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Here are the outlines of trips that are planned for the year 2007. Space for each trip is limited to the maximum number of patients a particular dialysis unit will be able to handle for us at a given time, plus their significant others. Due to that limit, if you have an interest in any particular trip, be sure to let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling and leaving your name and phone number at our toll free number (800) 396-5030. Watch the web site for itineraries as they are finalized.
FEBRUARY, 2007 - FLORIDA AND THE BAHAMAS- Passport Required
We'll arrive in Miami on a Thursday evening or Friday morning. We'll have dialysis Friday morning. On Friday evening, we'll board a cruise ship and sail for the cruise line's privately-owned island where we'll be fed and entertained in the water of a beautiful tropic island all day long. Then, we'll sail to Nassau, the Bahamas for two days and return to Miami on Monday morning.
Then we'll have dialysis and be transported same day to Key West Florida where we'll spend two days and have dialysis again on Wednesday. The activities on Key West have yet to be selected. I already have my eye on an all you can eat shell fish restaurant in Key West, and a possible snorkeling trip.
MARCH, 2007 DEEP SOUTH
We'll spend a week in the deep south visiting ante bellum plantations and important civil war locations. We're definitely going to go to Savannah, Georgia, where I have already been in touch with my favorite TV Cooking personality, Paula Deen, who has already told me if she is in town when we eat at her restaurant, The Lady and Sons, for lunch, she will introduce herself to us.
APRIL, 2007 - HAWAII- Passport Required
We'll be visiting Oahu for a few days where we'll go to the Cultural Center where the students from Brigham Young University of Hawaii from every Pacific Island Culture teach about their Island nation, the dress, dancing, crafts. Here you will see better entertainment than is offered at any luau anywhere. We'll also visit the Arizona memorial, and go to a great beachside luau.
We'll spend the rest of the week on beautiful Kauai, my personal favorite island. There are more beaches on Kauai than on all of the rest of the islands put together. We'll go on a wonderful sailing trip to a great snorkeling location. There's lots of beautiful places to see and things to do on Kauai, but it's also a wonderful place to just kick back and relax on a beautiful beach. The weather should be perfect at that time of the year.
MAY, 2007 - CHESAPEAKE BAY - DRUM FISHING
We'll be staying in cabins or renting fully equipped 30' trailers and staying at a wonderful campground on the Chesapeake Bay. The campground has a pier from which you can catch the famous blue crabs, and oysters can be picked up right off the shore. Best of all, if you've never tasted drum fish, they are abundant in May at the bay. They run about 70 pounds average and are the most delicious fish about the consistency of halibut. They are called drum fish because they make a sound expelling air when they come out of the water that sounds like the beating of a drum. They are delicious.
The campground is family oriented with lots to do for everyone and is located in a very interesting area where Virginia hams hang off the rafters of country stores, or you can visit a factory where colorful decoy duck kits can be purchased.
JUNE, 2007 - WASHINGTON, D.C.
We'll spend a full week in the Washington, D.C. area where we'll tour such places as Arlington Cemetery, Ford's Theatre, the FBI, Lincoln's Memorial with plenty of time to visit the Smithsonian Museums and more. We'll probably stay in nearby Virginia close to Washington's excellent subway system for getting in and out of DC.
JULY, 2007 - ALASKA SIGHTSEEING
This first Alaskan trip will be primarily a sightseeing trip taking in Anchorage and Denali State Park. We'll also do one day of fishing near the end of the trip so we can easily bring our salmon or halibut catch home.
AUGUST 2007 - SEATTLE AND ALASKA FISHING TRIP
(Passport Possibly Required if we go into Canada)
This second Alaskan trip will be primarily for you fisherman out there. We'll spend two or 3 days in Seattle, maybe visit Pike's Market, Ferry on over to a San Juan Island or two or go to Victoria, then we'll fly on to Juneau Alaska where we'll fish with Captain Mike Boles for 2 or 3 days. We'll have enough time to fish for shrimp and Dungeness crab as well as fish for Salmon and halibut. Pack light so we can bring our fish home as that "second" piece of luggage.
OCTOBER, 2007 - FALL FOLLIAGE TOUR
We'll be motoring in our private comfy bus departing from Boston, Mass. Then up through New Hampshire and Maine, and maybe some of Vermont, too. We'll definitely do some serious lobster eating in Maine. Hopefully we'll hit the magnificent fall colors in that area just right, It's a sight that won't be forgotten.
DECEMBER, 2007 - HOME WITH FAMILY, PROBABLY
I am endeavoring to pack each trip with memorable experiences, to make sure we stay at comfortable places that are nice places by themselves in case someone is too tired to go on a planned event on a particular day, they will have a nice place to just relax at or will be in the center of activity to do their own thing if desired. I am trying to get the most for your travel dollar, including breakfasts and as many other meals as possible, and I'm enjoying dickering for the best possible hotel and transportation prices for first class accommodations to keep the trip costs as reasonable as possible. I am also trying to make sure your travel companions are not bored while we are at dialysis.
TRAVEL ADVISORY RE PASSPORT
I want you to know that if you wish to travel next year and plan on going anywhere off the continental United States, including the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada and even Hawaii (because you go over the Pacific Ocean) you will need a Passport. It would be a very good idea to get one right away because there will be a flood of people applying for them at the first of next year. You can get an application form at your local post office or on line, And you can get photos made at Costco for $5 in one hours time. Our San Diego and Baja California trip this January requires a passport.