Historic Jamestown, Virginia

I have an extremely long history of visiting the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, dating back to a “field trip” from Ohio in 1992. (I remember I was reading Silence of the Lambs at the time, as every “normal” sixth grader was at the time.) My second trip was as a high school sophomore for my history class. My third was in 2006, … Continue reading Historic Jamestown, Virginia

Volcano Bay- Universal Orlando, May 2021

We were a bit disoriented on our first visit to Volcano Bay, so two long afternoons in the park ended up being perfect for feeling like we had really experienced all the park has to offer. Getting acquainted with the TapuTapu system was our first step, and we quickly caught on to choosing a ride, tapping in with our complimentary wristbands, and then returning when … Continue reading Volcano Bay- Universal Orlando, May 2021

White Mountains, New Hampshire, 2019

Santa’s Village Santa’s Village may have never been on our radar, had it not been a childhood vacation spot for my friend Jen’s family. We met in the middle of our two families’ New England vacations in 2019. (This was not the Jens’ first time in New England together; we took a road trip in a minivan to Vermont from Ohio over two decades ago.) … Continue reading White Mountains, New Hampshire, 2019

Table Service Dining at Magic Kingdom

Make a reservation in advance for any of the Table Service restaurants at Magic Kingdom and take some of the stress out of your busy park day! These themed dining options each give you a chance to relax (in air conditioning) and enjoy some time away from the walking and the crowds. And as a particular bonus if you need additional help de-stressing, these restaurants … Continue reading Table Service Dining at Magic Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Lodge & Kidani Village at Walt Disney World Resort

Animal Kingdom Lodge- Rooms & Activities Animal Kingdom Lodge is the resort that our family could visit for a week, never leave, and never get bored. With two sections, Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Disney Vacation Club’s Kidani Village, guests have access to two pools and multiple onsite family activities.Disney has taken great care to represent the cultures of Africa, with art found throughout the … Continue reading Animal Kingdom Lodge & Kidani Village at Walt Disney World Resort

Granada, Spain 2011

Our trip to Spain in 2011 was an adventure of mishaps, starting with realizing we didn’t have a charger for the new camera we had purchased for the trip. Many of our “better” photos by our halfway point in Granada were taken as quickly as possible to conserve battery, while others were with an early generation iPhone. The selfie had not yet come into full … Continue reading Granada, Spain 2011

Universal Orlando- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, May 2021

It’s been two years since our first visit to Universal Orlando. Little has changed in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with the exception of one GIANT addition, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure The queue for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure starts just behind Hogsmeade village. During our visit we experienced both the standard wait time and the virtual visit … Continue reading Universal Orlando- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, May 2021

The Virginia Living Museum, May 2021

Indoor Animal Exhibits The bulk of The Living Museum’s collection is made of of live animals (hence the name), highlighting the animals that live in Virginia (and its coast and waterways). Galleries are divided into ocean, nocturnal, western piedmont, and underground habitats. The exhibits all connect to atriums that each have a canopy walkaway and aquarium path underneath. The highlight of every visit for our … Continue reading The Virginia Living Museum, May 2021