Day Three--Chickens, Limes, and Sloppy Joes
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Today is our first Port of Call,
But, the only issue I had was sometime in the middle of the night, I felt the bed rocking.
Anyway Jolene was up about the same time. I got my shower and the wandered around up top for awhile. While I was gone the others got their showers. It took awhile, but by or so we were up at Topsiders Buffet having breakfast. Topsiders is a buffet, and they have the standard breakfast buffet food. It was pretty good. We finished up, wandered the boat some more, and then went back to our room, to wait for us to get into port. I worked on this some, and watched TV more. The Jungle Book was on, and I got hooked on it. After that it was
We finally got off the boat.
Anyway, we got off the boat and just a short distance away was the town of
The main street through
After wandering the shops and waterfront area, we decided to sign up for a tour. It was a bit expensive, $108.00 for all of us. The plan was to take the tram, it was one in which you could get on or off at any of the ten stops, and get off on stop #3. Near there was a place called the Blonde Giraffe. I suppose there is a colorful story about the naming of this establishment, but no one shared it with us. Maybe the original owner was Swedish with a very long neck. Who knows, but apparently the Swede could make a pretty good Key Lime pie. Margo had most of a slice. Jolene had one, and I had two. It was that good. Jessi had me buy a bottle of a Lime Spice. I told her I would, under the condition that she uses it to make me a roast chicken dinner. We’ll see. My youngest daughter is not known for cooking expertise. I suspect that after she moves out, should her microwave break she would likely starve to death.
There were more shops in the vicinity, so more shopping was in order. Margo found a little shop that sold full size coconuts, hand painted, and designed to be mailed back home. We couldn’t resist and sent one back to Margo’s office. It said “You’re working and we’re not!” I was getting pretty tired of the shopping however, especially as the tram only ran until . That was further backed up as you needed to be on board the tram, at some place on the route by 4:30 PM. By my watch it was , when we finally made it back on the tram. A compete circuit of the tram takes 90 minutes. As we had boarded at stop #3, which was about 15 minutes into the tour, it was unlikely that we would be able to get off again. I wanted to do just that, and take our picture at the southern most marker. That marker designated that point of the
We made it back to the start of our tour, but we still had 2 ½ hours until we had to be back on board.
While they shopped I snuck off to
I got back in time and we did watch the sunset, which was not to be missed.. But soon it was time to go, and we got back on board the ship.
Dinner tonight was in Animator’s Palate. This restaurant is done in predominately black and white. There are basic drawings on the walls done in pencil. The walls are all white, and are perforated with many holes, like peg board. On the walls are also “murals”, which are really some type of television monitor. So the murals can change characters and can go from a monochrome scene to color. The columns are very large paint brushes, again in black and white. But, the bristles, at the top, have the capability to change color. The big “thing” is that as the dinner goes by the room changes from black and white to color. The white walls, end up being a swirl of color, from a distance. They make that happen because behind them, about a foot back is another wall, with lighting equipment. So those lights shine through, and are able to dominate the white. But up close, like where were sitting, you couldn’t see the effect. But, we could on the walls across the room, so we didn’t really get shortchanged.
Dinner itself was good. The presentation and quality of the food was great. I don’t consider my self to have a sophisticated palate. But, I’m a gourmet compared to my two girls. When they saw this second straight menu of food with names they had could not pronounce, much less even heard of, they were starting to long for pizza and hamburges. But they made due. I was able to find something I liked from each category (appetizer, soup/salad, entrée) and so did Margo. The first night she was a little reluctant to try anything, but by now she was opening up. Our afternoon in
We finished up dinner around , and then went back to our room. I decided to go up on deck and see what was going on. Deck number 9 is where the pools are at. At our end, the forward end there is the adult area, called Quiet Cove. No one under 18 is allowed. The girls got carded when they were swimming there earlier in the day. They weren’t terribly pleased. But, everything was OK after that. In the midship area is another pool. I think that is the family pool. That is where the Aerial Television is as well. The Aerial Television is just like the Jumbotron at a sports stadium. Disney airs various things through out the day and night. The aft end of deck 9 has the kiddie pool. It is also where the free food stations are at, and the free drink station.
I wandered over to the aft end, after noting that the Aerial TV was showing the Sunday Night Football game, and gott a drink. Pittsburgh was playing Cincinnati. Willie Parker, RB for the Steelers was having a hell of time holding on to the football. He was single handedly keeping the Bengals in the game. But
That was the end of the night, really. I went back to the room, and the others after they had done some wandering of their own, were back watching a movie on our tiny 12” TV. We really didn’t have any complaints about the TV size. We only watched it to relax us at the end of the night. It was fine for that. Nighty-night.