Scenes from O’ahu

We all love tropical islands and O’ahu has its own special charm.  So for those who have never seen this paradise here is a sample of the views you will enjoy while visiting.

 

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Head for Outer Space

Just about a 2 hour drive from Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island.  It is a great place to spend the day and explore outer space.

There are many attractions for you to enjoy and get up close to the equipment NASA employed to visit the stars.

If you time your visit right you can even see a rocket launch.

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So leave planet Earth for just a few hours to experience the American heritage of space exploration.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We are giant fans of the J.K. Rowling books so this weekend we took a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  It is truly magical what Universal has done to transform the images we conjure in our heads when reading the books to making them come alive.  So for your viewing pleasure we will take you to Hogsmead and Diagon Alley.

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A Stop in San Francisco

There is nothing better than getting to a city you have never been to before and venturing out.  This was what we did when we went to San Francisco.

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We found many sights that we have all seen on movies and TV at one time or another.

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But by far the thing we loved best were the Parrots of Telegraph Hill.  We had seen a documentary about these birds and really wanted to see them.  We are so glad we did because it made our day.

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The two other views we really enjoyed was Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.  There is so much to see and do in San Francisco that we will need to go back.

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Exploring Tarpon Springs

Just under an hour drive north of St. Petersburg is the town of Tarpon Springs.  The name of the town came from the abundance of Tarpon fish in the area.  The town is also known as the “Sponge Capital of the World.”

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The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  When you walk around the brick streets you can view art galleries, antique stores, and a whole host of shops where the buildings date back to the late 1800’s.

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Tarpon Springs is still very active in the sponge industry that made it famous and sponge ships still line the harbor to this day.

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There is much to see in Tarpon Springs and there is always something special for you to enjoy.

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Going Bananas

As we have told in past posts we have a nice garden in which we grow many different fruits and vegetables.  This time of year we are harvesting bananas.  Once the flower forms on the banana tree it takes 3 to 4 months before you can harvest the fruit.  This year we are very lucky to have 3 bunches growing at the same time.  We just harvested our first bunch.

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The best way to harvest the huge bunch of bananas is one hand at a time.  Each of the above sections shown in the picture is called a “hand.”  Several hands make up a bunch when we harvest them.  We still have two more bunches to harvest.

With so many bananas ripening at the same time what are you to do?  Well of course you eat some but that is too many to eat before they ripen too much.  So… we make banana muffins and banana bread.  We are often told that our banana muffins and banana bread is so tasty but when friends try to recreate our recipe they cannot get the same taste.  The secret is simple.  We use fresh bananas from the garden not ones from the store.

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Once they are made we can freeze the muffins and bread and take them out whenever we want a treat.

Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs

A recent addition to Disney Springs over the past couple of years is the Christmas Tree Trail.  It is a wonderful family fun walk-through experience.  Each tree is inspired by a Disney character or theme.  The Christmas Tree Trail is open from early November until January 6th.  We decided over the weekend to go and take a look so we can share it with all of you.

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Disney sure does put a lot of details into these trees.

It even snows at the Christmas Tree Trail!!

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Here are just some of the trees we saw.

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