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August 31, 2009

Quest for the West - Day Seven

Dateline: August 31, 2009

Today's Theme: Happy Trails

The Itinerary

All good things must come to an end and so the Adventure by Disney Quest to the West officially ends today. While we do have breakfast together, some have already headed to the airport to begin their journey back home. The guides, Daniel and Landon, have been awesome.
Thanks to AllEars's Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma for posting all the photos throughout the adventure!

Enjoy Today's Photos (remember we are on Mountain time) :

Arrival at the Jackson airport. We are headed home.

Jackson Airport


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HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on August 25th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell and Beci Mahnken will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!

August 30, 2009

Quest for the West - Day Six

Dateline: August 30, 2009

Today's Theme: Untamed Nature

The Itinerary

This is our last full day on the Adventure by Disney.

Our morning activity is a horseback ride with cowboys.

We return to the Lodge for lunch.

This afternoon we have a choice of activities: Trail Ride, Fly Fishing or Canoeing.
Later a naturalist guide will take us on a Mountain Hike.

Then, it's the farewell dinner at the lodge.

Enjoy Today's Photos (remember we are on Mountain time) :

Morning from Brooks Lake Lodge

Good morning day 6! Breakfast then getting ready to saddle up for a morning ride.

Let's Saddle Up!


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HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on August 25th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell and Beci Mahnken will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!

August 29, 2009

Quest for the West - Day Five

Dateline: August 29, 2009 Yellowstone National Park

Today's Theme: Untamed Nature

The Itinerary

We board our motor coach and take a 1.5 hour tour through Yellowstone National Park. We will take a hike to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Lake Yellowstone is the location for our lunch today.

Time to check into the Brooks Lake Lodge and enjoy a Disney movie night.

Here are some additional facts about Yellowstone National Park (from the National Park Service website):
67 species of mamamals, 332 recorded species of birds, 16 species of fish, 6 species of reptiles and 4 species of amphibians reside in Yellowstone.
The Park has 5 entrances, 466 miles of road, 15 miles of boardwalk, 1,000 miles of backcountry trails and 301 backcountry campsites.

Enjoy Today's Photos (remember we are on Mountain time) :

Beci writes about 8 a.m.: "Good morning! The adventurers are on the bus heading out for day 5. Cell/net will be iffy again so well update when we can."

A beautiful water feature on our morning hike.
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Hiking the grand canyon of Yellowstone.
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Beci at the real Artist Point
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Barb and Bill at the real Artists Point
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The historic Lake Hotel is the location for lunch the to our home for the next two nights Brooks Lake lodge
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Lunch at the Lake Hotel. Having the Caesar salad with beef tenderloin tips.
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It really is all about the chocolate!
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Brooks Lake Lodge

On our way to Brooks Lake Lodge, we met some wild life... up close!
Bison Alert!


Arrived at Brooks Lake Lodge - Here is the beautiful view from my cabin porch.

Brooks Lake Lodge

Brooks Lake Lodge also comes with entertainment... Moose & Trapper!
Moose and Trapper

The Adventure group and "Moose" outside the Lodge.

The Group of Adventurers

Mike and Trapper
Mike and Trapper

Lots of space to stretch out and relax in the main bldg at Brooks Lake Lodge.
Brooks Lake Lodge Main Building

And a great view from the back of the main bldg too!
Brooks Lake Lodge View from back


Dinner at the Brooks Lake Lodge dining room. Then off to bed for a packed day of horseback riding, fishing, and spa treatments!

Dinner at the Brooks Lake Lodge dining room

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HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on August 25th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell and Beci Mahnken will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!

August 28, 2009

Quest for the West - Day Four

Dateline: August 28, 2009 Yellowstone National Park

Today's Theme: Trail Blazers

Today's Alternate Theme: All Good Things Must Come to an End, Sometimes Sooner than You Plan:

Deb: As you read this, Linda and I have sadly parted ways with our fellow adventurers and will soon be headed back East. Unfortunately, we are both suffering from "altitude sickness". On Wednesday afternoon we went to the Urgent Care Clinic to get things checked out. We each saw a different doctor and were both strongly advised not to go into higher elevations. Sadly for us, that means we are unable to continue our Adventure and travel to Yellowstone. The decision itself was not too difficult to make. After all, each of us must take care of ourselves and do what is best for our health. That said, it was also a very emotional decision.

Thursday morning at breakfast we spent time with each member of our Adventure group - saying goodbye. While only spending just a couple days together, we had already begun to connect and really really enjoy each other's company. What an amazing and wonderful group of folks to travel with. Special thank you to our Adventure Guides Daniel and Landon -- you guys are awesome and we so appreciate all you did! We hope everyone on the trip continues to have the time of their lives!

So, with all that said, Deb's photos have come to an end, but the Quest for the West blog continues! Follow each day as Beci and Mike post photos and continue the Adventure by Disney Quest for the West.

The Itinerary

Breakfast and Lunch are part of our Adventure today. After breakfast we are off to see Old Faithful at Yellowstone!

Lunch and then the Fountain Paint Pot Trail. There are fumaroles (steam vents), blue pools, pink mudpots and mini-geysers along the trail.

Back to the hotel and we are on our own for dinner and the evening.

Here are some facts about Yellowstone National Park (from the National Park Service website):
Established March 1, 1872, Yellowstone is the first and oldest national park.
It is the 2nd largest national park in the contiguous 48 United States, Death Valley National Park is larger.
96% of the park is in Wyoming, 3% in Montana, and 1% in Idaho.
The highest point is 11,358 ft at Eagle Peak.
Yellowstone is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

Enjoy Today's Photos (remember we are on Mountain time) :

Good morning from the Snow Lodge from Mike Mary Tod Sue
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Good morning Old Faithful!
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Mike & Beci at Old Faithful. Now off on a nature hike of the upper geyser field.
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Firehole River, Yellowstone
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Old Faithful Inn. The inspiration for Disney's Wilderness Lodge & our dinner spot tonight.
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Adventurers on our nature walk thru the geyser basin
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Sam and Ashley enjoying the show
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Castle geyser showing off
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The group at Castle geyser
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Great afternoon checking out the local geysers. The pic does not do justice to the amazing blue color. Closest I have seen was in AK.
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Adventurers on the boardwalk for a closer view
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Ronia and the geyser
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Beci writes at about 10:30 p.m.: Had A wonderful dinner & nightcap at Old Faithful Inn. Tomorrow we leave for Brooks Lake Lodge. Yipppee! But the days are really flying by!

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HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on August 25th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell and Beci Mahnken will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!

August 27, 2009

Quest for the West - Day Three

Dateline August 27, 2009

Today's Theme: Yellowstone Journey

The Itinerary:

We say goodbye to the Wort Hotel and Jackson and head to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. A bit of history regarding the Grand Teton:


"The original Grand Teton National Park, set aside by an act of Congress in 1929, included only the Teton Ridge and 6 glacial lakes at the base of the mountains. The Jackson Hole National Monument, decreed by FDR through presidential proclamation in 1943, combined the Teton National Forest acerage, other federal properties, inlcuding Jackson Lake, and a generous 35,000 acre donation by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The Rockefeller lands continued to be privately held until December 16, 1949 when impasse for additon to the national park was resolved. On September 14, 1950, the original 1929 Park and the 1943 National Monument (including Rockefeller's donation) were united into a "new" Grand Teton National Park, creating present day boundries."
(quoted from the National Park Service website)

Our first activity is to board the Jenny Lake Ferry and some hiking! Jenny Lake has a visitor center, so hopefully we can get our National Parks Passports "stamped".

Jenny Lake is 2.2 miles long, 1.2 miles wide and estimate to have depths of 260 feet.

The Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point hike is over natural terrain, steep inclines and we will climb around 400 feet. Our elevation at Inspiration Point is 7,200 feet!

After our hike we have a picnic lunch at String Lake to rest a bit.

Then we are off to Yellowstone National Park.

First stop is the West Thumb Geyser Basin. "West Thumb Geyser Basin is one of the smallest geyser basins in Yellowstone yet its location along the shore of Yellow-stone Lake ranks it as the most scenic. West Thumb derived its name from the thumb-like projection of Yellowstone Lake and the name was given by the 1870 Washburn Expedition. It was also known as Hot Spring Camp. West Thumb has less geyser activity than other basins. But West Thumb, for its size, has it all-hot springs, pools, mud pots, fumaroles and lake shore geysers."

After that, on to our next hotel, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge at Yellowstone. After checking in and getting settled, we gather for our welcome dinner at the resort!

Enjoy Today's Photos (remember we are on Mountain time) :

Barb & Bill at breakfast at the Silver Dollar Grill.
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The coach adventure begins!
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On the bus heading to Grand Teton National Park for a morning nature hike
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Grand Teton
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Boarding the ferry to cross jenny lake
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Group shot at Grand Teton
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Mike and Terry on a snack break on the trail to hidden falls
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Learning about the glaciers impact on the area which also served as our picnic spot
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Amber
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We have arrived in Yellowstone! First stop: Check out the thermal attractions at west thumb
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Crossed the continental divide and arrived at the Snow Lodge
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Yellowstone elk
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Cool! Or hot..I mean coolly hot, or hotly cool.
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Welcome dinner at snow lodge. Kathy is sitting in the chair that was occupied by President Obama a few days ago.
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A few of us rebelled and went for the evening show!
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Woohoo! It's the 8 pm show!
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HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on August 25th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell, Beci Mahnken, and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!

August 26, 2009

Quest for the West - Day Two

Dateline August 26, 2009 Jackson Hole Wyoming

Today's Theme: Western Majesty

The Itinerary:

This morning starts with breakfast at the resort and then we are on our own for the rest of the morning.

Lunch today is at the Jackson Hole Playhouse, an old fashioned theatre.

After lunch it's time for the Snake River and Whitewater Rafting! The Snake River has Class 2 and 3 rapids.

Next we are on our own to explore Jackson Hole for the rest of the afternoon, dinner and evening.

Enjoy Today's Photos (remember we are on Mountain time) :

View from our room in the Wort Hotel Wyoming
Room view

Downtown Jackson Hole WY
Downtown Jackson Hole

Walking around Jackson Hole WY - free time Adventures by Disney (AbD)
Walking around

My first bear sighting AbD Wyoming
Bear

Kathy and Tim stopping traffic.
Bear

Hotel exterior morning
Hotel exterior

At the local sports authority LOL!
Moose

Outside the Wort hotel. Its a Beautiful spring day.
Wort

Rustic museum in downtown Jackson
Museum

They really take their crosswalks seriously around here
crosswalk

Lunch and Show at Jackson Hole Playhouse
lunch and show

Ashley and Sam at Jackson Hole Playhouse
Ashley and Sam

DJ Mike Newell spins tunes at Jackson Hole Playhouse
DJ Mike Newell

Going to meet the boys for a cold sarsaparilla!
Going to meet the boys

Great fun at Jackson Hole Playhouse
Jackson Hole Playhouse

Fun at the Jackson Hole Playhouse
Playhouse

Lunch and a show in the wild west.
Lunch

After lunch, Mike Newell writes: "Heading out for white water rafting. My fortune is buried in the backyard if i don't return."

The adventure begins... and we are dry.. for now.
Rafting begins

Not so much dry now....
Getting wet rafting

Our guide Daniel brought extra head protection.. Goofy ears!
Daniel has Goofy ears

A few of us jumped in to swim along in the calm section
Swimming in the calm water

As promised... a group photo from River rafting - day 2
Group rafting photo


about 5:30 p.m. Beci says: "Just finished white water rafting on the Snake River. Will upload pic later."

Mmmmm, it's dinner time... They say its the best BBQ in town. We will see!
Dinner time

Ummmmmm........woah!
Woah!

After dinner, Beci says: "Time to pack 'em up & move 'em out! Check out of the hotel - head out to Yellowstone in the am! Cell/net will be iffy... so hang in there with us!"

At the end of the day, Mike Newell writes: "I think I will sleep very well tonight. Good night!"

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HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on August 25th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell, Beci Mahnken, and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!

August 25, 2009

Quest for the West - Day One

Dateline August 25, 2009 - Jackson Hole Wyoming

The Adventure Begins!!!!

Today's Theme: Wyoming Welcome

The Itinerary

Day One of Quest for the West is arrival day. Since we had a rental car for our "Pre-Stay" we decided to drive it back to the airport and meet up with the Adventures by Disney tour guide there.

From the airport will be head to the Wort Hotel to meet up with fellow adventurers and begin our journey.

"Jackson's Historic Landmark, The Wort Hotel, is an elegant hotel rich in the history that thrives in the heart of Jackson Hole. Located one half block from the town square, The Wort Hotel is steps from the best boutiques, museums, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, including our own famous Silver Dollar Bar. Providing the charm and intimacy of a world class country inn and the exceptional service of a grand hotel, The Wort Hotel offers comfort and luxury to guests after exhilarating days of exploring nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks."

Our event for today is the Welcome Reception and Dinner.

We have set up a webcam page of the window view. http://www.mouseworldradio.com/live.htm


Enjoy Today's Photos (remember we are on Mountain time) :

Sunrise at the Grand Teton
Sunrise at the Grand Teton

The day has begun. Watching hot air balloon over Grand Teton
hot air balloon

Deb, Mike and Beci
Deb, Mike, Beci

Our first Adventure by Disney Hotel in Jackson Hole WY
Jackson hotel

Our Room at the Wart
Wart room

View of Grand Teton from airport
Grand Teton from airport

Daniel, one of our AbD guides for Quest of the West
Daniel

AbD Guide Landon with Mary and Beci
Mary, Landon, Beci

The View
View

Jackson Town Square
Jackson Town Square

Meeting our guide Daniel at the Jackson airport
Meeting Daniel

Checking into the Wort hotel
checking in

A friend was waiting for me when I got to my room at the Wort hotel. And he has presents!
friend

Wort hotel lobby
hotel lobby

Wort hotel room
hotel room

Welcome dinner at Wort Hotel. AbD Wyoming
welcome dinner

Welcome Dinner - Bill and Barb - Adventures by Disney
Bill and Barb

Entertainment at Welcome Dinner for AbD Wyoming
enterrainment

Follow @mouseworldradio @allearsdeb @beci_mousefan in Wyoming AbD
Deb, Mike, Beci

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HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on August 25th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell, Beci Mahnken, and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!

August 24, 2009

Quest for the West - Monday

Jackson Hole Visitor Center
AllEars Team

On the aerial tram up to 10,000 feet Teton Village
AllEars Team

The "top of the world" in Teton Village
AllEars Team

View from top of Aerial Tram at Teton Village
AllEars Team

Back to our resort in Grand Teton
AllEars Team

Afternoon view from our balcony in Grand Teton
AllEars Team

Dinner tonight at Armingani Grill
AllEars Team

August 23, 2009

Quest For The West - Saturday/Sunday - Grand Tetons

View from our room in Grand Teton
AllEars Team

Heading out for the morning at Grand Teton
AllEars Team

Herd of male Rocky Mountain Elk
AllEars Team

Our naturalist is showing us various animal skins
AllEars Team

Bison Crossing Grand Teton
AllEars Team

Very cloudy but magnificant Grand Teton
AllEars Team

August 22, 2009

Quest for the West - Pre-Adventure Fun

Jackson Hole Wyoming, the start of our Adventures by Disney just happens to be over 5,500 feet above sea level. We decided in order to make the most of our Adventure, we would head out to Wyoming a few days before the Adventure actually begins. By doing so, we can adjust to the time change and the high altitude and also enjoy the area.

I researched all over the internet (using sites such as tripadvisor) to find a resort that would offer dining, relaxation and excursions. We hope we found just such a place. Our plans include a dawn wildlife safari, an early morning nature hike and an astronomy evening. Joining us at the ranch will be our friends Tod and Sue.

The two National Parks we will be spending time at before and during our Adventures by Disney are The Grand Teton and Yellowstone!

The Grand Teton

The Grand Tetons

"Did you know that Grand Teton National Park was established in both 1929 and 1950? The original 1929 park protected the mountain peaks and the lakes near the base. The boundaries were later expanded in 1950 to include much of the adjacent valley floor. " Quote and photo from http://www.nps.gov/grte/

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

"Did you know that prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose." Quote and photo from http://www.nps.gov/yell

By the time you read this blog, Linda and I should be on our way to Jackson Wyoming. We catch up with the Adventures by Disney group on Tuesday!

During our pre-stay, we will be uploading twitter feeds and photos as time allows.

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How to Follow the Adventure!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on August 25th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell, Beci Mahnken, and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them into one daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!


August 17, 2009

Quest for the West - Preparing for the Adventure!

My first Adventure by Disney trip, The American Southwest, took place in 2007! http://land.allears.net/blogs/debwills/adventures_by_disney/american_southwest/ It was such a fantastic trip, I knew I would do another Adventure someday.

Monument Valley


Over a year ago, I decided to co-host an adult only Adventure by Disney called Quest for the West with Beci Mahnken of MouseFanTravel! It seems like forever ago when I made my deposit, but the time is finally approaching.

Joining me on this journey is fellow AllEars teammate Linda, Mike and Mary Newell (MouseWorldRadio, and the WDWToday Podcast), Beci and approximately 30 other folks who decided to journey to Wyoming! I'm sure you'll meet some of them during our trip report blogs!

This Adventure is 6 nights long and features both Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons -- two National Parks that have been on my wish list.

One important item I will be sure to pack is my Passport to the National Parks.

Passport to National Parks

This is a great souvenir and it only costs $8. You can purchase them online or at any National Park Visitor Center. The size is similar to a regular passport but thicker. Inside the United States is set into regions and there is a listing of the National Parks in that area. Spaces in each region are designated for you to collect rubber stamp cancellations at each national park site you visit. The cancellations, similar to those received in an international passport, record the name of the park and the date you visited. The cancellations are free.

I got mine in 1994 (I only wish I obtained it when I first started visiting the parks). Along the way, I have acquired a book full of "stamps" and great memories of the places I've traveled and the exact date of when I was there. I highly recommend purchasing one, it's for Kids and Adults!!!

Here are some images from my National Parks Passport.

This first is from Ellis Island in New York. The photo "stamp" on the top of the page adds not only a photo but some information about the location. These are available for purchase if you want, I think they are $1.25 each. I like to include them for the places I have visited to add to the journal.

Passport to National Parks

This next photo is a great example of why I love my National Parks Passport. On the left side you can see that I was in Yosemite National Park in July of 1994. On the right side, are the stamps from the Grand Canyon that I obtained on my first Adventures by Disney to the Southwest in 2007.

Passport to National Parks


Our adventure officially begins on August 25th - our meeting place is the Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming. One of the guides will transport us from the airport to the Wort Hotel. We will be staying there for two nights. Our 2nd hotel is the Old Faithful Snow Lodge at Yellowstone National Park and we conclude at the Brooks Lake Lodge.

Highlights during our Adventure will include whitewater rafting on the Snake River, a hike to Hidden Falls, visiting Old Faithful and the Fountain Paint Pot Trail, the Grand Tetons, Horseback riding and more.

How to Follow the Adventure!
In the past, I have attempted to do daily blogs on my trips. It's become very hard to do on a daily basis and, while I have finished a number of them, I haven't finished them all.

This time, we have THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Mike Newell, Beci Mahnken, and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Mike Newell: http://twitter.com/MouseWorldRadio
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!


BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them into one daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook. We'll post a link on the splash page of AllEars when the blogging begins!

We have been told that there are areas where we will travel that have limited, if any, cell phone service, but we'll make it up once we get service back.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney to Wyoming!

Oh, and Linda and I will be heading out a few days early and staying in Wyoming. If we have cell service, we will start posting photos!

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About Quest for the West

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to Deb's Digest in the Quest for the West category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Italy: Rome Tuscany Florence and Venice is the previous category.

Scotland - A Brave Adventure is the next category.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.