Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Orlando, FL - July 27, 2010 - Day Two

Words written: 0 (this blog counts as words, doesn't it??)     Weather: 95 High
Hrs. writing: 0 (does talking about writing count??)                             78 Low
Hrs. shopping and sightseeing: 6                                                         84% Humidity (still yuk!)

Didn't get an early start like we thought, but ran into fellow RCRW member, Jessica Davidson (w/a Jessa Slade http://jessaslade.wordpress.com/) in one of the stores on the Boardwalk. She didn't realize what she was getting into when she joined Su and I as we ventured out, I'm sure! We started out strolling around the Boardwalk, then drug her along as we took a shuttle bus to the Magic Kingdom. Our goal was to ride the Tram around the Disney Resort complex, we heard it was free and very interesting. Our source didn't lie. We caught a Tram, and we were off.

The Tram went to the Transportation Station, where we changed trams and caught the one to Epcot. Su and I thought Epcot was one attraction, but it's actually several grouped together. We didn't get out and go in, mind you ... the price tag is a little steep on a limited budget. So we stayed on the Tram and rode back to the Transportation Station and got off. We intended to get back on the Magic Kingdom tram, but the line was horrendous and we were thirsty. So as I bought water, Su and Jessica talked to someone who said the boat was the way to travel. Since I'd wanted to go to boat anyway, it was a great choice! It didn't take but a few minutes on a faux Stern-wheeler to go across the lake back to the Magic Kingdom.

Once there, we decided that food was a necessity, but an interesting fact about the transportation around Disney ... you can't ride a bus from an attraction straight to Downtown Disney, where all the food and shopping is. So I asked the guy manning the information desk and he was singularly unhelpful (especially considering that the question I asked was answered by looking at the directional board next to the information booth - but I didn't see it. It's my defense, and I'm sticking to it!). So we asked another worker what was the closest resort so we could get to Downtown Disney and took the bus he indicated. It was another hour before we got to the Old Key West resort, waited for a DD bus and arrived at our destination.

The Earl of Sandwich says it's the best hot sandwich place, ever. It doesn't lie. It was great food, and the company was fantastic. We shopped, of course, who wouldn't?? And had to visit the Ghirradelli Chocolate store, where I had a White Chocolate Mocha coffee, Su had Espresso Chip ice cream and Jessica had Peppermint ice cream (see how good I was ... only drinking coffee?? Stop laughing, I can hear you all the way here!)

By that time we were hot, tired and ready to be back at our hotel, so it was a quick shuttle bus trip back. Jessica went to her hotel (the Dolphin), while Su and I headed to our room. Yes, I took a nap, who wouldn't after the full day we had? Then another RCRW Member, Kim Wollenburg called. She had just arrived from the airport and wanted to know if dinner was on the horizon. Of course it was! We ate at Shula's Restaurant in the Dolphin. A little on the spendy side, but good food. After one drink and great conversation with Kim, her friend Kathy (who became an instant friend, as she writes paranormal, also!) and we were ready to call it a night.

5 comments:

  1. very good blog, congratulations
    regard from Reus Catalonia
    thank you

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  2. I am so damn glad you are posting so much. :) It's almost like being there, but with no humidity.

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  3. It sounds like a wonderful trip already, and I hope it continues to be so. Any pics forthcoming of the festivities? I am sure I am not the only RCRW member who is attempting a little vicarious Orlando experience via your blog. Thank you for allowing us the indulgence! Can't wait for more posts.

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  4. Thanks, everybody for your comments! Wish I had more time to play on here ... but off to breakfast and more workshops.

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