Posts in category 'travel'

  • That Was A Long Vacation

    I didn’t think I’d like Disney World. The kids. The strollers. The cranky parents. The constant barrage of Disney-branded products. And that damned Mickey head everywhere! Really, it sounds like my worst nightmare.

    But it wasn’t that bad. Okay, sure, it was cheesy, and there really was a constant barrage of Disney-branded products. It was crowded, expensive, and the weather sucked. But oddly, I had a pretty decent time. We spent our first day in Animal Kingdom, which is basically a large zoo. Day two was dedicated to Magic Kingdom, which is the Disneyland replica. And day three found us in Epcot. Yes, we chose to forgo MGM, since neither of us cares that much about rollercoasters or movie trivia.

    I can’t say I can really pick a favourite among the parks. I enjoy zoos (at least ones that have decent animal enclosures and work hard on conservation efforts and so forth), and they had some decent attractions. The Magic Kingdom had quite a few good attractions, and I particularly enjoyed the Haunted Mansion (some of the effects there are quite impressions) and Space Mountain. Of course, the Dream Fastpasses we won, which allowed us to hit each FP-enabled ride once whenever we wanted, were pretty darn nice as well. And Epcot has some fantastic simulators (the space simulator was particularly impressive), and a ridiculous fireworks show at the end of the evening.

    So, yeah, overall, good experience.

    After that, we visited Lenore’s friend Michelle and her family in Alabama, which included a visit to the Huntsville Space and Rocketry center, which is run by NASA. That was very cool, and gave me a chance to see the Pathfinder shuttle, a real Saturn V rocket, as well as a vertically standing replica (the Saturn V will actually collapse under it’s own weight if it’s stood vertically without being fueled), and a ton of other artifacts, including a capsule from one of the Apollo missions. Very cool stuff. And, as a bonus, one of Michelle’s friends, a guy by the name of Andre, joined us. Andre works at NASA. Andre was involved in the Cassini mission, and now finds himself working on the liquid stage for the Ares I rocket!

    So, in the end, a good trip. Exhausting, but good.

  • Globetrotting

    Okay, not really globetrotting, but recently Lenore and I decided to take advantage of a deal that Air Canada has going on right now. The gist? For the months of January and February, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, we have unlimited flights to select Canadian and US cities! And the cost? A mere $800 per person. Virtual peanuts! And as a bonus, we’ve talked to our manager, and he okayed us to bank time so that we can take Mondays off without burning holidays, which means we can take some little weekend trips (or the odd big one)!

    Of course, you may be asking yourself, where on earth will we go? Well, as it turns out, we have a couple of plans. The first trip we came up with will commence on the 13th of February, and will have us flying to Orlando, Florida, with the goal of spending three days at Walt Disney World! Should be good fun. The second leg of the trip will take us to Atlanta for another three days, where we’ll be visiting one of Lenore’s Intarweb friends. Of course, to get there, we have to fly from Orlando to Toronto, then from Toronto to Atlanta. You can probably guess why: Air Canada doesn’t fly between US cities. But, so it goes… at least I’ll have plenty of time to read, knit, etc, etc.

    Anyway, that trip alone makes the passes worth it. But today Lenore suggested another trip for the weekend of January 13th (I think): We’re gonna go back to NYC! Now, granted, we’ve already been there a few times, but there’s always a ton of things to see and do there. And we can set up the flights such that we arrive early Saturday morning, and come back Tuesday afternoon, which makes for a nice little trip with nearly three full days in the city. As for things to do, we’ve already bought tickets to the Museum of Natural History, which we’ve never been to, and should be absolutely fantastic, and there’s always Broadways shows, the library, and I’m sure many many other things.

    As for other trips, who knows. Lenore has been talking about heading back to Regina to visit her mom. And there’s always Ottawa, Vancouver, Las Vegas, and who knows what else. ‘course, there’s only so many weekends left, so it’ll be tough prioritizing, but I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with something.