Just Like Magic: St. Michael’s Mount and Le Mont Saint Michel

Michael and Grace went to visit the world-famous Le Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France  on a bit of a honeymoon last weekend.  Michael says you can see the city from about 10 miles away. Isn’t it spectacular? But, did you know there is a corresponding tidal island called Saint Michael’s Mount in England, just … Continue reading Just Like Magic: St. Michael’s Mount and Le Mont Saint Michel

Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of Hanali: Déjà vu and Déjà vécu of our Dragons

Today’s blog may seem floaty, but perhaps that’s what happens when you try to respond to the magic of feelings and memories that get all tangled up in déjà vu and déjà vécu. When Alan and I were in Kauai recently, we revisited places we’d seen almost 25 years earlier, but we also found places … Continue reading Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of Hanali: Déjà vu and Déjà vécu of our Dragons

Could Anything be Better than the Magic Kingdom?!

Disney’s Magic Kingdom has been described as “the happiest place on earth,” and the fact that it’s  the world’s #1 paid tourist attraction (with Disneyland #2) lends some credence to their claim , especially if you believe  money talks!  The Magic Kingdom is a combination of delightful rides and gorgeous grounds, and everyone goes there … Continue reading Could Anything be Better than the Magic Kingdom?!

Wide-Eyed at the Magic Kingdom

Yesterday I shared a few highlights of the Magic Kingdom’s size-doubling transformation, but today I want share pictures from some of Disney’s time-honored classic rides and traditions that have been updated from time to time but are basically unchanged since the inception of Disney Land back in the 1950’s, when I tracked around behind my … Continue reading Wide-Eyed at the Magic Kingdom

Magical Firsts for Miss Iris

While we were at Disney, we all got to enjoy some pretty amazing, magical firstswith little Miss Iris, who is (daughter) Kathy and Carl’s 11-month-old daughter.Iris really enjoyed her maiden voyage on a boat…all the way across Bay Lake to  the Contemporary Resort. Although we stay at the Fort Wilderness Campground, we always take some … Continue reading Magical Firsts for Miss Iris

Magical Mackinac’s Lilac Festival

Mackinac’s 63rd annual Lilac Festival is going on right this very minute, June 8-17th, so I thought I’d let you know, just in case you want to make it in time for the Epona and Barkus Dog Parade down the boardwalk, the Patrick  Sinclair Scottish Tattoo up on the ramparts of Fort Mackinac, or the … Continue reading Magical Mackinac’s Lilac Festival

Mackinac Magic

Is there any place in your world that has so many happy memories it almost seems a bit magical? Fort Wilderness Campground at Disney is definitely that way for our family.  Once when Alan called to make reservations, the lady said, “Congratulations! You’ve been here 50 times now!” Hard to imagine, but knowing that Jon … Continue reading Mackinac Magic

Now You See Me; Now You Don’t

Have you ever had the sensation that something completely disappeared from view, just like magic? Yesterday was March 20—the first day of spring!—and while I was driving, a bright, orange sun began to peak above the horizon, reflecting its beautiful glow onto the hood of my car. I wanted to get a good picture, but … Continue reading Now You See Me; Now You Don’t

“Walt, The Man Behind the Myth”

Trips camping down at Fort Wilderness in Disney World was the stuff of dreams for our kids growing up, so it was with great pleasure that Alan, Joel, and I were able to spend a week down there this spring with our son Jon’s young family, who’d never been there before. Jon and Linda have … Continue reading “Walt, The Man Behind the Myth”

The Birthday Club Goes Ludington

When we planned our trip to Ludington State Park for Susan’s birthday outing (months ago), I had visions of bright blue skies and balmy weather, but the weather—like all of life—is totally unpredictable, isn’t it?! Instead of sunshine, there was a misty rain. Instead of being 80° (which it had been one day last week), … Continue reading The Birthday Club Goes Ludington