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Sunset Over Ocean PondSunset Over Ocean Pond

Sunset Over Ocean Pond : The Spanish Moss was draped from the trees and along our campsite and the shoreline there were a few tall trees that dominated the Florida landscape. With the smoke in the air from the fires the red sunset created lovely light to create an awesome sunset with the lone tree in the distance. DAMI More Florida ...

Waimea Canyon Trail RocksWaimea Canyon Trail Rocks

Waimea Canyon Trail Rocks : This is one of the best hikes of my life. I felt so many emotions at the same time. Among those feelings, I felt privileged, afraid, overwelmed, weak, strong, happy, impressed and blown away. No pictures I saw could desribe how I was feeling. You have to hike the Canyon to feel it! ...

WDW 2011 Magic Kingdom – Guest EntranceWDW 2011 Magic Kingdom - Guest Entrance

WDW 2011 Magic Kingdom – Guest Entrance : We had a early start the day we visited Magic Kingdom. It was a beautiful hot sunny day. More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW pictures in our DD & Mama D Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

WDW – Animal Kingdom – ArrowWDW - Animal Kingdom - Arrow

WDW – Animal Kingdom – Arrow : This way! Hurry up! Talk about a vacation!? More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW pictures in our DD & Mama D Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

WDW – Hollywood Studios – Pixar Place at nightWDW - Hollywood Studios - Pixar Place at night

WDW – Hollywood Studios – Pixar Place at night : It was already dark when we got out of the Toy Story attraction. It was time to head back to the hotel, that is after I got 2 bottles of Diet Coke. No Pepsi in WDW! More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW ...

Walt Disney World – Epcot – Ladies and Flowers at France PavillionWalt Disney World - Epcot - Ladies and Flowers at France Pavillion

Walt Disney World – Epcot – Ladies and Flowers at France Pavillion : These women dressed in "Vieux Rose" dresses were originally French maybe from the Romantic Era? People who work in each Country's Pavillion are all originally from the Country they represent and speak their language. More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

WDW – Animal Kingdom – Conservation Station – Cutie 5WDW - Animal Kingdom - Conservation Station - Cutie 5

WDW – Animal Kingdom – Conservation Station – Cutie 5 : What a patootie! More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW pictures in our DD & Mama D Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

Sea Turtle at Panalu'uSea Turtle at Panalu'u

Sea Turtle at Panalu'u : We waited at sunset on the black sand beach of Panalu'u on the Big Island of Hawaii to catch a glimpse of the large sea turtles that use the bay to nest and frolic. DD and I sat patiently on the black sandy beach as the sun dropped behind us and we watched intently to ...

Pu'u o Kila LookoutPu'u o Kila Lookout

Pu'u o Kila Lookout : The view of the Na Pali Coast was supposed to be incredible from the over 4000 foot high lookout at Kalalau and Pu'u o Kila but when we got there we were in the plump cloud cover so all we saw was a grey moist intestinal thickness instead of a view! DD is all smiles ...

Epcot – Living With The Land – Hydroponic LettuceEpcot  - Living With The Land - Hydroponic Lettuce

Epcot – Living With The Land – Hydroponic Lettuce : The water used in the hydropnic tubes is recycled. They use the vegetables in the Walt Disney World Resort's restaurants. More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

WDW 2011 – HS – Beauty & The Beast – Tea Cup SceneWDW 2011 - HS - Beauty & The Beast - Tea Cup Scene

WDW 2011 – HS – Beauty & The Beast – Tea Cup Scene : My camera doesn't like movement so I wasn't able to capture many pictures. I really liked the colorful costumes and the choreography. More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW pictures in our DD & Mama D Walt Disney World ...

Relaxing at Ocean Pond CampRelaxing at Ocean Pond Camp

Relaxing at Ocean Pond Camp : After the dinner is done and the card games have been played we had time to just sit and enjoy the view. With our camping chairs we could comfortably sit on the ground and be at heron level and watch the birds scoot through the shoreline grasses. It was a hot evening and the ...

WDW 2011 – East Bus Depot – Magnolia TerraceWDW 2011 - East Bus Depot - Magnolia Terrace

WDW 2011 – East Bus Depot – Magnolia Terrace : Our building was right behind the East Bus Depot. Even though at night it was the last stop, it was a perfect location. It was pretty quiet (except at 6 am when kids would run in the outside hallway, stomping their feet) and buses were never full. More WDW pictures in ...

WDW 2011 Magic Kingdom – Adventureland – Pirates of The Caribbeans FlagWDW 2011 Magic Kingdom - Adventureland - Pirates of The Caribbeans Flag

WDW 2011 Magic Kingdom – Adventureland – Pirates of The Caribbeans Flag : The black flag of The Pirates of The Caribbeans… Nobody in 2011 would ever want to see pirates while vacationing on a sail boat in the Caribbeans… They will rape and kill your wife / sister / mother, take all your money and ruin your beautiful blue ...

Hawaiian Stone FormationsHawaiian Stone Formations

Hawaiian Stone Formations : As we hiked Canyon Trail on the edge of the Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve we could see unusual formations on the ridges in the distance. They reminded us of the Inukshuk of Northern Canada but we were unsure if they were natural formations or were man-made?! Regardless of the source of these natural sculptures we were ...

Mauna Kea SummitMauna Kea Summit

Mauna Kea Summit : Driving the 8 miles from the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy we came to the summit of Mauna Kea and stood amongst the telescopes of the scientific community and next to the Hawaiian peak of the Hawaiian summit that means so much to the traditional Hawaiian culture. Visiting the altitude of over 13,000 feet made my ...

Hanalei River CanoeingHanalei River Canoeing

Hanalei River Canoeing : One of the things we wanted to do on our trip to Kauai was to canoe on the Hanalei River at the North side of the island. We were more comfortable in a canoe instead of a kayak which most people seemed to want to rent…being from Canada we grew up on canoes and wanted to ...

Making Coffee in the BathroomMaking Coffee in the Bathroom

Making Coffee in the Bathroom : Those coffee machines in the hotel rooms usually make a weak liquid with only the slight aroma of real coffee and is usually fit for washing tartar off of the furniture not for drinking. DD had the brilliant idea of bringing our portable espresso maker on the trip and every morning we could have ...

Walt Disney World – Epcot – United Kingdom Pavillion – English GardenWalt Disney World - Epcot - United Kingdom Pavillion - English Garden

Walt Disney World – Epcot – United Kingdom Pavillion – English Garden : I was a little nostalgic from my 4 months stay in London, back in 1998. That's when I missed the Quebec Ice Storm. This scene reminds me of when I worked in a tiny office with two nice older ladies for The Human Genome Meeting. They made ...

Florida Fort Clinch State Park Willow PondFlorida Fort Clinch State Park Willow Pond

Florida Fort Clinch State Park Willow Pond : This pond was on one of the many Nature Trail at Fort Clinch State Park. DD More Florida pictures in our Florida Photo Gallery

WDW 2011 Magic Kingdom – Main Street USA – Casey's CornerWDW 2011 Magic Kingdom - Main Street USA - Casey's Corner

WDW 2011 Magic Kingdom – Main Street USA – Casey's Corner : We didn't eat at Casey's Corner but I liked the colors and architecture More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW pictures in our DD & Mama D Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

Volcano Cottages Bed & BreakfastVolcano Cottages Bed & Breakfast

Volcano Cottages Bed & Breakfast : Our favorite stay on The Big Island was arguably the Volcano Cottages Bed and Breakfast. We had this huge brand new cottage with full kitchen and had a delicious daily breakfast of homemade cakes and fruits like Papaya and Pineapple delivered right to our table! This picture shows our orange rental 4 by 4 ...

Thurston Lava Tube EntranceThurston Lava Tube Entrance

Thurston Lava Tube Entrance : The Thurston Lava Tube is a popular tourist attraction and when we had finished our hike we stopped to see the famous underground lava tunnel. Bring a good flashlight because just off the main lava tube is a gated cave that you are free to walk down but it is pitch black without lighting like ...

WDW – Animal Kingdom – It's Tough To Be a Bug – Beauty & The BeesWDW - Animal Kingdom - It's Tough To Be a Bug - Beauty & The Bees

WDW – Animal Kingdom – It's Tough To Be a Bug – Beauty & The Bees : "Bee Our Guest!" Beauty and The Bees Bees pollinate most of the fruits and vegetables that we eat. Bumblebees wings beat 26000 times per minute. Honeybees from one hive may visit three million flowers each day. Honeybees must visit at least 60000 flowers to ...

Honu Green Sea TurtleHonu Green Sea Turtle

Honu Green Sea Turtle : While snorkling on The Big Island of Hawai'i I had been often approached by colorfull fish and strange creatures but one of the most memorable moments I had was when I first came swimming close to the Honu – the Green Sea Turtle! It was a moment full of adrenaline and excitement! I had been ...

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