One of the great things about walking around Paradise Pier is when riders go whizzing overhead on California Screamin’. It’s a driving force to the liveliness of the boardwalk area. Couple that with carnival games and flashing lights and you have yourself a day of amusement.
The first time I saw it from the Disneyland parking lot, I thought this peak resembled a wolf…
I know I wasn’t the only one. Fortunately, my perception of it changed over the years and I wholeheartedly embraced the grizzly bear. In fact, I don’t see the wolf anymore at all.
Call it quality concept art. Call it Mickey Mouse Kool-Aid. I’m always game for an adventure at Grizzly Peak.
If you’re interested in meeting our faces, check out our Disneyana Show event Facebook. We’d love to meet your face!
This is a picture I took a few years ago. I was excited about it then and, for some reason, it has remained a favorite. I guess that means it’s about time I shared it.
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.
Today marks 6 years for TDD. In that time, I’ve taken hundreds (and hundreds) of pictures all around Grizzly River Run. It’s ironic, really, considering it’s an attraction I’ve never been on.
I think what draws me to this area so much is that it feels, rather convincingly, like escaping into the wilderness.
When I was a kid, my family didn’t go on many vacations. But the ones we did go on were to beautiful scenic places. Visits to national parks were my favorites and have been ever since.
In some way, this area reflects those memories and touches on that desire that John Muir waxed so eloquently:
The mountains are calling and I must go…
Or as I like to put it—the photos are calling and I must shoot. Here’s to another year!
I came across this photo recently as I was going through my library. I smile every time I think of Ernie. There was something of heaven in the way he played. His music was gentle and could turn a sour mood sweet in no time. I’m grateful for every moment I got to bask in it.
I have a lot of good memories on the benches at Disneyland.
They’re so inviting. I love claiming one and people watching while listening to the Main Street audio loop. It’s an especially satisfying thing to do first thing in the morning, or with some coffee or cocoa at the end of a long day as the park closes and thousands of people turn to hundreds and hundreds to tens.
It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve done that…
With the recent arrival of Spring, I’ve still got flowers on the brain. Another wonderful area for them at Disneyland is at the base of the Matterhorn, where blooms spring above a bed of lush green grass.
Light filters through the trees and over the mountain’s shoulder, creating some truly dynamic scenes. With the sound of the waterfall just ahead, it’s a respite hidden in plain sight. I have stopped here many a time and forgotten entirely where I was headed.