Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by TarzansKat, May 31, 2009.
Oh TK I am so sorry.
You and your family are in my prayers.
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TK, I'm at a loss to put into words what I'm feeling for you right now. Please just know that you and your family are in all my thoughts and prayers.
Oooh honey, I'm so sorry. I've seen you around on threads I've read. Maroo filled me in tonight on what was happening with your mom. I just wanted to stop over to give you my heartfelt sorrow and tell you I'm lifting you and your family up in prayer.
Oh Kat!! I cannot even express how torn I am for you and your family! We've talked, and I know. Know that you are aching, and probably numb right now. Peace be with you!
TK, I am so very, very sorry! May you be given the strength to get through this! All my thoughts, prayers, and love to you!
TK, I am so sorry for your loss. I know words bring little comfort at a time like this, but I hope it helps that you and your family are in my prayers.
And please remember to take care of yourself. You know how important that is right now.
Thank you all for your support.
TK, Macushla, I'm so sorry for your loss. I've not been on Dis for a long time and couldn't believe it when I checked in, you and your family are in my prayers
Tk - Just wanted to tell you that we love you and are praying for you!!!
I am so sorry for your loss.
You and yours are held in prayer.
Sorry, guys. Wrong report. I mean to post an update on the pirates trip report and accidentally did it here.
Hopefully I'll update this one soon and not leave you all hanging.
Looky, looky who found Hook-y!
Hey YOU! Welcome back.
And Dude, TK, I'm totally the one leaving them hanging. I'm trying to find which folder I stored my morning walk pictures in so I can do that update. By this weekend the latest. Seriously. Because if I can't find those pics then it must mean we never went to Disney...
Thank you very much.
Dude. I have those pictures on my computer. Although uploading to Photobucket has been a nightmare for me lately.
HEY!!!! So happy to see you here. Thank you for your prayers.
What a surprise for you, huh? Between my being pregnant and my recent loss, I'm sure you're thinking what else did I miss?
have to admit I have been rather remis with my Dis-ing as things have been a bit unsettled between one thing and another but I'm back with a vengance and grateful for the lovely welcome... might even bite the bullet and get back to the TR I've not updated in months
Oh TK when I signed back in and read your thread I just sat and had a wee bubble I was so happy and sad for you all at the one time .
I didn't even realize you had a trip report going, and I'd love to read it, so get crackin!
Thank you, hon. Thirty has definitely been an interesting year.
Missing pics have been located. Pics were not missing. Tink is a word that rhymes with shmidiot. Pics are currently being uploaded to Photobucket. Update immiment.
A Tink update!!!!
I mean that in all sincerity, I've missed having you here.
And I sincerely missed being here.
Just about done resizing. This "work" thing keeps getting in the way.
Oh my goodness.
Look at this place!
It's all familiar...and cozy-like!
Oh how I've MISSED this lil' trip report of ours.
Lemme stretch out here and put my feet up and I'll continue our tale.
Gather 'round children and let me speak to you about...
Getting up at 5 a.m.
Yes, THAT 5 a.m.
Unfortunately I work an hour and a half from home. And in order to be up, presentable and on time, I have to get up at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. And that internal alarm doesn't really have an OFF button anymore. So, on every morning of our trip I was up at 5 a.m.
While normally one might think, "THE HORROR!", yeahhhhh, not so much for me. I love me some early morning Disney. The Disney "coffee walk" as it's been coined here on the DIS. (Did ZZUB start that? I miss Z.) A'course, I'm not out and about getting coffee. I more prefer the walk part of it.
Each night before retiring, I'd get my outfit ready for the next day. I'd shower in the evening, leaving TK the shower at her leisure for the whole morning. When my internal alarm would go off, I'd tiptoe into the bathroom and change up in there. Mind you, I wasn't what I'd call "pretty-fied" but I was presentable enough for anyone I'd encounter on my walk in the early morning light.
Namely bunnies. And ducks. And the occasional human being who hopefully had forgotten to put his/her contacts in before leaving their room to encounter, well, the lovlieness that is me sans make-up at 5 a.m.
The morning of my very first walk was the earliest I was out. I think I was walking by 5:10 a.m. It was lovely - mostly dark with bits of lavender just starting to peek in on the horizon. It was a little humid still, from the typhoon that had blown us back to the resort the night before, and warm, but nothing unbearable. I felt the tiniest bit stuffy and my throat was a little scratchy, but I figured it was nothing but the AC.
Remember that for later.
I walked with a purpose that morning because truthfully, I also woke up a little bit sad. As TK mentioned eons ago now, the last time I'd stayed at CBR had been with my grandparents, circa 1993. My grandmother was like a second mother to me and we were very, very close. About 8 months after our trip she passed away, succumbing to a very long battle with lung cancer. Twelve days before Christmas. I'd not returned to the resort since and, for a while, wasn't sure I'd ever be able to. During our planning, though, I realized that I did want to return. And I wanted to do it with a good friend who would understand how tangible memories can be in the right place and the right time. Given the recent events in TK's life, it seems timely that I'm writing this post now.
Love you, girlie! I do.
On my last trip we'd stayed in Trinidad South. I had no idea what our room number was but, for some reason, the building location and, specifically, the courtyard were very sharp memories in my mind. I'd set out to find that very spot, sit a spell, and think on my grandmother. I headed around the back part of the oval, moving away from the front of the resort. It was quiet and for a long time, I was the only one out. Soon, the bunnies started to venture out and then race back into the brush when they heard my sneakers. The ducks began quacking, but quietly, as if they knew it was too early to get their real quack on. I made it to Trinidad South and wandered a bit. I found the quiet pool and after that it was like GPS was pulling me back to that room from 16 years before.
I found the courtyard.
I even cried a little.
And I had a few moments, just me and my gram.
I collected myself and headed out to finish the walk. I've done the "coffee walk" in quite a few places - ASMu, POP, the Poly, the Swolphin/Epcot resort area, and the CBR "coffee walk" is the best. Really. Even better than the Poly. I think it's actually because the resort is so big. The grounds are as lush as the Poly, but there's more of them. Everything is so well-maintained. Unless you're around the OPR area, you'd never know you were in Disney. Over the next 3 days I took lots of pictures. I can't distinguish, anymore, what picture was taken when, so here are some of my favorites from my 3 days worth of walks:
Setting out from Jamaica at dawn:
Trinidad North and OPR:
Heading towards the "back" of the resort, I'd go over this bridge...
and then under it...
right by this guy:
"Sand" turtles by the beach near OPR (they're concrete):
Looking across, at Castaway Cay in the foreground, and then Jamaica:
Main pool area:
The Marina and Bike Rental:
Jamaica from OPR:
Heading over the island (NOLost) - Hi Man and Cute Child! I'd like to think they weren't running away from the crazy lady with the camera:
I heart this shot:
The paths meander all over the island:
Seriously, the most idyllic spot for a nap, no?
Dude this bridge is steep. I keep trying to imagine navigating it after a new too many...Matter of fact, the way this pic is tilted, it looks like I've ALREADY had too many LOL!
Sunrise in 'Jamaica':
The beach/playground in Jamaica from the "Don't Cross Whilst Drunk" bridge:
Our "home" building:
SO. GREEN. (And yellow and blue.)
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