Celebrating Robin's Birthday At Disneyland Page Two (12/05/2010)
Time to ride the train to Frontierland and New Orleans...
Did you know? - The Disneyland Railroad (DLRR), originally the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, is a narrow gauge railroad at Disneyland, Anaheim, California, United States, that was inaugurated on the park's live TV Preview, July 17, 1955. This live steam railway was constructed for $240,000; each of the original two locomotives cost $40,000 each. Riders use it as transportation to other areas of the park or simply for the experience of the "Grand Circle Tour". The Main Street railroad station is seen entering Disneyland.
The 1958 addition of the "Grand Canyon" diorama painted by artist Delmer J. Yoakum (added to what was once a long tunnel through a backstage service area) necessitated a change in the rolling stock as well; instead of facing forward, the new flatcars' benches now faced right so that the passengers could better enjoy the scenes. The diorama, which includes taxidermic animals (the only ones in the park) in lifelike poses, is the longest in the world.
Painted on a single piece of seamless canvas and representing the view from the canyon's south rim, the rear of the diorama measures 306 feet (93 m) long, 34 feet (10 m) high and is covered with 300 gallons (1,100 L) of paint in 14 colors.
A 96-year-old Hopi chief, Chief Nevangnewa, blessed the trains on the diorama's opening day. The cost was US$367,000, and it took 80,000 labor hours to construct. The main theme of Ferde Grofe's "On The Trail," the third movement from his "Grand Canyon Suite," is piped in through the train's sound system as it enters the diorama. ~ Wikipedia
It Began To Rain So We Went To The Pirates Of The Caribbean And Walked All Over
Not to bad for NO FLASH!
This train was moving pretty fast... Top speed is 35 MPH
Niece Courtney and Aunt Robin
Reindeer are simply caribou
Did you know? - The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou in North America, is a deer from the Arctic and Subarctic, including both resident and migratory populations. While overall widespread and numerous, some of its subspecies are rare and one (or two, depending on taxonomy) has already gone extinct.
The reindeer varies considerably in color and size, and both genders grow antlers, though these are larger in the males and there are a few populations where females lack them completely. ~ Wikipedia
He stuck out his tongue
Quick, someone blow a horn
Time For A Group Picture
Remember: I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, "Identity Crisis," M*A*S*H
Remember: It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons and mothers and daughters. ~Johann Schiller
The Leaves Are Turning
Remember: Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
Remember: Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz
Remember: A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. ~e.e. cummings
Pinocchio ride first time in 40+ years!
Remember: We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
Enough Of The Cold! Let's Go To Tortilla Joe's
Nice and warm on the inside
First time our coats have been off all day!
"Is this all I get to eat? I am starving!"
Did you know? - A fajita is term found in Tex-Mex cuisine, commonly referring to any grilled meat served on a flour or corn tortilla. The term originally referred to the cut of beef used in the dish which is known as skirt steak. Popular meats today also include chicken, pork, shrimp and all cuts of beef. In restaurants, the meat is often cooked with onions and bell peppers. Popular condiments are shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese and tomato
In Spanish "faja" means belt or girdle; "fajita" is the diminutive form. In original Tex-Mex culinary parlance, fajitas are a dish with roots in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas made from a specific cut of meat: skirt steak. Considering the appearance of the meat -– a strip about 18 inches long and about one inch thick -– and its placement in the beef carcass beneath the heart and lungs, fajita (little belt) is a particularly apt nickname.
There are only four skirts per beef carcass, yielding about 8 lbs. of meat. The two outside skirts are the diaphragm muscle from the forequarter and the two inside skirts are the secondary flank muscle from the hindquarter. The word fajita is not known to have appeared in print until 1971, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The exact time in which the dish was named fajita is unclear ~ Wikipedia
Did you know? - According to the Real Academia Española, publisher of Diccionario de la Lengua Española, the word taco describes a typical Mexican dish of a maize tortilla folded around food ("Tortilla de maíz enrollada con algún alimento dentro, típica de México"). The original sense of the word is of a "plug" or "wad" used to fill a hole ("Pedazo de madera, metal u otra materia, corto y grueso, que se encaja en algún hueco"). The Online Etymological Dictionary defines taco as a "tortilla filled with spiced meat" and describes its etymology as derived from Mexican Spanish, "light lunch," literally, "plug, wadding." ~ Wikipedia
We all sang "Happy Birthday"
Yep! 39 plus seven! Life is good!
Courtney shows all her teeth
Did you know? - The girl's name Courtney \ co(u)-rt-ney, cour-tney\, also used as boy's name Courtney, is pronounced KORT-nee. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Courtney is "domain of Curtius". Transferred use of the surname, originally a place name from France called Courtenay. A name with upper-class connotations. Courtlyn is a contemporary variant.
Courtney has 27 variant forms: Cordney, Cordni, Cortenay, Corteney, Cortland, Cortnee, Cortneigh, Cortney, Cortnie, Cortny, Courtenay, Courteneigh, Courteney, Courtland, Courtlyn, Courtnay, Courtnee, Courtnie, Courtny, Kordney, Kortney, Kortni, Kourtenay, Kourtneigh, Kourtney, Kourtnee and Kourtnie.
Time To Head For Home And Christmas Movies