Games

We had fun hanging out with our friends in Jackson.  There’s plenty to do, even without wifi or TV.  In this photo we’re playing Left, Right, Center.  My goal was to get rid of all the candy bars I had left over, and the scheme worked for me.  Everyone else won rounds of the game except me.

There’s plenty of time to sit and admire the mountain views.

We took our friends to see the Cunningham cabin, and I couldn’t avoid taking a few “through the window” photos.

We also drove them through the National Park.

Then we returned home and shot some pop cans with a bb gun.  We all found out it isn’t easy to shoot from a moving swing, but it was a lot of fun.

 

 

 

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Eclipse

We had a great opportunity to watch the full eclipse of the sun at my dad’s home in Jackson Hole.  Some friends from Kansas–Gretchen and Jim–came to join us, as well as two of our kids.  Thankfully, the weather was great that day.

Paul and Jim set up tripods for their cameras and we watched the entire process with great enthusiasm.  We had free glasses from the library.

We saw the crescent sun in the shadows from a colander we had on hand.

And also in the shadow of the trees.

But the most exciting moment, of course, is when totality arrives and the beautiful horizon lights up in all four directions.

We could clearly see the corona effect.  Then, very soon, it was daylight again and it was cool to see a jet that had apparently come across the Tetons to view the total eclipse turn back to the North.

 

 

Crystal Awards

Today I’m sharing “sign” pics from the Crystal ship Symphony that we enjoyed so much.  First, a safety sign:

Next, the first sign I saw every morning before going out on the deck for a morning walk:

I discovered an interesting room in the ship that displays all the wonderful gifts they have received from each port they have visited around the world.  It’s impressive!

There was also a huge display and blessing provided by the craftsmen of the shipyard in Finland, where Symphony was built in 1995:

Finally, I’ll share a couple more menus from our week at sea:

 

 

 

 

Panama

We disembarked from the cruise ship Symphony in Panama to more wonderful local music.

We could see plenty of ships getting ready to enter the canal.

We had rented a car to drive to the other side of the country for our standby flights out of Panama City.  Although there is a train that goes across, it was not going at the right time for us.  But it gave us a chance to see some of the sights better along the way.

Here is the airport, which has a nice restaurant upstairs.

And we were off!  It’s always nice when those standby seats are available for two of us at once!

 

 

Final Shout-Out

This is the final shout-out to the ship and crew of Crystal Cruises.  We had the best time in the Caribbean and would certainly go again if we get the chance.  Some of the passengers would remain onboard for another week, as they toured the Panama Canal, Colombia and other stops, but we couldn’t go the extra week (and had already been through the Panama Canal previously).  So it was a sad farewell but the memories linger!

I had toured the ship’s kitchen one of the days at sea, and it’s incredible to see how they prepare all the great meals we enjoyed.

Again–wonderful staff members giving it their all.  We ate in the Italian restaurant on our last night and the food and presentation here was also delicious and impressive.