Lana’i Hawaii Snorkel and Sail Adventure

by Tim_Jones on September 9, 2011


While staying as guests of the Lanai Four Seasons at Manele Bay, last week we were supposed to go out in the Trilogy catamaran for a snorkel sail adventure.  Well, instead, this HUGE southern swell came in and literally closed out the harbor exit at Manele Bay!  From our Four Seasons rooms, we could also see the surfers pile into Manele Bay for waves that are seldom seen in this normally calm bay.

Our captain, Ricky, managed to at least get us out on a sailing adventure around half the island of Lanai, passing by Sweetheart Island, Manele Bay, the Lanai Four Seasons at Manele Bay, the wedding location for Bill Gates, and more.
The video doesn’t do justice to these Hawaiian waves at Lanai.  Some were as tall as the mast on our catamaran!  We did get the chance to jump in the water at Shark Fin Bay, but it was way too murky to see anything.  Plus, murky water is home to SHARKS!  One of the guests on another Trilogy vessel that comes to Lana’i from Maui say two Tiger sharks and got pictures!!!  Super cool, but I don’t want to be “that guy.”

After about an hour snorkel sail with Trilogy, we went back to the Lana’i Four Seasons and Manele Bay for a bento box lunch and some time at the beach.  I filmed some of the locals out catching these unique waves in Manele Bay.  The shore break was absolutely amazing!

Finally, we caught the ferry back to Maui for a nice evening at dinner and then on to our next resort, The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea.

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Peabody Ducks and Coronado Springs Resort

by Tim_Jones on August 19, 2011


We took the kids to see the Peabody ducks march at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando followed by a short weekend vacation at Coronado Springs Resort at Disney World.

The Peabody Ducks March is a tradition of the Peabody Hotels that stretches back to what was essentially a drunken prank by the Peabody’s general manager of the Memphis location in the 1930s.  The prank resulted in such an enthusiastic response that the Peabody has continued the duck march for 75 years!  The Peabody ducks live in their own “penthouse” on the roof of the Peabody.  We had a chance to take the kids up to see the duck penthouse and they really enjoyed this special treat.

After the duck march, we headed out for a quick weekend vacation with some friends at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  This is a great resort that feels almost more like a deluxe Disney resort, rather than a moderate resort.  We enjoyed dinner at Maya Grill; a true hidden gem that often has walk-up availability.  The food was AMAZING!  Quickly rising near the top of my choices for Disney dining.

Check out the video for more details.

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Savage Race

August 15, 2011

I had the opportunity to preview run the Savage Race in Clermont, Florida with a bunch of other YouTubers. We were invited out by the Savage Race managers to put the course to the test. Thanks to Sam and Lloyd for letting us run the course!!!! The Savage Race is a mud and obstacle race [...]

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There’s a Bird in my Butterbeer!

July 22, 2011

I just had to share this video I took of a bird that got caught in the fan of the butterbeer cart at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park. I really thought this was some type of new special effect, because at first, it wasn’t making any noise. Only feathers were coming out. This [...]

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Harry Potter Movie Premiere

July 13, 2011

We were lucky enough to go to a very special premier for the new Harry Potter movie at Universal Orlando! We had so much fun and the movie was AWESOME!!! Best one of the series, easily! We tried some food and drinks from the Universal chefs during a pre-party at the Red Coconut Club at [...]

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Final Shuttle Launch

July 8, 2011

We went to our super secret shuttle launch watching location to see the final shuttle launch in history!! The weather cooperated enough to get the shuttle off the ground, but the visibility wasn’t that great, even though we were less than 10 miles from the launch pad. If you’d like to see a better one, [...]

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Casey Anthoney Star Tours Shuttle Launch

July 7, 2011

Yes, we manage to incorporate Casey Anthony, Star Tours and the final shuttle launch into a single video! Most of that was just random rambling about local Orlando happenings on our way to a very special meet and greet event for Star Tours with Chewbacca and a Jawa. Apparently, Disney has these meet and greets [...]

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Disney 4th of July Fireworks from the Polynesian Resort

July 4, 2011

Some friends invited us to Disney’s Polynesian for some dinner at Ohana and to watch the fireworks from their Magic Kingdom view room. It was awesome! The video doesn’t do it justice! I love the Polynesian Resort! It’s an amazing trip to the South Pacific. Brings me right back to our trip to Hawaii, last [...]

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There’s No Place Like Home!

July 2, 2011

After 12 days in Seattle/Alaska cruise, we were ready to go home to Orlando.  We had a fantastic time visiting family, going on the cruise, and finding adventure in Seattle, but there really is no place like home. The flight was an overnighter (red eye) that took us through LAX — this place was nutso! [...]

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Kayaking in Seattle

July 1, 2011

On our last day in Seattle, Mommy and the kids went to the mall to get all the girls’ ears pierced.  The Dads went kayaking!  That’s the way it’s supposed to work, right? We went down to the Aqua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club on the Friday before the 4th of July on a supremely [...]

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