June 7, 2016 The Traveling Gals 18Comment

Barrier Islands of Florida Post by Kary The splendor of Florida can be found in its hundreds of barrier islands. Barrier Islands are long, thin sandy stretches of land that protect the coast from the full force of storm waves. Between the island and the mainland is a calm water body such as a bay. Florida has more barrier islands than any other state. They are idyllic places to enjoy the tropical sunshine. By: Keoni Cabral Panhandle There are many barrier islands in the Florida panhandle and many are connected via bridge for easy access. Some…

May 31, 2016 The Traveling Gals 4Comment

The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for!  All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK!  In the first phase of the massive expansion happening at Animal Kingdom, the park is now open until 11 p.m. with a spectacular nighttime transformation.  It is always so exciting to see everything you have read about come alive Disney style! Our first stop was the…

May 24, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

How to Stay Fit on Vacation When You Don’t Really Want To Work Out… Post by Kary Stairs are your friend!   One of the best parts of taking a vacation is stepping out of your everyday routine. For most of us, working out while on vacation is probably the last thing on your mind. Even though you know you should, you really don’t want to.  For me, I work out extra hard and extra long the entire week leading up to going out of town.  This helps give me the boost I need to not have to maintain my early morning…

May 4, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

Guide to the Ringling Museum Post by Kary  Welcome to one of the many very pleasant surprises of Sarasota. For those of you who have traveled the world and visited museums in Europe and Asia, you are probably thinking, what could a museum in Sarasota have to offer? As it turns out, it has a lot to offer and is definitely worth a trip! Set on 20 acres of waterfront property, the museum is the culmination of John and Mable Ringling’s love of Sarasota, art and Italy. There are several sections to the Ringling; The Museum of Art, the Ca’d’Zan, the Historic…

April 28, 2016 The Traveling Gals 4Comment

Roasted Corn Salad Recipe Inspired by Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Post by Kary Florida’s corn season is just around the corner. I am always on the lookout for dishes that can be turned into healthy, plant based recipes. Disney is not always the best place for healthy food ideas, but they are getting better! Roasted Corn Salad Serves 4-6  8 ears corn or 1 28 oz bag of frozen corn 2-3 roasted red peppers, diced 1 green onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 cup fresh lime juice Optional 1/2 cup plant based mayonnaise * Ground black pepper…

April 25, 2016 The Traveling Gals 1Comment

What is it like to take a class at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival? Post by Kary  Have you ever walked through the festival center and seen the people sitting in the gardening class or wondered about the people walking through the park with plant projects and fun festival bags? Full disclosure: I do not garden and every plant to enter my home has died pretty quickly. However, I really enjoy taking the gardening classes at the fest. Each class is themed around Disney and the parks. I have learned a lot and been able to try my hand at…

April 13, 2016 The Traveling Gals 1Comment

5 Ways to Inspire Your Wanderlust Today READ A Walk Across France By: Miles Morland Be instantly transported to a wonderful place of travel adventure and want to hop on a plane and walk across France. WATCH Best Exotic Marigold Hotel We have been reading and researching India with both excitement and trepidation. This movie definitely made us more excited to hopefully go one day. YOUTUBE Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Just watching this quick video of the new Ovation of the Seas will make you want to hop on board immediately and plan a cruise to an exotic location….

April 6, 2016 The Traveling Gals

Quick and Easy Enchilada Casserole  6-8 whole grain tortillas 1 jar (14 oz.) salsa 2 cans (15 oz.) black beans 1 can (15 oz.) corn 1½ teaspoons soy sauce Taco Seasoning to taste 1 package (12 oz.) firm tofu 3 cups chopped baby spinach ½ bunch green onion, chopped 6-8 vegan shredded cheese Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mash in medium bowl or pulse in food processor, beans, ½ teaspoon soy sauce, 1-2 teaspoons taco seasoning. Then add green onion and corn. Mash in medium bowl or pulse in food processor, tofu, ½ teaspoon soy sauce, 1-2 teaspoons…

March 29, 2016 The Traveling Gals 8Comment

Post by Kary Kiss a Sting Ray and have Seven Years Good Luck! The Cayman Islands were first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1503 when he named the islands Las Tortugas due to the large amount of sea turtles seen swimming nearby.  Sir Francis Drake, an English sea captain arrived in 1586 and named the islands Cayman (pronounced cay-MAN) after the indigenous word for crocodile.  This British claimed territory has a rich history and the English influence is everywhere.  It is one of the only British colonies in the Caribbean still in existence.  Today, the Caymans are a haven for…

March 24, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

5 Easter Celebrations Around the World Seville, Spain Semana Santa is Holy Week in Spain.  Seville hosts the most remarkable processions of extravagant floats and masked Nazarenos.  Candelit floats illustrate the Easter story followed by the Nazarenos who are the penitents showing their sorrow and regret for their wrongs.   Semana Santa also marks the beginning of spring so the celebrations expand throughout the city to restaurants and bars.   Prizzi, Italy Just south of Palermo, The devil “Abbullu de Daivuli” is represented by locals running around with red robes and scary masks.  They run around on Easter Sunday to trap…