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WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 Day 2 part 2 – Disney Springs

April 3, 2017|

trip day 2 of 8 Sunday, January 29, 2017 no park Fort Wilderness and Disney Springs brunch at Trail's End linner at Earl of Sandwich snack at Amorette's Patisserie snack at Sprinkles ATM < Day 2 Part 1: Fort Wilderness While many Disney World aficionados are still [...]

HIKING WITH KIDS / Grand Canyon National Park – Ooh Ahh Point

March 30, 2017|

Grand Canyon National Park Sunday, April 23, 2016 trip day 4 of 20 South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Ahh Point 693-foot elevation change 1.8 miles round-trip Views of the Grand Canyon are, of course, spectacular from any angle. And there are plenty of places to view the canyon from the rim. [...]

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 Day 2 part 1 – Fort Wilderness

March 27, 2017|

trip day 2 of 8 Sunday, January 29, 2017 no park Fort Wilderness and Disney Springs brunch at Trail's End linner at Earl of Sandwich snack at Amorette's Patisserie snack at Sprinkles ATM The first full day of this trip was originally supposed to be enjoyed at Legoland. However, [...]

HIKING WITH KIDS / Golden Gate National Recreation Area – Slacker Hill

March 23, 2017|

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Thursday, April 28, 2016 trip day 9 of 20 Slacker Hill Trail 383-foot elevation change 1 mile round-trip Like many first-time Bay Area visitors, witnessing the classic view of the Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco beyond from the Marin Headlands is a must-do activity. Finding [...]

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 Day 1 – travel day and Pop Century resort

March 20, 2017|

trip day 1 of 8 Saturday, January 28, 2017 no park driving to Orlando and checking into Pop Century breakfast at home lunch packed on the road dinner at Everything Pop snack at Everything Pop We are fortunate that the drive from our home in Raleigh, North Carolina to Walt Disney World [...]

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 trip index

March 20, 2017|

Mom Traci (blog author), Dad Jeff, boys age 6 and 9 Saturday, January 28 - Saturday, February 4, 2017 Disney's Pop Century Resort and Wilderness Lodge This was our boys’ third and longest trip to Disney World. Their previous two trips were each three park days bookended by travel days. This time, we [...]

HIKING WITH KIDS / Arches National Park – Delicate Arch Trail

March 16, 2017|

Arches National Park Friday, May 6, 2016 trip day 17 of 20 Delicate Arch Trail 480-foot elevation change 3 miles round-trip The hike to the most famous landmark in Utah at Arches National Park is known for its iconic destination, crowded trail, and heat. In early May, morning temperatures were [...]

MAGICAL MONDAYS / Wilderness Lodge review (from a deluxe resort skeptic)

March 13, 2017|

I’m a low-maintenance girl. Even on vacation, just give me a reasonably comfortable bed and a warm shower in a safe location and I’m satisfied. I’d rather splurge on experiences and activities than where I’m going to sleep. With this mindset, it’s unsurprising that I’d never stayed at a deluxe Disney resort, or even a [...]

HIKING WITH KIDS / Yosemite National Park – Artist Point

March 9, 2017|

Yosemite National Park Tuesday, April 26, 2016 trip day 7 of 20 Artist Point - Pohono Trail and old stagecoach road 500-foot elevation change 2 miles round-trip When you hike in Yosemite Valley, you can expect crowded trails. Trails with the famous tunnel view? Even more so. However, the right [...]

MAGICAL MONDAYS / What’s In My Walt Disney World Park Bag

March 6, 2017|

What’s in our park bag? A few essentials always make a Disney park day more enjoyable and can even save a day from turning, well, un-magical! Our daily Disney park bag is filled only with essentials. I want the bag to be as light as possible and don’t want to be carrying around any more [...]