TINKERTOY TRAVELS ON WITH SARAPHEN
TINKERTOY the pseudonym was officially inaugurated in January 2000 when, at my daughter’s suggestion, I registered on some internet dating sites. I became TINKERTOY2000 on MATCH.COM, SENIORFRIENDFINDER.COM, BLACKPLANET.COM and several other sites. Since that time various people whom I have met on line have shortened my pseudonym to Tinkertoy, Tinker, Tink, PapaTink, and a few other variations.
In February, 2000, a few days before Valentine’s day I met Sarah, i.e.,. SARAPHEN, on MATCH.COM.
In June 2001 I drove to Las Vegas and tried to get Saraphen to ride with me but she said no. But she did fly there to meet me; her first ever trip to Las Vegas. She even won some money on her first trip. While in Las Vegas we visited HOOVER DAM
In July, 2001 Sarah and I went on our first cruise together on the NCL’s ship, the NORWAY, to the Western Caribbean.
In April 2002 we were married and went for our honeymoon on cruise to ALASKA on the STAR PRINCESS (Princess Cruise Line).
In May 2003 we flew to Aruba for a 5 day stay.
We spent some time in Sacramento visiting my uncle
In October 2003 we flew to Hawaii and stayed in Waikiki for 5 days and then stayed in Maui for 5 days. While in Honolulu we went to the ARIZONA MEMORIAL AT PEARL HARBOR, THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER, and drove around the island of Oahu. We also took a side trip to the big island including a visit to VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK. While on Maui we did the 35 mile downhill bike ride on Haleakala and drove the ROAD TO HANA, along with a few more interesting sightseeing tours.
Every year we have continued to go to Las Vegas at least a couple times a year. I will not describe all of those except to say that we have had some great free rooms there, including 2 free nights at Caesars Palace and 2 free nights in a high roller suite at the Rio hotel and casino.
In November 2003 we took a cruise on the ISLAND PRINCESS to Grand Cayman, Limon, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Then in June 2005 we did another cross country driving trip. This time we drove first to Colorado Springs to visit Sarah’s brother. We went to the Gambling casinos in the mountain town of Cripple Creek. From Colorado Springs we drove to the Royal Gorge in Canon City Colorado
In October, 2005 we went fled to Madrid, Spain and after touring Madrid went by train to Barcelona to get a cruise on the Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas. The port stops were Nice, France; Florence, Italy
In 2006 we did three cruises. The first was aboard the Celebrity cruise line’s Constellation to the Baltic countries leaving from Dover, England. But first we flew to London and took the train through the Chunnel to Paris.
In September 2006 we took a cruise leaving from Boston to New England and Canada. We flew to Boston a couple days early and toured there, walking the Freedom Trail, visiting Bunker Hill, and visiting Faneuil Hall and Marketplace. The cruise went to Martha’s Vineyard; Portland and Bar Harbor, Main; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and St John, New Brunswick Canada. With this trip I fulfilled a goal to visit all 50 US states when we stopped in Portland, Me (my 50th) and also a goal to visit ARCADIA NATIONAL PARK when we stopped in Bar Harbor, Me. On this trip we also visited Vermont when we took a tour that included a cog railroad train ride to the top of Mount Washington, VT. In November 2006 we took another Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, again visiting the western Caribbean.
In April 2007 we took a train ride. First we flew to Toronto, Canada and the next day boarded the VIA Rail’s Canadian
In May 2007 we took another Royal Caribbean cruise on the Adventure of the Seas to the Southern Caribbean (Aruba and Curacao).
In August 2007 we flew to Ghana, Africa to visit Sarah’s brother for two weeks.
In March 2008 we took a 15 day cruise to South America on Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas, beginning in Valparaiso, Chile, cruising the Chilean Fjords, rounding Cape Horn, stopping in Buenos Aries Argentina and ending with a stop in Rio D Janeiro before we flew back from Sao Paulo, Brazil. In September 2008 we took a 15 day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas from San Diego to Hawaii and back. In December 2008 we took another cruise to the Caribbean on Holland America’s Eurodam.
In February 2009 we flew to Australia and after visiting Cairns, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef we flew to Sydney, toured the Opera House and city and then boarded the Celebrity cruise ship Millennium for a 15 day cruise of Australia and New Zealand. The cruise ended in Aukland, New Zealand and we toured that city before flying back to the US. In November 2009 I took a solo cruise (due to Sarah’s illness) on the Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas to the Mediterranean. This cruise included port stops in Malta, Cypress, Rhodes Greece, and Egypt. The highlights of this trip were visits to the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and to the ancient city of Corinth in Greece. In November 2009 we took another Caribbean cruise on the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.
In April 2010 we cruised again to the Caribbean on Celebrity’s Solstice. Then in June 2010 we cruised out of Norfolk, Va to the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas. Next up in November 2010 is Royal Caribbean’s mega-ship the Oasis of the Seas to the western Caribbean.