Entries Tagged as 'boat'

Wendella Sunset Cruise

July 17th, 2013 · No Comments















On Saturday night, Stephanie and I decided to go on a 2-hour Wendella Sunset Cruise. I’d been on the Wendella architecture tour a couple times, years ago (2006, 2008), and it has been fun, but I really enjoyed the sunset tour for something different. The guide on the sunset tour had some of the architecture tips, but we spent way more time on the lake just admiring the view. Very relaxing and so beautiful. These photos can’t even attempt to capture it!

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Fourth of August in New England

August 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Lake Wentworth

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, it didn’t work out for us to go to New England for the holiday like we usually do. It just so happened that one month later, the Fourth of August, worked out great, so off we went!


Adirondack Chair


That is Stamp Act Island across the way, on the left.

We spent a few days at Ross’s house on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. We went to Ross’s house for the first time last year and it was a ton of fun. And it was a ton of fun this year too.

We flew into Boston and drove up to New Hampshire with Matt, Molly and Lucy and their dog Buddy. They also had a new addition for us to meet this year, a one-and-a-half-year-old mastiff, Sophie.


Also staying at the house were Tommy and Marinella, with their dog Koukla, who happened to really like riding on the kayaks. Note Ross’s new toys are these fancy kayaks that have a pedal mechanism so you don’t have to paddle. They were pretty awesome.

Tommy, Ross, Koukla, Dallas

Ross & Koukla

The week before we went out East, Rob stayed overnight at our house in Chicago. He always stays over one night every year when he does the sailing race to Mackinac Island. Rob and Ross and Matt all lived in Boston at the same time so we mentioned to Rob that we were going to Ross’s and suggested he come down from Maine, so he did. So glad he did!


Rob and Dallas taking a snooze.

There was lots of eating and drinking and fun, like always. Ross has been on a paleo diet, but we still had a lot of great food and drinks. One thing was clear, that we are all getting older. Things were not as rowdy as previous years, for sure!

Steak and Scallops.

Ross broke out the good stuff (but I still didn’t like it!)

Brought my aloha shirt koozie.

I don’t know why Ross had these bling-y ice cubes!

Long Trail Ale is a beer from Vermont.

And we still had a ton of fun playing on the lake and relaxing outside.

Lucy had her own adirondack chair, a gift from Uncle Ross.

Ross, Koukla, Rob

Matt and Lucy.

Lucy and I were playing with leaves and pine cones.

Rob and Dallas.

Lucy getting a haircut.

After her haircut.


Ross gave us a Lake Wentworth chocolate bar from Winnipesaukee Chocolates.

The rest of our trip was spent in the greater Boston area where Matt and Molly live. Dallas and Matt golfed, I took Lucy to the park, we watched a ton of Olympics, visited a diner where Lucy is a regular, and spent one night watching The Dark Knight Rises followed by drinks and dinner in Marina Bay.

There’s a rule somewhere that when you’re on a roadtrip you have to stop at Taco Bell. I finally tried the Doritos Locos Taco.

Lucy at Target.

Lucy at the park.

Marina Bay

Oh, and on the way out to Boston, we, of course, had drinks and lunch at Tortas Frontera at O’Hare!

Tortas Frontera.

As of right now I have 167k miles on AA.

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Brian and Sara’s Wedding Ceremony

March 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Waiting for the boat at the Mocambo Restaurant.

Our ride, the Caribbean Princess.

View of isla from the ferry.

Larry, Josh, Brett, Todd and Marty boarding the boat.


“I’m on a boat!”

Andy couldn’t resist the pole!

Arriving at Zama.

The seating cards were inserted into limes. Neat idea!

The menu – Tixin-Xic Fish, Carne Asada, Potatoes au Gratin, Steamed Vegetables.

Emily & Mitch

Christine, me, Vanessa

Damian & Vanessa

Josh, Lynda, and Trevor getting drinks.

Kilmer & Jess were in our row for the ceremony.

Vanessa & Lynda were in front of us.



Brian and Officiant Josh.

Todd, Danielle, Nate

Adam & Chloe

Mike & Carrie

Sara & her parents

Sara & her parents

Sara & her parents

Sara & her mom

Josh did a great time conducting the ceremony.

Danielle, Chloe, Carrie

The Rings

The Kiss


Sara and Brian were married at the Zama Beach Club, which is a gorgeous venue located on the shores of the secluded Sac Bajo area of Isla Mujeres. To get to Zama, all of the wedding guests took a short walk from our hotel, Ixchel Beach Hotel, to the Magana Dock, which is next to the Mocambo Restaurant. While many of the ladies preferred to be in the enclosed lower level of the boat so they didn’t mess their hair up, I thought the open upper deck was the place to be. The ride was really fun and very beautiful. Even if I did have to watch Andy pole dance (not so beautiful).

Upon arrival at Zama, we all walked down a long pier to get to the beach club. There was a big open palapa with a bar and a marble dance floor, a smaller palapa where we’d be having dinner, and seating set up on the beach for the ceremony. There was a bit of time (15 or 20 minutes) before the ceremony was to start, so of course, everyone got drinks… which we still had while being seated and watching the ceremony. If you know any of these people, this is not odd!

The guys were all dressed in casual suits with tropical flowers on their lapels and the girls all had gorgeous, long, plum-colored dresses. Sara looked beautiful, of course, in her long, strapless gown, carrying flowers whose colors coordinated with the girl’s dresses. Josh was the wedding officiant and conducted a very heartfelt ceremony that included both Mayan traditions and personal touches that you’d only know if you were friends with Brian and Sara. Very nice.

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