How EMH saved our trip-Doing the World on West Coast Time! Completed. Stop by my PTR!

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  1. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    thank you for enabling me :)

    Yeah, it's a space hog, no doubt about it! It's really interesting as they are all good for different things. PS is perfect for image editing, illustrator better for compilations and freehand type stuff that you can't do in PS and IDD is totally different from either but fabulous for multi page print needs

    I hate that when I can't see the pics! They'll be here when you come back!
     
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  3. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    I :love: my camera. funny story, I was always really impressed with the shots my mom got with her little digital. She has quite a selelction of cameras but the little digital just did an amazing job. I went to get one of my own, did my own research, found something in my price range and go to find out...

    it's the same camera she has. As does my SIL. And now 2 of DH's family members who liked my camera's results.

    It's all the camera, not the user, trust me!

    I have a Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph.

    It's the camera, not me! :rotfl: Not sure if they are impalas or gazelles but they were so cool!
     
  4. GreatBiscuit

    GreatBiscuit Golden but never flaky

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    Excellent photos! And kudos on the Signature! First Lady Bicuit saw it last night and LOVED it! We wound up skipping the trails on our trip. (Just sooooooooooooooo hot, that the kids were OUT of gas.)
     
  5. lisalonglash

    lisalonglash <font color=green>I have a <font color=teal>thing

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    It is NOT just the camera, it's the camera operator! :thumbsup2 It would help if I read the update title, hey? I'm sure you're right about them being gazelles and, yes, they are cool! :goodvibes
     
  6. MEK

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    Excellent, excellent pigani trail pictures. I am so GOING on that trail in September. I'm skipping th safari and hitting the trail. Hopefully it won't be blazing hot! So many animals to see!
     
  7. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Well thank you and the lovely First Lady Biscuit! I need to try your panoramic trick combo thing....that is so cool! I'm going to attempt it somehow on the next trip though not, I'm sure, on the trails!

    awww...thanks! I think it's the camera though. :)

    Thanks!

    Do the trail, it was really wonderful and it's funny, even though it was a very warm day I don't remember the trail part itself as being miserable!
     
  8. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    when I left off we had been gifted with FP's, seen lions, hippos, rhino's, gorillas and gazelle's and magically escaped being stuck by the parade!

    reunited with our other Safari companions .

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    who so graciously had told us to take the FP's, allowing for some amazing gazelle grazing (or not....tree eating on hind legs, who knew!) viewing.

    it was determined that

    it was hot! See, don't they look hot? Steven's got some seriously wilted hair (but in his new necklace which still hasn't come off since the trip lol) and I have no idea what Scrooge is doing with his sunglasses, that just looks wierd. Almost as weird as when he puts them on his head backwards (which is all the time lol!)

    we needed a snack! Our lunch (for us) really hadn't been all that late and dinner wasn't until 8:30. So a substantial snack was in order.

    See where I am going with this?

    :cool1:

    as we made the trek from Africa to Asia

    it happened.

    again

    "we have some FP's we can't use, would you like them?"


    this time, for Kali. I can't remember how many they had but it wasn't 6. So we hemmed a little bit and I kid you not, someone entirely different nearby said

    "I have some too!"


    so somehow, magically, in the span of a minute we had 6 FP's for Kali! (which was still on a 60 minute wait!)

    Excited, a little bit dumbfounded, we kept trekking to Asia.

    But first. A stop.

    Yak and Yeti Local Foods Egg Rolls!

    :worship:

    TWO of these suckers are one snack credit.

    Oh I wish I had a picture of their flaky, hot, yummy deliciousness!:cloud9:

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! Moist, tender and flavorful. I'd eat 2 of them right now if I could! And it's 9am here! :rotfl:

    Scrooge and I each got our own, the rest of the gang wanted something cold.

    For the life of me I have no idea what Goofy & Tink got. Steven was on the search for a smoothie and wasn't seeing anything nearby but had seen something somewhere else so wanted to go there later instead. I still don't know where he went, for some reason I think it may have been all the way back near the safari entry but I digress.

    Wall-E, of course, got this

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    The last mickey bar.


    he looks dazed and confused. Or intoxicated by it, I'm not sure.

    :rotfl:

    AK is a dangerous place to eat a Mickey bar if you are dining challenged, as is our Wall-E.

    Eat fast!

    Lick around the edges!

    You're dripping!

    Aack! here's another napkin


    and yet still, most of it ends up on his face.

    Go figure.

    Tummies full and faces ringed with Chocolate it was FINALLY time.

    To brave the rapids. To stand in line. Or not!

    Thank you fast pass gods of presidents week craziness. Of magic pay it forward karma. I bow to you.

    We whizzed through that line so fast I didn't take hardly any pictures! Here is a couple. You can see, as fabulous as my little digital is, it is NOT great for inside/low light pictures. Not at all!

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    I probably had quite a few more that I deleted. I'm noticing that I did a lot of clean up and deletion of bad pics and kind of wish I'd waited. Oh well.

    My brain was whirling.

    Camera - protected

    Poncho's - out

    Hurry, get in the boat, get everything covered!!

    Tink was by far the most apprehensive (I think she just didn't want to get wet) and as it was getting later it was going to cool off quickly but...we had to do it. It would just be WRONG to be at AK and not go on Kali. So it wasn't something that was ever up for debate though I confess to having bad hair concerns for dinner as we had no plans to go back to the resort.

    And try as I might, I know I'll never bring myself to wear a shower cap (though I truly admire those who do, it looks amazingly effective!). I'm just not that brave.

    Kali was, what can I say, wet, wild and fabulous.

    and WET!

    I think Tink and I got the worst of it. I had some scary looking pants afterwards but thankfully they dried quickly

    And now we can see why I'm not in more pictures. UGH. Eyes closed. Looking weird. Now I know where Goofy gets that look from! Tink is the only one visibly wet though but we were pretty drippy! Scrooge again with the wierd sunglass placement. I really need to make him take them off or put them elsewhere, it ruins photos (IMO)

    Thank goodness for poncho's is all I have to say!

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    Happy, wet, it was time.

    To meet the YETI!

    But first....

    what's this?

    It looks like a bubble!

    Can we stick our fingers in it?

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    Sure, live large, go for it!

    The E's played with this for at least 5 minutes, probably longer as I think there was a bio break involved. Sadly the picture is rather lousy. Darn low light. Oh yeah, and night time was coming....EMH and Ak in the Dark!

    I will say this, compared to other parks I can really now see why generally AK closes so early. It is really really DARK there after 6pm!

    Cool. but dark. But very very cool!

    Next....EE in the dark, another run in with a Dinosaur, Steven's elusive smoothie and MORE necklace shopping...most importantly, will I find a souvenir for ME and then, a Bomastic last dinner!
     
  9. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    I just remembered something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's been niggling at my brain...back there and just couldn't recall it!

    So, on Valentine's day, as we were heading over to Space Mountain we were again presented with the

    We have 2 FP's for SM that we cannot use


    Really? sure!
    So we took them. We figured at that point we had no idea how long standby would be and that way at least 2 people could get another ride in.

    The standby line was 40 minutes. We got in line and tried to determine who should go. Or if we should all stay together and then 2 go a second time.

    While we debated we realized that there was a party for two seemingly very nice young women in front of us. So we did what made the most sense.

    "Hi! Would you guys like these? We're going to wait it out together."


    The shock and excitement on their faces was magical!
    pixiedust:

    I cannot believe that with our horrible lateness to the parks, my complete lack of fast pass timing understanding at the start and the larger issue that they were often GONE by the time we got to parks, that we were given them by strangers not once, not twice, but FOUR total times!
     
  10. cjackearl

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    Wow, you really were the fast pass magnets this trip!:cool1: I'm glad you didn't have to wait in a long line for Kali. It's definitely worth doing, but at a 60 min. wait? Maybe not.

    Somehow I knew you were going back for egg rolls! Awesome snackage. And I love the chocolate mouth ring.:laughing: My pre teen is the same way.:rolleyes:

    Hmmm. Looking forward to hearing how your yeti encounter and dino meet go.
     
  11. Angies1274

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    Wow!!! What great fastpass karma you have!! Four times--that's awesome!!

    Such a cute picture of your son!! You could tell he was really enjoying that Mickey bar!!!:thumbsup2

    Ohh....that egg roll sounds so yummy!!!

    Looking forward to hearing about EE in the dark!!:eek::rotfl:
     
  12. MEK

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    Holy Fast Pass Karma. You scored big time. :thumbsup2 I bet it would have been fun to do Kali in the dark. But EE in the dark - even better! You guys really did a lot thanks to the FP fairy! Although,Tink looks seriously drenched after that ride on Kali and she's the one who didn't want to go on. You, on the other hand, stayed pretty well intact! :rotfl: I agree - TGFP (Thank God for Ponchos). Tink must have forgotten to pull her hood up! I love all the group shots, they are really good. I can definately see the resemblance between DH and his kids!

    Thanks for the daily updates! So fun to read!
     
  13. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    I promise you, my pants were pretty darn wet! I think Tink forgot to tuck her hair in, that was the real problem. Hood up but it doesn't really give great coverage.
     
  14. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 ...and the greatest of these is Love

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    Awesome!! :thumbsup2

    I'm a poncho-wearer, but I don't think I could do the shower cap!



    Amazing... you really were touched by the FP angels that trip!!

    Oooh.. looking forward to EE in the dark!! :eek:


    Kathy
     
  15. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

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    My goodness, you all have some fastpass pixie dust!

    I think the look on Wall E's face when he's eating the Mickey bar can best be described by a combination of these two smilies. :love: + :cloud9:

    And for pete's sake, what did you need napkins for? You were all getting soaked and rinsed anyway. :lmao:
     
  16. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    update coming soon, probably tomorrow. I have been all consumed by job hunting and 13th birthday party planning. :scared1:
    13!!!!!!! I have a week before updating that new siggie

    TK, Wall-E's face looks like that (the chocolate or WHATEVER) ALL the time. Seriously. We could hose him down and an hour later a ring appears around his mouth. I don't get it. It's like he still drools or something. Cute at 2. Kind of cute at 4. At 8 it verges on disgusting :rotfl:
     
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    Wow! FP Karma is right!! Awesome!! :cool1:

    Love Kali! Last year when we went we did use ponchos (it was January - and cooler than most months) and someone in line said, "Those shouldn't be allowed on here." :rotfl:
     
  18. Sunset Cliffs

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    I am FINALLY caught up! You have great updates! The lion pictures were amazing. We have only seen the lion laying down on the Safari. He looks like a rock every time. :confused3 Also, your description of the egg rolls has gotten me so hungry. Wish you had a picture (just for the torture of it!).
     
  19. Happydog

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    What great luck with all those FPs!!!! SO great! Especially for those rides! I totally hear you on the getting too wet before dinner.. we had that problem, getting totally soaked before heading into the arctic cold at Sanaa an hour later!! DS's were cold. :sad2: I wish I would have had a sweatshirt or something for them... We kept taking breaks during dinner to go outside to warm up!! and once they had eaten, they each sat on DH and my laps, to stay warmer! It was a little comical... Note to self about that for next summer! ;)

    Maybe I missed where dinner was? I will have to go back and check!
     
  20. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    We were in Feb but tons of people had ponchos! maybe b/c it was starting to get dark!

    thanks! A picture of the egg rolls would torture me too so it's probably best I don't have one :rotfl:

    Oh that's funny! I didn't even think of that, just being girls and worrying about our hair lol!

    Dinner was at Boma! Coming up soon.
     
  21. MEK

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    What?????? No update! :confused3 So disappointed! :laughing: )just kidding)
     

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