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  • The Rule of Five

    Posted on February 1st, 2013 troy No comments

    As you may have noticed in the map, before we get to the beach we have a stop at point ‘B.’ You may also notice that point ‘B’ is in the middle of Florida, in the Orlando area. Well, sort of.

    When most people with children (and even many without children, like my brother) head to Florida, they go for the sole destination of getting to Disney. And I can’t argue with Disney. The parks are great. Even the worst one (my opinion), Animal Kingdom, is awesome, and will be getting even better when the Avatar addition is open in 2016. But the excitement of full day parks can still be too much for a family, and that is how we get to the Rule of Five.

    In our house, the rule is we can’t step foot in a Disney park until every member of the family is 5. One of the biggest reason is because the parks areĀ too much for little kids. At ages under 5 years old, the kids can’t absorb all of it, and they might not even enjoy it. Further, how much memory will they take home of the Disney experience, especially when you load it up with all of the Disney World parks (4 major parks, plus Downtown Disney, plus other Disney stuff). So, we have made it a rule we will not be going to Disney, at least, not until after September! However, while we are in the Orlando area for a few days, we may wander into and around the Downtown Disney to grab a meal and perhaps a little shopping.

    But since we are not going to Disney parks, what else should we do? In the next post, I can start building on that idea.

  • We have a Destination

    Posted on January 15th, 2013 troy No comments

    Well, now that you have seen the map, let’s fill in some of the details. We want to go back to Florida (who doesn’t), and we want to get to the water. However, we don’t want to do the ocean.

    Our family has been fortunate enough to get to the ocean many times. But, Melody and I want to see the sunset over the water again, so to the Gulf we will go. The Gulf seems to be a difficult place to get a room using the timeshare, but we were able to find some time on a weekend. Check in Friday, check out Sunday. Yeah! And we are planning on Bradenton Beach.

    Bradenton Beach is a small island community of about 1,500 residents. It is located on the Southern end of the Anna Maria island, which is located at the Southern entrance to Tampa Bay. The four miles of sugar sand beach is our main draw to the area. Our boys love the beach, more than swimming pools and amusement parks.

    If you want to learn more about Bradenton Beach, you’re best bet may be their less-than-often updated website. If you find something better, let me know!

    For my next post, I think I will add some action to the trip… stay tuned.

  • Road Trip

    Posted on January 10th, 2013 troy No comments

    Who wants to go on a road trip? I do, and I bet the family does too! Melody and I are planning a trip to Florida this year, and I will update this space when I get some more data. But for now, just an image.