Top 5: Rides at Disney World

Guess what? I am off to Disney World tomorrow with my sister to celebrate my big birthday that might or might not have happened a few weekends ago. Disney is almost like a second home to me, as I go there every few years to feel like a kid again.

Here are my top 5 rides of DW, Orlando:

5. Spaceship Earth – Epcot


Classic journey through time. It describes advancements in technology through the ages and focuses on different cultures and their contributions. The silly animations at the end, that include your own faces predicts what the future may have in store for us. Classic!

4. Big Thunder Mountain – Magic Kingdom


This mild roller coaster sends passengers through an abandoned mine site in Wyoming, Montana, Utah…etc (not sure where it’s modeled after). It’s so silly and the line is never that long. I usually end up on the wrong side of the cart, and my neighbour usually slides into me, crushing me against the hard plastic by my hip. Yay…

3. Space Mountain – Magic Kingdom


One of the first roller coasters created at Disney – it’s totally in the dark and quite jerky. But a good jerky. Another classic Disney ride.

2. Rockin Roller Coaster – Hollywood Studios


Starring Aerosmith – you have to get to their concert asap, and they have ordered you a ‘stretch limo’ to get there. I won’t spoil the very beginning of the ride – but it is soooo crazy! Then you speed through loops, upside down and through the dark to the concert venue.

1. Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom


On this awesome ride, you are in search of the mythical creature the Yeti in the Himilayan Mountains. There is evidence on this coaster of ripped up traps, paintings of this elusive creature and shadows hinting at its near proximity to your cart. The best part in my opinion, is when the cart takes you backward through parts of the track. I loved it so much I had to wait in line twice to do it again!

Happy riding!

Photo: The Setting Sun

It’s been a very busy few weeks here in and about Toronto. But I wanted to share this picture that, every time I look at it, I relax a little bit and slow down.

This is in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, on the last day of my two month summer trip. The same moment as the current header on my blog. Great way to end the summer!

Fantasy Friday: Vacation Time

Sorry everyone, I need to take another weekend off. It’s been quite busy around here for the past few months, and it’s time to catch up with sleep, courses, sleep, marking, and sleeping.

and hang out with this guy

Have a great weekend!!

Top 5: Otter Photos

I’ve been lucky in Yellowstone these past 2 summers, watching groups of otters doing their thing – and the shows have apparently been quite a rare thing to witness according to others.

Here are my top 5 photos of les otters from the past two summers:

Number 5

Golden light, watching these cute little dudes sleep on a fallen log over one of the most beautiful lakes I have seen (Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park).

Number 4

Mama, eating her trout and fighting off her 2 pups. What a task. PS – some noisy tourist disrupted their flow, that’s what they are looking at!

Number 3

How waterproof does their fur look? Nice.

Number 2

Nice whiff of a fresh trout being eaten. Yum – she sure enjoyed it!

Number 1

I have a whole sequence of this – including his/her brother/sister coming to join. Unfortunately, my lens was set at manuel, and resulted in somewhat blurry photos. Ahh…there is always next year, I hope!

Go Tigers…oh wait, too late now?

I had the GREAT privilege to attend Game 3 of the World Series (Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants), two weekends ago. It was a surprise gift from my boyfriend for my birthday the following weekend.

He couldn’t have picked a better gift – as many of you know, I am a huge baseball fan, and he is probably the sweetest boyfriend in the world too. Oh, and Zooey Deschanel sang the anthem, who I love!

What an amazing game – who knew “standing room only” meant that we could stand about 20 rows behind home plate (as seen in one of the pics below). The entire evening, I was wondering why the people in front of me spend so much more cash money for seats, when all they did was stand?!

So the game did not turn out so well for Detroit in the end, but I must admit, I have a secret crush on the Giants.

What a lucky girl, to see 2 of her favorite teams? …..whoops, does this slip mean I might not be such a great Toronto Blue Jays fan after all?

Fly like an Eagle (for real this time)

My last photo featuring a bird had the same title, except it was not actually an eagle. Here you go – let’s try this again.

Taken in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Photo: Sunset in Kananaskis

Kananaskis, Alberta -watching the sunset from my tent. The view was alright…