Just Another Day in Paradise
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
14Trip End Jul 11, 2012
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Walked back to the ship and were on board by about 12:30
We just sat on the front of the boat and watched the world go by in the afternoon. Thought about my good buddy in the BTC, Kate Main, wondering if her husband had relatives who lived on the Main (pronounced Mine). Or she may have too...maiden name was Birkenbeil...sounds German to me. Also because we saw a map of Bayern (Bavaria)...and she lives in Gibson City where the Bayern Shtube restaurant is located...Bayern Shtube means Bavarian House.
More and more people on the banks, being close to the weekend. Lots of people waved to us. Saw four people on the bank sunning themselves...stark naked! Interesting.
We had a talk in the lounge from our Cruise Director, Dragan about other river ship tours we could take with Avalon. Yea, somewhat of a sales pitch, but well done. We'll see about other trips, but this one has been nothing short of outstanding!
Back to the room to do what all retired people do...took a nap!
Headed to dinner with Bob and Monica from Australia and a couple of Kiwi's (New Zealanders). Great time. Great dinner.
Then we headed up to the front of the boat (outside) to watch the world go by and have a beer. Lots of friendly people out on the banks this evening. It doesn't get dark until 10:00 pm or so. All the little kids love to wave at us, and we always wave back! We sat and talked and watched the scenery for a long time. Not sure I've had a more relaxing vacation. This is just wonderful.
We have passed through more than 35 locks now. Only 33 more to go. But I don't tire of watching the guys on the boat throw the rope up, tie it off, let the water take us up and then untie and off we go again toward another lock. I think I've said this before, but the shore is so close....I'm sure I could swim across it. And I'm not sure how the captain keeps it in the channel, except for the sonar.
We've met some exceptional people on board. Most we like, some we tolerate. Almost all the Aussie's are great people. Met 15 people from Wisconsin earlier, and today, two from Sproingfield, Missouri. Missouri State fans, but I won't hold that against them! But I just might wear my Redbird hat and shirt tomorrow!!!
Blog and bed. Hate to be redundant, but these days are all the same and all just fantastic!!!
Take care my friends!
Dave & Sandy