Monday, December 13, 2010

The Twelve Months Of Travel: February 2010

Feb. 05, 2010 UA 356 T Class SEA to DEN
* 1,024 flight miles
Feb. 05, 2010 UA 790 T Class DEN to MCO
* 1,545flight miles
Feb. 14, 2010 UA 228 T Class MCO to IAD
* 758 flight miles
Feb. 14, 2010 UA 917 T Class IAD to SEA
* 2,306 flight miles
Feb. 17, 2010 UA 946 W Class LAX to IAD
* 2,288 flight miles
Feb. 17, 2010 UA 847 W Class IAD to EZE
* 5,217 flight miles

February saw us on one cruise during the early part of the month and on our way to another cruise in the middle of the month. The destinations were MCO (Orlando) and EZE (Buenos Aires). Oddly enough, both trips included experiences with significant bad weather.

Our cruise on the Disney Magic with Avery, Peyton, Lily and their parents was a lot of fun. We did end up stuck at the dock of their private island, Castaway Key, for an extra day, which we're convinced in more ways than one was Disney's fault. They fronted in rather than backing in and they were afraid to call everybody back to the ship for an early departure. It ended up costing them a lot of money. The disembarkation the next day was in an old and very small facility that resulted in what was by far the worst of our cruising career. Still, we managed.

After leaving them at MCO, we flew home, with little more than 24 hours on the ground before flying to EZE via IAD.

Once there, through a happy coincidence, the wine shop recommended by one of the Birch Bay Wine Club gurus turned out to be a FlyerTalk acquaintance, Gaucho100K, known also as Alex, the owner of Terroir Casa de Vinos, and purveyor of fine wines.

Here's it's obvious that he's retreated from the torrential downpour that engulfed us all for awhile to pour us another glass of wine.

We met up with Kathy's brother Greg and his wife June, who flew in the night before the cruise, and embarked on our cruise around the Horn on Oceania's Insignia. Bad weather slowed our ship to a crawl and caused us to miss our first port. As we cruised, our thoughts eventually turned to the Chilean earthquake, and and caused us to wonder naturally, if somewhat selfishly in the midst of the tragedy, when and where we would disembark. That, however, is a story for next month.

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