Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Eala eats spaghetti at Granny's house


On plane to VA

Unfortunately this nap only lasted 40 minutes. The toddler behind us screamed her head off on take off and landing but seemed to nap for the five hours in between.
Computers, iPhones and iPads make charley a fantastic traveler.
One of ten seconds they sat quietly together in the same seat.




Charley gets last minute z's before flight to VA


Charley sleeps in the car

First nap in over a week...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

No Baby Duckman Day VII

Sunset cruise on "Mi Dushi," or "my sweetheart" in Papamiento. We had a Dushi cruise, Dushi open bar, Dushi appetizers and a Dushi rope swing (see below). Some of the other tourists we're pretty dushi, but perhaps they thought that about us too. This boat was featured on The Bachelor a few seasons ago, as was the restaurant at sunset the night before.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

No Baby Duckman Day V

Jeep tour of Aruba. Some tourists actually drive. Our driver, a middle aged man from Orlando, drove us like Charley drives his matchbox cars. Actually, charley driving would have been preferable.
At the Natural Bridge. More accurately, THE Natural Bridge's little brother. The more spectacular natural bridge, a few feet away, collapsed 7 years ago. That hasn't stopped them from using it in all the marketing materials.

Stacked rocks for making wishes. Despite the appearance of some native ritual, these are from a tradition begun and continued by tourists.

Waves crashing the windward side of the island.

Jamie drenched by a wave crashing the windward side of the island.

Overlooking windward side of Aruba. Jamie still wet.

Cacti everywhere. Did not snap off a piece for Grandma's garden.

Ruins of 19th century gold processing building. Designed to look like a fort to fool pirates.

Emily in fake canon portal.

At donkey sanctuary. Not shown: donkeys charging Jamie (video to come eventually).

Waves on either side of the Natural Pool (not pictured: could not take cameras to the pool). Please note that the Natural Pool was just a tidal pool about the size of a large backyard pool.

Jamie's hand after nearly getting swept out of the Natural Pool while snorkeling. Emily fared only slightly better. She actually took the wave on her head despite sitting on the side of the pool.

Brave survivors of the Natural Pool. Apparently it is usually calm...

Weary jeep tourists struggle to stay awake through dinner. Jamie still working on his playoff beard in belated honor of Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

No Baby Duckman Day Four

Visiting the California Lighthouse and northern Aruba at sunset.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

No Baby Duckman Day 3

At the Balashi Brewery.


Monday, July 23, 2012

No Baby Duckman Day II

One of two nearly identical Playa Vista mascots.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

No Baby Duckman Day 1

Emily and Jamie in Aruba sans babies. Thank you Granny and Grandpa Rock.

Outside Playa Linda resort.