I was really lucky that my friend Lynne, who shared the conference podium with me, was also extending her stay for a brief vacation. She took care of the girls while I shared ER time with Mimi. The girls think Lynne rocks, and her 13-year-old son Quinn is da bomb! They had fun at the pool and the beach after I called to say Mimi was doing fine.
When we finally got the all-clear from the doctor and made it back to the island, it was time for our dolphin-watching/sunset-viewing/fireworks-ogling boat cruise. Mimi wisely stayed home, but Lynne and Quinn joined us. It was really fun -- we saw brown pelicans (Zoe snapped this pix -- I think she has the makings of a wildlife photographer!), a pirate ship (the boat we were on was far more mundane) and, most exciting of all, dolphins (which are really hard to photograph)!
We didn't see a very exciting sunset, since the clouds were pretty low, but you can see a smidgen of pink as we head toward the causeway joining the island to the mainland.
We soon passed under the causeway toward the fireworks area. The kids had a great time watching the show -- it was short, but we were so close it was super-exciting.
We head home tomorrow. I can't believe I was lucky enough to score this work trip -- turned into a really fun vacation!