Starting Saturday we will be in Missouri at Stockton Lake for a fun filled (I hope) week of boating and fishing. We will be back on the Holiday weekend and I will stop by and visit then. Have a great week!
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We had a great time in Ocho Rios, Jamaica but I am so glad that the trip home is over. Gah…never book a trip without really looking at the flight itinerary. I failed to notice that we had two stops and one was a 6 hour layover in Miami. This was the same both going to Jamaica and returning so we had to get up at 1am to be in the lobby by 2am to leave by car for the hour and a half drive to the airport in Montego Bay for a flight that left at 7am. We got into Wichita at 11pm and fell into bed at about midnight. Never. Again…I will read the dang itinerary before agreeing! My fault, not theirs.
I’m going to start off with the end of the trip instead of the beginning so please bear with me as you will understand why shortly.
First off I want to state that I absolutely love Sandals resorts. This is the second time we have stayed at one of their Jamaican resorts and Ocho Rios was just as fantastic as the Montego Bay resort was two years ago when we last went to Jamaica. All of the staff are warm and friendly, extremely thoughtful as well as helpful and this is not because they are waiting on tips, Sandals resorts only allows tipping for the butler services, not the rest of the staff so there is no extra financial incentive for them to be so great.
If you book like we did when they run a special, you can get a great room for a reasonable rate considering it is an all-inclusive resort and you pay nothing extra for food (fantastic) or booze (plentiful and top of the line) and they have great maid service, drivers, porters, desk help, etc. all there to make your stay as enjoyable as it can be.
This last Monday, we had an excursion to do the Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour. Now the Blue Mountain is where the best Jamaican coffee is grown and Hubby absolutely adores this coffee though we can’t afford it unless we purchase it in Jamaica where it goes for about $15/lb as opposed to around $50-$80/lb online which is the only way to get it in America.
The trip from Ocho Rios is about 2 hours or so and you get to see a lot of the country. Jamaica is only 145 miles long and 51 miles wide so you can get anywhere in a short amount of time.
Here are some of the pictures from the trip to Blue Mountain:
Now we get up the mountain and let me tell you this is an experience. Back roads in Jamaica are one lane – 2 way traffic and they are narrow as hell. Jamaican drivers use the car horn constantly to warn on coming traffic that they are coming. Sometimes the tour bus and the small cars we passed had only a few inches between them which is a bit scary because the drivers are so used to this that they still drive remarkably fast for the terrain yet don’t have fender-benders very often.
Now this is the incline and the width of the road on the mountain and is what we are riding bicycles downhill on. Yep, Princess of Klutz thinks she can ride a pedal brake only bicycle down this incline.
NOT!!! But of course, I tried.
Before we start downhill:
We are actually at the very end of the pack when we start rolling downhill. I find myself going way too fast and attempt to slow down. Not happening. I see a hand brake on the bike and try it…nada. Try pedal brakes….nada.
I now have two choices, go left and go off the cliff or go right into the side of the mountain. I chose the mountain. Of course a guy stops his bike just before I start toward the mountain and he winds up right in my path. I hit him then continue into the ditch/side of the mountain. He is a bit pissed off but really unhurt thank goodness. Me on the other hand? Not so lucky.
My wrist connects with rock and my chest and leg connect with the bike. Hubby and one of the tour guides immediately pull me up and my (of course) right hand now swells up about three times normal size in less than 60 seconds which makes everyone immediately say “OMG! it’s broken!”
This happens about noon and needless to say, we did not finish the rest of the tour. Blue Mountain Tours was fantastic though. They got me to the nearest ER which was an experience in itself. Don’t bitch about health care here in the USA because I sat in the “waiting room” which was outside with the chickens. They were incredibly busy so they drove me back to Ocho Rios and took me to a private doctor and that office was very clean with friendly staff but they had extremely old equipment and set ups.
I am glad and thankful to say I did not break anything even though the doctor I saw even thought I did until he read the x-rays. Just a very, very nasty sprain and bruises on my chest, leg and hip.
These are the pics from when we got back to the resort.
I have nothing but great things to say about both Blue Mountain Tours and Sandals and their treatment of me after my wreck. The tour company paid for all my medical bills, refunded the tour and checked up on me until we left to come home. Sandals gave us room service for the rest of our stay and they had a jitney available whenever we needed one so I didn’t have to walk that far for anything. They had their nurse checking in on me as well as various staff throughout the day.
They did not have to do this because I signed a waiver before getting on the bicycle and I took my chances. Like an idiot, I should have known that a 54yr old, fat klutz that hasn’t been on a bicycle in years, should not have attempted this tour. But I did and I suffered the consequences. I was just very impressed with how genuinely concerned that the staff at both the Blue Mountain Tours and Sandals were about me.
I am doing better but still battered and bruised. Of course since I am right handed that is the one I injured so it has been logistically a nightmare since I am very right dominate and can’t do much left handed. Doctor said it will probably take 2-3 weeks for it to completely heal but I am just thankful it isn’t broken.
I have lots more pictures and more to tell you about the trip and will post more on Monday. Until then I am resting and hopefully healing. Stay tuned for more.
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We are headed to KC, MO for the weekend to visit our daughter and go to her baby shower then we have to get back on Sunday to get packed and ready for our 10-day trip to Jamaica.
I think we are going to need a vacation from our vacation at this rate :0)
We will be back on September 25th and I will post photos from our trip. I look forward to checking everyone’s blogs out when I get back to see what I’ve missed and I hope you all check back with me then.
I now have the chance to finally show you all why I have an icon of a baby and not a picture of myself. I’m surprised I didn’t break the cameras when they were filming the check presentation ! :0) You finally get to see me in all my plus-sized glory and I tell you that the camera puts on 20lbs. not ten – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
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Newscaster made a error – it’s Roar’s 15th Anniversary in October and Deepak graciously invited us out to LA for the celebration and at no cost to us! Yep, Roar is flying us out and putting us in a hotel in LA and Hubby and I get to go to the party and tour the business plus get some free shirts! How cool is this? Gets better…
Seems that the Ferrari that was being given away in the sweepstakes belongs to Deepak (only 11,000 miles on it) and since he gets to keep it (what a win-win ) he is going to let Hubby and I drive it (in a large parking lot lol!) and have our pictures taken in what could have been our car. How fun is that? We get to check it out and still spend the money!
Love you Deepak Vasandani and love Roar Clothing USA!
We are officially on vacation from Sept. 14th – 24th because we will be in Jamaica for those 10 days staying here:
Sandals Ocho Rios resort
There are honeymoon villas in the back each with their own private pools and we are staying in one of those. Hey, we got in on the very end of summer savings and got 65% off of the room so why stay in the hotel part?
We are so stoked and can’t wait though all the darn tours/outings for those days are booked except for the canopy tours where you are on wires 150 ft above the ground speeding down the zip line. Not for a confirmed coward with an enormous fear of falling – nope not this “fluffy” lady!
Great food – 11 restaurants with all the food we could ever want, booze, sun, surf, swimming and snorkeling. I think I can find enough to keep me busy in paradise for 10 days without the tours. Did I mention before that I LOVE the ocean and can’t get enough of it? Just hope we don’t get too sunburned but we are taking lots of sunscreen.
Someone pinch me please I still can’t believe this is real :0)
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Had a great time on vacation but it is great to be back home again, especially since both Hubby and I have colds and have for the last few days. This sucks even more since yesterday was our 32nd anniversary and neither of us have felt like celebrating much. We are hoping that we both feel better before the weekend is over so we can at least go out to dinner someplace nice.
We took some photos of our trip and the one day we rented a pontoon boat and went out fishing for the whole day which just happened to be the last day we were at the lake and it was overcast and 60 degrees. Figures. The days prior were lovely – sunny, not too hot with nice breezes. We spent the first part of the trip fishing from the bank which isn’t too bad except that Stockton Lake doesn’t have a lot of areas that are accessable for bank fishing.
Anyhoo, we had a great time and here are some of the pics just don’t laugh too hard :0)
Lucy is a sweet natured old girl that was dumped off at the campground area and has been living at the marina area. She lost her hind leg at the knee and she gets around there okay but she is old and it is very laborious for her to get around. She slept outside our room each night and as you can see we let her in to give her fresh water and some food everyday. She is such a good dog. She doesn’t lick you she offers you her paw instead. She wouldn’t come in the room unless invited and she stole our hearts. It was so difficult to leave her there when all I wanted to do was bring her home with us and spoil her rotten for the rest of her life. All she wanted was a bit of love and attention and she was content. Leaving her there was one of the hardest things I’ve done. I am such a sucker for lost souls.
With us being back I will finish putting up the final few giveaways that I have so stay tuned and get ready to enter.
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We are on vacation and are supposed to have Wi-Fi here in our little “cabin-like” room by the lake. Well, at best it is sporatic and if there is cloud cover you can just forget it. We aren’t in the main hotel which gets it with no problem but are out at the Marina on Stockton Lake. This is why I have been a bit late on finishing the giveaways so, sorry about that guys!
I still have a couple of giveaways that I will put up when we get back next weekend and you aren’t going to want to miss the last ones. I have Part 2 of the Expo Marker giveaway which has bigger and better stuff and I have a great necklace giveaway that goes to 3 winners and the jewelry is worth $100 each!
So hang in there with me and we will continue when I have a more reliable internet connection. I thought I was going to be able to do all of this while on vacation but like they say, best laid plans…
Thanks a bunch!