Thoughts of a vacation and, more specifically, a cruise came into our minds. Decision making, planning, all must be done. When that is accomplished, all-encompassing thoughts of anticipation become overwhelming. We have had many trips on the large cruise ships with many thousands of passengers. While those trips were very special, we thought the novelty of experiencing a small-ship venue, and especially a Paddle Wheeler, would be most interesting. Indeed it was:
For starters there is a great satisfaction in knowing our support is all toward the United States. From the vessel, its crew and food we were to experience "home grown." The hard-working staff of young people greeted us with friendly smiles and performed their tasks in a diligent and thorough manner. We would be remiss not to mention the very comfortable beds--such a plus at the end of the day.
We enjoyed the menu selections and found the food to be done to perfection. The open seating of eight guests to a table allowed us to explore the diverse backgrounds and interests of each person, and when we would meet them in the stairwell or elevator, they were no longer strangers. Interestingly enough, we hope to see those who do not live too far from us.
The banjo player, piano-bass combo and songs of the sea were good evenings of entertainment. And, of course, the historian flavored the trip with much educational and interesting lectures which brought the Lewis & Clark experience to reality. And this sums up our post thoughts of the cruise.
Small-ship cruising is a venture we would like to continue. We enjoyed the friendliness of seeing the same people, enjoying happy hour each evening with them, not having to walk the long corridors. We are left with a keen sense of history and appreciation of the early exploration of Lewis & Clark, coupled together with touring the scenic vistas of the United States of America.