As much fun as we had during the drive to Oklahoma, the next morning was the highlight of our entire trip. Today was the culmination of 30+ hours of driving; we had reached our ultimate goal – The Pioneer Woman Mercantile. Continue reading “Road Trip Diary Part 2: The Pioneer Woman Experience”
For our summer vacation, my wife and I opted to take a road trip. The end-point of our drive would be Bartlesville, Oklahoma, but more on that later. It worked out to be a 67 hour drive, round-trip. We left on August 13th and headed first to Gatineau, QC. This was the longest day of the entire 11 day trip, with about 11 hours of driving scheduled to get us to Gatineau. We were okay with that as we would be spending two days at our first destination. Continue reading “Road Trip Diary Part 1: New Brunswick to Oklahoma”
Later this summer, my wife and I will be embarking on a glorious road trip. We had been debating what to do for my vacation this summer. We tossed around a few ideas, but nothing seemed to be sticking. One idea that we had floated around was to drive to Pawhuska, OK. This one kept coming back up, even though we kept on dismissing it initially. No matter what else we considered this one kept coming back into our mind, so we decided to look into it.
“Now why Pawhuska, OK?” you might ask. Or maybe more likely you’re saying “where?” Continue reading “Road Trip!”
It’s been a good summer thus far, despite the fact that my wife had her gallbladder removed following a second visit to the ER in two weeks. While she’s doing phenomenally well, and is recovering nicely, it forced us to be a little low key for a few weeks. When I wasn’t working, we spent our nights and weekends bingeing Netflix series. Even now, two weeks out of the surgery, she’s getting out of the house a bit more, but we’re still keeping things quiet. And I must say that I’ve enjoyed the summer because of it. It’s allowing us to enjoy the little things. As much as we used to sit and binge TV shows periodically, I truly enjoyed the experience this time. Even our outings are small scale, but fun. This past weekend, we opted to do a stay-cation.
Although this was our third trip to Disney World for my birthday, this was the first year where our dates worked out so that Isabelle would celebrate hers as well. Isabelle and I are born 5 days apart (well, 1 year and 5 days). I’m the 22nd of August, she’s the 27th. As a teacher, and due to her return to work at the end of August, we haven’t been able to arrange the trips to allow her to experience the joys of a Disney World birthday. This year; however, the calendar worked with us. She only had to go back to school on the 29th, so we were able to shift the dates a bit to get both of our birthdays in. Continue reading “Day 7 – Happy Birthday Isabelle! (aka The End)”
Day 6 marked our second visit to Hollywood Studios. But before heading there, we decided to journey back to Disney Springs in order to have breakfast at Wolfgang Puck Express again. I talked about it on day 4 – we absolutely love this spot! Best value for your dining plan, by far. Continue reading “Day 6 – Hollywood Studios Redux”
Following our day off, our next stop was Animal Kingdom. Before leaving for the park, I finally got to try something that I’d heard about. We were staying at Pop Century, as we always do, and there was a new addition to the menu… The Pop Tart Breakfast Sandwich. This item had apparently been available in the past when people requested it, but never on their published menu. But that had changed. What more could one ask for in a breakfast? Eggs, bacon and cheese sandwiched between two strawberry Pop Tarts. While I wouldn’t eat this daily, it did make for a fun experience. Plus, it gives me a great story to tell people.
One thing we do on every visit to Disney World is to schedule an “off day” mid-visit. This allows us to rest up a bit and just relax since the other days are what you could call loaded. We typically leave the hotel around 8AM and often return around/after midnight. So we need a little downtime to recharge and get ready for the second half.
Epcot was the next stop on our trip. This was a break from our usual pattern as we typically would visit Epcot on our first day. It was also a chance for us to continue with the new adventures. Continue reading “Day 3 – Epcot”
Day 2 of our 2016 Disney adventure was a special day for me. It was my birthday! There is no better way to spend your 38th birthday than being at Disney World. This is now the 3rd birthday I’ve celebrated at Disney, and they each get better and better. We even have my 40th planned to be visiting Disney yet again. (I’m still working on getting my birthday twin, James Corden, to join us. We were both born August 22, 1978.) Continue reading “Day 2 – Happy Birthday, Chris!”