Well, we started our day in a most unusual way. We met Dora the Explorer and Diego of Nickelodeon fame. It was so much fun to watch the little ones get all excited at seeing their favorite characters come to life. After a quick photo opp, we grabbed some breakfast at the Garden Café.

The choices are overwhelming. Made-to-order omelets, pancakes, bagels, muffins, bacon, eggs. If you can’t find something you like, it’s time to seek professional help. After a bagel and a cup of coffee, we decided to settle in at the pool. I was surprised at the size of the pool, which is actually quite small. But I quickly found out why – the pool is far from the main attraction. The water slides are where it’s at. Three slides tower above the deck and everyone – adults, kids, and everyone in between lines up to shoot down them.

It’s the largest, fastest slide that draws the biggest crowd. But even for that one, the line moves quickly and guests seem happy to wait in exchange for the thrill of twisting, turning, and racing to the bottom. Because we are cruising after many a school has gone back in session – my own junior traveler’s school included – there are not really that many kids on the cruise. That’s fine by me. But my junior traveler had really hoped to make a BFF since she knew she could only keep me from parking it and reading in the sun for so long.

Luckily, she did finally meet someone after yours truly did a little matchmaking and now I can’t pry her from the slides!

Jenny-Block-Publicity-Shot-250Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.