I planned a trip to Disneyworld for my daughter’s birthday in February, but then cancelled it so our family wouldn’t miss school and booked it for spring break. With a teenager, missing school is becoming more challenging. For several weeks leading up to the trip, I didn’t want to do it since the crowds would be horrendous. Well, they were pretty terrible, but I LOVE Disney as a rare treat so we went anyway. We arrived at our hotel after 2:00 a.m. local time. (Since we live in MST, it was really only midnight.) This was actually quite nice since there was nobody on the road and it was a good chance to find our way around without traffic. We had only been to Disneyworld once, 10 years ago and it is a big place. (We are much more familiar with Disneyland.) Day 1 was going great until we saw the increasing crowds and felt the heat. IMO, Disney is best at night so I told everyone we should go back to the hotel and rest for a bit so we could make it until closing time. (Getting to the Magic Kingdom took forever from the hotel though so the plan didn’t seem very good, but we have done Disney enough to know that it is more fun at night.) We went back and had a little rest on the hotel bed and food so we could make it until past closing, which was our goal. SUCCESS! It was a great move for us and it made the hours we had much more enjoyable. The next day, we did Hollywood Studios. We had spring in our step and a much more manageable parking lot for that park. However, my feet were soon screaming in pain and the spring in my step was short lived. There is nothing worse than standing in one place for an extended period of time on your feet. With that said, wear your best shoes. I saw a lot of people in flip flops. I’m pretty sure we were all better off in our running shoes. We had a great time notwithstanding, but we got rained out a few hours early on night #2. Just when we were hoping the ride lines would be in our favor. Anyway, Disney is the worst place to go for spring break because everyone wants to go there and too many are there. The best time to go to Disneyworld is hurricane season when the crowds are LOW, but I don’t really think I’ll ever dare do that.
(The one on the left got a 1st time pin when we bought the tickets.) 1st time Disneyworld.
Getting to Disney is never a cheap endeavor. However, if you want to do some research you can save lots of money by going off season or looking at “miles and points blogs.” Just google that and you’ll find many tips.It takes planning though! The one in the pink is my Southwest companion pass partner which means she flew free with me. (We had to pay taxes though.)
On Saturday, I discovered some people in my family had plans to go hiking and I hadn’t been invited, but they got stuck with me anyway. We hiked in our new backyard. It isn’t very diverse terrain compared to what I grew up hiking, but it has its’ appeal. Inevitably, we came upon animal bones and so I started picking them up and showing everyone, much to the disgust of my offspring. It wasn’t like it was fresh or anything! As we were heading down the mountain from our hike, I spotted a whole ribcage that wasn’t recent. Just as I was coming upon it as the first person, I smelled a terrible stench. The stench was not from those white bones, but what was it? I covered my mouth and face area and screamed at everyone else to also. Just beyond the bones around a bush was a huge and I mean “UUGGGE” carcass that looked to be the size of a horse. It was pretty recently killed and left with no head. As the fur colors were darker than the local deer, we determined it was an elk. Since we live next to the wildlife zone, it has become obvious that we are never quite sure what we’ll find out there. When we successfully got beyond the stench, we continued on our way to the beautiful stream that flows down next to our home. I then gave an impromtu lesson on why we don’t drink from beautiful mountain streams. BECAUSE just as that elk died/was killed in a lonely ravine up above, animals randomly can decompose in or near streams. BRING YOUR OWN H20!!!!
It isn’t spring break for us yet, but the excitement is growing. I noticed on my Facebook feed that my nieces were already on spring break. So… that means my other friends will soon start complaining about the traffic from spring breakers invading Southern Utah. 🙂 March is here and I saw that my tree had some leaves on it and there were daffodils out. I have no flowers in my yard and I don’t know that I care for this year. However, in Boise spring has sprung. We wanted to take a bike ride on Saturday as it was a great day, but my husband discovered some wrecked tires after purchasing a tire tube for a bike we knew was already dead. I had already noticed that my bike tires were full of thistles after our rides. What is this going to mean? Somebody will pop a tire every time we take a spin. UGH! Every environment has its’ annoyances. I grew up with tumble weeds and dirt. Then, we lived in the Oregon rain for years, but we never tracked a thistle into the house for my child to step on and start wailing. Bike tires don’t fair much better than child’s feet! On the other hand, endless Oregon rain gets OLD. Now in Idaho, we have to be careful tracking thistles into the house. The thistle is an evil creature in the desert that somehow jumps on you and gets on your shoes and clothes.
We spent the weekend in Salt Lake City. We didn’t go skiing. In fact, there is often too much to do in Utah for me even to recreate so I have to make it a priority. We met my parents at the Little America hotel. If you are ever in Salt Lake City, that is the place to stay. It’s historical and classy. My mother loves it there. Each time I go, I am reminded of how quaint and awesome it is there. We had basketball tickets so we took the train up to my alma mater and watched the University of Utah basketball team. My daughter came with us because I am willing to buy a ticket for a child who wants to come, but the other 2 didn’t so they save me $$. After we won the game, we decided to linger and walk around campus. There is nothing like progress and new buildings all around to make a person start to feel pretty old. After that, we celebrated 2 birthdays and woke up to meet some other relatives flying in. It was a nice coincidence that they were in town at the same time as I hadn’t seen one of them since 2005. We had lunch together at our favorite Mexican food, the Red Iguana, and then dinner with more family in transit back to Boise. A family filled weekend with a little walk thrown in.