So when your boat looks like this the only thing to do is rent a car and take a road trip!! InSpeyered 2 is "on the hard" to have her bottom cleaned and painted and to have her hull waxed and buffed. She also got a 3rd transducer installed to read water depth at the bow to help us avoid running aground (again)!! Most boats don't use 3 different depth sounders but most boats don't have Captain Al at the helm! My cautious captain keeps adding more stuff to make the boat even safer and nicer. She also got some new paint around the windows and doors and had her teak rails shined up. Notice the change in color of the Bimini on top. That is part of the new canvas. More pictures when all the work is finished. Now on to the road trip!
Al's many years of travel are helping us now with Marriott points so we spent 2 nights at a hotel near Disney and spent one day hopping between Animal Kingdom and Epcot, enjoying a total change of pace and just plain having fun!
A beautiful day for a fun safari ride early in the day so we saw lots of interesting animals.
Epcot was particularly beautiful with its floral and topiary displays all over the park. We went on some fun rides and saw some great shows as only Disney can produce but we had to rush back to the hotel for the most fun show of all...
Yup, the Woman's Final Basketball game with my UConn girls pitted against Al's Syracuse girls, and the winner is.....UConn of course! What a great way to end a Disney day watching from the comforts of a Marriott with infinite water for showers and no rocking on our boat! Then we had a day between park visits to enjoy poolside relaxation with a few phone calls about boat repairs and move to a second hotel, this time on the Universal property to access express pass privileges.
We were in Universal Studios at the crack of 8am to zip into Gringotts to ride with Harry Potter to evade the Dementors and enjoy the amazing technology of a 3D indoor roller coaster. The whole day was one ride after another with a few great shows leaving me slightly queasy from vestibular challenges stimulating my motion sickness gene. But Al could do any ride and wanted to repeat some as well. What a unique addition to doing the Great Loop!! Now we head back to see what really was accomplished on the boat and what messes await us for clean up! The next blog will include pictures of the newly improved InSpeyered 2.