This is me in August 1958 just getting ready to turn 7 in another month.  We were in Seattle, Washington on my Uncle Francis’ house boat.  It was so cool.  You could fish right off the back porch and that is where I caught my first fish!  I guess that ‘s where I got my love for fishing.

  My family and I drove out to Washington state for my Uncle’s wedding.  We had a 1957 Cadillac which was so big.  My dad put a piece of covered plywood on the back seat that reached the back of the front seats so that we could sleep and have room to play on it.  My grandmother came along with us and she sat in the back with us.  Like I said, the car was BIG!

  Of course we hadn’t even gotten out of Pennsylvania when one of my doll hats flew out the window. It was one of the straw hats that matched Ginger’s outfit.  I still have that doll, but I have no idea what happened to all of her clothes.   I remember crying because my dad  wouldn’t stop and go back and get it.  What a great start to our vacation.  🙂

  We were fortunate enough to be able to take our time and sight see.  We stayed at the neatest places on our way out.  I can remember riding through Yellowstone National Park and being so amazed with the bears.  I had my window down in the back of the car.  My grandmother was in the back next to me.  A cub came up to my widow and stood up.  I actually got to pet him.  My grandmother screamed, and the cub made a noise.  Before I knew it the mamma bear was headed toward the car. We got the window up just in time, but she gave the side of the car a good swat.  I thought the whole thing was great.  However, my parents were furious with me.

  Later that day, my dad decided to get out of the car and take pictures of the bears.  He was stooping down by the back tire of the car to get the shot he wanted.  All of a sudden he slipped in the gravel on the side of the road and he was chased back into the car.  Of course my brother and I being little and not understanding the danger of these animals, we thought the whole episode was hilarious.

  I witnessed an American Indian ceremony dance and even got the chief’s autograph.  That was so cool to see.  I was fascinated with the geysers we saw too.  My father planned a different route for the ride home which was nice.  We saw different things on the way home.   Such good memories were made during that trip.  🙂

Still In Orlando!

We are still in Orlando at my friend Dottie’s.  We have had a wonderful time playing cards.  For the first time in over 40 years I have won more than one game in any session we have played this game.  I have won 9 games!!!  When I spoke to my mother in law and sister in law they could not believe it This is my in laws favorite card game and after introducing it to our friends this is all we play.  We were calling it the New Game, but I have been told it is called 3-13.  What ever it is called, we love to play it.

Dottie works at Disney Animal Kingdom.  Needless to say we have done some shopping at her employee center.  The baby is in for some cute Christmas presents.  My son just loves Disney.

On Tuesday May 17th  Dottie and I spent the day at Animal Kingdom.  We had a wonderful time.  We rode the Everest roller coaster three times in a row.  What a blast!  I got some good shots of the animals on the safari ride.  Which, by the way that’s why we went to the park.  We couldn’t resist some of the other fun things to do.  Just like when we were in our teens.  We have been friends for almost 50 years. Wow! That makes me an old girl then huh?  We met in our junior year of high school.  I am blessed to have such a good friend.

Isn’t this guy awesome?

On Thursday May 12th  we took a river dinner cruise on a paddle boat up the St. Johns River.  The scenery was beautiful and the river was so calm.  This is a family business and most of the staff are related by birth or marriage.

While we were waiting to board the boat, I noticed a couple of anoles chasing each other.  I walked over closer to them and realized they were mating.  I couldn’t resist taking a picture.  After all, how many chances do you get to see anoles mating?

We started out with fruit, pasta salad and home made sticky buns.  The sticky buns are the owners grandmother’s own recipe.  I had prime rib and it was absolutely delicious.  Everything is cooked on the boat except the desert which is done by a bakery in town.  There is nothing better than a good meal and good company.  It was the perfect day.

Dottie, Gary, Me and Frank.

Dottie has really spoiled us this trip.  On Thursday May 5th she took us to dinner at the Polynesian Restaurant “Ohana”. It was absolutely wonderful!  We were even treated to the Disney fire works show during desert.  The waiters come around to your table with skewers full of steak, chicken and shrimp. You can eat till your hearts content.  Vegetables are served family style.   You can be sure no one left hungry.  🙂

We were going to head home today, but the weather forecast is not conducive to travel.  So we are staying here for a few more days until the weather clears up along the coast.  I’m not complaining.  I get more time with my dear friend.