Suprise ..... Your Going to Thailand

Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Feb 12, 2012

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Friday, March 11, 2011

This trip really was created with the original intent of celebrating Heather's 40th birthday as a surprise vacation and was in the planning stages since June of 2009.    It has been a number of years since we were on an "adult only" vacation and so it was long overdue.  While camping I picked Heather’s brain about all the places she would like to travel one day and Thailand came up (see like most men we do listen from time to time).  Thailand made the final cut because of it’s ease of English speaking population; it was relatively in-expensive and safe although it should be called "The land of a thousand scams”, and not smiles and from personal family experiences shared with us (thanks Mike and Jody).

Heather always wanted me to show up with her at the airport and whisk her away to some secret destination so I kept the planning a surprise as long as I could but realized if I was to take Heather away from the kids for like 20+ days, I probably needed to give her more advance notice then I was originally planning (72 hours) to get everything in order.  I mean I had secret bank accounts, new dedicated email accounts, credit cards, checking deposits from payroll in play.  I really went underground with all this planning and was good at it to the point I should be sitting on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean on some companies’ dime from all this stealth activity.

The timing of the trip was pushed back because of some work issues and squirreling away all the needed vacation time so I did the next best thing and planned a mini-surprise weekend down to Chicago for her actual 40th birthday where during dinner I would reveal on main trip/present complete with maps, itinerary, etc.  It was a fun weekend with friends walking around Chicago during St Patrick’s weekend and now allowed me to bounce ideas off Heather as the planning continued. 

Thank you again Amy G for all your help being the “stand in wife” for me to run my 30+ itineraries by you over several months, you provided a lot of good ideas and support.  Thanks Bonnie, Bernie, Mom & Dad for your Starwood points combined with mine all helped me get some 20 days of 4 and 5 star hotels for free.  The results of all that work produced the itinerary you can find at our next blog entry which shows our journey we are about to embark on. 

Hope you enjoy keeping up on our trip while we are gone. Since this isn't really a private blog, I posted only a few pictures here but there is a ton more at our secure smugmug account.  You will need a password to get in to see this and other adventures of ours. By the way, if I don't personally know you, don't bother asking for the password.

Enjoy - Braz
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