Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September 11th Memorial Motorcycle Parade - Long Beach, CA

Tuesday after work, Chelle and I went back to our old neighborhood, Belmont Shores to watch the Motorcycle Parade honoring the firemen that lost their lives trying to save others when the attacked World Trade Center towers fell.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Belmont Shore Classic Car Show

Sunday Chelle and I took a Vespa ride down to Belmont Shore, met up with our friend Sharon and walked 2nd street enjoying all the pristine classic cars. It is amazing how clean and shiny the cars are. I'm glad there are people that spend their time and energy fixing up all these old classic cars so I can enjoy them, I'm just glad that the people that do this are not related to me. Can you say obsessed? Wow, it would take so much time to get these cars as shiny as they are.

The whole street was blocked off and cars were parked on both sides of the street. There had to be 100 cars displayed. I didn't have my camera so I just took a few pictures with my Blackberry. It really doesn't do it justice. It was quite the scene.

Chelle and I love Belmont Shore and we miss it whenever we go back and hang out. It's a good thing we are still close.

It's been awhile since I posted a picture of the wieners just because. I couldn't resist this one. They laid down on the floor of my home office and fell asleep. Speaking of obsessed, I think I might be with our puppies.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Surprise Cruise to Cabo

Wednesday August 29th after work we dropped the wiener dogs off at the kennel, drove to Del Mar and spent the night with Greg and Megan. Thursday morning, Megan drove Chelle and I into San Diego. It was at that point that I realized that my surprise weekend getaway was a 5 day cruise to Cabo San Lucas!!!

Chelle is quite the trickster. She had made all the arrangements and even packed for me so I would be totally in the dark as to her plans. All I knew was that I had asked for Thursday, Friday and Tuesday off from work. She even confused me more by laying my sweaters on the bed and asking if liked to fish. Tricky girl.

This cruise was with Carnival, departed out of San Diego and went south to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We spent several hours in Cabo and then cruised back to San Diego. The entire trip lasted from Thursday afternoon until Monday morning. We had fantastic weather. After we left Cabo, a storm blew in. In fact, they had to reroute the cruise that followed ours because the storm was so bad. We didn't see any of the bad weather. It was all sun and clear skies for the Crowes.

The first thing that they do when you board the ship is to teach you how to escape in case of an emergency. We all had to put on our life vest and meet in our designated places. After the instructions were given they escorted all up on deck to where we would board the lifeboats if necessary.

Once the emergency procedures were explained we went to the aft deck to wave goodbye to the U.S.

The rooms on cruise ships are compact and a little cheesy - just like my silly wife :)

The atrium is really cool. This one was open to five floors and had two glass elevators. Cruise ships are pretty amazing, I would encourage everyone to try one at least once if they can. You'll probably dig them as much as we are starting to. Imagine going on a vacation where you don't have to drive or pack and unpack several times. To me, that is the sign of a good vacation. It's a lot like traveling on a bus during a rock tour minus the rock-n-roll.

We were elated to be on the Elation. Sorry, I know it's bad. They can't all be brilliant comments.

Friday night was formal night. Everyone is encouraged to wear suits and ties or a dress depending on your gender.

They have several places to eat, many bars, a few clubs, and two theaters.

In this club there was a band called the Highlights. They played an eclectic mix of disco and eighties. I played a fun game called, name the tune and one called, "Hey Chelle, I played this one in a disco band back in the 90s!" Chelle played a game called, "ignore Christian and just dance, dance, dance."

In Mexico we ate lunch and had a few cervases.

After lunch we walked to quiet spot on the beach. I imitated the boats and floated. Chelle got a beautiful tan. I got burned like a hot tamale with extra Tabasco!

We walked further down the beach to a crowded beach bar called Mango. There was a ton of people from the U.S. on vacation enjoying the beach and the Margaritas. They played several fun games and Chelle nearly won the "name that tune".

Back to the boat to continue cruising.

Trivia time, anyone know what blockbuster was filmed on this hill?

Now do you recognize it? That's right. This was the site of the movie Troy, starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom.

Usually the shots like this are of Chelle kissing my cheek. This time it's me kissing her. She was truly amazing to plan this entire trip and keep it a secret up until the very last minute. She is amazing! I am such a lucky man.
Annual Big Bear Camping Trip

Friday August 24th after work we loaded into our friend Sean's Jeep Wrangler and drove up to Big Bear for a camping adventure. This is the second year that Chelle and I have been able to spend time with friends at Hana Flats near Big Bear Lake. There were 14 campers spread across 2 neighboring campsites. We had an absolute blast, but as is always the case, the sky opened up while we were boating and the rain fell. Just like last year it didn't matter. No amount of rain can dampen our spirits.

The Dutch Oven

Krista and Craig cooked lasagna for us on the fire. They are very resourceful campers.

Chelle and Lisa

Chelle's and my camera pooped out so the pictures I am posting were taken by Lisa. We certainly appreciate her eye for a good shot.

The lovebirds on a pontoon boat.

Saturday we all loaded onto a rented pontoon boat and went a trolling. At first the weather was beautiful and the party was kicking.

Ugo and Renee

As is the case most times we get to hang out with the gang from the south bay, the festivities were planned by party planner extraordinaire Renee.

We could see the storm coming but we kept our spirits up to the last minute.

Sean and Trina

Trina and Renee

We actually attempted to make it back to shore, but the rain turned to hail and we weren't enjoying the feeling of being pelted. Craig then turned the boat back towards the one spot on the lake were the storm was not active.

We did find rest from the storm and so subsequently we shut the boat off and relaxed. When we decided to call it a day and head in the boat would not restart. We tried everything we could think of. Not being boat mechanics, we finally resorted to flagging down another boat for help. After sitting in a broken boat for about two hours, twelve year old Evan came to our rescue. Evan tied a string to our floating dock and towed us back to safety.

Our hero

Once back to shore we headed back to the campsite for another great meal, campfire and s'mores. The rain didn't come back and we had a dry nights sleep.

We can't wait for next years trip!