Thursday, March 22, 2018

1.11.18 - 1.15.18 Scottsdale, Grand Canyon Railway and Sedona

We went to Arizona to explore the Grand Canyon. We spent the first night at Andaz Scottsdale. It's a beautiful hotel with a good restaurant. I was surprised that it is primarily a business hotel. The next morning, we drove up to Williams, Arizona. We had a great lunch at the Grand Canyon Brewing Company. The included buffet in the Grand Canyon Railway package is pretty good. I loved the pasta station and the enthusiasm the chef had in making the pasta.

The next morning, we went to the Wild West show and then boarded the train. We booked the luxury dome car. It was fantastic! The staff was great.  A guitar player came through. We arrived at the Grand Canyon. We took the bus tour including lunch. Then we checked in the Maswik Lodge. It's a simple, clean hotel close to Grand Canyon village. We went to El Tovar for dinner. The setting was gorgeous. The food was average. The next morning we got up and hiked a bit of the Bright Angel trail. The elevation is no joke. We were careful not to get dehydrated. We took the train back to Williams and then drove to Scottsdale. I do not recommend take the local roads as it's quite windy. We checked into the Best Western Inn of Sedona. The shuttle driver took us to a local bar for dinner. 

The next morning, we were amazed at the view right outside our window. We took the Pink Jeep tour to explore the landscape. It was a lot of fun and very bumpy. All in all - a great trip! 

12.30.18 Celebrity Equinox

We sailed away on the Celebrity Equinox for a New Year's Eve Caribbean cruise. I was so excited to find our favorite bartender from our last Equinox cruise - Santos - onboard. I think I may have scared him a bit with my enthusiasm. It was funny on this cruise that we loved the opposite of what we liked last time: dining at Blu and the entertainment. 

The biggest highlight was the ATV excursion in Costa Maya. It was super muddy and intense. I found it harder than I imagined, but I am really glad I did it. We also visited the Fiesta Americana resort in Cozumel. 

2017 Christmas

We had a great trip back to Indy for Christmas. 

11.16.17 - 11.26.17 Viking Sea Cruise

In November, we joined my parents on a 10 night Central America cruise on the Viking Sea. The ship was gorgeous. The cabins were fantastic. We loved the Italian specialty restaurant ManFredi's - we ate there five nights out of the ten onboard. Some of the highlights were:

  • The Walking Tour in San Juan
  • Visiting the church in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Hiking through the Tayrona National Park in Santa Maria, Colombia 
  • The 4x4 tour and hike to the Natural Pool in Aruba 
  • The onboard entertainment and getting to know singer  Julia Richardson
  • The Classical Trio - especially the one night where they played contemporary songs
  • Making new friends  

10.15.17 Indy

I headed to Indy in October to help my Mom watch my niece and nephew while my sister and brother-in-law were out of town. Chloe beat me at almost every game we played. I won Conner's heart by showing him photos of animals on my computer. We went Halloween costume shopping. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

9.30.17 - 10.1.17

We took a quick trip to Chicago to surprise Marisa at Lily's 2nd birthday party. We also got to see Jon, Jackie, and Julia.

9.2.17 - 9.5.17 Le Blanc Cancun

It basically rained the whole trip. That's the risk traveling during hurricane season. The resort was great. We loved the service and the restaurants. We got to release sea turtles and see a wonderful concert on the beach by a group inspired by the Three Tenors.

We took a snorkeling tour in the rain. It was a little harrowing as several people on the tour didn't know how to swim. The crew did the best job they could.