Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blog 8

Feeding the swimming pigs near Staniel Cay, Bahamas.
Before I get into the actual content of this entry, I am going to rant. I am currently exiled from therapy. I am not in any way upset with my therapists, simply the system. I don't think this is what the founding fathers had in mind. For insurance to cover my therapy visits, I have to be making progress. You would think just saying “she can't walk or talk or move her arms and we're here to help” would be enough, but nooooo. Last year, my speech therapy visits ran out before the days in the year. Thank goodness for the Falling Forward Foundation, a local non-profit covering therapy when insurance doesn't. I actually received three visits from the benefactor. I also have a great caregiver who cares genuinely about my home therapy program. An aside before moving on, therapy is hard.
This blog is about travel. I absolutely adore it. Our honeymoon was in Eureka Springs, Ark. We spent eight years trying to make up for it. We drove to Galveston en route to Houston. Our one and only camping trip, when we slept in a tent right by the beach. We went to Vieques, Puerto Rico, where we stayed at Martineau Bay, now a W. While in Vieques, I had the most surreal experience of all my life thus far. It 's almost indescribable, but here goes. A bioluminescent bay where the water literally glows like turquoise neon when disturbed. Literally. There was the time we went to Vegas and rented a red Mustang convertible. Next, we visited the Bahamas. On this trip, with a destination of Staniel Cay, I had the best time yet. The boat probably had something to do with it. Protocol seems to be: ask if anyone in the party has ever driven a boat before handing over the key and a map... Of the ocean. While exploring, we found a gorgeous sandbar and an island with swimming pigs. We went to New York City and the airline lost our luggage until one hour before our dinner reservation just before the Broadway show we decided to see. Oopsies. We visited Chicago a few times and fell in love. I often said said that I would live in Chicago in the summer and somewhere warm in winter. So far, no one has offered to bankroll my proposition. Humph. We stopped in LA when I was there for work. We traveled to Florida to swim with manatees, but they decided not to show up. I still haven't been to Paris. We have talked about Bora Bora and the rest of the west coast. I guess I'm saying I'm not done yet.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Alison, this is Joanna Shaver. So are you saying the first honeymoon wasn't any fun? :)

anakinsnana said...

Oopsies......you just cracked me up!!! I love your sense of humor! And everything else about you too!

Dinah Wooddell said...

Alison: I felt like I just traveled with you. You are such an excellent writer. Indeed, you should begin writing a book. I'm guessing someday Chris will sweep you away in your van on a "mystery trip" (as David used to tell Jonny and Anna), and you will travel again. David and I pray always together for you both and anticipate your next blog and progress in your recovery.

Chris Wilson said...

Very funny, Joanna... lol. All our friends went to really tropical places on their honeymoons, so our destination was a little bland in comparison. Not that the location is everything though. : )

Jennifer Glenn said...

I've been thinking about your travels and where you need to go next. Paris sounds awesome! The insurance system and therapy benchmarks suck by the way. I am constantly praying!

Anonymous said...

Hey Alison! Just wanted to say that you kick ass! (Pardon my language.) I love reading your blog posts. You are an inspiration. I'm continuing to pray for you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot to add my name. It's Krista (Gorman) Farris.

Cajureba said...

Hey, chicaaa! It's wonderful to read your voice! Thanks for your writing! Keep them coming! You're not done traveling, or even remembering how it feels to take a bite out of a club sandwich at the Mall Deli! And we're not done hearing all about what goes on in your beautiful mind! Tell us all about it!! Much love!

Robin Miller-Gioia said...

Robin loves Alison.

HeatherInSearchOf said...

Hi Alison, I'm a friend of Johnny and Amy Woodell's, and I gotta say your blog post inspired me to add a few new destinations to my travel list, checking out Vieques this summer. You're a wonderfully descriptive writer! Thank you!