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Scotland ~ Glenmore Forest Park: Day 2, August 27, 2017

Sunday morning, August 27, 2017.  Temperature: 50°-63°F

I slept for 10:52 but I guess that’s really over 2 days since the “sleep” on the plane wasn’t great.

At 11:00 – I realized I left that expensive GH that I’ve been babying for over 20 hours, out on a shelf in the bathroom for 12 hours.  At least it’s cool in chalet! I must have been exhausted last night.  It still looks clear so I hope it’s ok.

We found that the Thunder in the Glen is going to take the Strathspey Railroad today for a bit of whiskey tasting so decided not to take that again, at least until later in the week.

Samantha Faircliff, of Cairngorms Brewery, which produces a beer especially for the occasion, said thousands of people come to the village to see the bikers.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-37194250

Figured out the French Press for coffee again.

The refrigerator is very cold.  Milk has ice in it. I put GH in that insulated Rubbermaid lunch thing to keep it from freezing.

Trying to decide what to do. We decided against TreeZone Aviemore

High in the trees at Rothiemurchus, TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course.Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tightropes, scramble nets, white-knuckle bridges and gap jumps are set in the ancient Caledonian Pines of the Cairngorm Mountains. TreeZone is an unforgettable activity for adventurers of all ages.

Went out riding around, though Aviemore and the bikers.  I took these as live photos so the movement of the bikers could be seen but the movement doesn’t show up here 😦

We went past Loch Alvie, Alvie Estate…

Alvie & Dalraddy are traditional Highland Estates 4 miles south of Aviemore near the village of Kincraig in Badenoch, the geographic centre of Scotland. The Estates extend into the Monadhliath hills from the River Spey, famous for its fishing and whisky and overlook the Cairngorm Mountain range in the Cairngorms National Park.




We drove around a bit past Loch Alvie


We ended up at Glenmore Forest Park Visitor’s center. Got brochures, had a bit to eat and coffee… and ice cream 🙂

Text from Michael about FaceTiming.

We got back home and FaceTimed. Interestingly, the connection was better than at home.  We showed him the apartment and chatted.

The people next door playing loud music – oldies, Beatles and such.

Tom discovered trouble with kitchen drain.  The part over the dish drainer was draining into the silverware drawers.

He tried some self-repair and we decided this wasn’t really his job and we should get the staff handyman to come in in the morning. <sigh>

Very heavy rain.  The Harley folks still had fireworks even in the rain.

I tried to upload sermons to church website but those weren’t going anywhere.  Tried 2 different browsers, twice each.  Maybe too many people online.

At 11:30 PM, I got an email “D preached all 3 [services] today, but his traditional and CG messages were different. He wanted the 11:00 sermon posted (I had uploaded the 8:15 to Dropbox, but since deleted it). I’ll edit the 11:00 one once I can get access to the server again. CG audio is up and the CG video is uploading to YouTube as we speak.”

Maybe it was just as well that at least the 11:00 didn’t upload since it would have to have been deleted anyway.

Bedtime about midnight.  Still pouring rain.

At Sea, Monday, June 8, 2015


I woke up about 7 and Tom had brought me coffee – hooray!

We went for breakfast at the good old Garden Cafe then went to a talk about Bermuda in the Breakaway Theater.  It was pretty good and told us a lot about the island and good places to go.

At 11, we had a Cruise Critic Meet and Greet in La Cucina.  The officers didn’t seem to want to be there but we did get cards with their phone numbers, if needed.  No offer of a dinner with the officers like we had last time.

I texted Michael using the iConcierge app and he was napping already so I took the time to get Tom’s app working.

Back at the cabin we found out that Michael had bought shorts and shirt in the store.  He hadn’t known that he couldn’t use his debit card – it was all on the room key.

Then, of course, it was time for lunch.  You know where.

We decided to go on the Bermuda full-day bus tour Wednesday and BAMZ/Crystal Caves on Thursday.  Michael signed up for them during lunch, using the app.

We walked around some and came to the ropes course and zipline. Michael went but didn’t walk the plank.  I had planned to go, too, but I was wearing sandals and couldn’t go. Tom checked everything out and said he’d try it “later”.



As if the Aqua Park wasn’t enough deck-top fun for one cruise vacation, Norwegian has devoted another generous chunk of the ship’s exterior space to a three-story sports complex with a smorgasbord of gee-whiz amusements.

Among the attractions is a suspended-in-the-sky ropes course that has 40 different elements including The Plank, a platform that extends 8 feet over the vessel’s edge. The sports complex also offers a miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage called the Spider Web.
From http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2013/05/01/norwegian-breakaway-five-things-love/2126133/

We went to store for more band aids for Tom. I liked a tshirt but didn’t get it which is pretty amazing for me.
This night we had reservations for the Cirque Jungle Dreams and Dinner.  I had read many complaints about the Cirque dinner so we ate in the Garden Cafe a bit before the show. The food (and show) were great. I told the waitress that I was allergic to shrimp so she offered double filet mignon but I declined. My portion was excellent.

The show itself was fantastic, especially for being at sea. The costumes were very clever.

We wandered outside deck 8 before bed.

All pictures from today:




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