Disney Bucket List – Tokyo DisneySea

Now this park is something else! I actually have mixed feelings about this park. On the one hand, there are so many cool and unique things to see and do. There is a mile-long attraction list + even more food places and shows. However, it’s almost too much. It lacks the the classic elegance of Disneyland because they jammed so much theme into a small space. It is sensory overload. Often times I thought to myself… “I see what you’re trying to do here, and it mostly works, but something is still off.” I think they could have toned it down a bit, but at the same time… it was SO MUCH FUN to explore. Continue reading “Disney Bucket List – Tokyo DisneySea”

Disney Bucket List – Tokyo Disneyland

This was an absolute dream come true. I made it to Tokyo Disneyland! As if seeing the peak cherry blossom bloom wasn’t enough, now I’m continuing to check off a MAJOR lifelong bucket list item which is to visit all the Disney parks around the world. It is a phenomenal place but it is the most crowded Disney park in the world. Luckily, I researched the heck out of it and went with a plan. There are tons of great, really in-depth blog posts about Tokyo Disney. I recommend reading a lot of them so you can prepare yourself. From my visit, here are some insights and recommendations on what to see, what to do, what to eat and how to go about it all. Continue reading “Disney Bucket List – Tokyo Disneyland”

Japanese Cherry Blossom Season! Part 3: Osaka, Himeji & Hiroshima

What can I say about Osaka, Himeji and Hiroshima? Delicious, historic, beautiful and significant. I was greeted with more amazing blossoms, but as I headed West the trip became shorter and more focused on squeezing in a few of the historical highlights before I headed home. The most significant being Hiroshima, the target site of the first nuclear bomb ever used in war. Continue reading “Japanese Cherry Blossom Season! Part 3: Osaka, Himeji & Hiroshima”

Japanese Cherry Blossom Season! Part 2: Kyoto

Kyoto is the ultimate location to be when cherry blossoms are in season. The pale pink blossoms style the ancient temples, parks and canals like piped pink frosting. The contrast of red and pink against a blend of old woods, stone, ancient streets and manicured parks is absolutely striking. I was again treated to a peak bloom visit and saw the best places to soak in these fleeting beauties. Continue reading “Japanese Cherry Blossom Season! Part 2: Kyoto”

An Oz-some Road Trip in Kansas!

Tacos and totos’ and… snow? Oh my! Our latest themed trip took place in Kansas, home of The Wizard of Oz! As I continue on with my U.S. National Park trek, I always make sure to see the fun and quirky highlights along the way. One of my favorite trip things to do is plan a themed trip! I could not pass up the opportunity to do a Wizard of Oz trip in the merry ol’ land of Kansas.  Continue reading “An Oz-some Road Trip in Kansas!”

Oh by the way Doc, last week I hiked 6 miles in a lava field and visited a leper colony…

I have cancer in my bones. It’s going to limit me at some point. But guess what, not today! Today I’m going to reach for my goals and check off those bucket list experiences. My recent adventure island-hopping in Hawaii pushed me both physically and mentally. I did things I probably should not tell my Dr. about. But oh what an exciting trip!  Continue reading “Oh by the way Doc, last week I hiked 6 miles in a lava field and visited a leper colony…”

Big Island, I Lava You!

If you follow me on Facebook, I think you probably noticed that possibly one of the best days of my life was on this island. We. Saw. LAVA!!!! We saw lava from the air, the museum had Pele’s hair. We found lava on a hike, while others took a bike. We saw lava ooze and stream, we were living my big dream! Ok, enough Dr. Seuss. I’m just so excited about this opportunity!  Continue reading “Big Island, I Lava You!”

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