Lands Down Under (Day 6)

January 16

[It’s time to recognize we’re going on a cruise!  And unlike Kellyanne, I’m free to give a plug to our travel agency!  🙂  ]


[Our room key – it gets scanned whenever you go off and on the boat to make sure they know where you are.]




[The ship, we were on the Lower Promenade Deck at the rear of the ship.]

maasdam4-copy[Pulling out of Sydney . . . goodbye Opera House.]


[Ah, life at sea.  Immediately repair to Kathy and Bert’s penthouse for a little taste of the grape on their “patio.”]



[The onboard staff photographer and I exchange photo ops.  And I even got a selfie out of it.]


[No use crying over spilled sauvignon blanc.]


[Looking out our window from the back of the boat (technically, the stern).  Sydney is now long gone.]


[Our first dinner in the ship’s dining room . . . ]


[I have no recollection of our dining options.]


[And I didn’t remember to use the camera until we got to this course.]


[Each night our cabin stewards, Roby and Moh, left a “towel animal” on our bed.]


[Then back on deck for sunset shots.  We’re heading south to Melbourne.]



[Say good night, Reetz!  She and Shari, incidentally, had the room right next to ours.]


It was good to travel to the other side of the world.  ~  Andre Braugher

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to Lands Down Under (Day 6)

  1. G. says:

    Love all the photos. Quite an adventure on the other side of the world. Everyone looks so happy a relaxed. Wonderful. And yes, Skadsberg Travel is the best. G.

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