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Bits & Pieces: Disneyland, Dallas, and Drew

on October 31, 2019

Boy, I really thought I would have more free time now that DD is in college! No more marching band rehearsals/competitions, musical theatre rehearsals/performances, senior year/graduation stuff, etc.  I was wrong.  Ah, well.  We proceed…

  • Disneyland planning: we’re moving right along.  I purchased the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2020 and have been sticky-flagging like a madwoman.  In my spreadsheet, I’m making lists of must-do restaurants, snacks, rides, and attractions.  I’ll then take that info, plus the Touring Plan guidance from the book, and begin a preliminary itinerary.  Disneyland vacations are much less involved than Disney World: 2 Parks vs 4, Dining Reservations 60 days in advance vs 180, 1 flight vs 2 🙂  The planning is half the fun, so I’m trying to stretch the process out a bit by working on the spreadsheet/book/websites just 1x/wk.  Currently IMpatiently waiting for my next Alaska Companion Fare code to be valid so I can buy the plane tix!  Should be just a few more weeks.  DS still has no idea.  This is going to be so fun!                           candace heart eyes
  • A few days ago I was chatting with my husband about our future plans to move back to the mainland, and about needing to take another trip to Ecuador before then.  I was bemoaning the timing, because of course getting to South America is much, much easier from the mainland, both in terms of flights/airlines available and with regard to travel time.  It’s at least a day and a half of travel time each way, blerg, mainly because direct flights to Guayaquil (GYE) were limited to Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), and just recently, Fort Lauderdale (FLL).  BUT!!!  I saw a notice that (despite their recent loss of codeshare with LATAM), American Airlines is adding a direct flight to Guayaquil from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)!  It will begin December 19, 2019, and it means that I can get home in 2 flights with American Airlines.  The trip would still take about 22 hours, because the Dallas layover is 9 hours.  But the layover would be during daytime hours, so maybe we’d leave the airport and go eat some BBQ or something.  Anyway, I’m thrilled, and will be beginning the next Ecuador trip planning process in the next 6 months- this time, I’m aiming for the Galápagos Islands 🙂

    bfb

    Blue-footed booby

  • Totally non-travel-related: I have always loved to read, and vividly remember spending some money that my parents gave me to pick something out at a yard sale on some old Nancy Drew books.  I love the character, and have read most, if not all, the books, in both the original and more modern series.  I also saw that tragic 2007 movie starring Emma Roberts.  Anyway, there is a new Nancy Drew TV show on the CW network.  I was undecided after the first episode, because they’ve added a supernatural twist to the mystery, with jump scares (boo), and I didn’t love Nancy’s personality.  A few episodes in, I’m a fan.  Check it out if you can!                                    nd books

2 responses to “Bits & Pieces: Disneyland, Dallas, and Drew

  1. VivaLaDiva405 says:

    Nancy Drew is on my watch-list now!

    Like

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