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Old 09-07-2012, 07:58 PM   #136
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I'm going to do a WDW update in a minute, but first I wanted to say thanks again to everyone. Today was actually harder with Cathy having passed. I think maybe yesterday I was in a little bit of denial, but knowing today she is really gone is so hard. But I have a lot of friends that were also friends with her, and we've all been sharing pictures of her and talking about funny things she said and did, and that is helping a lot.

I will warn you that the updates for the next day are going to take a while. I took 600 pictures that day, and I plan on posting over 400 of them on here, so be prepared for it!


Sorry to hear that. Thanks for warning me that tomorrow will be harder. I totally understand the little bit of denial. It just doesn't feel real, like nothing has changed.
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Wow, some of those photos are phenomenal!
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #138
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Sorry to hear that. Thanks for warning me that tomorrow will be harder. I totally understand the little bit of denial. It just doesn't feel real, like nothing has changed.
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Wow, some of those photos are phenomenal!
I hope tomorrow isn't much harder for you. I think maybe that fact that you saw her for her last few days might make it easier for you. I last heard from Cathy a few days before she passed, so while I knew it was coming, I wasn't as prepared as you were. If that makes sense!

And thank you about the photos. I really love my camera!
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:26 PM   #139
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I hope tomorrow isn't much harder for you. I think maybe that fact that you saw her for her last few days might make it easier for you. I last heard from Cathy a few days before she passed, so while I knew it was coming, I wasn't as prepared as you were. If that makes sense!

And thank you about the photos. I really love my camera!

Yes, it makes sense. Also a few days ago was harder when I got the news that it was close to the end, than the actual end.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #140
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DAY 4, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH, PART 3

After riding Kilimanjaro Safari I got a Fastpass to come back later.





Since I was right beside it, I went into the Pagani Forest Trail.





First up were the Black and White Colobus Monkeys









Then the other side of the Okapi's





A frog





Some of the fish in the Hippo Tank





And then the bird aviary:






































Once I got done in the Aviary I was on the other side of the Hippo Tank, where I could actually see the Hippo!









Then the Impala and Meerkats

















A random Cardinal along the way!





Then the Gorillas, first thru the glass:









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Old 09-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #141
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DAY 4, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH, PART 4

More Gorilla thru-the-glass pictures:









Then some from the bridge outside:

















I decided to go to Rafiki's Plant Watch next, since, once again, it was right there!









I just missed a train, so I took some pictures of the station while I waited for the next one.

















After a few minutes another train arrived.





I got some pictures of the animals' overnight homes on the ride.

















And then made it to the Conservation Station stop





Rafiki guided me in the right direction.





But the Tamarins were not being very cooperative for pictures. This was the best shot I got.





Once I got to the building I took a TON of pictures of the murals on and in it!





















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Old 09-09-2012, 04:39 PM   #142
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DAY 4, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH, PART 5


More pictures of the animal murals in Conservation Station:













One of the MANY Hidden Mickeys in the mural:





They were doing a demonstration with snakes when I came in





Some of the inhabitants of the building:

































They had a sloth in that day, I believe it was for a teeth cleaning, but I didn't write it down. You can't really see it in the crate, but I promise it's in there!





Rafiki was posing for pictures inside too!





After I finished up inside I went out to the Petting Zoo section. The pigs were not overly active!





Most of the sheep and goats were staying behind the ropes.





But a few were out and enjoying the sun and attention.









The Llama was relaxing in the sun.





As was the other pig





After I washed up I headed down the trail to the train back.





And quickly made it on a train! I took pictures of the sayings in my car.











Soon I was back in Harambe!





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I am loving your AK photos! I was having serious WDW withdrawals today & you just totally filled the Disney void. Thanks!
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More GREAT AK animal photos. I love the Meerkats...they crack me up. You got great gorilla photos too.
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:37 PM   #145
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I am loving your AK photos! I was having serious WDW withdrawals today & you just totally filled the Disney void. Thanks!
I'm having withdrawals too, but doing this TR is helping some. It also makes me wish I was back there too though!


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Thanks! The Meerkats are pretty funny. That gorilla that was by the bridge was pretty close, so getting those pictures was actually easy!
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for all the great pictures! The Pangani Trail is one of my favorites to explore. I would stand and watch the gorillas all day long if I could. I found myself searching your pictures of the murals for all of the hidden Mickeys I know are there. That's another place I could stand around in for hours.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:18 PM   #147
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for all the great pictures! The Pangani Trail is one of my favorites to explore. I would stand and watch the gorillas all day long if I could. I found myself searching your pictures of the murals for all of the hidden Mickeys I know are there. That's another place I could stand around in for hours.
You are very welcome! I love both the Pagani Trail and Maharrajeh Jungle Trek. And I found a TON more Hidden Mickeys than that one in the murals, but didn't want to have 2 updates of just mural pictures! The mural itself is gorgeous to look at, even without the fun of finding HMs all thru it.
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I just joined your trip report. I've only made it through your first day but I can't wait to read more. I have always wanted to go to WDW solo. I was wondering what kind of camera you used. Your pictures have amazing clarity.

Can't wait to read more!
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I just joined your trip report. I've only made it through your first day but I can't wait to read more. I have always wanted to go to WDW solo. I was wondering what kind of camera you used. Your pictures have amazing clarity.

Can't wait to read more!
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Welcome! Thanks for joining in! Solo trips can be a lot of fun, since you can do whatever you want, ride what you want, skip whatever attractions you want, and no one will complain!

My camera is a Nikon Coolpix L120. And thanks, I love the pictures it takes!
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DAY 4, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH, PART 6


I got back to Harambe and decided that since it was late enough to use my Kilimanjaro Safari FP, I might as well use it! I took a few pictures as I walked thru the line.


















I was soon on a vehicle. I was in the front row this time, with an AWESOME guide, Ryan. He talked to me and the family sitting next to me quite a bit, as well as doing his whole spiel. He also answered any questions we had, and told us they had 40 safari vehicles running that day. I got some pics of his "bumper" stickers in his vehicle before we took off for our 2 week safari!














An artsy pic, just for the heck of it!






And then, the animals!


























































I thing SOMEONE who reads this TR may appreciate these pictures!














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