Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Tuesday…

The three year old (Mack) takes photos of his one year old sister (Cali)….

“Ok Mack; don’t put your finger on the lens.  Hold it like this.”

“Ok ‘Amma!!!”

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“Mack…can you see your sister? Can you see Cali??”  I guess he could!!!

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Playing with Duplo…I think this was a planned shot.  Maybe??

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Mack, the three year old super photographer!!!

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Making cookies for Daddy.  (Cali knows how to say cheese!!!)

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There was some cookie dough left to bake as well.  Daddy got cookies for his lunch today!!!

Tuesdays and Fridays are sooo much fun around here.  So looking forward to training in California for March and April but boy am I gonna miss my Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Ughhhhh…computers…

In anticipation of our cruise and then our temporary move to Del Mar, I have been researching a new laptop/tablet.

A tablet would be so convenient for travel; light,  small, and easy to whip out whenever I got a moment to work on the blog.  Large enough to Skype effectively to all my family still at home.  Soooo IPad?  Small laptop?  Hey the Lenovo Yoga!!!!  Acts like a laptop, swing the screen around and voila….a tablet!   Sounds like a fit!!!

I ordered the Yoga, it didn’t arrive till the day we left for the cruise, no problem, I’ll still have a great tablet for the trip to California.

So I thought….

Greg spent the day yesterday transferring files and setting up the Yoga so I’d have a seamless transfer to the new device. ( And he wouldn’t be getting the desperate long distance call from his mom “Greg how do I fix……????  Greg I can’t get this thing to do…….!!!!!)  So it really was self preservation that he was doing such a great job in getting the Yoga travel ready.

We took a pizza break, came back home to put the finishing touches on the tablet….guess what!!!!  the new Windows 8RT will not install Outlook (it comes with Office!!!!) so no email.  It won’t install ITunes, so no updates on my phone while away???  (for me, that’s essentially my new Audible books…needed for the treadmill, walks on the beach…)  And several other bits of software that I use daily.  It will only support “Microsoft” apps.  I didn’t even want to find out if I could access the blog.

This is totally my fault in the research.  I thought as it was a laptop first, the OS would have been Windows 8 not Windows 8RT.  Ughhh….computers….

My Lenovo Yoga is a great tablet/laptop…just not for me!!!!

Off to find the Yoga a new job…

V

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Home!!!

We’re home and in full swing at work and with the kids…yeah!!!

The horses all look fabulous; good work Lindsey!!!!

We have this time, in the month of February, for the big push for work, to be ready to head to San Diego and train with Shannon Peters at Arroyo Del Mar.  It’s going to be a busy month!!  All three of our horses will be working in their stretch zones!!!  Show season is starting soon!!!

Off to start my day…

V

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Grand Turk

We had an amazing day kayaking in an inner waterway in Grand Turk. The guide was not a biologist by any stretch but he was a young man that knew his island home and loved explaining it to tourists. Held a mangrove jellyfish, several different types of sea urchins, a sea cucumber and many, many conch. A wonderful way to end this amazing 2 week  Caribbean experience!!

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Mangrove jellies

 

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All sorts of sea urchins…green, black and spiney ones!  Sea cucumbers and conch.

 

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“Hey!!! If you’re taking photos, who’s paddling around here???!!!  Stroke man, stroke!!!!”

 

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Back to the ship for our planned sail away at 5pm.

 

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Pulling away from the dock, next stop Miami.

 

Today is another “at sea” day.  Pilates class this am, a golf lecture in the morning and afternoon, dinner, then packing.  They pick up our luggage this evening and we’ll see it again tomorrow as we head to the airport.  It’ll require some organization to get out the door in the morning (some things are packed and some are not) and then we head to the airport.  Miami/Toronto/Edmonton and we’re home tomorrow night!!!  Amazing really.

V

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Yesterday “at sea”

Yesterday was a total kickback relax day. Pilates in the am for me and Ivars had a spin class in the fitness centre. We both have good books started on our IPods so spent the day “reading” (listening) to our books and enjoying the sun and sea breezes.

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Off the stern on our deck, deck 9

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The view from the bow. This hot tub hasn’t been opened all trip (probably don’t want any “Titanic” re-enactments!!!)

Today we are in Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos). A sea kayak/eco walk trip is planned. Sounds wet and but very warm!!!

Tonight we have a special dinner booked. The chef prepares dinner and the head sommelier pairs special wines to each dish. Ivars will be totally hitting the adventure button on his side of the travel memories for this trip tonight!!!

Off for a leisurely breakfast and a look at Grand Turk.

V

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12M America’s Cup Racing!!!!!

OMG…we had a blast!!! We didn’t win, but raced as hard as we were able!!! (We needed a tactician aboard, I think!!)

3 12M sailboats here, Stars and Stripes, True North (Canadian) and Canada II (Canadian). We were on Canada II. We had a great start, seconds ahead of the other two boats, were well ahead but lost the lead on the third leg. Again…needed a tactician??? But what an amazing way to spend our day on the ocean!!! What a well run, exciting excursion. They accommodated all levels of sailing and everyone had a blast!!!

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Our skipper, Christopher

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We’re on Canada II, True North just ahead, Stars and Stripes in the lead

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Ivars and I were on the Main Winch, winching in the boom for the mainsail. It’s a good thing we know how to paddle together…pulling together on the winch one of the most important things!!!

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Saying goodbye to Canada II. Thank you everyone involved for such a great day!!!

After yesterday’s race…I really could fly home…weeeell maybe a couple more days in the warm sun and breezes??? Yup!

Today is an “at sea” day on our way to Grand Turk. Pilates this morning along with 2 golf lectures (putting, woods and drivers) then yoga this afternoon. Tonight we have reservations at Nobu Silk Road restaurant.

Off to my Pilates Reformer class…

V

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Friday was ATV day at St Barth’s!!!

Mack and Cali…these photos are definitely for you!!!

We had the greatest tour of this wonderful island, St Barth’s, by ATV. Lots of people get to and fro on this island by quad. An easy way to commute and with narrow roads and short distances, a perfect mode of transport.

This is a beautiful island. Very French, very pretty. We’ll be back.

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Friday’s sunrise

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On to the tender, transport to the island

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Helmet on, mount up

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A view of the harbour, our cruise ship in the background

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St Barth’s harbour

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Traveling along the beach at St Barth’s

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“My goodness, this a good way to spend the morning!!!”

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This is the most dangerous airport in the world. I think if we re-visit St Barth’s, we take the ferry over.

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Heading back to drop off the quads.

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In a bay filled with the most amazing cruising boats, this was the most stunning, unique boat around. The crew launched the smaller boats and took everything for a test drive over the day. The launches were all of very interesting designs as well.

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The end of another wonderful day.

Today is the excursion that made us choose this cruise. We are in St Maartin. We will board retired America’s Cup sailboats this morning and sail in a (I’m sure!!) well supervised “race” in the warm Caribbean waters!!! Photo ops galore…the sun is shining, the winds are up!!

I’m sooo excited!!!

V and I

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Wednesday and Thursday!!!

Wednesday was the low key, on board day…all day.

Golf practise, run on the deck, yoga and Pilates on the Reformer. We had the best day!!!

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Mack, not mini golf but Papa has to golf to the target…

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‘Amma’s turn

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Yoga at the end of the afternoon

Yesterday was ziplining in St Lucia!!! We were anchored out in the bay and were “tendered in” by these little boats. Each tender held over 100 people plus staff. Fun on the water!!!

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The tender, practising it’s moves!

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“All aboard!!!”

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Getting into our harnesses for ziplining!!!

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We’re ready!!! (I think I look scared…)

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2 down…10 to go!

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We’re havin’ fun!!

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Last one is the fastest one…so “hang on with both hands please!!!”

Today is St Bart’s and an ATV adventure. (I swear we chose these excursions so that we’d have good photos to show Mack and Cali!!!!)

As of last night, we are now heading north back to Miami so Ivars is enjoying taking photos from the deck of the sunrise. Morning is definately our time of the day and the sunrises this week promise to be spectacular!!!

V

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St Kitts

St Kitts

St Kitts was an interesting day at port.

We were late docking, the last of three cruise ships in port. Ivars and I headed to the very bow of the ship and watched the expert driving skills of the crew as they slid the big ship up to the pier unscathed.

We had booked an excursion on a narrow tracked railway that would circumnavigate the island. Lots of history and scenery. We took a look at the very grey clouds and high winds outside and packed our wind shells along. That was a good move as the rail cars had the best view from the open seating up top. We got very wet a couple of times. It’s a good thing neither one of us is worried at all about hair dos…the wind nor the rain have dictated the style each day so far. (hats are of little help…they get blown away in the gale force gusts!!!)

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Nesting Egrets. They have adapted their nesting to this very thorny bush to ward off the Mongoose that was imported by the English to get rid of all the snakes

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On the rail tour, rum punch and pina coladas ordered!!!

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One of 4 very narrow bridges

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As the sun sets, we sail out of port to Guadeloupe

Today is Guadeloupe at port at 8am. We really didn’t find an excursion on island that excited us so we’ll spend a quiet day on or near the ship. Pilates Reformer class with Kandice, yoga class with Melanie, a run (I know, I know…me…running!!!) and swing some clubs off the stern of the ship. Might even find the sauna at the end of the day…

So off to a late start today, sitting on the stateroom deck so grateful for this amazing day…now we’re gonna find the promenade deck and a short run…looking forward to a lazy day ahead.

Tomorrow is cycling in St Lucia. Hope the weather is a carbon copy of today…light breezes, sun shining and 27C.

Love to you all,

Vickie and Ivars

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Tortola

Tortola

The winds we’re blowing quite a bit during the night and didn’t let up as we came into port in Tortola.

Tortola is one of the biggest bare boat charter ports down here and there were power boats and sailboats galore. There were only a handful of small boats moving as we came in to port and definitely there were no sails up in the big winds. The sailboats that were out were under motor power as they moved.

We pulled on our bathers and headed out to our Tortola excursion…sea kayaks! We wondered where this would take place as we looked at the whitecaps all around. I think we’re going to get wet today!!!!

And wet we got!!! It was so much fun paddling in the big waves and then surfing back in to shore. (I sure was glad they were 2 person sea kayaks, having Ivars help to get the boat out on the bay was a big plus!!) The sun was so warm and the water bath water temperature. We missed out on the Eco part of the sea kayak experience (the water was too churned up in the waves to see anything underwater), but lucked out with the wind and the big waves. Okay…hit the fun adventure button again and again for both Ivars and me!!!!

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The group paddling into the sand beach

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Beached kayak and a water break

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Back at the dive centre, waiting for the taxi back to the ship

Back to the ship and lunch.

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The Crystal Serenity at dock (next to the Aida)

We had to soak the salt off our bodies and all the clothes we had after that excursion. The sun and wind caked a layer of salt on everything exposed. I think I can still taste salt on my lips!! Laundry in and head to the shower! A Pilates class was next(well not really Pilates but a definitely a core/fitness class) then dinner at Prego.

We pulled away from the dock at 6pm and have been leisurely sailing to St. Kitts for docking at 8am.

Today is a very interesting rail ride around the island. Lotsa history and scenery promised! The winds are not so high and the sun promises to shine again today.

Off for tea, and to watch this big ship dock…an amazing feat!!!

V

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