Friday, October 26, 2018

Epcot

 Something about Epcot just makes me yearn to go golfing. I wish I could put my finger on the reason why. Oh, wait. I just figured it out. It's because they have a gargantuan golf ball right up front. Yes, everyone familiar with Disney World knows about the iconic sphere at Epcot. What I didn't know is that there is actually a ride inside of it. I shouldn't be surprised, but to be honest, I really didn't have a clue that there was anything inside of it. Well, the golf ball is home to the Spaceship Earth attraction and this ride takes you from the earliest days of man, past today and speculates on what our future might be. Despite being a somewhat dated ride, Spaceship Earth is still a fun trip through history. 
 That was our introduction to Epcot. I did almost no research on our Disney World vacation. This was mostly because I wanted to be surprised as we explored the parks and Epcot was a big surprise. Similar to Hollywood Studios, Epcot didn't seem to have a lot of rides, but it didn't need to. Epcot is about exploring the far off countries of the world, all in one location. One thing you should know before you visit is that you need to bring your appetite because to really experience the world it's going to involve your taste buds. 
  Before I get to that let me tell you that Epcot was a lot better for keeping us entertained than Hollywood Studios. There were enough rides to keep it fun and interesting and plenty of things to do in between. Test Track is a must do. There you get to design your own virtual car, customizing colors, shapes and power and after you design your car you get to race it against other guests to see who comes out on top. I loved it. The problem was that it was so busy we only got one shot at it. Full disclosure, this ride is sponsored by by Chevrolet and they aren't shy about it. It's still fun, though, even if you are a Ford fan.
 We enjoyed the new Frozen Ever After Ride but I will say that if you are a larger person or long legged like myself you may want to skip this one. The boats seem to be designed for kids and it was not a comfy ride for me. It was fun, though. 
 Another fun ride was Living With the Land. This is a leisurely trip through Epcot's gardens. Here they explain how they are experimenting with new ways to grow food and how successful they are. In fact, most of the vegetables served in the parks are grown here on site. Way cool.
  Okay, the best part of Epcot to me was visiting the different lands and being able to experience a little of their architecture and culture. It's like being able to blink and be in a different country. One minute you're strolling down the streets of Mexico and the next minute you're in France buying bread. Each country is built to look just like the country that inspired it. Various shops and eateries reflect the people and their tastes and you can get pretty good insight about each culture. The hardest part is deciding which goodies you want to partake of. We tried so many that by the time we finished I think we were all uncomfortably full. We might not have even had dinner that night. 
 We closed the park that day and I think there were still a few things that we didn't get to experience. Unfortunately, that sometimes happens. You just can't fit it all in one day. And that is exactly what happened in the last park we visited, Disney's Animal Kingdom. Tune in next time to read about how Animal Kingdom is the best park of the bunch and why we spend more than one day there. Until then, get out there and enjoy the fall.

Brandan  
  

Friday, October 12, 2018

Where have you been?

 Where on Earth have you been hiding? That's the question many of you may have been asking about us. Although, likely not. However, I feel like I should give you an update on our status. So here goes.
 The last couple of months have been crazy. Misty and the kids left me in California to head home to Utah while I finished up the project I was working on, you know, the day job. They spent some time trying to get organized and moved into the new house while I did what I had to do in order to finish up so that I could go home. Between moving home and putting in our yard before someone could complain has been our biggest adventure for the last two months. We have tried to remain as active as possible but life has it's way of steering you in different directions. I have tried to stay constant on keeping up with articles, but have only been constantly failing. But a significant development has occurred over the last few weeks. I've come home.
  Yes, I have moved back to Utah with the family and my California experience has ended. Of course, there will be things that I miss about California, but I can't tell you how much I am glad to be home. This country mouse ain't cut out for the big city, y'all. I so still have a lengthy list of places to visit back there though, so I'll be back once in awhile. 
  Being home has brought back the normalcy that we've been missing for the last little bit and I can finally get back to writing our regular stories. These stories will continue to roll out once a week as they have for most of this year because I'm finally going to pull the trigger on doing more YouTube videos. These videos will be in more of a vlog style that will compliment the blog stories. It seems that I'm getting old and reading is an old person's hobby. We also feel that we can share our stories with a larger audience with entertaining videos that are around seven minutes long. At the same time, I plan to release some longer video projects as time goes on that will be a little more cinematic, but we'll see how it goes. As to the regularity of the videos, we'll see. I would like to get to once a week but for right now we may try a video every other week until we can get some type of groove going, plus, I still have a day job. These videos may be a little rough in the beginning but without practice you can't get better at anything.
 I will be finishing our Disney World stories in the next few weeks before getting into the stories about our awesome trip to South Dakota. I look forward to sharing these experiences with all of you. After all, I do this for two main reasons. The first reason is that I like to write and this gives me an outlet that is a little less formal than writing my fiction stories. The other reason is that I like to take you all to these places to help inspire you to get out and find some form of adventure and spend time with your families that isn't sitting around the television. I like to hear that we were able to show someone a place that they lived close to but had no idea that it existed. I like it when someone reads an article and decides to visit a place on their own. That is what makes blogging fun and that is why we'll keep doing it. Thanks, for sticking it out with us and we'll be back next week with a new adventure. By the way, you only have a few weeks of good weather left, so get out there and enjoy it. Unless you're a skier, then you are cheering on winter. I'm not, but I understand. Maybe I'll buy snowmobiles or something to enjoy the winters more. You never know.

Brandan