When we visited Tasmania on our trip to Australia with Adventures by Disney, there were many activities on our schedule, such as zip-lining, meeting kangaroos at an animal sanctuary and sea kayaking, to name a few. When we arrived in Hobart, we were treated to something we didn’t have much of during the trip – free time. Since our guides had gotten to know us over the previous 10 days, they suggested we might like to visit a museum they don’t usually recommend to the families typically on the tour. We decided not to go and spent the day walking around Hobart and having a wonderful dinner. I’m not disappointed about how we spent our day, but looking back in 20/20 hindsight, I’m a bit sad we never went to the museum.
We’ve stayed at many types of hotels from Park Hyatts to Comfort Inns. We always leave a tip for housekeeping every day of our stay, if that’s the appropriate social norm for the country we’re in. While I understand that some rooms are harder to clean than others due to size or number of thing that need to be changed, I can readily figure out what’s the appropriate amount to leave on the pillow (or with a note letting them know the money is theirs to take).
The only place I struggle to figure out how much to leave is when we stay in an extended stay hotel.
If you ever go to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World (WDW), you know there are three “mountains” – Space Mountain (opened in 1975), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1980) and Splash Mountain (1992).
Yet if you go to Disneyland, you’ll encounter FOUR mountains: similar versions of the three above, plus the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Opened in 1959, the Matterhold Bobsleds (a.k.a. the Matterhorn) was the first thrill ride at Disneyland. It proved to be so popular mid-that anyone would have thought when Walt Disney World was being built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it would be a shoe-in as one of the original attractions, right?
Welp, apparently…not. Here’s why…
Although birds and planes have shared the skies for over 100 years, they’ve never lived in harmony. The planes go in the air, the birds hit the planes (or the planes hit the birds), the birds always die and occasionally it causes an aviation disaster. The most famous of these encounters was dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson,” when, in 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese 3 minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) and, as a result lost all engine power. The pilots glided the plane into the Hudson River, and all 155 people aboard were rescued.
Since then, the USDA has slaughtered tens of thousands of birds on or near runways across the country. But one airport has opted for a more humane solution.
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.