I want to start with YOU!
Well, us and then you lol. This is a picture of us as we head out the door. We have a tradition of celebrating with a glass of champaign as we start our journey and then we finish off the bottle when we get to our destination. This is us heading out... Gerard and Patti and Jim and Me.
I thought of Tori often throughout the cruise. Tori, we had two blind passengers with us. One was a gay guy who I kinda wondered about... he left his white tipped cane behind often while he tended to his partner who was in a wheel chair. All I could figure is that he is legally blind and was doing the best he could. I had to stop and think as I watched him and wondered how he would do if he was faced with the challenges you face daily. I suspect he would not do nearly as well as you do, Tori. He was much too intent on putting on a "show". Our other blind passenger actually reminded me of how I picture you. She was very sweet with an equally sweet husband. Anyway, Tori, I thought of you often.
Iggy I have not one picture for you. They all made me think of you. You make me stop and think all the time. You have had such an impact on me that I could not choose one picture.. if the picture is special, then it is IGGY.
Everytime I'd see a family I'd think of Wifey and Matt and their kids. I'd think of what fun they would be making of the experience. I spent some time in one of the hot tubs with one of the kids (I was actually trying to intimidate him and his brother into leaving so us adults could have it ;) ) I had such fun talking to him. He said his favorite Island was Grenada because everyone was so friendly. I had to smile. Grenada was pure hell because you couldn't walk two feet without someone following you wanting money lol. Anyway that sweet kid who did finally vacate the hot tub was mighty sweet and reminded me of Wifey and Matt.And Lainie there were no pictures to capture you and your love. I had to think about you every time I saw someone in love. A rose to you.
Junyah if you are reading this - know you were on my mind. I saw folks taking things that the "rich" had thrown out and making something of it and I would think... yea, Junya would have done that. And the boats.. I thought of the boat you were making. I know the one below is not even close but... it is a boat.. right?
Chicago! Birds! Every time I saw a bird I thought of you. Plus there was a group of drunks on board from Chicago lol (were you one of them?) They would yell MISSOURI across the atrium and we would yell CHICAGO! Ok, I know that is lame ...
Styxie my dear. I saw OCHA'S everywhere. I wasn't sure who I should give this picture to but... you are the eye behind the mad OCHAman .....
And AK - A RAINBOW! Actually I discovered on this cruise that rainforests are great for rainbows. I will be posting most rainbow pictures eventually but this one will do for now...
BlueRidgeGal - my most recent blog friend... I looked at my photos through your eyes. I took pictures I would have never otherwise taken. I caught myself thinking... what would Gal do and I'd take an off the wall picture. This picture was taken from inside a shop. It is one of my favorites.
You see, as I look through the pictures I realize my blog friends were very much in my mind throughout my vacation.