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Cruisin’ and Camping

August 28, 2010

Marty and I were married in July, so anniversaries have been little celebrated over the years, due to internships and other summertime conflicts. This year we decided to celebrate years ten through twenty. (This July being actually nineteen.) Marty had begun planning and saving for this extravaganza many months before, and he outdid himself. This trip exceeded even our honeymoon. Perhaps because I think you really deserve it after more than a few years of marriage. A honeymoon is certainly nice, but let’s face it, you haven’t really earned it yet.

We flew to New York City the day before our cruise would depart. We got to walk Manhattan a bit, observing New York’s split personality. Arriving on a Sunday afternoon, the streets are so sparsely populated with dog walkers and joggers ambling along. Then comes Monday morning with the bustle of the tennis shoe clad, patent leather carrying business people.

We boarded the ship which was as big as a city, sailed past Lady Liberty and soon were looking at nothing but the Big Blue. After two complete days at sea, we docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Over the next four days we were in ports of St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk. Although there was much rain, we enjoyed the islands very much. We had a splendid time reading, lounging and dining on the ship. It was a special treat for both of us to get dressed up.

Once we were back in New York, Marty showed his stuff in travel planning. He had booked an amazing boutique hotel one block from Broadway. We had 6th row center tickets to see the Lion King following an amazing Italian dinner in a quaint restaurant within walking distance. The following morning, we walked to Central Park where we took our breakfast.

The city must have decided we had not spent our quota of dollars yet, because when we got to the airport all the flights had been cancelled. We had to stay another night. Now had we known this before leaving the hotel that would have been ideal, but no so for us. We had to go into Queens for the night at the LaGuardia Marriot (which cost just as much as the Broadway spot!) However, the trip as a whole was like a dream come true.

One thing that made the trip so perfect was its timing for the boys. For the entire two weeks we were away, they were at Camp Tahkodah in Arkansas. With some delivery and pickup help from Marty’s parents, we were not needed at all. This was the first year that all four of our boys were old enough to go to camp. They had a great time swimming in the lake, playing games and making new friends.

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