Happy Thursday, everybody! I hope you are all doing well and staying busy during yet another week of quarantine. Today, I wanted to take the time to reflect on some good memories and talk about some of my favorite travel destinations. I can’t wait to be able to travel again, but for now, I’ll just write about it.
Disney’s Aulani on the island of Oahu: I traveled to Hawaii back in 2016 with my family for a relaxing, tropical getaway. From the time that I got off the plane and walked into the airport, it felt like paradise. The scenery is much different than my home in the Pacific Northwest. When our cab driver pulled up to the massive Aulani Hotel, I was awestruck by the beauty of it all. We were greeted with purple and white flowered leis, and the lovely architecture of the hotel. The vaulted ceilings were painted with intricate art created by local citizens. After we had gotten settled into our room, we went out for dinner at a restaurant across the street. The Monkey Pod served some of the most delicious dishes and beverages you can think of. Fresh fish, salads, smoothies, etc. They also had live bands that would play during dinner hours, and they played so skillfully and sweetly. This restaurant remained a favorite throughout our trip.
Later on, we were able to scope out the pool/ocean scene. My eyes were filled with beauty when I laid eyes on the first Hawaiian sunset of the trip. The pink and orange hues reflected off the surface of the water beautifully and formed a kaleidoscope of color. The ocean water itself was unlike any that I had ever swam in before. It was so warm and inviting… the perfect spot for a relaxing swim or float. The resort was also adorned with two pools, a lazy river, and a waterslide. One of the pools had an infinity style that overlooked the ocean… BEAUTIFUL!! A favorite activity of mine was lounging by the poolside and eating the most mouth-watering coconut shrimp and sipping the freshest smoothies. I also got to paddle board in the ocean for the first time!
On one of our last nights, my family and I went to a luau where we ate authentic Hawaiian cuisine, were taught how to weave leaves, and watched a fire performance and the hula dancers.
Hawaii was a delightful experience that I will never forget. I cherish all of the memories I got the opportunity to make with my family. I hope to go back someday soon!
Disneyland in Anaheim, California: My family absolutely adores Disney, and we tend to frequent Disneyland often. However, the last trip we took in May of 2019 remains one of the most memorable. It was so fun to see my two year-old brother get to experience the “Happiest Place on Earth” and meet “Bubba” (Mickey) Mouse for the first time.
Instead of staying at one of the Disney hotels, we resided at the Hyatt Regency during our time in California, which was only about a mile or two away from the park. Let me tell you, that hotel was splendid! There was a Starbucks in the lobby, which comes in handy for a quick breakfast before park time. In the opposite tower of the hotel, was a workout room and an activity deck. My younger sister and I had such a good time playing basketball and working out together.
During this trip, we were able to immerse ourselves in all of the remodels that had been recently done to the parks. One of the updates was the new “Pixar Pier,” which is home to the Incredicoaster (formerly California Screamin’). Just when I thought Disney couldn’t get much better, I was informed of Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission Breakout! My heart was heavy to hear that the classic Tower of Terror had been replaced, but honestly, the new ride is so worth it! I also learned they are currently replacing A Bug’s World with the all new Stark Industries area. I cannot wait to see it!
Of course, we enjoyed all of the classic Disney rides as well– Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Autopia, the Matterhorn, and so many others. Disneyland truly brings back the some of my sweetest memories, and it will always be like a second home.
Seattle, Washington: I’ve been to Seattle quite a few times, and I definitely recommend exploring this city. A particular favorite spot of mine is the Experience Music Project Museum, which is now called Museum of Pop Culture. Unfortunately, I have not been there since the museum was changed, but I would like to! Another great place in the city is the Pike Place Market. No matter who you are, there will be a store that interests you. Right across the street from the market is the very first Starbucks Coffee store. There, they sell one of a kind mugs and cups. If you take a ferry, you can travel to Bainbridge Island in about fifteen minutes. This little island is home to a small community and some delicious restaurants. It is a great place to stay if you want to visit the city without all the hustle and bustle.
Thanks for tuning in to this week’s blog post! I hope to add to this list of travels soon! Keep staying strong through this season of quarantine, and remember that it won’t last forever.