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Hollywood Studios and the wonderful Star Tours

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Thursday found us at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are many fine attractions there, but Star Tours was the hit. Our youngest grandson is a HUGE Star Wars fan. He even has a Death Star Fathead on his wall at home. So when we told him he would get to do a Star Wars ride he was in heaven. I booked it on our Fast Pass and he waited impatiently for our time. He was jumping with excitement as we walked through the "cattle line" to the ride. We waited patiently for our turn to enter, buckled in, listened to the "pre-launch" instructions, the the excitement came. An alien robot stood "in front of our ship" and "scanned" the passengers looking for a rebel spy. Then the spy was identified and his picture flashed on the screen. You got it, Max was the rebel spy. He was so very excited he could hardly contain himself.

Of course we had to ride it again, but this time we had a different program and there was no rebel spy. But he enjoyed it almost as much.

In items of lesser note, we saw the Muppet 3D show (always a good one), Pirates of the Caribbean show, Backlot tour (one of my favorites), Toy Story Midway Mania was a lot of fun, The Great Movie ride, visited the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground, Disney's One Man's Dream show, and ate dinner at the Sci Fi Dine in theater.

And of course on such a momentous day you have to have a special souvenir, so we got Max an I Am the Rebel Spy shirt, and David got a When all else fails, send in the Wookie shirt.

I think this was a good day. Tomorrow, Animal Kingdom (and the Wilderness Explorers), and Downtown Disney.

Once again, sorry for the sideways pic. It is straight in my library, but can't make it post right.

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LOUISEH54 6/4/2014 9:43AM

    What a wonderful experience with your grandson. We're hoping to take my granddaughter to Disney World in 3 years when she turns 7. I can't wait to go again. I haven't been there since 1975...oops

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JUST2OFUS 6/4/2014 8:17AM

    You are doing it the right way! Having fun and making memories!

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BILL60 6/4/2014 7:42AM

    Super day!!

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TATTER3 6/4/2014 6:31AM

    What a great day...and to see it through the eyes of enthusiasm. Be blessed!!

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JAMBABY0 6/3/2014 9:17PM

    Sounds like a great time, love the pics, thanks for sharing

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JUNEAU2010 6/3/2014 9:01PM

    What a great day! I can't wait to do this with the kidlets in my life!

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Adventures at Epcot

Monday, June 02, 2014

Wed we spent at Epcot and an adventure it was. Space Ship Earth and Mission Space were big hits with the boys.

The aquarium at The Seas With Nemo and Friends was a lot of fun, too.

Living with the Land was a bit over their heads. At 10 and 7 they aren't particularly interested in developing new farming methods and conservation, but I enjoyed it. There have been a lot of changes since we visited 18 years ago.

By the time we got to the World Showcase, it was hot and everyone was tired. We did take a break and eat lunch in Mexico before touring the showcase.

After touring the showcase we went back to the campground for a dip in the pool.

Everyone was so tired and the pool was so cool we decided not to go back for fireworks and called it a day after the campfire and movie.

Thursday, Hollywood Studios and Star Tours ride.

Sorry for the sideways pics, no matter what I did they would not come out straight.

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PHILLIPS661 11/25/2014 1:03PM

    sweet we took our kids some time ago..greatest ever xmas time we spent was much to do and see.....loved the fireworks at the castle...won't ever forget it..Rico emoticon

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GCHUNG 6/3/2014 7:24PM

    I Love Epcot!!!

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BILL60 6/3/2014 7:47AM

    Looks like a lot of fun.

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GIVEMEFRIES 6/3/2014 12:46AM

    I haven't been there in years... T_T I miss EpCot.

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Camping at Disney, and the Magic Kingdom

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Last week we took the grands to Disney World. We camped at Fort Wilderness Campground and it was great. The pool is awesome, and they got to meet Chip and Dale at the smores campfire/sing along/movie.

Tuesday was Magic Kingdom day. We spent the morning on rides and shows, went back to the pool when it got hot, then back to the park for more rides, the light parade, and fireworks.

The light show on the castle was so worth staying up late for. The boys were just amazed. We walked miles, and drank gallons of water. The lines were not too long and we did Fast Pass our favorites, so that was good.

Wed was Epcot, but that will have to wait till later.

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TATTER3 6/2/2014 10:44AM

    Establishing great mem'ries

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JUST2OFUS 6/2/2014 9:10AM

    We love Disney and have the Vacation Club so we are there tons! Looks like you all had a fine time!

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BILL60 6/2/2014 7:36AM

    Sounds like a blast.

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    I'm glad you had so much fun!

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2014 Alabama Tandem Weekend

Sunday, April 06, 2014

DH and I just returned from the ATW in Andalusia, AL and what a great weekend. There were 33 this year, a good turnout, and the hosts did an outstanding job. We stopped by Gant Lake and did a little kayaking before the weekend started.

Dinner Thursday was at Hill top Steak and Seafood. Friday was our first ride and we chose the 26 mile option.

After the ride, we went kayaking at Frank Jackson State park. It rained on us, but it was plenty warm, so we still had fun.

Dinner Friday was at Larry's Barbecue. Saturday we did the 33 mile loop.

Never know what you will encounter on the road.

One of the local schools had messages on their fence made from Solo cups. I thought this is a great idea.

One couple had a wreck when a dog ran out in front of them and had to be taken to the hospital. When we got back to the hotel, DH went to the hospital to bring them back. They weren't seriously injured, but she does have a broken arm that will require surgery. The Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception for us at Springdale house.

Dinner Sat night was at David's Catfish House. Sunday was raining, so we didn't ride, and after breakfast we packed up and headed home.

It was a great weekend, nice weather, good roads, wonderful people. I hope we have more rides like this one over the summer.

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BOPPY_ 4/30/2014 12:57PM

    The combination of your Spark Page pic, with this visual post is more inspiring than 1,000,000 words.


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LUVS2BIKE101 4/7/2014 7:44PM

    Great blog! I'm glad you had a wonderful trip. And you got me motivated to get out and ride as well as kayak. Just waiting for the next nice-weather day. Kayaking will have to wait for May when the water temps aren't so cold.

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TATTER3 4/6/2014 9:23PM

    What fun! Hoping to get a bike this summer.

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MNCYCLIST 4/6/2014 7:38PM

    Sounds like lots of fun!

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    That's great! We sold our tandem last fall. I did enjoy riding with my husband on it.

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Camp Cheerio

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thursday we left Marlinton and drove to Camp Cheerio at Roaring Gap, NC. I have a quilt retreat there every year and it is beautiful. The drive was lovely, even though the colors aren't quite as bright in NC yet.

The husband of one of my friends painted a picture of me. Please note my sewing machine has a Harley motor.

The views are spectacular every year. I don't know how we get any sewing done.

But we do get some sewing done and have show and tell, play some games, and have some short classes and demonstrations.

We made pillowcases

Tea Bag wallets (or can be used for credit cards)

Gift box ornaments

And learned another 9-patch transformation technique

Saturday brought our annual quilt show.

We have a tradition of making a quilt to leave at the camp. This year we made one that was inspired by the view of the riding ring from our work space in Sloan Center.

This is the view

and this is the quilt

We are already working on the retreat for 2013 and I am ready for it.

We had quilters from across the US and Kristene came from Australia. She rode home with us and spent 3 days seeing my neck of the world before flying to Arkansas to visit other friends. More on that next time.

Life is good.

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ANNEMARIA6 4/2/2014 7:02PM

    Awesome retreat by the look of it ! The quilts are lovely. emoticon emoticon

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CARLANNIE 11/10/2012 9:10AM

    Do you have a pattern for that tea bag holder? I saw one somewhere else and thought it would be great for when I travel - I always take my own tea along (and coffee mug) - makes the hotel rooms seem just a bit cozier. Sounds like you had a great retreat. Love the quilt that you left behind!

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BILL60 10/17/2012 8:51AM

    Very nice!! But, where's the bike??

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DOR2BFIT 10/17/2012 7:02AM

    Beautiful scenery, beautiful quilt! Looks like you had a great trip. emoticon

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CORNERKICK 10/17/2012 2:05AM

  Thanks for sharing the great photos

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