Thursday, April 20, 2006

They've Spiked the Drink!

This is certainly not the time to procrastinate. But here I am, not having done a lot of the things I should have done by now. I have my excuses, of course, (and some of them are fairly legitimate!) but it's really time I put my nose to the grindstone. Is that how the expression goes? I find myself getting expressions wrong, then I sound like a loony.

Right now, I'm frantically searching for other honeymoon options. Hawaii isn't going to work out, it seems. Oh, we still have the means to get that hotel in Honolulu, but I'm very reluctant to go to Honolulu right now. See, they had a huge storm at the end of March, and the sewage main or something was going to break, so the city decided to flush it out into the ocean. It was about 50 million gallons of sewage. So the waters were really contaminated. A guy fell into the water not too long afterward, and he had cuts on him, and the cuts got really infected and he died. (SO gross!!) Even though the city has been cleaning up steadily since it happened nearly a month ago, I don't think I'd trust the water enough to go in it. And I think it'd kinda suck to go to Hawaii and not go to the beach, you know?

So I tried to search the other Hawaiian islands to see if I could find something affordable and suitable to our needs. Maui sounded very nice, but it was more expensive, and we might have been stuck in one area for lack of a car. Oahu's the only island that has a good public transportation system, so you really need a rental car to get around when you're in Maui or Kauai or the Big Island. Which I can't do, since I'm not 25 yet. It just sucks that I didn't know about the spill sooner, cuz I was getting really excited about going there. Since Honolulu's the biggest tourist spot in Hawaii, I guess it's all been kept very hush-hush. We still might decide to go to one of the islands for the honeymoon, but it seems unlikely now. Sam says maybe we could go to Hawaii next year for our first anniversary. I would like that very much. Still, I can't help but feel disappointed.

One place we're considering now is Lake Tahoe. It was an idea Sam and I both liked when we were first batting around honeymoon ideas, since I remember it being a lovely place when I vacationed there as a kid. I'm just not sure what we'd end up doing out there. There are casinos and the lake (which I remember being very beautiful), but I'm trying to find out if there are any places to sightsee, like museums or a zoo or something. We're also thinking about Las Vegas. Sam's never been there before, it's easy to find stuff to do without the need for a car, and since it's really close, it's cheaper too. We could probably even stay at a pretty swanky hotel. We could do nerdy stuff too, like go to the Star Trek Experience at the Hilton. But would it be romantic, I wonder? And relaxing? The only particularly romantic thing I can think of is the gondola ride at the Venetian (maybe my imagination isn't working too well right now). And I've been there about 10 times with my parents, so it doesn't seem that exciting to me anymore. Still cool, but not as exciting.

I really like the idea of going on a cruise to the Bahamas or the Mexican Riviera, but Sam's not so into it. Most of the cruises we're looking at leave the weekend after we get married (5/13 or /514), so they get back the weekend before we go to back to work (5/20 or 5/21). Sam wants us to have time to rest at home before we go back to work. Sam also has a fear of flying, so he's really wary about flying to the cruise departure cities, like New York or Orlando. He says he will fly there if we do end up going on a cruise, but he'd rather leave from California or somewhere close, so the flight isn't too long. Cruises are a little expensive, but they do include entertainment, most meals, some beverages, and room service. And I've found some pretty great deals on Priceline and Travelocity. We'd also get to go someplace really different and new. I've never been on a cruise before, or to the Bahamas or Mexico. I think it'd be a lot of fun.

Let's see, what else could we do? Disneyworld? It might be fun, but I should probably take a break from Disney for a while. The Caribbean or Mexico without a cruise? Would I need a passport? How long does that take? Sam wouldn't like an even longer flight... This honeymoon thing is mind-boggling.


At April 21, 2006 7:10 PM, Anonymous KristineK said...

US citizens don't need a passport for Mexico--just a driver's license and maybe a copy of your birth certificate. (Just thought I'd throw that out there.) How about wine country, since you're in Cali? You could even stay at a romantic bed and breakfast or something.

At April 24, 2006 3:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you go the Mexico route, Puerto Vallarta is really nice. (It's just north of Cancun.)

At April 24, 2006 7:56 AM, Blogger Kristine said...

Kristine - That's what I heard about Canada too, but that it's better to have a passport. I don't think it'd be too hard to get a copy of my birth certificate, but I'm not so sure about Sam's. He was born in Puerto Rico, so if his mom doesn't already have a copy, it might be difficult to obtain. I'll have him ask her. I hear wine country is nice too, but we're not big wine people. Napa Valley is supposed to be especially pretty.

Chrissie - Yup, that's what I hear! I think that's a pretty famous vacation spot. Cabo's a pretty big one too.

At April 26, 2006 4:37 AM, Blogger BZ said...

Have you found anywhere yet? It is definitely mind-boggling as you want it to be special, but i reckon that anywhere you go after you get married (how exciting!! not long now!!!) will be special as it will be your first few days as man and wife! *jumps up and down with excitment*

As a non-US citizen there are so many places in your beautiful country that I would love to visit more. Have always loved the idea of a road trip - have you done one yet? Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the deep South, Washington, New York, Chicago, Lake Michigan plus all the wonderful forests there are. America is so big and beautiful, and the bonus of it is you know everyone speaks your language!

Fingers crossed you find somewhere perfect and don't forget to keep us up to date - not long to go now till your finally wed!

At April 26, 2006 12:00 PM, Blogger Kristine said...

I think the trick about the honeymoon is that I would ideally like it to be beautiful, romantic, convenient, nature-y, active, fun, and relaxing all at the same time. So it's a matter of trying to put all those things together in a way that suits us. But I have no doubt it'll be special, since - no matter where we go - it will be our honeymoon, after all.

No road trip this time, since I'm still not an entirely confident driver. I'd love to take interesting vacations every year, though. Like I bet a leisurely train trip through America would be fun. There's a lot of this country that I haven't seen yet, and I mean to. (Hawaii, Alaska, and Niagara Falls are high on my to-see list) I'm just hung up on the whole "perfect honeymoon" thing.


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