As a comprehensive trip entry could go on for quite some time, I will name some highlights of each day:
Friday, 8 June 2007: I hung out with Scott and Tanya, my best friends.
Saturday, 9 June 2007: We woke up early, packed, and drove until
Sunday, 10 June 2007: Because of the previous night’s lack of luck in finding a grocery store (which made me a bit ornery that late at night), I ate chocolate for breakfast (which made me cheery that early in the morning). We drove to
Monday, 11 June 2007: The Aquarium of the Pacific boasts a lot of cool things, including touch pools, baby seahorses, and shark eggs, but the most engaging thing was the machine that played different sea animals’ sounds, including the dolphin and the humpback whale. After listening to the noise for a few seconds and watching a spectogram spread across the screen, we were able to mimic the sound and see how close we could get. When Sica started running down the stairs to the entrance of the aquarium, I knew Amy, Paul, and James were near. They came in and Sica whisked James away to the
Tuesday, 12 June 2007: In the explorations of the ship, Sica and I discovered a jewelry shop and looked around the whole store. When we came back to look at the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen, one of the employees let me try it on. Wow. The ring was great to behold and the employee was great to talk to. His name is Farhan, and he is from
Wednesday, 13 June 2007: Everyone began to yell at Heidi, Sica, and I for not letting room service into our room. The guy assigned to our room had noticing us avoiding him and did not look happy. The Monarch of the Seas arrived at
Thursday, 14 June 2007: The ship arrived in
Friday, 15 June 2007: After breakfast we gave Mary a contact card and got off the ship. The best thing about the cruise: yummy food, all the time. The worst thing about the cruise: not being able to find anyone since cell phones didn’t work. We drove to a Starbucks to use the internet to make hotel reservations. Paul had to do some business, so we took Amy to her Sheraton in downtown LA after visiting Manhattan Beach. When we went to rinse off our feet, a biker turned a sharp corner really fast and tried to run me over. My only reaction went like this: "MER!" I ended up getting rammed against a rail. Then he tried to get Sica. He swore a few times and asked if I was okay as I walked away, totally not knowing how to react. Then we took Amy to the Sheraton. Holy cow it was nice. I would love to decorate like that some day. They had black wooden shelves, beige curtains and floors, and red in random spots, such as However, they had no free wi-fi! We went to another Vagabond Inn which had some of the in the rugs and chairs.same paintings and enormous refrigerators for a hotel. When we met up at the Dodgers vs. Angels game, I had to sit back a row as I had originally planned to go home with Grandpa. No one scored until the sixth inning, but the Dodgers took it after Saito came in to pitch. Go Dodgers! We had Dodgers dogs and James made it through the entire game.
Saturday, 16 June 2007: I realized I left my phone charger on the ship. Heidi tried to get her seashell from kayaking to stop stinking. The thing inside died, it's not hard to tell. On the way to Baker, the air conditioner died. Whewee. A silver bullet flying through the
Sunday, 16 June 2007: We arrived home at 4 AM and went stee-raight to bed.