Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Travel Meltdown

Well, Monday arrived with Sam throwing up first thing in the morning, right before we were about to board a bus that would take us to the airport, but first make all.the.stops along the way meaning we were on the bus for 90 minutes before arriving and having to trek through the airport to check our bags, get through security and to our gate, all the while hoping that our child would not throw up again or pass out from exhaustion since she hadn't eaten anything that had stayed in her system all morning. We managed to get her to drink some gatorade and eat some chips before boarding the plane, and thankfully there was no throw-up en-route, which is more than the cousins can say apparently... Gah!πŸ˜–πŸ˜©

We thought we were in the clear as we boarded the bus back to the car and hadn't had any further issues, but apparently that was just a false sense of security because after 1 minute in the car, the barfing began again... yes, that is our child, sitting in a folding chair next to some sort of concrete retaining wall at the edge of some sort of industrial area... with a bag of throw-up behind her. 😱

We got her cooled down and back in the car after a bit, where thankfully she slept the whole way home, but Ryan and I were exhausted from being on high alert all day long. Talk about stressful traveling!

She perked up enough after her nap to eat some rice and chicken for dinner and then it was off to sleep.

I was fairly worn out myself so went to bed not too long after she did, but I did set my alarm to get up to run on Tuesday morning. I had gone to bed early enough that waking up at 4:00 am wasn't so bad and I was out the door a minute before 5:00. It was already fairly light and I enjoyed a beautiful morning glow over the Heath, complete with two deer seen out in amongst the grass/moss tussocks. So pretty! Two others bounded away a bit later.

It was so nice to be out in the woods on trails and not trapped in the concrete jungle! I always love my home trails but it was extra sweet this morning to be out enjoying themπŸ’— Things are looking a bit more spring-like but many of the flowers I would normally be seeing at this time of year are not out yet. Still, saw some good patches of bluets, violets, goldthread, hobblebush and trailing arbutus with the bluebead lily leaves beginning to make an appearance, and the river was still roaring from the spring rains and run-off. Beautiful as always.

Although the running log reads only 17 miles for last week, it does not tell the whole story as the past 6 days have been anything but restful recovery, and my legs were most definitely reminding me of that on the run πŸ˜‚ Still, a lovely morning to be out and a good way to kick off the start of the rest of the week at home! (7.0 miles)

We let Sam sleep in a bit and rest seemed to help as she was fairly energetic when she woke up, so since she was able to eat and seemed well enough, if tired, we sent her off to school. Are we good parents or what?! She came home seemingly feeling pretty well, but cleared exhausted and was in bed by 7:30 pm. Hopefully it was just some sort of exhaustion or a quick bug!! And neither Ryan or I have felt any effects so that is one positive at least...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Disney Day 4 - Back to Magic Kingdom

We had dinner reservation in Magic Kingdom for Sunday evening, so we decided to have a mellow morning at the pool before heading over there for lunch and the afternoon. Ryan and I got up and out for a run but let's face it, running loops around the parking lots isn't much fun and Ryan was feeling rather miserable, so we called it after 3 miles. No use prolonging the torture, and honestly, a few extra miles isn't going to matter much in the big scheme of things. (3.1 miles)

It was nice to not have to rush out in the morning, and after breakfast, we wandered down for some pool time before making our way over by foot from the hotel to the park for lunch. It was hot and crowded - surprise surprise πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - but we explored Tomorrowland, a section of the park we didn't hit on Thursday and did the Speedway and rode on the Peoplemover before heading back to the Haunted Mansion and then for a ride on the Jungle Cruise. We also hit a few other things as well, including going back to Pirates of the Caribbean and walking through the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse before dinner. Sam, Ryan and I split off from the group after dinner to do one final ride on It's A Small World, get one last ridiculously priced Disney ice cream and take in the castle view one last time.

Strava read 8.0 miles by the time we got back to the hotel at 8:00 pm, but I'd guess we probably only walked about 5 of those miles, as the Peoplemover alone was probably at least a 1 mile ride. All told, a good final day at Disney, and although this vacation isn't one I'd have picked for us myself, we really did have a magical time! Many thanks to Irene and Dana for a wonderful trip! We enjoyed it, heat, crowds, chaos and magic included 😍😘

On the Speedway. It was HOT! And I rode alone and am not a very proficient driver πŸ˜‚

On the Peoplemover

Haunted Mansion

One last ride...

One last ice cream...

One last castle view...

Thanks, Disney, you've been magical πŸ’—

Monday, May 20, 2019

Disney Day 3 - Animal Kingdom

We were so exhausted from all the walking and heat during our Epcot day that we decided to forgo running on Saturday. So, at 8:30 am, we all boarded a bus to head over to Animal Kingdom for Disney, day #3. In what is obviously typical fashion, it was hot and crowded πŸ˜‚ but we did Dinosaur, which was probably the best of the rides, plus a safari, a Gorilla Walk which yielded some neat animal sightings including Golden Weavers, which were really cool!, and the Navi River Journey in the Avatar area of the park. Sam also got her face painted - it's fun to see her going all in with the experience 😍 and she really is having a great time! - and it was another character lunch, which the kids had a blast at.


Getting her face painted


Lots of ibis just strutting around the eating areas sort of like crows. Neat but also kind of sad...

Kevin! (from Up)

The Tree of Life


They had a parrot show in front of the tree of life

Lesser flamingos

Giraffe seen while on safari

Character lunch

Donald being silly πŸ˜†

Finally a character photo with Cam!

Golden weavers - so cool!

Saw this guy bring a piece of grass up and weave it into its nest - neat!!

Ride from Uncle Ryan

These kids πŸ’–πŸ’–

We headed back mid-afternoon and did a bit of relaxing and spent some time at the arcade before Sam, Ryan and I headed over to the Contemporary for a quiet dinner and then out to meet up with everyone for smores to finish up the night. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Disney Day 2 - Epcot

We were planning to get out early on Friday for Epcot, so I set my alarm for way too early but then realized upon waking that sunrise isn't until about an hour later down here in FL, so I fell back to sleep and quickly got dressed so that we could head out the door running by 6:30 am. It was perfect timing for the sunrise over Bay Lake - really truly gorgeous! Of course, heaven forbid that we try to get anywhere near actual nature πŸ˜‚ Disney does a really good job of corralling and controlling you into not going where they don't want you to go. We tried to hit what had looked like a nice walkway along the Lagoon, but we were turned around by security. Path not open yet. Then we tried to get down closer to the lake but it was all roped off. Then we tried to get over to the Wilderness Lodge and there were no sidewalks. Then we ran along the busy highway to get there anyway and tried to get down to the lake and there were "end of trail" signs and gates keeping us out. Crazy how hard they tried to keep us out! But it was cooler and nice to not be doing laps on the concrete around the hotel, so all told a good, if slightly random and possibly slightly dangerous, run πŸ˜πŸ˜‰πŸ˜… (5.4 miles)

Hard to see but there were three turkey vultures roosting on the pilings along the lake

Then it was off to Epcot for the day! I really liked Epcot as a park, it was more spread out and they had some nice flower and nature exhibits throughout, plus more open space, which added a nice respite from the more obvious man-made exhibits and rides. They even had a colony of purple martins roosting! Cool!

Butterfly garden

Fancy dessert at the Coral Reef restaurant

Sam's slightly odd and fancy ice cream sandwich

Cool jellyfish in the Nemo ride

Neat fountain!

Orchid exhibit

Samantha's figment πŸ˜€

Loved these flowers! Bismark palms.

Colorful flowers

We did some of the rides in the main area of the park, including Spaceship Earth, Soarin' (which was really cool), Mission Space: Earth and Imagination Station with Figment, and then after lunch, Sam, Ryan and I headed across the bridge to explore the countries. It was hot and crowded but neat to see and explore.

View back across the park




Norway with the Anna and Elsa topiaries


We did A LOT of walking at Epcot, and before my watch died right before dinnertime in Japan at 6:20 pm, it had recorded 9.75 miles. Yes, some of that was rides for sure, but even after dinner we had to walk our way back through the park to the monorail, so I'd guess we probably did actually really walk about 7 miles or so. Whew. I was whooped! We all were.

Magical πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜…

Of course, there was still a sunset and fireworks to watch before bed 😊 so a good but very full day!