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Old 10-10-2007, 03:04 PM   #151
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Hi!!

I have been gone for a very long time. I was wrapped up in getting my trip report finished and now am writing up a PA wedding trip report (links in signature). We went back for my cousin's wedding which turned into a nice, old-fashioned redneck wedding!!

Anyway....

I'm glad your trip report is under way. I'm very sorry to read about the ones who got sick. That's never fun. I hope the rest of your trip was less eventful.

I'm looking forward to reading more.
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:15 PM   #152
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Oh no, nothing worse than throw up in the van. I have some real doozies I could share with you, but I'll spare ya! I know, kindness is my middle name!

How did you know the pool water was salty, were you drinking it?
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:41 PM   #153
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Hi!!

I have been gone for a very long time. I was wrapped up in getting my trip report finished and now am writing up a PA wedding trip report (links in signature). We went back for my cousin's wedding which turned into a nice, old-fashioned redneck wedding!!

Anyway....

I'm glad your trip report is under way. I'm very sorry to read about the ones who got sick. That's never fun. I hope the rest of your trip was less eventful.

I'm looking forward to reading more.
Nothing like a good old fashioned Red Neck Wedding! Glad it went well!

Ours was down right city-fied compared to some I've been to. Even if it was in the VFW hall.

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How did you know the pool water was salty, were you drinking it?
We had much worse "spillage" in the van the year we caught the stomach flu at WDW. So we are always thankful for anything that stays below that level of yuck. Enough said. LOL

RE: salty water - sometimes it gets in your mouth when you don't try. And the ones that that happened to all said "Yuck, salty." Weird, I know!
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:53 PM   #154
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It just occured to me that maybe I should re-introduce the Hicks on Holiday for those of you just joining us:

First, let me list those who were in the van -

Me (Sarah) - Mom and trip planner

DH (John, aka Ninja Boy, aka Indiana Jones) - hubby and trip payer.

Disney Girl - My 13yo dd.

The Chef - My 11yo ds.

Danger Boy - My ds, 8.

The Inquisitor- My 6yo ds.

Princess K - 4yo dd.

Bitsy - DD, 3yo.

Babycakes - DD1, this is her first trip.

Mom - My mom, who has never been to WDW.


NOT in the van, because the lucky ducks were able to fly down...

SIL - I have decided to call her the Bionic SIL.
Not sure I mentioned before, but Bionic SIL is a real live hero!
She was in an accident a few years back where a car jumped a curb and was running into a crowd of kids and parents waiting for the school bus.
SIL pushed several kids, including my niece, out of the way, and took the full impact of the car.
She remembers nothing of this, only waking up the hospital having had to be put back together (broken pelvis, severely damaged knees, and a bunch of other things.)
It was a long road of recovery for her, so being able to walk around WDW on her own is a very good thing!
So in a lot of ways (none of them robotic! LOL) she is our bionic woman!

Nephew - Almost 9 yo. I'll call him Stitch JR. , because that is his favorite character.

And last but not least, Niece - 10.5 yo. I'll call her Pocohontas, JR. That's her fav too.


And a side note - I forgot one thing that happened in Chattanooga that was noteworthy.

Princess K, who is 4 and old enough to know better, COLORED ON THE WALL!!! WITH CRAYONS!!! ARGH.....

Well, since I had no crayon removal items with me, I scrubbed at the wall with different things I thought would work, and ended up removing the crayon...
along with some of the paint...
DOH!!!

I made it look as good as possible, and left it. I know, I am a bad person. But I just chalk it up to wear and tear. [The room we had on the way back had a big chunk of peeling paint hanging from the ceiling! Yikes.]

So my apologies to anyone that has that room after us!

I'm off to try to whip together day 2!
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:01 PM   #155
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Oh yikes on the crayon!

Oh well, these things happen and at least you cleaned it up which is way more then most people would have done.

So I take it she's the artist in the family?!!
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:18 PM   #156
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DAY 2 - Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

So when we last left the Hicks, they were getting a good night sleep after 3 cases of car-sickness, a salty swim, one trip to Walmart, and an incident involving a crayon.

So what's next?
Free food! Up for the 7 am continental breakfast, which worked to head off any more car-sickness, and we headed out for the quick trip to I-75 and GA.

And the very LONG trip through GA.

GA is very beautiful, and has the distinction of being the site of the first palm trees spotted on our trips to FL.



But, apparently, all of GA is also under construction.

It took FOREVER.
Especially around Atlanta.
No offense to any Atlanta residents, but how do people survive in that traffic?!? Yikes.
By the time we were through Atlanta and on our way out of the state, we were REALLY hungry.

Luckily, I had looked up restaurants along the way, and found an IHOP that I was pretty sure we had eaten at before. Sure enough, it was!

IHOP...pinnacle of all that is pancakey goodness.

I was first introduced to IHOP on a pre-wedding trip to meet John’s grandma in St. Louis, MO. I instantly became addicted.

Unfortunately we did not get one locally (½ hour away) until 2 years ago, so I still like to take every opportunity to eat there.
And I wasn’t disappointed.
So if you are ever in Adel, GA, stop at the IHOP and say “Hey” to Cierra who was out waitress.
[Man, I wish I had taken more pics!]

Sometime in the early aftenoon the Bionic SIL called to say she had arrived at Pop Century. She had checked on our room assignments, was in her own room, and was just waiting on her luggage. All that was good news. At that point, we said we might be there by 5 pm.

What were we thinking?

Up next: Day 2, Part 2, the one in which I explain that the Nemo quote reference was due to the fact that we had to keep swimming, that is driving, even though we were sick and tired of it, otherwise we would never make it to WALT DISNEY WORLD!
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:27 PM   #157
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Pretty pic!

I hate that feeling of driving forever and not getting anywhere. Hope to read the next installment that you get there safe and sound and on time!
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:50 AM   #158
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Great report! If it's the Ihop I think you are talking about near home, it isn't very good. I was so excited to get one near us and we still drive a little north to eat there since ours isn't as good.
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:29 AM   #159
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Sarah I am so glad to that your trip started off to a great start NOT! Poor you nothing worse than sick kids in the car!
As for the IHOP I guess were are there with ya! My DH and I went bowling and to IHOP for our first date! Candlelight bowling (bowling in the dark w/ pin lit up) how's that for hickish... is that a word??? Unfortunatly our IHOP closed and not sure where there is another on in our area!
I am on pins and needles just waiting for the next part of your trip report!!!!
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:57 AM   #160
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I have driven around Atlanta once and have visited Atlanta for a long weekend a few years ago. I agree.....the traffic is crazy. And I live in Chicago!!

Love the picture of the mountains. It looks like it could be in Pennsylvania. Living in Chicago - and Illinois in general - I really miss the mountains.

I'm hoping you were able to make it to POP at a decent time.
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Oh yikes on the crayon!

Oh well, these things happen and at least you cleaned it up which is way more then most people would have done.

So I take it she's the artist in the family?!!
Oh, their all regular Van Goghs. And a lot of their art work has become a permanent fixture around here. Heaven help us if we would ever have to sell this place quickly!

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Pretty pic!

I hate that feeling of driving forever and not getting anywhere. Hope to read the next installment that you get there safe and sound and on time!
That's exactly how it was. And our last day driving home was even worse. Sigh. Maybe next time we can figure out a way to fly.

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Great report! If it's the Ihop I think you are talking about near home, it isn't very good. I was so excited to get one near us and we still drive a little north to eat there since ours isn't as good.
The one on Westnedge. We've had pretty good meals there, but I usually stick with pancakes. They had better get that right!
Thanks for reading, neighbor!

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Sarah I am so glad to that your trip started off to a great start NOT! Poor you nothing worse than sick kids in the car!
As for the IHOP I guess were are there with ya! My DH and I went bowling and to IHOP for our first date! Candlelight bowling (bowling in the dark w/ pin lit up) how's that for hickish... is that a word??? Unfortunatly our IHOP closed and not sure where there is another on in our area!
I am on pins and needles just waiting for the next part of your trip report!!!!
The good news is the throwing up started early enough that it ended up being such a small thing. Thankfully!

Thanks for reading!
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I have driven around Atlanta once and have visited Atlanta for a long weekend a few years ago. I agree.....the traffic is crazy. And I live in Chicago!!

I'm hoping you were able to make it to POP at a decent time.
I agree -- that's saying something! We have avoided going to Chicago for years, because we do not like driving there. Sad, I know.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:11 AM   #163
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I can't help but echo what you said ...

"What were you thinking???"

I love the drive through Northern Georgia with the "mountains" but after the terrain flattens out I just start counting mile markers. Georgia is one long state ... and then you have to drive through Florida ... which I think is even longer (or at least the drive to Orlando feels longer).

Did I ever mention that Grimace actually wanted to drive to Florida last year to meet up with us at WDW? Her reasoning: she could have stopped at many gas stations and convenience stores along the way to buy scratch-off lottery tickets.
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I can't help but echo what you said ...

"What were you thinking???"

I love the drive through Northern Georgia with the "mountains" but after the terrain flattens out I just start counting mile markers. Georgia is one long state ... and then you have to drive through Florida ... which I think is even longer (or at least the drive to Orlando feels longer).

Did I ever mention that Grimace actually wanted to drive to Florida last year to meet up with us at WDW? Her reasoning: she could have stopped at many gas stations and convenience stores along the way to buy scratch-off lottery tickets.
We have it divided up with a stay in Chattanooga, because ON PAPER, the drive to Orlando from there is two hours shorter than our first day's drive.

Whoo boy, was that not the case this time.

The other times weren't quite so bad.

Oh that wacky Grimmie. Sigh. Good times, good times.
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