Archive for June, 2013

Day 183 My Temporary Home

Friday, June 28th, 2013

This was my temporary home for a week, the Carnival Liberty. We had to change our itinerary because of a tropical depression and spent an extra day at sea. I got to know that ship from top to bottom.

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Day 182 Happy Birthday, Bryant!!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

If I have counted right, this is July 1st and your special day. Here is a margarita ingredient toast to you!! You would have loved the class I took.

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Day 181 Hey, Where Are Your Orange Shoes?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

These tour guides have decided that wearing orange shoes makes it easy for their customers to find them, I guess. There was a nonconformist in the bunch though. Maybe he was from another company. Of course, with my love of the color orange, I definitely approved.

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Day 180 Salsa and Salsa

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

What a fun excursion this was. Best one I have ever been on in all the cruises I have sailed on. What a great time and yummy experience. The chef who started Salsa and Salsa is actually from Wisconsin. It was well organized and exactly the way I wanted to spend my dock time in Cozumel. I saw the Maya ruins the last time I was here, so was ready for something different. We actually prepared 7 salsas and made margaritas. Because I don’t do alcohol, they made sure my glass was always full of either virgin margaritas or strawberry Daiquiris. I now know the difference in cooked and uncooked salsa and also between green and red salsa. We made guacamole too and then enjoyed a meal of all our preparations. The final dish was a dessert salsa served over Mexican ice cream. Following a nice relaxed meal, we learned to salsa. I would highly recommend this fun experience. We went home with the recipes even, so I have no excuse to not make some drop dead salsa at home. The couple that you see in the pictures were celebrating their 50th anniversary, so they had them be part of the demo making maragitas, while we followed along at our work stations. There was lots of chopping up tomatoes, onions and tomatillos. Garlic and avocado was mashed and lemon juice squeezed. I even learned a really fast and easy way to remove the pit from an avocado.

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Day 179 Flowers of the Caribbean

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Flowers were so pretty everywhere we went. These were from Cozumel where I took a class on making salsa that was held at a gorgeous resort. More on that to come.

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Day 178 A Miami Motel Room Visitor

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

My first morning in Miami, I was met by this little visitor. Pretty sure it is an American Cockroach. First I have ever seen. And this was a Hilton very nice hotel. Maybe they are commonly found everywhere in Florida. My new Monfrotto tripod arrived yesterday. Sadly, my Flashpoint needs repairs and won’t be back in time for Monterey. This one was highly recommended, so maybe is not a bad thing. I went with carbon fiber again because it is nice and light to carry, even though a bit pricey.

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Not Sure What Is Wrong

Monday, June 24th, 2013

I just updated the database and now I have that strange space between photos. Can’t seem to figure out how to get it out of there, either.

Day 177 Off To The Caribbean

Monday, June 24th, 2013

I just returned from cruising the Western Caribbean. These iPhone shots are from on my way to Miami. I had not been there for a few years and it was nice to be back.

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Day 176 We Had a Visit From The Great White Combine

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Our first hail storm in a couple years and thank Heavens, it looks like it didn’t hurt the hay. I hope this is not a sign of what is to come this summer.

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Day 175 A Nice Sunset

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

I took this one in Tanzania. The sunsets were gorgeous there; much like our Montana ones. We had one heck of a storm last night complete with hail. Haven’t had any of the white stuff for a couple of years, so we were probably due for some. Not sure about the damage to our hay and grain yet. It did blow off the top of our gas stove pipe and wreck it. Heard on the news that the hail was at Cascade and east of Great Falls. So glad that we got the last of the cows out to pasture yesterday.

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