Sunday, August 29, 2010

Disney World an expensive endurance test for the young and their poor parents

Disney world has 4 major theme parks 2 water parks a wilderness park its like a mini city inside Orlando. It has its own monorail, bus routes, hotels, resorts and even its own down town with shops, bars, restaurants, theaters plus Canada's own Cirque du soleil had a show there.

Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom the most visited theme park in the world with a reported 17 plus million visitors in 2009 alone.

The cost of entrance per adult is $88 per park. Lucky we bought tickets from a vender in the motel lobby for 2 theme parks and 1 water park $220 for the two of us. All we had to do was sit through a 2 hour time share presentation but in the end we saved over $200 bucks and the sales only took 45 minutes we made it clear we weren't interested in buying anything.

Disney Epcot, consists of Future World its the big ball behind me at its centre and World showcase which has 11 different countries. All of the countries seem to be staffed with actual people from those countries. Each exhibit have foods and drink, history, culture and architecture from that specific region. For Canada they had strange accent girl from Thunder bay Ontario if I heard correctly. I just hope all the people don't think Canadians speak like her!

sitting in front of the France showcase

Ji, said she felt like she visited the different countries in the World showcase, she's in Morocco
looks like China if not for all the white people and baby stroller parking

Nine days of Orlando Florida is enough for us we spent 1 night camping a Disney's fort wilderness resort at $50 bucks a night but with the weather forecasting rain for the rest of the week decided to spend the last 7 night shacked up in cheap studio 6 motel for $255 usd.

Camping at Disney was first class air conditioned bathrooms all over the resort which they called comfort stations and 2 pools one with a slide pictured behind Ji, more for the kids the other one relaxing and quite we enjoyed them both especially the slide and the hot tubs. Tons of activities to keep kids busy and a outdoor theater with nightly Disney flicks.

Happy to be leaving Disney World and back to on the road next stop New Orleans!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

James Island 15 mins from Charlestion is where we camped

James Island county park was our home for 3 days, at $28 a night for a camp site lucky they made a mistake in the billing and only charged us 2 nights. First night we had the hole camp to ourselves felt kinda of scared but lucky the second night a group of boy scouts came in for the weekend to keep us company the last 2 nights.

Would like to thank the boy scout leaders Oscar and Robert locals that live on the Island for their tips on camping and the stories.

you can see the difference in RV's in the park some live in luxury and others modest

local wild life on James Island County Park

Biking around old world charm Charleston South Carolina

Charleston is relaxing old city with lots of old world charm and southern hospitality. Its one of the oldest cities in America and an most important port city 1700's just what I read at visitor centre.

Architecture of these old homes are so inviting with beautiful sitting gardens off to the side

So glad Ji, made me bring the bikes really has made our trip easier.

We are going to Disney World next...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Paradise, but with mosquitoes! On the Outer banks in North Carolina

Just off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina is the Outer Banks. A row of islands connected
by bridges and ferries. We stayed 3 night the first night at someplace we both like to forget and last 2 nights on Ocracoke Island national seashore.

The Island is lined with beautiful white sand beaches and crisp clean ocean water. We camped just off the sand dunes close enough to hear the waves. First night we had clear skies Ji said the night was lit up from all the stars and she tried to wake me up to see but I couldn’t bother.

Now you all know the saying can’t have your pie and eat it? Here on Ocracoke island, the attacking mosquitoes at night and the ever changing weather. When the sun sets here the mosquitoes wake up and they attack like relentless swarming bees. Our neighbor who has been coming here for over 20 years said its the worst hes seen it. Second day the skies were clear enough but as night fall so did the black clouds and lighting and thunder after the rain and wind lucky our tent held up to its first tropical rain storm. Next destination South Carolina.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Americas Capital lots to see and its all free!

Washington is way too expensive for us to stay so we are camping only $16 bucks a night at Greenbelt Federal Park in Maryland, just 20 minute drive into Washington DC. The city is great streets are simple enough, numbers for north and south and Alphabets for east to west easy. Its very clean, safe with the odd homeless person acting weird overall we loved the city. Has tones of great museums and art galleries and did i mention all for Free yes!

America the Big we visited a local Walmart and it was enormous over 30 cashiers but only 1 refund clerk? We could not see one end of the store to the other thats how large it was.
The downtown McDonald’s was the largest one we ever saw cashiers lined the entrance and directly behind were the pick up counters. They had a separate counter that was larger than most of our McDonald’s off in the corner sell and making deserts goods only.

We are leaving Washington head to North Caroline The Outer Banks..

Rain storm, no power, crappy camp site hike, really long hike and some spectacular views!

We left Ji’s sister home and headed north east to Hocking Hills State Park Ohio, the first half of the drive was nice enough the second half there was a huge rain storm. Top it all off when we arrived at the park there was a blackout and they charged us $27 for an electric site that had none?

After checking in we tried for the first time putting up a tarp plus its raining the youtube video made it look so easy! After an frustrating hour of failing to erect a decent square tarp, the rain finally stopped. We decided to forget it was late and set out to see the Old mans cave before night fall.

Things were looking up, weather started to clear up and the hike was amazing with great trails and better scenery I was really surprised we would find this so early in our trip. But man, three hours of hiking is just too much for this body, really need shape up if we are going to survive this trip. Next Washington DC.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cincinnati Zoo and Newport Aquarium

Doing the tourist things spent a day Cincinnati Zoo ranked in the top 10 in America. Was so hot that I think the animals were having trouble breathing. Over the bridge from Cincinnati, we visited Newport Aquarium, nice place to spend a few hours but not really worth the admission lucky Ji's sister picked up an annual pass and we used it sneak in free.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Near Cincinnati living with family! but back on the road soon

We've been away for five days and now at Ji's sisters home Newport, Kentucky boarding Cincinnati, Ohio. It's nice to have a home cooked meal, nice place to sleep and familiar faces. So for we have been doing some last minute shopping around the Cincinnati area. Did some site seeing and will visit the local zoo tomorrow with Ji's family. The day after back on the road to Hocking Hills State park in Ohio.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

First day and feel like turning around (if we had a home that is)

The first day of our trip we felt like packing it in and turning around. Stop in Erie, Pennsylvania. We are sleeped on the beach with about 100 other campers waves were so loud we can hardly sleep. I got something stuck in my foot and Ji, fell off her bike trying to help me and got hurt worst. Makes my injury look insignificant. Hope we have better luck the rest of our trip!