I don't believe that I could have done it two years ago, but today I boarded a plane by myself and flew to Orlando. I was able to navigate the Magical Express and check into my room by myself. It helped that we were just here two weeks ago and I knew the area well, but regardless I was pretty proud of myself.
To celebrate my achievement I hurried over to Animal Kingdom and spent the afternoon enjoying the animals in Africa. I was able to ride the safari and also walk through Gorilla Falls. We had never done that before and I really wanted to try it. It was beautiful and there were a lot of animals to see. My favorite was the Bongo as usually those are so deep in the forest that we can barely find it on the ride. I also ate lunch and caught the Flights of Wonder bird show. It may have been corny, but I enjoyed it. My last stop of the day was It's Tough to Be a Bug - one of Meg's favorites.
I did not make it back to the conference in time for the keynote speaker as the bus ran late. I heard later that the imagineer lacked public speaking skills. I did check into the NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children) Conference. I caught a bus with Dr. Edington and Jordan to Disney Springs to go shopping before our group dinner. Once I arrived I caught up with other members of our entorage. I didn't buy anything but enjoyed the atmosphere.
We ate dinner at Splitsville - a bowling alley/restaurant. The food was very good and I enjoyed listening to the conversation of our group. I headed back to the hotel after dinner as I was wiped out. I had been up since 4 a.m. Before I went to bed I heard from everyone at home several times. They were all doing well. I loved how Cam started playing trivia crack with me as soon as I left. I really did miss all of them. It is rare that I am gone and they are all at home.