Sorry about the radio silence - Monday afternoon, my laptop died the last death. It won't boot up, just hangs on the M$ screen. I gave up finally.
I'll update more later - we are home, unpacked, but need to go gather food. And give the zoo-keeper her prezzie for watching this mess.
Whee! Fun was had by all, we are all tanned (no burns, surprisingly) and are all wiped out. House was still standing, which is good, dogs were in 1 piece until *after* we got home (they had to fight just to see who would welcome me back, y'see.)