Clear day today. I spent time at the Salem Xulon Press offices and at the offices of the MyRadar app. Matthew Hintzen and I had lunch and caught up. Toby and the kids avoided the Disney properties (her research has led her to believe that Friday’s are very crowded). Instead, they went to WonderWorks, “An Indoor Amusement Park”. We came back together for dinner in the evening and prepared to move accommodations to our timeshare in Orlando.
It rained most of the day today. I spent the day at the Salem Orlando offices. Toby and the kids used the first of their 5-day tickets to visit the Magic Kingdom. They all slept late and headed to the park around noon. They had brunch at the Disney Contemporary Resort and then rode the monorail into the park. They were not daunted by the rain. The park was not very full and they got to ride/see/do everything that they were interested in. I picked them up when the park closed at 9p.
We have arrived in Orlando for our longest family “vacation” to date. I quoted vacation because I am working for 2 of the days while Toby and the kids explore Orlando. I’ll visit two Salem offices on Thursday and Friday, then vacation for me starts Saturday, 1/30/2016.
For our flight out from Burbank to Orlando, we had a stop in Denver. We got distracted by the coolness of the airport and were a bit tardy to our gate for boarding. We were on Southwest, and had late-A/early-B boarding passes, but they were boarding the last of the B’s when we arrived. Toby and Roly were able to sit together, Max and Lucy had aisle seats, but I got the coveted middle seat. Yay for me.
It took a couple of hours to get settled into our AirBnB condo at Windsor Hills Resort, and it was about 2a when we finally got to bed. Yuck.
The most adventurous day.
We went Flyboarding with Jeremy from New Orleans Flyboarding. Jan was very nervous and I was very excited. Jeremy was an excellent instructor and was very patient and encouraging to both of us. Toby was the official photographer for the day. Jan and I alternated 20 minute lessons (after 20 minutes I was ready for a rest). When our lessons were over, Jeremy strapped the boots on and gave us a quick show. He was amazing. In the pictures below, compare the length of the hose that Jan and I achieved (our max was about 10 feet as beginners) and the height that Jeremy got (~25 ft). During Jeremy’s ride, I basically ran the jet ski at a constant 6500 rpm, whether he was in the air or in the water!
In the morning we took a historical river cruise on the Creole Queen to the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. The boat ride was fun, but the historian guide made the information come alive. He was great all around. Part of the cruise was time at the Chalmette Battlefield in the Jean Lafitte National Park.
In the afternoon, we wandered through the French Market looking for some souvenirs