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The Wilderness Lodge

Posted on March 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas is an expansive hotel and resort in the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. Over 15 years of age, the resort debuted on May 28th, 1994. To keep with the Disney tradition, the Imagineers invested an unbelievable amount of time on the motif of the hotel. For the theme of the Wilderness Lodge, the Imagineers chose to evoke the Pacific Northwest.

The primary lobby, and also the rest of the resort, display wilderness and Native American components. Amazingly there is even a replica spring, from which water flows to the amazing pool area. Once you visit the pool area you will find additional replica outdoor features, including a geyser that blasts water up through the sky.

Disney World has a variety of types of accommodation, based on expense. Such levels are called “value,” the most affordable, “moderate” and ultimately “deluxe,” the most expensive. The Lodge is categorized as “deluxe,” although it isn’t as costly as many of its sister Disney “deluxe” hotels. The Wilderness Lodge is a Magic Kingdom hotel, although it isn’t on the Monorail line. Visitors can get to the Magic Kingdom easily by using complimentary water transportation.

Much like the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offers an array of activities and events and can be though of as a theme park in and of itself. Guests can very easily consume several days participating in the activities the hotel offers without needing to leave the resort premises. The resort presents several dining options spanning the spectrum from quick service counters, to gourmet dining in the amazing restaurant, Artist Point.

Additionally the hotel offers Whispering Canyon Cafe, an establishment with its own unique charm. The waiters are very gregarious and belligerent and participate in many gags, frequently embarrassing the guests. The establishment may be tremendous fun for children who enjoy a rambunctious experience, but may be a tad bit scary for shy kids, or their adults for that matter.

As well as easy transport to the Magic Kingdom, guests can use the water transport to go to Fort Wilderness and Disney’s Contemporary Hotel. These direct boat routes are often extremely beneficial for taking advantage of the eating and many other shops and amenities of these destinations. Each of the given destinations are situated on Bay Lake, an engineered small lake that connects to the Seven Seas Lagoon, on which the Magic Kingdom rests.

The Wilderness Lodge also has a section for members of the Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare program. Similar to all DVC offerings, the Villas as they’re called offer quite a few of their own comforts offered solely to members of the plan. However, even if you aren’t a member of DVC, you may visit the Villas and inspect the features.

For those considering a Disney vacation, the Wilderness Lodge can offer guests a fairly inexpensive option to stay near the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom resorts are quite costly and the Wilderness Lodge usually is by far the most reasonably priced. Though guests give up access to the Monorail, they get the many on-site amenities and a very impressive view. For guests who like the Pacific Northwest, they may find themselves feeling that Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offers the ideal deal at any cost.

Feast on Delectable Seafood and Peruse Artisan Shops in Strahan

Posted on March 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

If you’re headed to Tasmania, don’t miss Strahan (pronounced “straw-n,” not “stray-han”). This small fishing town and former port located on the west coast of the region has been said to exemplify everything that Tasmanian tourism represents. Plus, it’s an ideal place to go if you’ve got a hankering for some truly enormous crab.

Located on the edge of striking Macquarie Harbor, Strahan was originally developed as a port access for the mining settlements in the area and was a pivotal point for the local timber industry at the time. It was also used for regular passenger and cargo shipping up until the early twentieth century, when it became increasingly considered too isolated to keep up with the progress of the times. As a result of being “left behind,” Strahan has retained a pristine, virginal quality that can be seen in its clean water and fresh air, as well as in the seemingly untouched rainforests that surround it.

With a population of less than 1000 people, Strahan has subsisted as the home to a small fishing community that braves the conditions of Hell’s Gate, a notoriously shallow and dangerous channel entrance to Macquarie Harbor. But in recent years it has been gaining momentum as a tourism hotspot, with people flocking to Strahan to take advantage of the scenic railway (the West Coast Wilderness railway that runs out of Regatta Point), countless cruises, and excursion flights it has begun to offer. With the only all-weather commercial airport in Western Tasmania, Strahan Airport, the remote town has become a sort of gateway to the southwest wilderness, as planes and helicopters use Strahan as their base when navigating the region. Strahan is also the base for boat trips to Sarah Island and the lower Gordon River.

Visitors to Strahan can feast on delectable seafood, peruse artisan shops, and check out the local Round Earth Theatre Company, which conducts explanatory tours of Sarah Island and shows daily performances of the play about Sarah Island, The Ship That Never Was, which, with over 5000 performances to-date, has become Australia’s longest running play.

Located about four hours west of Hobar, it’s recommended that conscientious visitors access Strahan via Queenstown to see the damage that relentless mining can do to a fragile environment.

There are a lot of options when it comes to Strahan accommodation. Visitors can choose from many hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, apartments, cottages and cabins, lodges and chalets, hostels, and camping.

Otis Wilder Mather’s Revenge (A Shannon O’Day Short Story)

Posted on February 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

((A Shannon O’Day Story) (1955))

Otis Wilder Mather, had taken the $500-dollars Shannon O’Day had given him, back in the early 40s, invested it in Ozark. Alabama, livestock, and became rich, obliged to no man. Not that he didn’t owe a much obliged to someone. This was years later of course, Many a hard and wet and snowy and grey winter had come and gone in Minnesota, left between his visits to see Shannon O’Day, his truly one and only friend up in Minnesota. He even drove his brand new 1955 Ford sports car, Thunderbird; and owned his own meat market on Jackson Street and two more in Ozark, and one in Shanty Town, seven miles outside of Ozark.

He no longer wore patched cotton overalls, rather tailored ones. They called him in Minnesota, ‘The rich nigger from Ozark.’

He’d walk the snowy streets in gray misty afternoons, passing over the Wabasha Bridge, looking down onto the Mississippi River, saying out loud to the Lord, “Eyes in a hurry Lord, cuz black folk dont even have a barn to live in nowadays, against the cold weather up yonder here,” and folks saw he had very warm boots with fur on them, and a long coat, with fur on the lapels, and he’d hear them badmouthing him under their breaths, cussing him as he walked by, saying ‘nigger go home’ in the stormy winters, breathing in the cold mist, like them. They said these things, not because he was rich, became James Hill, who owned a railroad and lived on Summit Hill nearby, was rich, but because he was a negro, for his black skin being inside those warm garments, warmer than theirs, and their skin was white, and because Otis Wilder Mather was more devoted to work, and beef and cattle, and cows and calves and butcher shops than to humans, even though he took care of his family well. They couldn’t believe a black man could obtain such wealth, cursing the fact that he did; his vengeance to the white raced his revenge one could say was success.

But learned something from his one time accuser of wrong, Gus O’Day, that in slow incriminations over a long period of time, converted into wealth, that something’s were somewhat controllable and somewhat predictable, one being the love the white race had for beef. In addition to that, the love human males had for the cow, its milk and beef and the long subsequent years of their gestation of his products. This success was the only justice available to him for the wrongs man had done him in Minnesota, when they tired to convict him in 1950 for the burning of Gus O’Day’s cornfields, when it remained a mystery to the truth.

That was it. Prolongation-never stopping or hoping never giving in, hope no longer was deferred, he saw it in the white man’s eyes, ‘outrage!’ now the blow fell upon those who cursed and cussed him. The one who gave him the five-hundred dollars, he had dreamed when given that money, dreamt the imaginary purchase of a cow, and here he bought twelve-cows, and fed them a winter, then sold them plump, and for twice as much, and bough twenty-four cows and fed them another winter, for near fifteen years he did that, now he owned four meat markets, in Ozark, St. Paul, and Shanty Town, a few miles outside of Ozark, where the poor black lived.

Written 5-25-2009
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