We rode on the Winnie the Pooh ride, Peter Pan, and survived Splash Mountain. Most waits were ten minutes or less - awesome! The only bummer is when it started raining in the afternoon - that's when the crowds really cleared out! But it didn't last more than a couple of hours, then it was clear into the rest of the evening. We stayed late enough to watch the Electric Parade (well worth the wait), then headed back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.
In the afternoon, we visited Epcot. This is the park that is definitely geared more towards an older crowd with walking, eating, drinking, and shopping being the main activities. We did ride Test Track, though, which is a great ride and one that Kimi remembered from our first visit there when she was seven. We called it a day and was at our hotel room by seven and spent the rest of the evening putting a puzzle together that Kimi bought in the Japan store.
Classes at the folk school start Sunday evening with a gathering at Keith House, their community room. All the instructors are introduced and students are given an overview of the coming week. Then it's time to eat. The food is delicious and is prepared on-site. They use as much local produce and meats as possible. The dining hall at JCC has a large bell outside the building that the kitchen staff rings when it's time to eat. By the end of the week, my stomach starts growling as soon as the bell sounds - whether I'm actually hungry or not! The food is served family-style and seating is not assigned, so one time you may find yourself sitting next to a weaver, and the next meal you can find yourself by someone learning to play the hammered dulcimer...it makes for great conversations!
After dinner, all my students gather in the quilting studio to meet and get set up. This year, I'm not actually staying on the JCC campus, but with a class attendee whose beautiful home is less than 15 minutes from the school. I met Jane Oliver, along with her dear friends Emily Thompson and Donna Warfield (who are also sister-in-laws) a few years ago in Sisters, Oregon. In fact, it's because of them that I'm teaching at the folk school - after taking a class with me in Sisters, they came to JCC and pestered the staff into inviting me to teach here! So, after all the students get their machines set up, we head to Jane's to get some sleep for the start of class tomorrow.