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Manitou Incline Looks Like the Stairway to Heaven





The Manitou Incline looks like the stairway to heaven. It is located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is a popular hiking trail. With 2000 ft. of elevation in a one mile trail for advanced hikers, it is not for the faint of heart. My Sister and her family climbed up the incline then she told me about it. She said,” I was climbing almost straight up”.

The history of, The Manitou Incline is amazing.  The Manitou Incline was originally built as a cable car to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain. The trail is what remains of a narrow gauge railway whose tracks washed out during a rock slide in 1990.  After the pipelines were finished, it was turned into a tourist attraction. The Incline is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, with an average grade of 45% and as steep as 68% in places, making it a fitness challenge for locals in the Colorado Springs area. Do not let the top fool you there is 300 more feet to go before reaching the real top. After reaching the summit you walk down a trail called Barr Trail. No one is allowed to go down the Manitou Incline.


More information about the Manitou Incline:

Length: 1 mile, but climbs 2,000 vertical feet.
Duration: Under 30 minutes to over an hour or more depending on your fitness level and pace.
Trail Difficulty: Difficult
Recommended for: Physically active, not ADA accessible
Cost: Free
Parking:  Parking is recommended within parking lots along Manitou Avenue- Then hike up Ruxton Avenue. Parking is limited and difficult to find along Ruxton. It is highly recommended to take the free shuttle service during the dates of May 18 – Sept. 24.
Dogs: No dogs allowed on the Incline
Hours of use: Dawn-Dusk, no night use permitted;
Beginning October 31, 2016 Hours of Operation will be:
April 1- October 31: 6am-8pm
November 1- March 31: 6am-6pm

Please be advised. It can take first responders up to 3-4 hours to get to you if you have a medical issue.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Has Extra Treats!

Disney Memory Maker

Glamping Bloggers Retreat 2017                                                                                                                                    Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has extra treats! I went with 9 other Bloggers to this Event! It was a wonderful group we were all dressed as Wilderness Explorers! Many people ask if the extra ticket price is worth it. In my opinion, yes, yes, yes, it is! There is so much to do!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has extra treats! There are, Special Disney Character

Appearances, Club Villain, Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball, Hallowishes the fireworks

extravaganza, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade

which is one of my favorites and so much more! I love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! The

decorations on Main Street are always so incredible. Also, I love the mesmerizing effect when

the color changes on the buildings with the not-so-scary music in the background. I heard from

the “Smiling Ghosts” that Main Street has over 200 different face carved pumpkins for

Halloween! The Characters are also in special places dressed in their finest party costumes.

There is special party merchandise to buy, and special party treats to eat. The goodies look

frighteningly good!



To begin with, I suggest that you arrive early and eat first. This is a must on a party night or you

might not be able to just walk up and get in! If you do not want to take so much time on a sit-

down meal, there are many choices of counter service meals also.

The time goes very quickly at the party. It just flies and before you know it midnight strikes and

the carriage turns back into a pumpkin. It is a very good idea to have a plan of what you want to

do the most before midnight strikes and the party is over. Our number one priority was to see

Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Parade. Our group decided to go to the 9:15 Parade. There is another

at 11:15.

We started riding rides and trick-or-treating. So many trick-or-treating locations on the map. A

Cast Member reminded me that at the 9:15 Boo To You Parade, was a good time to ride the

rides with the long lines. Most noteworthy of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the short

lines for the rides.

After riding several rides, and trick-or-treating in several places, having a few photo’s made I

have to say the parade was wonderful with, The Headless Horseman first, following with the

floats, music, lights and, Characters. Next, on the way out we went to the Fire Station and

received our collector card of, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. The night was over already. It

was a super fun, happy, and ghostly night! Hurry before all of the Mickey’s Not So Scary

Halloween Party tickets are sold out! You will be sure to have a BOO-TO-YOU night!

To find out more information about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party visit on the web:

I was provided accommodations/meals for a registration fee by Glamping Blogger Retreat 2017, however, all opinions are my own.

The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village


I love staying at, The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village is a luxurious resort with many amenities and activities. These are listed below:

  • Beach and Shuttle
  • Boating Facilities
  • Business Center
  • Charter Fishing
  • Concierge
  • Events
  • Fax Services
  • Gift Shops & Restaurants
  • Grilling
  • Groups and Meetings
  • Indoor & outdoor Swimming Pools
  • Spa & Fitness Center
  • Hot tubs
  • Water-sports
  • Weddings & Special Events

This resort is one of the nicest I have ever stayed at. I loved it and hoped to visit soon with my family! Below are some pictures of the units, pool, BBQ grills, the private beach and the complimentary shuttle which goes from the resort to the beach every few minutes. The units are beautiful and very detailed to the art on the wall. They also include a stacked washer and dryer which is so nice to have on vacation. There were two twin beds in the third bedroom. HarborWalk Village has many shops and activities and is located just below the resort on the property; it also has many events hosted there. It is on the waterfront and is on the historic Destin Harbor. You will love staying here on your next vacation!


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Below are pictures of the second bedroom, dinning room, kitchen and living room.


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Below are pictures of the BBQ grills, private beach with chairs and umbrella’s, the complimentary shuttle boat, the outdoor pool and also, HarborWalk Village. Emerald Coasting at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village can be so much fun!

For reservations call: 1-800-676-0091 For more information visit on the web.


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The Walt Disney World®Resort Magic Band is MAGIC!



What is a Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Band you are asking? I am going to tell you all about them. First, it is your room key when you stay on Disney property in one of the 20+ resorts on site. Next, it is your park pass for your tickets or annual pass.

When you make your Fasspass+ selections, they are on your band also. When you purchase the Disney’s Dining Plan your Magic Band keeps track of all meals and snacks, and how many you have left. All of your Disney photographer photo’s~~Memory Maker are kept on your Magic Band also!

Shopping is a breeze with Disney’s Magic Band. Just put a credit card up for your purchases, and you can buy all your souvenirs with it.

You just put Mickey to Mickey from your band to the hidden Mickey on the Magical posts or credit card machines, and just like pixie dust it’s done! Just look for the hidden Mickey! You can’t miss it because it is large.

Would you like to swim or take a shower? Go right ahead because Magic Bands are waterproof! Are they worth the extra $12.95 if you are not staying on property? In my opinion, they sure are! Disney’s Magic Bands make the above tasks so simple! My family and I wear them like a cool bracelet! We have all of the cool colors and sort them out during the Holidays. We wear orange and yellow for Halloween and red and green for Christmas. There are also many different Magic Bands you can purchase to suit your individual tastes. Disney also has collectible Magic Bands! Do not forget to look at the Magic Bandits to add to your Magic Band!

You can use a card if you like but, do not miss out on Disney’s Magic Bands I think you will enjoy the “Magic” they bring to a joyous Disney World® Resort vacation!