Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Back from Jamaica

How fast vacations pass by! It seems just like yesterday that we left for Montego Bay, and already we're back. We enjoyed four days and nights at the Secrets St. James, an all-inclusive, all-adult (no rug rats screaming in the pool!) resort that is on the luxurious side. We didn't do much else but sit on the beach, take naps, drink quite a few foo-foo drinks, and enjoy the various on-site specialty restaurants that were not of the buffet style that most resorts offer but rather put emphasis on beautifully presented quality dishes. For folks our age who—let's face it—simply don't consume the same amount of food as a 20-year-old, this is definitely the way to go.

The St. James and its sister resort, the Wild Orchid, have been open for less than two months, and the property had some birthing problems that threw a few curve balls into the promised "all-luxury" experience. So, the advertised 5 stars were somewhat reduced. I had a long, frank talk with management, and to make a long story short, we will go back sometime this fall to make up for some (or all?) of the problems that we encountered—on the house. So, when you see another blog entry in September or October or whenever, please don't think we won the lottery—we just provided positive feedback and were dealing with a class-act manager who has quite some challenges on his hands opening this property.

Anyhow, we had a darn fine time, and I am sure the next time around it will not just be great the way it was but perfect, the way it was supposed to be this time around.


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