We were lucky enough to find available days to attend Walt Disney World’s 50 Anniversary opening day. The crowds were crazy at the gate. The thing to purchase was the popcorn buckets shaped like balloons in red, green, yellow, or blue. It was crazy seeing people wait in the very long lines for popcorn or carrying around eight popcorn buckets.
We were excited to make it into the day one tent sale of “The Anniversary Collection” to purchased requested gifts and Annual Passholder items for us including pins. We also picked up the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Geometric Starbucks Tumbler, which had people almost fighting over them.
Space 220 Restaurant had a soft opening that started the day we arrived in Walt Disney World. We learned no seatings were available. Later in the day, we stopped by to confirm the lack of seatings, but we found a line. We learned, on as able basis, they were sitting people in the bar area. After a long friendly wait chatting with others in the line, we were welcomed into Space 220. We learned about half capacity was not being used in the restaurant. People, from our line, were being seated in the dining and bar area with the full menu available to both areas. The food was amazing. We had the Blue Moon Cauliflower, Starry Calamari, Florida Red Snapper, and X2 Duck. We finished with Lemon Mousse and Mango Gelato.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure was next up on our list. Being Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club, we frequently get early access to new attractions. Disney expanded The France pavilion to include new space for restaurants and the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction. It is a 3D motion ride from the perspective of Remy going through Gusteau’s famous restaurant.
Overall, it was a great trip to Walt Disney World with beautiful weather and reduced Covid restrictions.
Katie Beth enjoyed her Easter Basket and searching for Easter Eggs. We believe that we left some unfound Easter Eggs in the cabin for sure.
St. Anthony Catholic Church had a very enjoyable mass this morning and hosted a wonderful Easter Egg Hunt for all the children especially given the small size of the church community. They even provided baskets for everyone.
After mass and the Easter Egg Hunt, we joined Hope at her cabin for lunch before they headed back to their home. The children re-hid the Easter eggs outside to play some more while the adults chatted inside.
After saying our goodbyes, we headed back to our cabin. For dinner, we had baked rabbit. We thought the idea of rabbit on Easter would be kind of funny. It tasted very good, but Katie Beth didn’t enjoy us calling it the Easter Bunny.
As the evening wound down, we played in the creek and thought about what we would do tomorrow for our last day. We began to wonder why we were heading back so we decided to stay an extra day! Katie Beth was excited.
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We all had a slow start this morning. After a late breakfast, we relaxed on the balcony.
We decided to drive over to the swinging bridge for a small hike and the view of the Toccoa river. The drive to the bridge is beautiful. We took the more eastern route, which provides views of the mountains, hills, and old farms. The western route follows the Toccoa river more closely. The trail is nice and easy, but the last 3 miles of gravel road requires a vehicle with high clearance and it will beat you up driving it.
The flower is a Dwarf Violet Iris that was found along the trail. We stopped at the fallen tree chair for a quick family photo. On our hike, we saw a huge fallen tree giving Karen a chance to search for special rocks. While heading back to our car and crossing the bridge, we spotted a Cottonmouth snake swimming across the Toccoa River. The current didn’t even phase the snake as it swam across.
Afterwards, we headed over to Hope’s cabin to visit before dinner. Charlie and Katie Beth put on swimsuits so they could play in the Toccoa River on the rocks. Charlie tried to get Katie Beth to jump into the water off of the rocks, but she wouldn’t have it. Eventually, Katie Beth felt comfortable and waded into the water. At one point, poor Charlie slipped and hit his face on a rock. He said it hurt pretty good and it left a good mark.
It was time to head back for Hope’s Easter dinner and an Easter Egg Hunt at Hope’s cabin. Dinner was about ready, but needed more time. Karen, Hope, and I headed out to hide the Easter Eggs. The children enjoyed searching for the eggs, but Hannah may be getting too old to see the fun.
After the hunt and very enjoyable dinner, we sat around their fire pit and roasted marshmallows and popped corn.
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We are off to spend Easter in Blue Ridge, Georgia and visit my sister, Hope, and her family for Easter dinner.
Katie Beth was excited that we had the car completely packed for the trip when we picked her up from school. We made quick progress to Chattanooga, but traffic on the interstate through downtown was at a standstill. We decided to stop in Chattanooga for dinner.
Karen saw that Moccasin Bend Brewing Company would be open so we headed to Crust Pizza to pick up some dinner to take to the brewery. We ate and got 4 samples to try while Katie Beth played shuffle board for the first time. The brewery has a very cool look inside and the back patio is great for playing games.
After finishing our samples and pizza, the traffic was gone. We made our way onto Blue Ridge. Our cabin is on Fightingtown Creek, which we truly enjoyed fishing and just hearing the water cascading over the rocks. Being late, we couldn’t fully appreciate the view or creek.
The legs of lamb are in the oven. My annual Seder meal cooking has started. St. Joseph Catholic Community has been celebrating the Seder meal since the early 70’s as a way remember where we came from and where we are going.
It has been a tradition for me to cook lamb for well over fifteen years, maybe twenty. In the early years, my father helped cook the lamb and my mother put on the Seder meal for our parish. Prior to that, Lee Keon taught my father and I how to cook the lamb and drink vodka martinis at the old Knight of Colobus lodge while doing the cooking. For the past couple of years, I have been teaching Katie Beth how to season the lamb so maybe some day she take over this tradition.
The smell has filled the church kitchen with the lovely aromas of spices and lamb.
Karen and I had a wonderfully evening helping Joan and Jim Trolinger celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. It was fun seeing friends and making new ones, but it was my time with my wonderful wife that made it special.