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Old 07-15-2010, 12:58 PM   #1
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"To Disney & Beyond" ~ Road Trip 2010 ~ Final Drive & Final Thoughts

"TO DISNEY & BEYOND" ~ ROAD TRIP 2010

Meet the Cast

Well...............I'm FINALLY back to write a NEW trip report! Some of you may remember me from my past two TRs (If you're interested, you can find the links in my signature!). Whether you are a returning reader, a new reader, or even a "lurker," WELCOME!!! I truly appreciate you reading along and I hope you'll comment and join in on the fun!

On to the cast...

Lynne ~ Me ~ I love everything DISNEY! I love staying at different resorts (Wilderness Lodge is my current favorite), I love all of the parks (my favorites are Magic Kingdom & Epcot), I love all of the rides (especially Tower of Terror and the rest of the thrill rides), I love the attractions and shows (Beauty and the Beast is a favorite and Belle is my favorite princess), and I love all of the characters (Mickey holds a special place in my heart, of course!). I just love the "magical feeling" that I get when I'm in the World and I love how my inner-child always seems to make an appearance!
Chris ~ DH ~ Chris loves Disney too! His favorite resort is the Wilderness Lodge (he loves the outdoorsy feel of it), Animal Kingdom is his favorite park, his favorite ride is Buzz Lightyear (we have a fierce sense of competition...Chris is already thinking that Toy Story Mania may be his new favorite after this trip), and one of his favorite shows is the Festival of the Lion King. Chris is a BIG KID at heart so it's easy for him to find his place in the most magical place on Earth!

Little back story ~ So I've been in serious withdrawal these past two and a half years...please note that the picture above is NOT in WDW, but in Cancun, Mexico. Ever since DH and I got married (9 years ago), we had been traveling to WDW almost every year. Little did I know that it would come to a screeching halt after our New Year's Trip in January of '08. DH "thought" it might be a good idea to check out "other destinations" in and around the country..............ummmmmmm, what? You mean no Disney? After the initial shock, I agreed, knowing that I would still be able to put my obsessive, planning skills to work and I would still have the opportunity to travel with my wonderful husband!

Now let me warn you ahead of time...we are avid travelers and we are on the go A LOT! Here's a peek into what we've been up to while on our hiatus from Disney:

Hawaii ~ 2008

San Diego ~ 2008

Las Vegas ~ 2009


The next four pictures are all from a trip we took that spanned over 2 weeks...
Vancouver, B.C. ~2009 ~ We wanted to check out the site of the 2010 Olympics!

Seattle ~ 2009

Yukon ~ 2009

Alaska ~ 2009

Caribbean Cruise ~ 2010 ~ Our most recent trip!


Some might say that we caught the "Travel Bug!" So where do we fit this travel into our busy lives might you ask??? Chris drives for UPS and I am a 1st grade teacher. At this point in time, we do not have any children (just 2 dogs and a nephew that we spoil rotten)................soooooooooo, when I am on a break and Chris is lucky enough to get vacation time, we're off and running!


Up Next: How Our Travels Came About

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Old 07-15-2010, 01:06 PM   #2
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For those of you who like to "skip" the conversation inbetween...this is for you!

Table Of Contents

How Our Travels Came About
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...2&postcount=17
Quick Life Update http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=25
Our BIG Road Trip Plans http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=40
See You Real Soon http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=57
I'm Back! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...8&postcount=72
Incompetence & Extreme Heat ~ All in a Day's Travel http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=79
Sangria & Our "Hollywood" Encounter http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=94
Llamas & Camels in Tennessee? Yup! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=113
Holy Calzone! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=136
The Great Smokey Mountains http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=154
Clingmans Dome, No Way Jose & Big Hair http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=169
Headed to my "Happy Place!" http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=184
Downtown Disney & "Doh-bars" http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=204
Rope Drop ~ The only way to go! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=215
I want to "take" Minnie home http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=240
Life Update http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=263
Summer Nightastic Indeed! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=277
A New Favorite CS & Meeting the Mouse http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=301
Future Animators, Mission Accomplished & Fantasmic! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=329
Crowds? What Crowds? http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=340
Dinos & Tigers & Bugs Oh My! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=362
Uncle Phil, The Baby & A Yummy Meal http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=383
Life Update http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=393
Rope Drop ~ Car #3 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=401
The Captain is Back! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=406
Touring the WS "Our Way!" http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=421
Beginnings & The Rest of the World http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=439
Dreams Can Come True http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=451
On the road again... http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=461
Relaxation...FINALLY! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=475
Experience of a Lifetime http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=484
Locked in! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=501
Coconut on pizza? http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=521
Going nowhere in a hurry! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=530
QUICK LIFE UPDATE http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=541
History Abound & Dining By Candlelight http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=552
So much history & so many lives lost... http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=561
Travel Tree http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=571
Lincoln stood here! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=580
A Nice Surprise... http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=591
I WANT a Segway! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=603
Life Update http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=618
Final Drive & Final Thoughts http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=631

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Old 07-15-2010, 01:08 PM   #3
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I'm here! Great start so far, you two are a cute couple!!

Can't wait to hear all about it!!

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Can't wait to read all about your Disney adventure!
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:59 PM   #5
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Just found your trip report!

You are an adorable couple and remind me of me and my husband before we had our daughter! We traveled everywhere as well - Hawaii, Caribbean, France and so many places in the US too! What wonderful memories you have made!

I'm looking forward to reading about your trip!!!
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Can't wait to hear all about it!!

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You are too sweet! You're 1st, Katie!!! Thanks for reading!

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You are an adorable couple and remind me of me and my husband before we had our daughter! We traveled everywhere as well - Hawaii, Caribbean, France and so many places in the US too! What wonderful memories you have made!

I'm looking forward to reading about your trip!!!
Thanks, Renee!!! We definitely live to travel at this time in our lives! So glad you're here! I noticed your daughter in your signature and she is just adorable!
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Hi! I'd love to hear about your road trip to Disney and beyond! I'm ready to read!
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Subscribing... Was that picture from your cruise taken in St. Maarten?
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Getting in on the ground floor of this. I read your Cali/Disneyland trip report while we were getting ready for our Backstage Magic Advenutures by Disney trip & it was great. Can't wait to join you for your trip to the World.

Love your update about where you have been since Disney. Great trips. My DH & I love to travel too!!!!
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Subscribing... Was that picture from your cruise taken in St. Maarten?
Glad to have you onboard! You're good...it was taken in St. Maarten! Such a pretty island! I think we were on our way to Orient Bay...the nude beach! We kept our clothes on!!!

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Love your update about where you have been since Disney. Great trips. My DH & I love to travel too!!!!
Hey Melanie...welcome! Thanks so much for reading about my Cali trip too.......it was such a great trip! I bet your Backstage Magic Adventures by Disney trip was FANTASTIC! Wow! I'd love to do one of those trips in the future! Traveling is so much fun...it's really opened my eyes up to so many different things!
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Yipppppeeee!!!! You are doing a TR! AND a PTR!!! Whoooo hooooo!!!!

I am definitely on board!

Wowza! I was wondering what you guys were doing on your Disney hiatus. You sure get around!

Glad you are going back to Disney though, and can't wait to hear all the details of your trip!
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I'm very excited to hear about your trip! As a Spartan myself I figured I couldn't miss it!

Its sad that you've been missing Disney, but it looks like you have gone a lot of beautiful places!

GO GREEN!
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Glad to have you onboard! You're good...it was taken in St. Maarten! Such a pretty island! I think we were on our way to Orient Bay...the nude beach! We kept our clothes on!!!
Orient beach was beautiful! We had a blast there! I have a similar picture of that harbor you're standing in front of.
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Yipppppeeee!!!! You are doing a TR! AND a PTR!!! Whoooo hooooo!!!!
Yeah...a very "small PTR!" Can you tell I'm excited! Originally, I wasn't going to start my TR until AFTER we got back, but.............I JUST COULDN'T WAIT!
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I am definitely on board!

Wowza! I was wondering what you guys were doing on your Disney hiatus. You sure get around!
So glad you're here, Trish! I guess that's one way to put it!
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Glad you are going back to Disney though, and can't wait to hear all the details of your trip!
I'm really ready and excited for our Road Trip.....ESPECIALLY the Disney portion!

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I'm very excited to hear about your trip! As a Spartan myself I figured I couldn't miss it!

Its sad that you've been missing Disney, but it looks like you have gone a lot of beautiful places!

GO GREEN!
Hey Ashleigh! I'm so excited to have another Spartan onboard! I really have missed Disney, but I really can't complain about the places that we've gone and seen. I feel very blessed and fortunate for our travels...GO STATE!

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Orient beach was beautiful! We had a blast there! I have a similar picture of that harbor you're standing in front of.
Wasn't it gorgeous?!? We've been there twice now and I really wouldn't mind going back again! It's such a pretty place for a picture!
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