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    Oxford, MS
  • Interests
    cruising, Ole Miss football, my 2 wonderful boys
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    don't really have one. Favorite port to embark so far is San Juan.

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  1. I've only cruised Alaska once and went the end of June/early July. We did our own land based tour the week before the cruise and went that late in the year specifically because we wanted to get at least as far as the Eielson Visitors Center inside Denali National Park. We ended up going all the way to Wonder Lake which was pretty cool, but the mosquitoes there were horrible! We were on our land tour at the Summer Solstice that year and there was a Super Moon the same day - just INCREDIBLE seeing that moon with Denali in the background. It was kind of neat also that it never truly got dark
  2. On one cruise with my former in-laws, we got to port really early because my FIL had ants in his pants. We were amongst the first few to get on board, but our experience wasn't like yours. There were hundreds of people that had the same idea and so we didn't have the relaxing visit to the buffet. Luckily though, we did pack bathing suits so my kids could change after lunch and get about an hour of swimming in before our rooms were ready. That was really nice as there was no one else in the pool or even around the pool at that time.
  3. Yes you can get a drink at a bar and walk anywhere you like except the pool if it's in a glass. I really like sailing on Celebrity because they meet you at the gangplank with champagne and mimosas free of charge! So nice to grab one of those and then walk around.
  4. I've only been on CCL once and wasn't a fan. Of course it was on one of their older ships and was only a 5 day cruise. Anyway, I can't speak to dining or entertainment reservations as we didn't make any. What I can speak to is what I like to do first thing on any cruise I take. I don't like to get there and try to be first on the ship. I usually wait until 1pm or so to try and board as lines are usually short to non-existent, plus my cabin is usually ready by the time I get on the ship. Then I grab a cocktail as I get on the ship and go up to my cabin to drop off my carry on
  5. This was a sunset back in August last year. I loved how it looked like car headlights were coming out of the clouds.
  6. One thing I have found that helps me with Dramamine or Bonine (the non-drowsy formula) is to take it at night before bed. You get a good nights sleep and the benefits are with you in the morning. Yes, even the non-drowsy stuff makes me drowsy, so they should try things several days before they leave to see how it affects them. Oh and I find that if I wait till about 1pm or so, the initial rush of passengers is over and there are no lines at embarkation.
  7. My family and I did an Alaskan cruise in 2013. We cruised on Celebrity, but much of what I did will apply to anyone. First - research. Get guide books from the library or if you really want to mark up the book, from Barnes and Noble. Don't stick to the ones that are just for cruising. I got guidebooks for land based vacationing. In doing so, I got ideas for hotels for us to stay at as well as excursion ideas that the cruise ships may not offer. Also check out the Alaska boards here on CC. BudgetQueen posts on the Alaska boards frequently and is a WEALTH of information.
  8. I've got ISO set to Auto, so aperture (f-stop?) and exposure are the only adjustments I use. I just have to learn the best combinations for various conditions. Thank goodness for digital these days so I can play with combinations! If I get to any of the softball games this year, I'll look for your niece!
  9. When did she play softball here? I've only lived here for 2 1/2 years now, although I did spend 4 years here as a student. I loved going to the softball games in 2019 (or maybe it was 2018)! That NCAA Regional Game was EPIC!!! Thank you for the compliment on the pictures. I'm still learning how to use my EOS Rebel in something other than "point and shoot" mode.
  10. It snowed here in Oxford, MS yesterday. I took advantage and grabbed my camera and walked around campus. I just love the snow! These pictures are (top to bottom): Ventress Hall, a row of bushes that looked like cotton to me, and a tree by Bondurant Hall. I loved how it looks black and white except for the hydrant.
  11. My first marriage, the ex and I loved to cruise. Now after 30 years of marriage and 4 years divorced, I'm dating a guy that hates cruises even though he's never been on one! I'm still trying to convince him to give it a try and I think I found the "hook". He wants to see Alaska, so I suggested at least a 2 week vacation - 1 week inland seeing all kinds of stuff and 1 week on a cruise. That was one that he seemed amenable to. His biggest hangup is that he doesn't want to "dress up" for dinner - I'm still working on that one. 😁😇
  12. Thought this was really cool - looks like the headlights of God's car coming from the clouds
  13. Just a few pix from my tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery on Monday.
  14. Sunset from my front porch and the courthouse in my hometown from a popular rooftop bar.
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