My Favorite Part of Planning a Vacation Is the Anticipation

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My favorite part of planning a vacation is the anticipation…

I think I have said this before, but there is something about the excitement that happens  inside me when I am planning a vacation.  Evelina and I are going down to the condo in Naples in just under 2 months and I am beginning to get extra excited.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is a basket of grouper and chips!

I have been doing research to find some things to do which we have never done and restaurants at which we’ve never eaten.  So far I am considering parasailing, bike riding, a sunset romantic dinner for 2 and a few other things.  I must keep the list short because we are only spending 5 nights in Naples before heading to Disney for 3 days.

At any rate, planning and finding new things has really injected a bit of excitement into my veins especially when I realized we are less than 2 months from leaving.

For me the excitement begins to build when I start planning our route, designing a budget, scheduling reservations, etc.  Looking at new places to eat and pictures of the ocean begins building an anticipation inside me that wants to erupt like a volcano.  Each day of research uncovers something new for this trip or something I might want to put on the agenda for a future trip.

I just love the little adrenaline rush that planning a vacation releases in me.

Let me ask you, what is your favorite part of planning a vacation?   And where might you be headed this year?

Danny

Weathered: Lava’s Journey to the Bottoms of My Feet

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Originally posted on Second Wind Leisure Perspectives:
Although our week on the Big Island of Hawaii is nearing its end, I managed to incorporate our visit to Volcanoes National Park into the Weekly Photo challenge: Weathered. Where did the sand of…

The Older I Get the Faster Time Moves Past Me

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The Patriots open the 2017 football season this Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs.  I cannot believe it is football season already.  The older I get the faster time moves past me.  It seems like it was only a few months ago that the season ended, when in reality it was 7 months.  Time mesmerizes me.  It is a fixed measure, yet it also seems malleable.

Time spent at the beach or on holiday appears to move faster than time spent doing something one dreads.  That one aspect of time is what intrigues me so.  I’m moving toward 50 at an alarming rate when it seems like 5 years ago I was graduating high school.

I guess I better make the most of the next 50 years!

2nd Avenue Pier at twilight.

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I really like these photos I took of the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach (it’s right next to my hotel).   It was after sunset, and beginning to get cloudy (it’s supposed to be rainy tomorrow, ugh) but I think that makes these pictures a little moody and more interesting than those taken in full sunlight.

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Tomorrow I’m going to try to get some photos of the sunrise. Hopefully it will be visible.

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Danny’s World: Disney World Prep and YouTube

Danny's iphone 439I have been watching a ton of YouTube videos about Disney tips and tricks in preparation for our trip in November.  There’s so much to consider when planning a Disney trip; even when you’ve been several times before.  I found a channel that I love (The Tim Tracker) and have binge watched it over the weekend.

Tim and his wife Jenn live in Orlando and chronicle their journeys throughout the parks. It seems that they visit the parks 3-4 times per week and investigate the different resorts, new foods, new events, changes and upcoming changes and much more.  I will admit that I am addicted to their channel.

We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside resort this trip and I am using a simple tip that I believe will make our stay a bit more enjoyable.  I am using Amazon Prime and shipping all of our daily snacks, water, sunblock, ponchos, backpack and a few other items straight to the resort; our packages will be there waiting on us upon our arrival.

Another trick I’ve learned is to book breakfast in the resorts before the parks open which allows us to eat and then venture in before any crowds and lines develop.  This will be especially important at Magic Kingdom where certain rides develop long lines.

I’ll be curious to read how many people who follow my blog enjoy Disney.  Some can take it or leave it, but we think it is the most magical place on Earth!  Cheers folks!

Danny’s World: We Arrived Safely

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I have good news!  The beach is still here and it is well.  We arrived last night and being the party animal I am, I crashed out around 9:30.  But I was able to rise early and catch some walking time by the ocean.  Now my mind is purged and I’m ready to get sunburned!

Danny’s World: I Got A Feelin’, That Today’s Gonna Be A Good Day…

I love my neighborhood early in the morning.  The birds are chirping and the animals are getting things done before the heat hits in the afternoon.  The moon is still out and the humidity is low.  Oh, and did I mention we are leaving for the beach tomorrow night?!  I think it’s going to be a good day!

Danny’s World: I’m Dreaming of the Beach!

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Boulineau’s Grocer-Cherry Grove Beach, SC

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Evelina and I are leaving Thursday evening or Friday morning to go to the beach house for a couple of days.  There are 2 things to which I am looking forward: late evening walks on the beach and eating the best fried chicken ever!  There is a grocery store that has a cafeteria line and makes fresh, homemade fried chicken, meatloaf, fried okra, mashed potatoes.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about their food!