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My Best Disney Adventures

Summer is fast approaching and I know many of you will be heading to the Happiest Place on Earth soon.  Disney is a very popular destination in the summer and I thought I would share some of my favorite moments at Disney.    I will share some tips and tricks that will make your trip magical, because I am not going to sugar coat it, Disney is CRAZY in the Summer and with proper planning it can still be fabulous.

So here are a few of my favorite moments.

  1.  Meeting the 7 dwarfs

I waited for about three hours to meet the 7 dwarfs and boy was it worth it.  You can meet them during Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party and the Christmas Party.  Be prepared to wait hours.   I had so much fun though, so it was totally worth the five seconds it took to get this shot.

Riding dinosaur, like every single time.

Sure the picture is NOT the greatest, but that really isn’t the point here. The ride is in the dark, dinosaurs are coming at you… this ride makes me giggle and scream at the same time, which is why it is always one of my must rides.

Meeting Meeko.

He is my favorite characters. I LOVE MEEKO… like really love Meeko. So when I had the chance to meet him and get this photo I was giddy, plus he was a fun character to meet. He is rare but if you get the chance you MUST meet him. It was total luck that I met him.

 

 

The first ever 24 hours at the Magic Kingdom, one more day Celebration, you can read about that entire experience below.  I may have had a serious melt down, but it was truly one of the coolest things I have done at Disney.

So you want to spend 24 hours at the Magic Kingdom?

Going on the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The price tag is steep, but man this trek is so awesome and I had SOOOO much fun.  I would do it again, hands down.

 

There you go, just a few of my favorite Disney experiences.  With a little planning I promise you will have a truly magical time at Disney.

 

What are your favorite Disney experiences?

Photos that make me smile…

When you forced to stay put you often find yourself digging through photos for memories.  Lately I have been working on my scrapbooks & finishing up projects that I never really got around to finishing up.  I have a lot of free time lately, so it has been nice to finish a few projects.

One of the projects is going through photos to decide what I want to frame, put in a scrapbook or make into something else.

A few of my photos make me smile every time I see them, so I figured I would go ahead and share with you the photos that make me smile and the story behind them

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This photo is one of my favorite photos I have ever taken, I was on one volcano in San Miguel Guatemala taking a photo of another volcano. It was very peaceful and serene and I really just felt at home. It is no secret that Guatemala was a life changing event for me & whenever I see this photo I think of my time there.

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This photo is by far one of my favorite photos I have ever taken. I was walking back home after strolling the streets of Antigua when I walked by this ruin and I don’t know the sun was setting at the most perfect time & I happened to snag the photos. I know professional photographers can probably find a million things wrong with it, but for me this was just a beautiful moment.

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There is nothing special about the above photo, I was on a boat looking out at sea after a beautiful day in Belize.   I think this is more about what I was feeling in this moment, I was watching a sunset in total silence and it was in this moment that I knew everything was just the way it should be.

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Again another photo that isn’t anything special to most people, but to me this moment is everything.   I had just experienced a devastating moment a week before this trip to Hawaii.  The person that was supposed to go with me pretty much told me he did not want me in his life any more.   The trip to Hawaii was booked and I didn’t want to go alone and my dad went with me very last minute so I wouldn’t cancel my trip.  Our first day in Hawaii we took a “movie tour” and this is one of the photos we took.  This was one of my favorite trips I took with my dad & it is a trip that we will have the rest of our lives.  I am a daddy’s girl at heart and I am so glad I got to spend a week with him in one of the most magical places I have ever been to.  This photo is so my family who in all actuality are a bunch of nerds.  Plus I am laughing in this photo & I realize looking back that once again everything is ok.

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This next photo makes me laugh so hard this photo was taken about 4 days after my grandmother’s funeral.  I of course was very sad & emotional, but my two best friends took me to San Francisco and we drove these crazy hills.  It was a weekend of laughs & pretty tense moments while driving but I wouldn’t trade this trip for ANYTHING with these two.  We don’t spend as much time as I would like together, but this weekend was very healing for me and for that this photo makes me very happy.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Every time I see this photo I smile, and every time this makes me realize how much my soul belongs to the beach. I am always at peace near water and I know without a doubt that when I retire I want to be near a beach.

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While I have 100s of photos that make me smile this is the one that makes me realize how much traveling means to me. Most of my travel has been through the US & Mexico and for the longest I didn’t need a passport to cross the border into Mexico (and it is my understanding I still don’t) but for me having my passport stamped sealed the deal for me & made me realize that being a citizen of the world is what really makes me happy & what makes me feel the most peace. If I didn’t want to appear vain I would totally put this picture in a frame because this moment was everything to me & to be honest I never in my life would have thought Honduras is where my first passport stamp would come from & for that that country holds a peace of my heart.  I took this photo after I got my second stamp in Belize & based on that smile you would have thought I won the lottery.  🙂

Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot

This past December I managed to make it to Disney (shocker I know I go often) and when it was time for me to plan what I wanted to do, I decided it was time I went on the Behind the Seeds tour.

A little back story.  The Land pavilion is probably my favorite pavilion (aside from the world showcase) at Epcot.  I can spend a lot of time inside that pavilion.  I love Soaring, I love the quick service food and I especially love The Land ride.

Like I really love that ride.   Let me repeat I really really love that ride. 

I can’t explain why I love it, it is a slow moving boat ride that takes you through the green houses where you learn about the process and what Disney is doing to make a difference in the world.   You learn about crops, growing processes and how we can make a difference.  The ride is about 12 minutes long and it is safe to say I will ride it multiple times on every Disney trip.  It is not really that exciting but for whatever reason it appeals to me.

So I decided it was time to really dive into my favorite ride and learn about the processes.

I am going to cut to the chase, this was one of the best tours I have ever been on.  My tour guide (I believe his name was Mark, I feel so guilty because I forgot his name, but I do remember he was from a farm in South Dakota and was an intern) was one of the best tour guides I have ever had at Disney.  He was passionate, knowledgeable and very up beat and patient.

We had an elderly man on the tour who was hard of hearing and in a wheel chair.  This man often asked questions that the guide had just explained and not once did our guide get impatient or rude.  He answered the questions and even went into more detail with the elderly guy.   I can’t stress enough how amazing that was because I am guilty of loosing my patience from time to time and I don’t know if I would have been as patient.

The tour is a walking tour and lasts just over a hour, it takes you through the green houses and you even get to try some of the food from the pavilion.  (although if you eat at Epcot it is safe to say a lot of the food comes from here anyway as the food is often used in the parks)

They also pride their selves on working towards being a zero waste facility, which is pretty amazing.

I learned so much on this tour, I could honestly dedicate an entire post to everything I learned, but I want you to go on the tour and not be spoiled so I won’t do that.   I will say that what they are doing is amazing and I really wish it could be done on a grander scale as I do feel they have a way to end world hunger, but after research I have learned that the process is very expensive.  It is a shame because they way they are able to produce food quickly and in large quantities it could end hunger.

I may share another post in a few weeks about what I learned if you are curious, because it was nonstop information from the start of the tour.

Photos coming in a future post!

 

 

The Key West Sunset

Confession: I rarely make sunrises.  I am someone that truthfully wants those extra moments in bed before I get up and conquer my day.  I do however ALWAYS make sunsets when I travel.  There is something about seeing a sunset while you are traveling.  It is almost like the perfect ending to a perfect day.  I should probably make more sunsets in my every day life because they are a very beautiful thing and may actually make my days in the cubicle better.

I am not the greatest photographer but I do consider photography a hobby, I try to capture moments, and while my photo will not end up on National Geographic anytime soon, I do appreciate the memory that comes with my photography.

Recently I have been going through photographs & trying to sort them.  My blog has not had as many adventure posts as I like, but I am hoping that will start changing soon.

This sunset was a unique one, it had been raining pretty much all day, but for a moment it stopped and the sun started to set and some how I still managed to snag the moment.  The Coast Guard was about to take off, and someone was enjoying the sunset via parasail (totally on my bucket list now!) and the sun had a warm glow on the ocean.

The perfect ending to the perfect day.

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