S: November 26 -December 2, 2010
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1: November 26, 2010 We left home in the wee hours of the night... Made it to Kentucky mid morning... on our way to Chattanooga, TN, for our first over night... then, off to Orlando tomorrow.
2: Before arriving in Chattanooga, we headed for Nolensville, TN, for lunch at the famous Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint.
3: We definitely enjoyed our lunch...it was well worth waiting for. | Rob found this Bar-B-Que Joint on-line as one of the hot-spot diners shown on the tv show Diner's , Drive-In's and Dive's. It was listed as one of the best Bar-B-Que joints in Tennessee. Since we were in the neighborhood, we thought we'd check it out for ourselves,
4: The Hills of Tennessee | Our hotel was in downtown Chattanooga. We took a short bus ride down the strip to see the sites. We were too late for the aquarium, so we got a bite to eat and went back to the hotel. Rising early to head for Orlando.
5: Our room had the most comfortable bedding we'd ever laid our little tired heads on... | We ate at the Mellow Mushroom Pizza Baker in downtown Chattanooga. It was the most interesting pizzeria we'd ever been in. Pizza was EXCELLENT. | Sheraton's : The Reed House Chattanooga, TN
6: We give thanks to Steve & Barb Pethoud for giving us the opportunity to take this Florida vacation. They were so kind to let us use their timeshare in the destination of our choice. We decided on Orlando.
7: Mitchell had a pretty sweet pad just for himself. He had a nice big bedrrom, great tv, and his own bathroom.
8: "our pad" | The resort was quite pretty and peaceful. There were picnic areas around for guests to enjoy.
9: Mitchell - age 13 | F | L | O | R | I | D | A | O | R | L | A | N | D | O
10: This was a view of the pool from our screened- in balcony
11: We had at least one beautiful afternoon to hang at the main pool. Wish we had a couple more days to relax, and play... next time!
12: This was one crazy, thrilling ride... Straight up, Stop & Wait, then full throttle out the shoot right into a complete screwdriving twist... woo hoo | Mitchell & Rob with the Hulk rollercoaster in the background... | It was a cloudy, fall, Florida day... Couldn't have been any better though... so nice.
13: Straight Up... | then... | (almost) Straight down !!! | then roundandroundandroundandroundandloopdeloopdeloopdeloopandroundandroundandroundandloopdeloopdeloop roundandroundandroundandroundandloopdeloopdeloopdeloopandroundandroundandroundandloopdeloopdeloop roundandroundandroundandroundandloopdeloopdeloopdeloopandroundandroundandroundandloopdeloopdeloop | WHEEWHEEWHEEWHEE WHEEWHEEWHEEWHEE | This was, by far, one of the wildest rides we've ever been on... | this ride ties with the Hulk at Islands of Adventure..
14: SuessLanding was the most colorfully decorated area in the park. All the characters were there to wish us a Merry Merry Grinchmas !!
15: Rob & Lisa | Rob & Mitchell
16: Below shows the map of the virtual roller coaster ride we went on... | Boys...always in trouble--
17: The entrance to the Simpson's Ride was straight through Krusty's mouth...
18: the land of HARRY POTTER... | Snow-capped roof on castle of H.P. | Distant view of H.P.'s castle | Wrecked car of Ron's parents- H.P.'s friend | Islands of Adventure Attraction Park - 2010
19: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction... Islands of Adventure 2010 | family photo with the H.P. snowman Rob, Lisa, Mitchell
20: The Poseidon"s Fury structure was very impressive...very detailed work went into creating the mythological set for the show. | Poseidon's trident to the left was several stories tall. It towered over the largest of trees as you can see in the photo. | POSEIDON: Mythological Greek God of the Seas.
21: PEGASUS: Mythological winged horse that was fathered by Poseidon and Medusa.
22: It was hard to believe Christmas was just a few weeks away. The weather was warm and sunny. We were so lucky to have these beautiful days to spend at the parks. Couldn't have planned it any better. | Rob and Mitchell ...
23: Snack time on the City Walk...
24: Sites from "Back to the Future" | G R O V E R | S C O O B Y
25: The Blue's Brothers put on a happy-go-lucky show. | The Streets of Universal Studios...
26: L) Volunteer getting her arm cut off from the make-up artist...
27: We had to wear nerdy 3D glasses for one of the virtual rides at Universal Studios... It was kind of a kiddish ride we discovered after riding it. However, good for a laugh.
28: J A W S | Mitchell & Rob
29: We went on the Popeye water ride and got more soaked than we could've imagined !! Luckily the sun was out to dry us afterwards.
30: Mitchell playing the marimba
31: Mitchell and Harry Potter's drum set
32: Mitchell enjoyed his first glass of ButterBeer... non-alcoholic, of course...
33: a Triceratops fossil at Islands of Adventure
34: December | Islands of Adventure | FLORIDA
35: 2010 | The entire parks were covered with lighted trees, decorations, and holiday detailing everywhere. It was so colorful and vibrant. Nice way to spend some time in December... No snow, no cold !! | Universal | Studios | FLORIDA
36: The boys had fun spending time in the museum. I wasn't feeling well, so I just stayed in the car and rested... bummer day for me.
37: When the boys were finished in the museum, we spotted this UNO Pizza Bar & Grill across the street... so guess where we went next... Oh, and was it ever good !! | UNO Chicago Bar & Grill (in Orlando)
38: This was a fun little "game" for the guests to play. There was a hook on the post. You simply pulled back on the string with the washer on it... releasing the string and trying to hook the washer on the hook. It looks tricky, but we all mastered it several times.
39: Rob and I enjoyed a poolside cocktail before getting cleaned up for dinner. It was our last night at the resort so we had to be up early to head back to Chattanooga ...