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Best Pictures: October 2017

Here are my favorite pictures I took in October 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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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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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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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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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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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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WDW2017 Day One – Magic Kingdom & Raglan Road

We got a decent night’s sleep before waking up the offsprings, then packed them up for the drive up to Magic Kingdom. Before we left, Aly arranged all her Duffy bears for the day:

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WDW2017 Day Zero – Getting Here

Dear Diary,

I probably had too many Coronas last night. And I probably should have eaten something. I definitely should not have stayed out until three when I knew I had to drive to Orlando early this morning.  Also probably I shouldn't have worn a sport coat and tie with shorts. 

But the company holiday party was so freaking awesome. I got many hugs, and had great times with company peeps. And their plus-ones. And some of their dogs. 

So despite feeing kind of shit after four hours sleep while starting the drive, I think I'd probably make the same bad choices again.

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Great Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountain Waterfalls & Cascades

While the wildflower pictures I was seeing drove me to GSMNP for the weekend, the rivers, cascades, and waterfalls were among my favorite memories from my 40th birthday trip there two years ago, so there was no way I’d miss those on this trip.

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