~ By Land, Air & Sea ~
I am reminded of_“One, if by land, and two, if by sea” phrase coined by American poet, Henry W. Longfellow in his poem," Paul Revere’s Ride. I need to add_and three, if by air...
Sit back, relax...here we go!
The fun began with Friends and Family gathering for a Cake/Ice Cream Birthday Social_ afterwards Dinner at the newly opened(1986) "Cacharel Restaurant" (French dining) in Arlington,Texas.
She drove me to the San Pedro District (beneath the Vincent Thomas Bridge)_where The Port of Los Angeles has the Cruise Ship Terminal . What a fun day with a College Buddy! Here's my first site of the loading platform....I was in a WOW-STATE of MIND!
This was a "Cunard Princess Jazz Cruise".The "FIRST" night Dining is very special. I was very lucky to get invited to the Captain's Table for that occasion. I'm thinking it was because I was traveling alone_or maybe I even flirted. He was SUPER handsome. Here's an article I found years later about him.
Presenting_"Captain John Burton-Hall" :
So...I entered the Dining room alone..
...and this is what happened next....Dining with the Captain!
Do I look happy or what?
Here's where the fun begins...A-G-A-I-N!
Billy Eckstine and Freddie Hubbard_there was a group of us that hung-out with Billy Eckstine after his late night show to raid the Kitchen for ice cream. Seems that was his favorite treat after his show....he called me his "adopted daughter".
Bobby Hutcherson on Vibraphone(Xylophone)
The Great Carmen McRae
The Dallas Jazz Orchestra
The Saxophone player w/ Dallas Jazz Orchestra
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Photo Opt_with Ramsey Lewis.Stopped by his table one day during lunch,met his wife....did I say thrilled?
Having cocktails with none other than the "Nicholas Brothers" and a BBC TV Producer(to my left)_that's me in Red "over-doing" the say cheese thingie! There were many other Jazz greats on board.
A couple hours stop-over in San Francisco....
Leaving San Francisco...but, I would return time after time after time for Sales meetings _so much so_ I don't ever need to visit again...lol
Yummy Crew Captain to my right...all from Jamaica Mon! I was in Love! I left my Heart in San Francisco kinda love....
These were the people I was seated with for Dining!
Met this couple from Carmel,California_they were delightful_they invited me to an evening of cocktails & conversation with them & friends_in their SUITE. Awesome view and Accommodations!
THE 1986 WORLD'S FAIR....
EXPO 86,VANCOUVER,B.C. MAY 2-OCT 13,1986!!!!
Coming into Port....
This was exciting to see _The Monorail_ BUT,I didn't ride it!
Spent a lot of time here_at The Senegal Pavilion
But visited as much as I could_so much to see & my vacation time was running out.
Can't remember what Pavilion this was in _but I was intrigued by the small detail(even Helicopters/Airplanes flying in to this city)_all in miniature scale.
Knowing what I know now about the EXPO 86_I missed a lot!
Like the fact that Prince Charles & Princess Diana opened the ceremony on Friday ,May 2,1986. I arrived a couple days later...:-(
Harry Belafonte,Billy Ocean,Miles Davis,Annie Lennox-Eurythmics,Julio Iglesias,"LIBERACE",Johnny Cash,Smokey Robinson,George Benson,John Denver,Peter,Paul & Mary,The Temptations,Kool & The Gang,Roy Orbison,"FATS DOMINO"
Comedians: Bill Cosby,Bob Hope,Red Skeleton,George Burns,Danny Kaye
Dance: Mikhail Baryshnikov,The Royal Ballet,Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company.
Oceanographer: "JACQUES COUSTEAU"!!!!
22 million people attended Expo 86'
Oh Well...I did do some_SHOPPING!!!!!!!!!!
He wouldn't talk to me_but of course NOT ,he's a Mime!
A Steam Clock in Downtown Vancouver,B.C.
Boarded my Flight home....BUT the fun wasn't
over just yet! My Sister & Brother & his wife had planned to attend a Jazz Concert (featuring Phyllis Hyman)for my arrival back home. Here we are at "The Caravan of Dreams" downtown Ft.Worth,Texas!
To read my previous"Memorable Road Trips" check out these links:
& Train Travel
WAS THAT A TRIP OR WHAT?????
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"~Lao Tzu~
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