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Old 05-27-2012, 03:54 PM   #16
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The picture for my countdown is from the beach at Aulani, I'd be happy to share.
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What fun to anticipate! Your DD is a lucky girl.
Do you already have a car rented in Kona? The drive to Volcano park takes a while from Kona. I hope that you are able to get some sleep during your flight to Hawaii.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:42 PM   #18
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What fun to anticipate! Your DD is a lucky girl.
Do you already have a car rented in Kona? The drive to Volcano park takes a while from Kona. I hope that you are able to get some sleep during your flight to Hawaii.
They're taking a helicopter tour to the volcanoes! How cool is that? I never thought of that, we are planning a trip to the Big Island and Aulani (was going to be 2013, but now pushed back). Previously I could never afford things like helicopters, but in my current situation it isn't completely out of the question. I thought we would drive there and stay at Volcano House so that we had the stamina to do the loop drive around the Volcano National Park.

CJ, does the helicopter land at any point so that you get a chance to check out any of the stops on the tour or is it all flyover?
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:35 AM   #19
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I actually prefer Blue Bayou for lunch. They serve the Monte Cristo for lunch only and you can't enjoy your evening cocktail for dinner when you eat there. However, the only real reason to eat there is for the ambience. The food is overpriced for the view.

If you just want a Monte Cristo they have them at Cafe Orleans, and they even offer a vegetarian version for several dollars less.
May do Cafe Orleans instead because I do like the Monte Cristo. We did Blue Bayou years ago when the kid was about two. Not worrying about seeing all the attractions but there are a number of food choices I am going to have to skip.

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The picture for my countdown is from the beach at Aulani, I'd be happy to share.
Hopefully I will get one just as nice when we are there.

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Do you already have a car rented in Kona? The drive to Volcano park takes a while from Kona. I hope that you are able to get some sleep during your flight to Hawaii.
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They're taking a helicopter tour to the volcanoes! How cool is that? I never thought of that, we are planning a trip to the Big Island and Aulani (was going to be 2013, but now pushed back). Previously I could never afford things like helicopters, but in my current situation it isn't completely out of the question. I thought we would drive there and stay at Volcano House so that we had the stamina to do the loop drive around the Volcano National Park.

CJ, does the helicopter land at any point so that you get a chance to check out any of the stops on the tour or is it all flyover?
Not getting a car at Kona but will have one at Aluani. One of the reasons we are taking the Copter, is I still have issues walking long distances. She requested volcanos and this was the easiest way to see them. Pretty sure there are no stop offs during the tour. That would be cool though. Maybe I can bribe the pilot.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:20 PM   #20
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So excited for another Trip Report from you!!! What an amazing graduation gift but she has worked really hard. I can't wait to hear all about it! We went to DL in '2010 and had a 2 bdrm at the Grand Californian! It was a beautiful resort and I loved the fact you could walk right into DTD! Just laying by the pool was awesome too, it was so beautiful you almost forgot you were at DL!
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:36 PM   #21
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Signing up to read the pre trip, trip, and post trip reports!
Besides, you always take great pictures and I cannot wait to see your pictures from Hawaii and hear about the fun
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #22
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So excited for another Trip Report from you!!! What an amazing graduation gift but she has worked really hard. I can't wait to hear all about it! We went to DL in '2010 and had a 2 bdrm at the Grand Californian! It was a beautiful resort and I loved the fact you could walk right into DTD! Just laying by the pool was awesome too, it was so beautiful you almost forgot you were at DL!
AMY!!! (Excuse me CJ )

Yeah! So when's the big trip? Crap, let me try to remember. September? No, I didn't just rely on my rhyming. I think it is - forgive me if I'm way off.

Hope life is wonderful. (you too CJ )

CJ, catching up. I think I'll concentrate on the other for now. I'm exhausted from two days of reenacting Lebron's block and my Wade's (yes I can be anti- Heat and LOVE HIM IMMENSELY) oh so wonderful slam late in the game. Sighing. And then the Snores and OKW exhausted me for totally different reasons.

Oh and those Heat fans are weird. I'm ducking. They sit there sometimes like it's some afternoon game early in the season. Very bizarre.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:03 AM   #23
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AMY!!! (Excuse me CJ )

Yeah! So when's the big trip? Crap, let me try to remember. September? No, I didn't just rely on my rhyming. I think it is - forgive me if I'm way off.

Hope life is wonderful. (you too CJ )

CJ, catching up. I think I'll concentrate on the other for now. I'm exhausted from two days of reenacting Lebron's block and my Wade's (yes I can be anti- Heat and LOVE HIM IMMENSELY) oh so wonderful slam late in the game. Sighing. And then the Snores and OKW exhausted me for totally different reasons.

Oh and those Heat fans are weird. I'm ducking. They sit there sometimes like it's some afternoon game early in the season. Very bizarre.
Hey Lisa!!!!!! (sorry CJ - I'll make this quick!) All is great here! You have a great memory - yep September! Though I just threw a quick trip at the end of an unscheduled business trip to Orlando in August! Flying mom down on Thursday and booked room at POR - FQ for Thursday - Monday! Hope all is well with you and I'll see you over on CJ's other TR!
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:59 AM   #24
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So excited for another Trip Report from you!!! What an amazing graduation gift but she has worked really hard. I can't wait to hear all about it! We went to DL in '2010 and had a 2 bdrm at the Grand Californian! It was a beautiful resort and I loved the fact you could walk right into DTD! Just laying by the pool was awesome too, it was so beautiful you almost forgot you were at DL!
Can't wait. We have to slum it and only have a studio. Blew a lot of points for the 1BR at Aluani. The Disneyland part of the trip is really coming together.

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Besides, you always take great pictures and I cannot wait to see your pictures from Hawaii and hear about the fun
On the picture front. We went to the Keys this weekend and she lost her camera on the first dive. Have to get a new one which is an added expense that I was not counting on.

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AMY!!! (Excuse me CJ )

Yeah! So when's the big trip? Crap, let me try to remember. September? No, I didn't just rely on my rhyming. I think it is - forgive me if I'm way off.

Hope life is wonderful. (you too CJ )

CJ, catching up. I think I'll concentrate on the other for now. I'm exhausted from two days of reenacting Lebron's block and my Wade's (yes I can be anti- Heat and LOVE HIM IMMENSELY) oh so wonderful slam late in the game. Sighing. And then the Snores and OKW exhausted me for totally different reasons.

Oh and those Heat fans are weird. I'm ducking. They sit there sometimes like it's some afternoon game early in the season. Very bizarre.
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Hey Lisa!!!!!! (sorry CJ - I'll make this quick!) All is great here! You have a great memory - yep September! Though I just threw a quick trip at the end of an unscheduled business trip to Orlando in August! Flying mom down on Thursday and booked room at POR - FQ for Thursday - Monday! Hope all is well with you and I'll see you over on CJ's other TR!
Amy, you are welcome to post on any topic on any of my TRs. Lisa, I am not so sure.

Last day of DD's high school career is tomorrow. Graduation on Wednesday. Will not be able to update wither TR until later.
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Congrats on her graduation. Hate that we won't have an update til later but totally understand. Can't wait for this trip report as well as the other ones.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:07 PM   #26
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Can't wait. We have to slum it and only have a studio. Blew a lot of points for the 1BR at Aluani. The Disneyland part of the trip is really coming together.

Amy, you are welcome to post on any topic on any of my TRs. Lisa, I am not so sure.

Last day of DD's high school career is tomorrow. Graduation on Wednesday. Will not be able to update wither TR until later.
I think a studio in DL still be awesome!!! I just love that resort and I will say that FRANANDAJ (forgive me, but I do believe it was Alison) was a HUGE HUGE help to me when I planned the trip. Not only was it my first trip to DL, it was my first trip to Cali and she gave me great advice!!

HAHAHA! I'll try to stay on point here on your TR, it's tough though, I have been known to babble and babble about insignificant things. So, be careful what you allow me to say! Hey did you see the sparkly lights?
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WOW! Congratulations on DD graduation!! I'm even proud and I've never met her!
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Though I just threw a quick trip at the end of an unscheduled business trip to Orlando in August! Flying mom down on Thursday and booked room at POR - FQ for Thursday - Monday! :
Forgot this last night -

Have a wonderful time Amy. I love POR. Nice.
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Have a wonderful time Amy. I love POR. Nice.
Thanks Lisa!! I'm pretty excited, I've never been to that resort and I've always wanted to try it! Tell me....when can I expect a new TR from you? I'm dieing over here! Can't you help a girl out!
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