And introducing our Commando team:
Returning from last year's tour:
Laura (aka tigger), that would be me, from San Diego. I was also the designated driver for this bunch - might as well get in an E-ride or two! :-)
Deb (aka dcdeb), my IRC reminder sister, from Northern Virginia/DC. Who thought about doing "wines around the world".
Pam (aka PamellaDeVil), from Northern New Jersey. She was laboring under a bit of a handicap with a broken finger, but didn't let that slow her down. :-)
And our Tour Rookie:
Andrea (aka Tigerlily, aka the Dairy Queen), from Houston. She really likes ham. Coffee, too. :-)
Our mission began on Sunday, May 6, at 4:00. We all gathered at
our first stop - Beaches and Cream at the Yacht Club/Beach Club Resort,
which represented the Northeastern U.S.
Deb and I split a yummy chocolate
milkshake, Deb intending to do liquid refreshments around the U.S., me
just because I wanted a chocolate milkshake, not having yet decided on a
theme. (Deb demonstrates what brainfreeze
looks like. :-) ) Andrea, upon seeing a coffee milkshake on the menu,
decided to do coffee around the U.S., and Pam had a butter pecan ice
cream cone, on her quest to do "Nuts Around the U.S.". After our photo,
we were off.
Next stop was Port Orleans - French Quarter, to represent the
Southeast. Ok, so it's *really* the South, but just go with it, ok?
At this point we started to realize this was not going to be as easy as
we had expected. Andrea tried to get iced coffee, which the CM told her
they did have, then that they didn't, and she needed to make her own,
so she did.
Pam and Deb and I were planning on having pralines - except
they didn't have any, even though they WERE on the menu. None in the
gift shop either. I got an order of beignets (fresh made, even), and
so my theme was evolving into "Things that are topped with white
stuff", since my milkshake had whipped cream, and the beignets are
covered in powdered sugar. Pam got a "Dixie Beer" in the gift shop -
her theme having been modified to "Things Beginning with 'B'", and Deb
got a "Tennessee Tea", which was quite in keeping with her "Liquid
Refreshment" theme, though I think she found the tea rather less than
"refreshing". "Repulsive", maybe. :-) We posed by the Alligators,
and then it was time for stop #3.
Wilderness Lodge (representative of the great Northwest) just about put
an end to ANY thought of theming...the choices here were *extremely*
limited. I got an apple (the inside was white!), and Andrea got
another iced coffee in the bar - which she again had to make herself,
but at least the bartender provided the ingredients. Poor Deb could
NOT get the bartender to wait on her, despite standing there for over
10 minutes, so she finally went next door to Artist Point and they
served her a glass of wine in a to-go cup.
Poor Pammy was stumped for "B's" - until
someone came up with the idea that she could have a Bite of my apple. :-)
Picture taken, we left Wilderness Lodge behind us.
We made a quick trip to the Polynesian, our Hawaii stop, where
Andrea got another coffee (she was starting to talk REALLY fast by this
point! :-) ), and Pam and I shared several slices of pineapple that
came in a White Box, thus salvaging both our themes. Deb got a glass
of pineapple juice in the bar - though she wanted guava-orange, but
they were out of it. After a photo standing next to a tiki statue,
we were off and running again.
Coronado Springs was our Southwest stop, and we went to the Pepper
Market to have Mexican food, since it was dinner time. *Real* food
tasted pretty good by then. Pam and I both had the chicken enchilada
plate, which had Black Beans for Pam, and was covered in White cheese
for me. :-) In addition to their dinners,
Deb and Andrea had special drinks -
Deb got a frozen margarita,
in keeping with her liquid refreshment theme, and Andrea had a cafe
latte - with vanilla, which is of course a Southwest thing. And then
she scored with some
chocolate covered coffee beans, too. :-)
Time for our final stop - Blizzard Beach. To represent Alaska, of course. Andrea and Pam and I all had our cups of ice cubes from Coronado Springs, and Deb still had part of her frozen margarita, though she'd scraped off the salt and thrown away the lime so that it would look like frozen lemonade. :-) A CM took our picture by Santa's sleigh, and even asked (given the general hilarity) if there were alcohol involved, though Pam and Andrea and I assured him we just had ice. Deb was silent, but I don't think he noticed. :-)
We finished just a few minutes after 8:00 - 6 resorts in 4 hours - not
too bad. I think Deb managed to be truest to her theme, but Pam and I
had to be the most creative, and Andrea had to be a do-it-yourselfer!
It was a fun afternoon, but much harder than I thought it would be.
Thus endeth our resort tour...Anyone got any ideas for next year??? :-)
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