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Fishing in Bay Lake at Walt Disney World

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As seen on the dock outside of Disney's Contemporary Resort.  Looks a lot like what we see on Lake Elizabeth in Wisconsin.  There are so many things that we haven't done in the Vacation Kingdom, including fishing.  Who knows...maybe when the kids get older, we'll give this a shot.  When we were recently staying at the Boardwalk, we saw a family fishing off a pontoon boat right outside of the Boardwalk - and they kept reeling in fish after fish.  The Vacation Kingdom, indeed.

Walt Disney: I believe in being an innovator.

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Yesterday, I posted a photo of a Walt Disney quote from a construction sign.  Today is another.  This one rings true, doesn't it?  Or maybe is just a massive an understatement from Walt himself.   This is from the same wall that the "everybody needs deadlines" quote sign that adorned the Disney Skyliner Station construction site outside the backdoor of Epcot at the International Gateway.  You can peek at this post and see that the signs are the same theme.
"I believe in being an innovator." -Walt Disney
Full archive of the Walt Disney World construction signs (cleverly sponsored by Stanley Black and Decker) featuring quotes from Walt Disney can be found here.  This is the seventh in the collection.

One other thing that they've added to the construction wall since we were last there is this Disney Skyliner sign that shows some of the art on the gondolas and the map of the Skyliner.


Nat and I were talking and she pointed out something:  we're going to be…

Walt Disney: "I've wanted to do things..."

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I've posted a bunch of Walt Disney quotes that have appeared on Disney World construction signs (sponsored by Stanley!) over the past year or so.  This one is another one that we spotted on the walk from the Boardwalk to Disney's Hollywood Studios - right outside the Disney Skyway station construction zone.
"I've wanted to do things; I wanted to build things, to get something going." -Walt Disney

Galaxy's Edge: Can't Wait

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We stopped by the entrance to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge on a recent trip and the Babe was - understandably - excited about the new land.  Can't wait until 2019 when we'll have to make a trip back to take it all in as a family.

Bressingham Blue Hostas - 2018

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I picked up this bag of 10 hosta bulbs at Costco recently and while I'm eager to get them in the ground, they have a specific purpose in our landscape plan:  placed at the base of the new European Hornbeams that are going in along our north fence line.  If you look at the landscape plan image in this post, you can see a series of plants at the base of the trees in the green area.  Those are Hostas.  15 of them or so. 

But, if you've read any of my gardening posts here on the blog, you know that I love hostas.  They're my favorite plant.  Along with ferns.  Actually...any kind of shade gardening.  I've planted plenty ofhostas over the years.  I mean...we even fostered our giant Hosta over at Nat's Mom's house in Naperville the past few years.  I also dug out - what I *think* were a few hostas out of our neighbor's yard before they tore down the house.  I'm hopeful that those will emerge this Spring. 

Back to these Bressingham Blues.  They're a lar…

DC Visit for Cherry Blossoms

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I'm one lucky guy.  At least when it comes to timing trips with the show that Cherry Blossom trees put on.  Last year, I was in Tokyo during the Cherry Blossom season and documented it here on the blog.

And earlier this month, I found myself in our nation's capital when their own Cherry Blossom trees were on full display.   Double bucket list visits, right?

I also brushed up on the reason for why the Cherry Blossom trees are even there.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. My trip to Washington D.C. was brief, but I was able to take in the trees from a few different vantage points.  (I've posted about another trip to DC all the way back in 2012 when I took this photo of the Washington Monument

Pooh Bear Disney Pin - Acquired in 2018

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On a recent trip to the Vacation Kingdom, the Bird traded for this pretty great Pooh Bear pin.  It is a good-sized circle with just the silhouette of Pooh on it.  I've posted this other 'safety-pin' Winnie the Pooh pin before on the blog.  The Bird has quite a good Pooh Bear collection on her board that this one will go.