Yellowstone National Park, September 2013

Geothermic Activity With home base as Grand Teton National Park, we tackled Yellowstone National Park as a Day Trip. Old Faithful was an hour and a half drive from our Lodge. We arrived just after breakfast, caught the required famous geyser eruption (short volcano, unscientifically speaking), then had a cafeteria lunch in the Old Faithful Lodge. From there we started the park loop for your … Continue reading Yellowstone National Park, September 2013

Universal Orlando- Cabana Bay Beach Resort, May 2021

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a prime-value level resort located directly next to Volcano Bay Waterpark (you even get a dedicated entrance)! The retro mid-century modern themed lobby and central spaces make it fun for both kids and grown-ups alike. Details like VO5 brand “cream rinse” in your room and pay phones transport you to a different time and give you tons of chances to … Continue reading Universal Orlando- Cabana Bay Beach Resort, May 2021

Universal Orlando- Lowe’s Portofino Bay Resort, May 2021

Resort Grounds Lowe’s Portofino Bay Universal Resort is a world away from the busy Universal Theme Parks. (I mean this figuratively; the location is actually conveniently close to City Walk & Park Entrances.) It is modeled after a real Italian waterfront town, with scooters for photo ops and colorful sailboats moored in the harbor. The facades of the building are painted with a trompe d’oeil … Continue reading Universal Orlando- Lowe’s Portofino Bay Resort, May 2021

Animal Kingdom- Africa

Animal Kingdom Park is divided into multiple themed areas. Each is home to attractions, animal exhibits, dining, and performances that educate about the wildlife that live in that part of the world. Additionally, the park celebrates and introduces guests to the culture and art of people that live around the world. The photos posted are from trips prior to 2020, so some experiences are currently … Continue reading Animal Kingdom- Africa

OBX, May 2021

Salt Box Cafe & Dessert Salt Box Cafe, hidden in the Colington section of Kill Devil Hills has been our take-out option for the last year. This trip we dined in person. The restaurant is small, so reservations fill quickly, but the screened in patio takes walk-ins. We followed our serene upscale dining experience with a stop at the tourist trap, Sugar Kingdom. At the … Continue reading OBX, May 2021

Barry Art Museum, May, 2021

The Barry Art Museum is on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Admittedly, despite living within walking distance, this was our first visit as a family. With just an hour we only had time to dive into three of the four galleries. Orchids: Attraction & Deception ODU and Norfolk Botanical Garden partner to share the University’s orchid collection in the Garden’s Tropical Display … Continue reading Barry Art Museum, May, 2021

Epcot for Science Nerds

Living with the Land Obviously, as an EE professional that works at a Botanical Garden, I’m going to think Living with the Land is totally rad. However, unless they are just humoring me, the other members of my family are totally into it also. (I think) it is fascinating to learn where your food comes from, and in The Land they demonstrate that science will … Continue reading Epcot for Science Nerds

The Chrysler Museum of Art, May 2021

The Chrysler Museum of Art offers free admission with timed tickets. I’ve always considered the collection at the museum to be disproportionally large for a city the size of Norfolk. It wouldn’t do it much justice to cover in just one post. The glass collection is the most prominent, so we will start there with our May visit. Disclaimer; I have no expertise in art. … Continue reading The Chrysler Museum of Art, May 2021