I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. It’s been a busy summer. We try to pack as much in to the few short months of nice weather we have here in the Pacific Northwest, so we’ve been busy going to outdoor concerts, going to the coast, and spending as much time outdoors as we can. Of course, Kendall tags along with us whenever she can. One place Kendall can’t tag along is on my work trips. I found myself in New Orleans in the middle of July, so I took Flat Kendall along to explore the city.
It was a bit hot, to put it mildly, so we didn’t get out too much. On the one afternoon I did have free, we explored the French Quarter.
The architecture there is just beautiful. I’d love to take a walking tour some day with an expert.
We were there during the Tales of the Cocktail event. I like Pimms Cups, but we really can’t get them in the Northwest. When you ask for one, the bartender looks at you like you’re nuts. So, we headed over to the Napoleon House who has been serving up Pimms Cups for over a hundred years.
From there, we wandered over to Bourbon Street. There seems to be a daiquiri place on every corner.
I never did make it over there at night to see the nightlife, but that’s how work trips go. I did have a chance to go to dinner with a good friend’s brother and his family. They took me on a locals tour of the area and took me to my very first drive through daiquiri place. I can’t believe they actually hand you an alcoholic beverage as you drive through. They say it isn’t an open container until you put the straw through the hole in lid. Like who’s going drive all the way home before they put the straw in?? You can get up to a gallon at a time – with extra shots! We ordered the 12 oz, and the guy in the window held it up and asked, “Are you sure? It’s pretty small.” Nothing like upselling alcohol to a car full of people.
The view from my window at the hotel was pretty impressive.
It was a quick trip to New Orleans, but we had a good time.
That Flat Kendall is sure getting around these days. This week she tagged along with a friend of mine who is visiting Palmer, Alaska. It looks a lot colder there than Flat Kendall’s trip to Oahu, HI last week.
You will never, ever guess where Flat Kendall is off to next month. Just wait and see.
I recently traveled to Oahu, HI on business and Flat Kendall tagged along. She had a good time checking out the beaches. Kendall’s not a big fan of hot weather, but she was a good sport about it all. Even though I was working in Honolulu, I chose to stay over in Kailua. It’s a lot quieter and less busy over there. It’s also where President Obama chooses to stay on vacation.
There was a big accident on H1, the highway I had to take to get to Kailua, so we took the long way around the edge of the island. I pulled off everywhere I could to take pictures.
Those are snorkelers you see over near the rocks. Upon closer inspection of the water, I saw two sea turtles!
Can you see the turtle?
As you can see, it was a bit rainy and cloudy while we were there. There was no lack of hot, though. I forgot that most houses don’t have air conditioning, so it took some getting used to in order to be able to sleep.
On my last day there, I found this calendar in the ABC store. Looks like Flat Kendall isn’t the only Cavalier enjoying Hawaii.
Flat Kendall had a great time in Oahu. I wonder where she’s off to next.
While Flat Kendall was busy lounging on the beaches of Maui, we packed her up and took her on vacation with us to the Florida Keys. We always make sure we stop at the World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada to check out the latest in sunglasses and beach wear. There’s a restaurant there, as well as a place to wet your whistle.
From there we headed south to the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon. We once rode our bikes over this bridge when we did Bubba Fest, a bike tour from Key Largo to Key West and back.
There’s a new (since we were last there) restaurant/tiki bar/pool bar at the north (east) end of the bridge. We stopped to have a drink and do some people watching.
At a stop at the Lorelei in Islamorada we found some pretty weird boats – a pink Cadillac boat and a pirate ship. Both were available for hire.
A vacation to the Florida Keys wouldn’t be complete without lots and lots of relaxation. This is the view from the sun deck by the pool at the condo where we like to stay.
Flat Kendall went on lots of adventures while visiting the Keys. Be sure to stop back over the next few days to see what else she was up to.
We were in need of some sun and warm weather, so we packed up Flat Kendall and headed to Palm Springs, CA for a long weekend. Never having been there before, we didn’t know what to expect. We had a great time! We stayed in the #1 rated TripAdvisor hotel, The Desert Riviera Hotel. It was all we hoped it would be. It’s owned by some very friendly people from Oregon and has been completely renovated and decorated in the mid-century modern decor the area is so well known for. The best part was the pool.
It was the focal point of the hotel. It was surrounded by rooms on three sides and a really tall hedge on the other. You felt like you were secluded from the rest of the world. Flat Kendall took full advantage of the amenities.
There were hummingbirds everywhere! I’ve never seen so many in one place.
We also did some exploring. We rented a car and headed downtown to see the sights and look at the mid-century modern architecture.
We also stopped in a great little pet store on S. Palm Canyon Dr called Cold Nose Warm Heart. We picked up a new collar for Kendall. It’s a summer print, so I’ll blog about it as we get closer to summer.
We were surprised at all of the hiking and outdoor activities available to do. It was sunny and 75 deg F when we were there. I couldn’t imagine hiking, or being a dog, when it gets over 100 deg F there.
There are direct flights from Portland to Palm Springs, so I can see another trip in our future.