense trouble coming up.
Great update and pics.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:31 PM   #518
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Ellen, those are great photos! That lodge and that food look amazing. I can't wait to hear about the shower. You've got lots of teasing and foreshadowing in your update!

Where are you going in a couple weeks?
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:27 PM   #519
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Wow - the dining room is BEAUTIFUL! All of your food looked really tasty too - I would have ordered the steelhead as well; I'm a big fan of it.

Uh oh - sounds like the hike may not have gone so well…...
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Wow! Looks like a fabulous dinner! Quite a list of celebs - I guess that makes it even more special! I'm about what's coming next.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:23 AM   #521
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YUM!!!! That dinner looks great and I am still amazed at the views you have there. It's such a beautiful place!
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:41 AM   #522
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Hello there! I know I have been neglecting you all over here, focusing on the NYE Fantasy cruise TR lately- but I will do my best to get some updates going because you have been asking, and I should be finishing before our next summer vacation begins, lol-

We woke up to another sun soaked, hot and beautiful day in the Yosemite Valley-

Tyler got in the shower (because you always shower BEFORE your hike, right??? So does tyler) and got out pretty quick- that crazy handle came off right in his hand! OOPS!!! I know it's an old hotel, but a working shower is something I rate right up there with- umm, I guess having a bed! Anyway, we called maintenance, and they said they would be by to fix it that day. So we hustled our dirty selves outside and onto the shuttle, over to Curry Village, the popular campground in the Valley, to have some breakfast in their cafeteria before tackling today's hike- the Mist trail. The Mist Trail begins right next to this campsite, so it seemed like the perfect choice.

This campsite was so pretty, it made me wish I liked camping! They had a lot of things going on here, too- very family oriented. This books up FAST- solid, a year and a day in advance at times, so if this is what you want- please plan ahead.

We were all looking forward to this hike- all except our youngest and tallest, that is. Which seemed incredibly odd, given his preference for standing on the edge of some mighty high climbs while terrifying his Mom.

Something was just not right with Timmy.

He was sick. Sore throat, body aches, just not "feeling" very Timmy-ish.

We tried to entice him with some french toast, sausage and scrambled eggs-

ANd he ate-

And then said he was going back to bed.

SO so sad, but what are you going to do? We asked him if he wanted me to go with him, and he said he knew where to get the shuttle, he would be fine, and...off he went. I was so bummed- I knew Timmy was going to love this hike, it was physically challenging and offered plenty of opportunities to scare the CRAP out of me, but, what can you do? He must have felt pretty awful if he chose bed over this.

We walked over to the trail head which is at a place called Happy Isles-

Ummm...no thanks, but my crazy friend Steven did on the same day he also hiked up to Glacier Point and SAT OUT ON THE POINT to contemplate his impending nuptials (he should have spent more time contemplating and less time hiking that day- she was/is a lunatic and they had a horrible divorce). Oh! And Cynthia did, too! If you would like to see what is really involved in that particular hike, have a look at this-


As usual, me and my photography problem were not keeping up-

Look at Tyler up there- he was like come ON old woman! Enough!

Looking back-

Cont'd next post-

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:57 AM   #523
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We had only hiked up (and I do mean UP) about a mile or so when we got to the stairs.

The stairs I thought were so beautiful- that I was sadly now afraid to go all the way up- all because of coming down.

I usually don't do that- chicken out- and I am SO mad at myself for chickening out this day! UGH! I need to go back!

Pods and tyler continued up, and I went back down- BOO me.

Yikes! Out of pics! Time to upload- see ya later-

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At least no one was raggin at me for taking pics on my way down, lol-

Not much longer after me, Pods and tyler showed up- they said they made it up to the top of the first fall- and turned around. NOOO!!!! They should have kept going- there is an Emerald pool up there that is supposed to be really beautiful- SO should have gone with them!

Anyway, we grabbed some sandwiches and hot dogs from the stand at Happy Isles-

and headed back to bring Timmy some lunch, and see how our youngest was feeling.

I had signed up for the tour of the Ahwahnee, and Pods and the boys were going to just hang out...but not shower yet, because there was still no handle on the shower. Hmmmm....

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Old 04-22-2014, 12:39 PM   #525
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Originally Posted by rentayenta View Post
Other than turning 45 in a week , maybe...... 29 days!!!! My FE gifts are almost ready and I'm starting to pack. I'm going to Vegas with Joshua for soccer March 14-16. M is traveling a ton. It'll be here before I know it. Any helpful hints, tips? I know you love your cruises!
Yes I love my cruises, and now YOU love yours, too! Addicting, isn't it... Feeling pampered and happy without being run ragged leading the charge on vacation? Lol-
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