Well yesterday we got back from our non-vacation. I call it that for several reasons only a few of which I'll share here.
First off we had a long day getting out to Florida. A flight from Phoenix to Denver, a six hour layover, another flight to Houston (even though there was a flight from Den to FLL), then a rush in Houston to the flight in Fort Lauderdale. We got up at 2:45 Arizona time that morning and got to Natalie's Mom's house at 12:30 Florida time.
Out of the ten days we were there I spent 6 days at our house working on things and another day working for OneNeck. I decided to work from home on Sunday so I can have more time off for my real vacation. It's a win/win for them and me. They don't have to find someone to reluctantly cover me on Sunday and I get to save ten hours of vacation. I can't wait until my real vacation!
In between all the craziness we had a birthday party for Adri on Saturday, met up with Tim, Riki, and the kids some time last week at Yard House, went to the Everglades for a boat ride, went to Hollywood ( I met up with the family at sunset), and went to Morikami.
One of the highlights of my trip was the mango booty. This two of my trees had some good mango production. I got over 100 pounds off my Valencia Pride, about half that off my Alphonso, and two Edward mangoes. My Nam Doc Mai still isn't producing fruit but it was moved 3-4 times in the first two years. I planted a new member of the family last week, a small Glenn mango, another one of my favorites.
At the Denver Airport. I read some crazy blogs about the secret underground bunker at DIA. One of the blogs was written by a guy that says he doesn't believe in conspiracies but this one is legit. Then he went off about how Obama was at DIA the day a comet missed Earth by 22 miles. Perhaps he was a mile high in the mile high city because that comet missed us by 22 million miles. I highly doubt Obama was there because it's the best bunker in the country. However I did find a reasonable explanation for the bunker.
Adri and Tia Fior.
Adri and cousin Bella
I look like the Hunchback Of Norte Dame here.
Our day in the Everglades. Natalie's idea of paradise is sitting on a beach. I find it equally relaxing to go out to the Everglades.
During the boat ride I got bit by something, I think a deer fly. My ear swelled up to twice the normal size and was burning like crazy for a couple hours. Natalie said it felt hot.
Zach doing what he likes to do. During our trip he decided he really likes to walk. Even if it's just back and forth or in circles. And forget about trying to pick him up or hold his hand while he wants to walk. He'd push us away.
Adri with a big gator behind her. They are still in a bad drought right now, allegedly the worse in several years so there were lots of gators. We were nearly running over some with the fan boat and they would jump out from under the boat to the side while we passed by. The good part of the drought is you get to see far more gators. The bad part is they couldn't go down a lot of the trails because they were dry, they couldn't go really fast, and forget about doing tricks like a 360 at 30mph.
Zach has a funny walk. Look how high he lifts that leg up.
After Morikami we went back to the house to get more mangoes. I picked so many mangoes I had to give some to the neighbors, some to family, as well as the tenants and still managed to fill up a suitcase with 75 pounds of mangoes. While I was talking to the neighbor Adri took off to play without washing her hands and got a nice rash from the mango sap where she touched her face.
A present I brought back for myself. Opened it up last night. Not as good as Bermudez but still an excellent rum. It's rated one of the best in the world and it's obvious why.