Disneyland Daydream

Hello there. It’s been a while (again). Extra time has been a little scarce of late but it’s good to be back (with several posts ready to go!) and I have a couple of exciting things to share. Maybe we can make this a habit again, meeting here for new adventures. That’s the goal.

We’re gearing up for a big trip to Washington this month to visit a good friend and explore the great PNW, Mount Rainier and Olympic included. It will be our longest vacation/trip since our honeymoon 10 years ago. I’d say it’s about time!

I’m happy to announce that we’ll have a booth at the Disneyanna Show again this July. We’ll have art for sale—including some unique pieces—and we’ll have some freebies to give away. We’d love if you could come out and see us! I’ll post an event to our Facebook page tomorrow if you want to keep track there.

I’m also happy to share that the new website I mentioned as a home for our adventure photography is almost ready. This has been a long time coming and we can’t wait to show you!

Now on with the show!

One of the best facets of Disneyland is its ability to inspire our imaginations. I’ve often found myself dazing off into daydreams making my way around the park, imagining all sorts of things. I don’t mean to brag but I’ve merrily swashbuckled my way to a great big beautiful tomorrow in a single visit.

I think it’s the prolonged duration of suspended disbelief that sets our minds at ease with the liberty to play and explore and dream.

And Sleeping Beauty Castle is right at the center of it all with spires leading straight up to blue sky.

Disneyland Daydream

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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  1. Thank you so much, @angelandrew:disqus. We’ve never been and it’s about time! Few places evoke “adventure” like the PNW. I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to turn into a great love affair.

    If you have any “must-do” recommendations—adventures, food & beverage, or otherwise—they would be greatly appreciated! 🙂


    1. Well, my boys and I are not great hikers but here are a “few” of our favorite things! Haha!

      If you end up in the Portland area, The Oregon Public House on Dekum is a really neat mix of great NW “family-friendly pub environment where our neighbors from the surrounding area can come to enjoy community around good food and craft beer while supporting great causes.” (http://oregonpublichouse.com/)

      On Alberta, which is an up-and-coming area, there is a rather unique and popular Portland destination. Salt & Straw creates and serves ice cream flavors like Honey Lavender (my favorite), Arbequina Olive Oil, Pear & Blue Cheese, and one of the newest flavors Fish Sauce Caramel with Palm Sugar Ice Cream! Haha! Just don’t knock it til you try it! ;0)

      My son wants me to mention Sizzle Pie downtown Portland, across the street from Powell’s Bookstore – a VERY popular destination! Sizzle Pie is a great pizza place and reasonably priced. My understanding is the original owner would hire kids off the street to help them, giving back to his community. Popular thing here in the NW.

      If you head east along the Gorge, into Hood River, The Fruit Loop (http://hoodriverfruitloop.com/) is a great scenic drive through the fertile Hood River Valley full of fruit stands selling seasonal fruits and vegetables, homemade/local jams, ice cream, sauces, juice, etc., (like Packers Orchards). As you enter Hood River there is a beautiful historic hotel, The Columbia River Gorge Hotel. The grounds are lovely! (http://columbiagorgehotel.com/) Just down the road from the Hotel is Char Burger Restaurant, Hood River. It gets mixed reviews but we always enjoy our meal! The portions are really big and I usually need a take-home box!

      As to hiking adventures, my friend blogs about his adventures on his website (http://outbacktaleshiking.com/blog/). He has some great recommendations for long and short trails that take you to some of the most stunning viewpoints! (i.e Angel’s Rest)

      Our most beautiful attraction, the scenic drive of the Gorge falls, has become a popular tourist attraction.Too popular, unfortunately. Still, gotta do it at least once! The back road Scenic Highway beginning from Corbett through Crown Point to Multnomah Falls is so lovely and peaceful as you drive through the tree covered winding road! (http://columbiariverhighway.com/); (http://columbiariverhighway.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/historic_columbia_river_highway.pdf)

      On the Washington side, one of my favorite drives is along Hwy 14 out to Maryhill Museum (http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/) then to the Stonehenge WWI Memorial. My boys and I love to take a picnic with us. Just before you get to Maryhill Museum, there is a rest stop with some of the most beautiful views! I am not much of a photographer but I posted pics on my Flickr page (ajandrew flickr – this is not a plug…believe me!)

      There are so many more honorable mentions but I think this is overwhelming enough! You get the idea…I get carried away when it comes to talking about my home! I love visiting other places, but there is no place like my beloved NW and the Columbia Gorge!

      If you will be spending the majority of your time in the Seattle area, you will want to go to Top Pot donuts! However, I am not as familiar with Seattle and Olympic National Park, so I will let your friend lend their knowledge expertise in that area! Haha!

      Have a great trip!

      PS – although we have Starbucks, it is much better to experience the NW through local coffee shops.


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