In which Christine and Wade make some all sorts of fun and exciting plans for her upcoming visit!!!
I've talked about Christine in another entry. We have been spending all sorts of time on google chat and the phone over the past few months. On Sunday, she will be coming to visit me for an entire week (the first time we will meet), and we are both most enthused about this! The following discusses some of our plans. The schedule get less detailed towards the end of the week to allow for some spontaneity and relaxation.
Sunday, May 13th, 2007: The Conjoining!
Christine departs Lincoln on NW 4744 (Canadair Regional Jet), seat 5A of the 50 passenger variant.
Wade departs London, seat 1A of his car (otherwise known as the driver's seat), destination Detroit Metropolitan Airport, McNamara Terminal (since NW flies into McNamara). Google says 2 hours 30 minutes travel time, but I'm allowing an extra 30 minutes for delays at the border..
||Christine arrives in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Christine departs Minneapolis/St. Paul on NW 762 (Boeing 757), seat 30F, destination Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
|16:00 EDT ||Wade arrives at DTW and parks. |
|16:03 EDT ||Christine arrives at the McNamara Terminal in Detroit |
|Christine's and Wade's eyes meet across a crowded terminal, and the world stands still. We take advantage of this rift in the cosmic time continuum to |pick pockets and do other amusing things to the people frozen around us have our first kiss! | |
||We depart the airport and head back to London.
||After crossing the bridge, we take a slight detour to explore a park.
- See this map and compare with this one.
- We can either park in the area marked and stroll through Broadway/BlackOak looking for a place, or we could continue straight south on Sandwich St. if it is allowed (the satellite image shows a road that isn't on the virtual map).
||Our intrepid couple arrives at Wade's apartment. Luggage is unloaded, a tour of the (small and boring) apartment is given, and we spend the night in.
Monday, May 14th, 2007: ROM & Poly Day
|Earlish ||Have breakfast. Christine packs a yummy picnic-able lunch. Christine reminds Wade of dire consequences if her sugar levels dip. Wade and Christine immediately pick out some non-perishable healthy items he can shove at her if her sugar gets low. :) |
|09:00 ||Depart London for Toronto. |
|11:00 ||Arrive in Toronto and head to the Royal Ontario Museum |
|17:30 ||Leave the ROM (or whereever we end up) and head to the Imperial Pub for the Poly Social! |
||Depart the social. Possibly stop by to see the cat-kids at Sue's place. Head back to London.
|23:00 ||Arrive home in London |
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007: Camping Day!
||Leave London for Grand Bend. Upon arriving 1 hour 15 minutes later, explore the beach, etc, take pictures, and do fun stuff.
Leave Grand Bend and travel 4km to the Pinery Provincial Park, arriving at the 2pm check-in/out time that allows us to spend a full 24 hours there! :-)
It amuses me how quickly one can get spoiled by new technology. Have said that, I curse google maps for not having better resolution around The Pinery!!! I want to see individual camping sites so I can figure out which one is best!!! Gar!
|14:15 ||Set up the amusingly large tent, inflate the super comfy mattress, bring in the duvet and oodles of pillows, etc. etc. Bring candles! |
| Sunset; 20:34 ||Sit on beach snuggled in blankets (toes in sand). Watch sunset together while toasting to our happy lives with Christine's favorite wine (appropriately, this wine is a "Nouveau"), or, if Wade absolutely hates it, with milk. |
| Sometime || Stargaze on the beach all bundled/snuggled up. Remember to check almanac for possible meteorshowers, etc.
||Dance in the starlight, since according to this handy site, The Pinery (near coordinates 43oN, 81o15'W, and time zone UTC-4) will have this moon rise/set info. On May 15th, the moon won't rise till 4:52am, and sets at 7:47pm, so we won't get any darkness moonlight. However, this does mean it will be very dark. And there are things that can be done in the very dark ... hmmmm. :-) |
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007: Hump Day!
||Go to Smitty's for brunch at the Lamplighter Hotel. Enjoy the really purty pool! Bring bathing suits!
|Later ||Go to the Covent Market Square. |
|Sometime ||Argentine Tango: |
||Go to the Health Clinic (open from 5-7pm) to get STI tests done (as if we haven't both been recently tested), ask questions, and show off the wonders of the Canadian Health Care System to Christine!
|Sometime evening-ish ||Watch the best movie evar! (Love, Actually) together! Pet Christine's hair. |
|Sometime later (maybe) ||Watch Take the Lead and/or do some dancing! Pet Christine's hair. |
Thursday, May 17th, 2007: The African Lion Safari!
|08:00 ||Eat some breaky-fast! |
|08:30 ||Leave London for The African Lion Safari near Cambridge, 1 hour 32 minutes away. |
|10:00 ||Arrive at The African Lion Safari (519-623-2620 or 1-800-461-WILD), pay the nice person at the entrance, and enter a magical world of wonder and adventure! |
|10:05 ||Enter the wildlife park itself with the car. Listen to Christine's squeals of delight, patiently listen to her excited ramblings about various species. Avoid the primate area! |
|11:40 ||Prepare for the Elephant Round-Up (get a good spot) |
|12:00 ||Here come the Elephants! See Emily be born. |
|Sometime ||Explore the Birds of Prey Flying demonstration, Pet's Corner, the parrots, the displays, etc. |
||Take the Safari Tour Bus (for $4.95 each) through the park again, this time with monkey love!
|16:00 ||Maybe another Elephant Round up? |
|17:00 ||Depart! |
|18:15 ||Arrive in London. |
|Sometime evening-ish ||Dance: |
Friday, May 18th, 2007: Day of Ecstasy!
|Sometime ||Go to Gibbons Park |
|Sometime ||Drop E, not |
|Sometime ||Dance: |
Saturday, May 19th, 2007: Dark Angel's Lair
|Sometime ||Dance: |
||Leave apartment to go to DAL
||Arrive at DAL. DAL is the bdsm event I've been to a few times in the past, but it has been closed for the past 6 months. Note that the event only occurs once every 3 months (it trades off with events in Kitchener and Guelph), so it is amusingly convenient that it happens to be restarting during C's visit.
Sunday, May 20th, 2007
||Depart London for Detroit. Takes 2.5 hours to get to the airport, and must be there an hour ahead (we must be there by 2:22pm). We have 52 minutes of "spare" time for border crossing and Detroit exploration.
|15:22 EDT ||Christine departs Detroit on NW flight 2936 (Canadair Regional Jet), seat 5A. |
Wade makes his lonely way back to London, crying softly the whole way.
|16:29 CDT ||Christine arrives in Lincoln to the welcoming embrace of Taylor. |
||Wade arrives home to his quiet and empty apartment in London. Reflects upon the fun time he had with his American Girlfriend. Decides that maybe all American's aren't that bad.