Best Pictures Monthly

Best Pictures: July 2017

Here are my favorite pictures I took in July 2017:

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Best Pictures Monthly

Best Pictures: June 2017

Here are my favorite pictures I took in June 2017:

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Family, Life in Holland Michigan

My Recent Trip to Michigan

After having been away since Memorial Day, I recently spent two weeks in Michigan with the girls. I saw the dazzling total solar eclipse on a Monday (my advice: never miss a chance to be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse!), worked part of Tuesday, and then headed up to the top of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to spend a few hours photographing the night sky. Here’s one picture for now – more coming on that later in a future post:

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Best Pictures Monthly

Best Pictures: May 2017

Here are my favorite pictures I took in May 2017:

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Travel, Walt Disney World

WDWJULY Trip Report – The Whole Thing

You went to Disney in the summer? Wait, what?

Most of you know we are fairly regular visitors to Disney World, and slightly obsessive trip planners. Thus, our trips have always been in the slower times of year (although there aren’t really any slow times anymore), and the cooler times of year. We’ve been to WDW in January, February, April, May, September, October, November, and December.

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Travel, Walt Disney World

WDW2017 Day Six – Magic Kingdom

Because the girls had a 9am flight on Saturday morning, we decided to take it easy on Friday morning, pack, and then start our day.  After getting things situated mid-morning, we drove to the Contemporary Resort for our brunch reservation.

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Travel, Walt Disney World

WDW2017 Day Five – EPCOT & EPCOT

We got to EPCOT just before the park opened, known as “rope drop” to WDW regulars. Here’s what the entry lines looked like on this relatively slow morning:

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Travel, Walt Disney World

WDW2017 Day Four – Leah Turns Six At Magic Kingdom

Late last night, I was unable to breathe through my nose – a sudden onset of the dreaded Disney Cold. It was truly sudden. Remember, I had been at CVS at 10pm getting birthday supplies, and was fine at that time, so hadn’t needed to buy cold medicine. 20 minutes later, back at the hotel, bam. Anyway, enough of my whining.

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Travel, Walt Disney World

WDW2017 Day Three – Animal Kingdom & EP-A-COT

We had an early start today, due to our 8:45am reservation at Tusker House restaurant, which is deep into Animal Kingdom, the biggest park.

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Travel, Walt Disney World

WDW2017 Day Two – Hollywood Studios & Ohana

We were a bit later in arriving to Disney’s Hollywood Studios than we wanted to be, but it ended up not being terribly impactful. Being MLK day, this was by far the highest predicted crowd level of the week, and also our only planned visit to DHS. Already the smallest park, the construction projects for the forthcoming Toy Story and Star Wars lands has blocked off the entire rear of the park, packing even more people into even less space – with even fewer attractions.

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