Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fun Moments in Travel - Episode 2

Who doesn't love Disney?  Boy do I have some stories to share with these trips!  When we go to Disney, we travel with one of our family friends.  We each rent our own cars so we can come and go with more flexibility.  On one occasion, we planned a special lunch at Sanaa to dine with an animal specialist.  Afterwards, our friends were heading over for a horseback ride to celebrate their daughter's birthday.

On said morning, their daughter accidently locked their rental car keys in the car.  Upon calling a company to get the doors unlocked, they were told the time they would arrive would be after we needed to leave to get to the lunch on time.  The Dad insisted that we go on without him to which we all refused.  Somehow, it was decided that they would all ride in our car, which seats five.  The trunk was open to the backseat so the Dad would ride, technically, in the trunk to get there.

For about half of the trip there, I worried about getting into a car accident or being pulled over but then realized if anything bad is going to happen, it is going to happen.  Worrying will not change the outcome.  Every time Ben hit the brake, the Dad would hem and haw in the back and throw himself around - he was having a blast!  When we pulled up to Sanaa, our friends said to use the valet parking (they had free valet parking with their plan).  As the valet workers came out to open the doors, they were quite surprised to see a grown man rolling out of the trunk but kept it professional. 

After lunch, they were going to have courtesy transportation to the horseback riding location but were told it would be at least 30 minutes before the transportation would arrive, which would make them late.  We insisted that we could take them where they needed to go and get there in time.  They agreed and when the valet brought up the car, they opened the trunk for the Dad and said, "Sir," while motioning to the trunk.  As we pulled away, we all had a good laugh.  I like to think we also brought a laugh to the valet crew.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fun Moments in Travel: Intro & Episode 1


One thing I love to do is travel. I enjoy going places outside of my normal routine and, depending on the location, I have been known to spend months making detailed plans from what time to leave the house to where we are going to have dinner on the last night.  I do this because it makes me happy.  For me, the time spent planning the trip is just as fun as the trip itself.  With that said, even with all the planning, unexpected things pop up that weren't expected.  This series of "Fun Moments in Travel" is meant to share with you, my readers, what has happened to us on our life travels in no particular order.

Fun Moments in Travel - Episode 1

Recently, we took a trip to our annual family reunion and stayed at an absolutely beautiful cottage built in the 1920s.  Located next to a state park in the woods, the setting was perfect to retreat to after going out for day trips and attending the family reunion.  The porches (yes, plural) invited us to sit outside and enjoy our surroundings.

The first night there, Ben and I settled down in our bedroom and sleep came easy in the comfortable bed.  In the early morning hours, I awoke with quite a start from a solid sleep to the sound of something flying back and forth in the room.  Ben was still asleep.  I woke him up with, "Ben, it's a bat!"  "It's not a bat," he said wearily.  "Ben, it's a bat."  He hopped out of bed, turned on the light and exclaimed, "Oh my God!  It's a bat!"

I said, "I told you it was a bat," then I proceeded to giggle uncontrollably while pulling the covers over me with only my eyes peeping out when the bat flew by.  Ben pulled the quilt off the bed and attempted to capture the bat in the quilt.  I continued to giggle hysterically.

How no one else in the house woke up while this was going on continues to be a mystery because we were certainly not quiet while this was happening. Ben told me to leave the room so he could work on catching the bat without my incessant giggling under the covers.  I complied and ran out the door as the bat was flying in the opposite direction.  A few minutes later, Ben walked down the stairs with a pillowcase in hand, with a bat in it.  We went to the back porch and released the bat.  Since we were both wide awake at 3:00 or 3:30 in the morning, we decided it was a perfect time for coffee.

The room we were sleeping in had a door leading to the attic and there was a small gap at the bottom of the door.  Ben deduced that this is where the bat came from and stuffed a towel under the door.  We had no more bat shows the rest of the stay.