Friday, September 28, 2012

Where am I?

So this time around I will give you a few more pictures to figure out where I am in Walt Disney World.

Obviously this is a dark ride.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sad llama strikes again!

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I actually thought I had one posted until Thursday came around and I realized I had forgotten.


And now we have made the Llama sad.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Living With the Land

Good morning gentle readers!

Today I thought I would post random pictures from the Living With The Land ride in Epcot.  If you have never ridden this ride you should probably be told a little about the ride.  This is actually a very special attraction because this ride is all about how science is improving how man can survive in arid places and also how we can live with the land instead of abusing it.  They are actually working on new technologies to cultivate food in places it could never be grown before in ways never tried before.  Imagine tomatoes growing on trees, or five pound lemons.

 We rode this during our one day in the park area, and it happened to be pouring rain outside so it was loud in the green house area of the ride. But this really didn't seem to impact the green house.  Instead it really added to the effect as we were floating around in our boat hearing about all the foods and technology.  As you can see the plants are actually raised in sand instead of normal soil.

Water Chestnut

Miracle Fruit


One of my favorite plants is the cacao plants.  If you are not a a chocoholic you may not recognize this as the plant from which the rich dark elixir of sweetness is derived.  To see them in the natural state before processing you will actually find them rather ugly and have to wonder what made someone actually look at these things and say, "I can make something delicious from that!".

But the ride isn't just about the plants.  It is also about the livestock.  We are talking fish, freshwater shrimp, and alligators.  This area is very large, but is mainly to show how farming of food sources can take place for livestock as well as plants.  Here you can see the sturgeon in their tank.  Sadly , as you can see, they are pretty scrawny.

Smile for the camera!

Some of the fish really got into the photo session as you can see from the photo to the right.


Friday, September 21, 2012


***Continues from the previous post***

While at Epcot we made sure to attend the nightly showing of IllumiNations.  If you have never seen this show yu should make every effort to go.  Epcot itself is an incredible park, but the finale for the night is a laser, fireworks, fire, and music extravaganza that must be seen to be believed.

Inferno barge earns it's name
In the late evening they float out several barges of different types and purposes in the lagoon that the World Showcase surrounds.  This includes the inferno barge, the globe barge, and numerous pyrotechnic barges.  With the exception of the globe barge all are anchored in the lagoon in very specific spots.  The globe barge is temporarily anchored near the band shell in the American pavilion.

Inferno and pyrotechnics
At show time they will extinguish the lights and an incredible show begins.  Fireworks are fired pneumatically from the barges to avoid have the usual stream of sparks as the pyrotechnic climbs into the sky, and the inferno barge, loaded with propane and lots of nozzles, lights up the lagoon and heats of the onlookers.

Globe moving into position
As the first section of the show comes to a close the globe barge is lit up and driven into position in the center of the lagoon.  This globe is covered in LEDs and projects moving pictures of people, locations, and animals in motion throughout the rest of the show.  It is an amazing piece of technology and I hear that is the most complex piece of equipment in Disney's inventory.

Globe in position and lit up
As the show progresses we begin to see lasers fired from buildings surrounding the lagoon and through smoke and choas in the middle of the lagoon.  These are used to create images and textures in the smoke as well as write messages on the globe.

If you ever get to attend I would recommend a location that has a clear view, especially one that is not blocked by one of the little islands, and more importantly is upwind of the lagoon.  If the wind is blowing in your face you WILL get a lungful of smoke from the fireworks.

My good friend Jared actually used my still camera while I streamed the show during this visit and you can thank him for all these great shots you see here.

Enjoy the pictures and I hope you get to see this one day.  In the meantime if you search YouTube for videos of the show you will find a multitude to enjoy.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Epcot scenes

I just spent a week at a conference in Orlando.  But just prior to the conference we spent an entire day in Walt Disney's Epcot.

It started off a bit dreary, and rainy, but then by noon we had a bright clear day with no rain and a light breeze. Of course this being Florida it did cloud up and rain much later, but for the remainder of our time in the park it was a wonderful day, although a bit humid. That night we had dinner at Biergarden in Germany and followed up with a viewing of the world famous IllumiNations show.

But following that show I had an opportunity to do something that I have never done before.  We meandered out of the park slowly and enjoyed the park almost all to ourselves.  

View from Japan toward Spaceship Earth

We wandered through Japan and Morocco taking pictures and enjoying the view of the countries lit up and looking so very incredible.  There were so many beautiful scenes that needed to be photographed that I quickly ran through the space on my chip taking pictures.  Some came out like I hoped, some better than hoped, and others we shall not mention again. It's always fun trying to take the perfect shot and have it come out great at the same time.  Here are three of my favorites.

Morocco at night
Japan at night


Monday, September 17, 2012

No Post Today

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And now we have made the Llama sad.

Friday, September 14, 2012

TM Goes Green

Good morning all!

This is Traveling Mickey checking in with an update for your enjoyment.

There has been all this talk recently about "going Green" in the media and everywhere.  As we were cruising I saw this great tree and it was so full of leaves and branches that it just seemed to a great opportunity to do my part to be green as well.

As you can see this is a very green tree, and hopefully it helps with the environment that I hung around a bit and went Green.

What do you think?


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Where am I?

Let's play a little game today.  I have posted a picture from the Walt Disney World resort and you get to tell me where this was taken.

I will give you a hint, it is not a movie.

Post below and tell me where you think this is located.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Santa Goes To Sea.

Santa seems to have traded in his sleigh.
While on vacation recently we had an opportunity to go to a local private beach and relax.  One of the options for recreation was the use of Sea Kayaks and somehow my family convinced me to take a spin on one of these things.  I should mention that we journeyed out to the beach on a pirate ship, pirate show and everything.  Even more significant to the story is the fact that do to my physical statistics and white beard I was nicknamed "Santa Claus" by the crew of the ship.

Santa and his mob.
So when I went out to get on the little plastic boat with my nephew it was no surprise when the boat decided to not to float.  Well, me and the fact that the boat was cracked and taking on water.  So it was decided to put me in my own boat and let me go off on my adventure.  I think I surprised everyone when I quickly paddled off and stayed out for about 10 minutes before they signaled for me to come back.  What no one knew about me was that I once learned how to use a kayak and like many things the information has been stuck in my head being useless and annoying, until I finally put paddle to water once again.

Never underestimate the techy, he probably knows more than you think.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Sushi Anyone?

Shhh, It's Traveling Mickey again. Don't tell TT I am here.  He thinks I went out for a brief snack.  What he doesn't know is that I am actually just posting a quick post of a snack I had while on vacation.

Check this plate out.  It has salmon, rice, and other nice things.  All this teamed with wasabi and ginger slices.  I loved it so much I had a second plate. Well, actually I tried to have another plate but Mrs. T caught me and eat it herself. ;)

Uh oh, TT is on his way to write another post!  See you later.

-- TM

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Buggy Situation

While on vacation the ship stopped at Cabo San Lucas.  We were wandering around the ship taking pictures of the bay and the city around us.  Enjoying the breezes and the incredible view.  As you can see from the picture to the right, we were truly out in the water a ways from the shore.

So when I turned and looked at the exhaust stack what should I see but an insect.  This little thing is rather ugly looking, but is definitely a lot more handsome when seen from a distance.

But then what good is macro lens if I don't use it to take a close-up?


Monday, September 3, 2012

A life attitude lesson

As today is celebrated as Labor Day in the USA, I thought that today's post should celebrate the labor force and and attitude that is rare these days but certainly can make a day of labor much more bareable.

A friend sent this graphic to me and I instantly could see the joy with which  we should be living our lives in the face of the dog.  I could also understand what the message was saying based on the gate metaphor.  Who hasn't seen the immediate joy of a dog released to run somewhere?

Truly a lesson to keep in mind on those rough days at work.

Happy Labor Day!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Weight Loss Post

Anyone who knows me know that I am more than a little heavy.  My heaviest ever was 309lbs. I am aware of the issues this causes and well aware that I need to do something about this problem, but until recently I have not really been inspired to do something about it.

But now I have a plan.  It will not cost me money, in fact it should save me money.  It will take a little bit of my time to get in the habits that need to be in place, but eventually it is worth it. The plan is fairly simple.  Cut my food intake by half (I already eat enough for two at some meals) and become more active.  Some how my life has become very sedentary and this is not good for me. I need to start walking around more and sitting around less.  I need to reduce the intake of high starch, high carb foods and increase veggies.  I will also be throwing in a few fasts as well to kickstart my system once in a while.  I have been reading up on this and as long as I am well hydrated and active this should not be a problem as I have plenty of storage to work off during a fast.

Generally, I will work to eat healthier and be more active. Simple as that.

I am back posting this so that there is a little history and it's a quiet little footnote I can link in the menu.

Below is the weights and dates.

(N) is weight taken undressed, (D) is weight taken dressed.

Date time weight condition
10/15/2012 0640 289.8 (N)
10/9/2012 0835 290.0 (N)