Sand Dunes, I Luv My Bobo

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After we went to Frankenmuth, we decided to keep driving to Lake Michigan to see the Sand Dunes.  They were awesome. Now my kids have been to all the Great Lakes too.   Didn’t know mountains of sand like this even existed.

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First we went to Sleeping Bears Dunes National Park. It was very steep.  Sign warned people not to go down the steep slope without hats and water.  It read that it would take 2 1/2 to get down to the beach and climb back up and if you needed help to get rescued, you would have to foot the bill for a rescue.  Needless to say, I did not attempt it.

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IMG_0666Then we stayed overnight at a hotel close to Silver Lake Sand Dunes where we spent the next day walking on the dunes (dared not try it although it looked like fun), go karting and a really cool mini-putt with a waterfall.  Great place to visit.

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Took plenty of painkillers on this trip, let me tell you.  Hard to walk in the sand with a freshly radiated back. Sigh.

 

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Good news!  My husband Bobo recently won an award at work….best mortgage underwriter (nominated by some brokers).  So he gets a free all expense trip to Whistler, British Columbia.  And guess what I told him?  He ain’t leaving without me in tow!  No way!

We are going to be staying at the luxurious Fairmont Whistler Hotel.  Ba Bing!!!  Bobo is none too happy about this event as he says he will have to go to meetings for 3 days.  Not me however!  I will be galavanting outdoors.

Damn back, however.  You’d better believe that I’d be downhill skiing on those mountains if I didn’t run the risk of fracturing some more vertebrates.  Oh well, heard there is a gondola I could go on.  And I could always use the Fairmont’s spa services if I overdo it or the weather is yucky.  Afternoon High tea perhaps?  Hahaha!  Love them scones, fancy little sandwiches and glorious tea!  Getting excited!  Wish I could invite some friends, though.

After the conference, Bobo is coming back to reality, but not me!  I’m going to fulfill an item on my bucket list!  Ever since I was in grade 5 and my friend Leanne Murray showed me a picture of her family’s trip to Lake Louise, I have had it in my head to go there.

I missed an opportunity to go there with my cousin from Australia because I was getting married and couldn’t afford it.   In 2012, when I was out of commission after surgery to cement my fractured vertebrae and put two titanium metal rods in my back, I vowed if I ever could walk again I would go to Lake Louise (and Italy) and not have any regrets.  When my hubby told me he won a trip to BC, I took it as a sign from the almighty Lord above who just gave me the perfect opportunity to fulfill my West Coast quest!

So I have booked a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, Gold Service, so some poor sucker who isn’t me, can deal with my baggage everywhere I go.  Get my own damn chef too.  And I’ll be asking for some champagne as soon as I get on board.  This is gonna be fun!  I’m going to Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary.  And there is some crazy ride on a helicopter (if I don’t chicken out) too.

Like my husband says, “You can’t take it with you”.

I love my husband.

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Frankenmuth, Michigan

September 12, 2015

Sorry I haven’t been blogging all summer, but it’s hard to do when you have kids! Life has been a bit of a roller coaster ride.

Road tripI had planned on going to New York in July/August and on a driving trip to PEI and Cape Breton, but my plans were kiboshed because of 2 new tumours growing on T8 and T9. I knew something was up in June…just didn’t feel right. There is also something going on in my lung/diaphram and pancreas but I’m not sure what it is because I haven’t seen my oncologist to find out what he thinks….that’s a whole other story.

Wasn’t sure how I was going to make out doing the drive by myself. So I took the kids to Science North in Sudbury (4 hours away) to see how I would fair. Did okay, but sure was glad to get back and get on my biomat. My back really hurt.

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IMG_0266IMG_0279Then I underwent a week of radiation.  Bobo had the last week in August off, so we went to a niffty little German Bavarian Christmas town in the States called “Frankenmuth”. It houses the largest Christmas Store in the world….the size of a football field. And it really is that big.

IMG_0283Of course, we had to go there and check it out. Here are some of the pics! If you get a chance, you really must drive out there and check this place out, especially if you love Christmas! Took us about 4 1/2 hours to get there (via Sarnia border crossing).  Oh, and if you have kids there are 2 indoor water parks (The Bavarian Inn for smaller children and The Zehnders for older kids) which I am sure they will love.

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Now if water parks and Christmas Stores aren’t your thing, the little town is quite adorable and you can go for long picturesque walks and look around, shop at the quaint little boutiques or even go on an old fashion boat.  Something for everyone…even your cats and dogs.

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IMG_0412And if you are tired, and need a little push around the Christmas Store, they even have a wheelchair available to pick up!  Could have used a self-serve motorized one for myself though; Frack decided to take me for a quick ride, here, there, and everywhere!  He got a kick wheeling me around!

I Love My Bobo

Oops!  Just found this in my draft folder.  Must have forgotten to post it.

Good news!  My husband Bobo recently won an award at work….best mortgage underwriter (nominated by brokers).  So he gets a free all expense trip to Whistler, British Columbia. And guess what I told him? He ain’t leaving without me in tow! No way!

WE are going to be staying at the luxurious Fairmont Whistler Hotel. Ba Bing!!! Bobo is none too happy about this event as he says he will have to go to meetings for 3 days. Not me however!  I will be taking in the sights and galavanting outdoors!

Damn back, however. You’d better believe that I’d be downhill skiing on those mountains if I didn’t run the risk of fracturing some more of my vertebrates. (I can just hear my Australian cousin saying, “She would be crazy enough to do it too!”).  Oh well, heard there is a gondola I could go on.  Besides, I guess I could always use the Fairmont’s spa services if I overdo it or the weather is yucky. Afternoon High tea perhaps? Hahaha! Love them scones, fancy little sandwiches and glorious tea! Getting excited! Wish I could invite some friends, though.

After the conference, Bobo is coming back to reality, but not me! I’m going to fulfill an item on my bucket list! Ever since I was in grade 5 and my friend Leanne Murray showed me a picture of her family’s trip to Lake Louise, I have had it in my head to go there.  Now’s my chance.

I missed an opportunity to go out West with my cousin from Australia because I was getting married and couldn’t afford it. In 2012, when I was out of commission after surgery to cement my fractured vertebrae and put two titanium metal rods in my back, I vowed if I ever could walk again I would go to Lake Louise (and Italy) and not have any regrets. When my hubby told me he won a trip to BC, I took it as a sign from the Mighty Lord above!  I just got handed the perfect opportunity to fulfill my quest!  And I was going to take it!

So I have also booked a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, Gold Service, so some poor sucker who isn’t me, can deal with my baggage everywhere I go. Get my own damn chef too. And I’ll be asking for some champagne as soon as I get on board. This is gonna be fun! I’m going to Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary. And there is some crazy ride on a helicopter (if I don’t chicken out) too.

Like my husband says, “You can’t take it with you”.

I love my husband.