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There are other changes as well.

Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:

We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.

It's time to move on and move forward.

PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.

But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing support over the years. Without you, there's no way us little guys could have made something like this happen and given the "big guys" a run for their money. PassPorter was consistently the #3 guidebook after the Unofficial and Official guides, which was really unheard of for such a small company to do. We ROCKED it thanks to you and your support and love!

If you miss us, you can still find some of us online. Sara started a new blog at DisneyParkPrincess.com -- I strongly urge you to visit and get on her mailing list. She IS the Disney park princess and knows Disney backward and forward. And I am blogging as well at JenniferMaker.com, which is a little craft blog I started a couple of years ago to make ends meet. You can see and hear me in my craft show at https://www.youtube.com/c/jennifermaker . Many PassPorter readers and fans are on Facebook, in groups they formed like the PassPorter Trip Reports and PassPorter Crafting Challenge (if you join, just let them know you read about it in the newsletter). And some of our most devoted community members started a forum of their own at Pixie Dust Lane and all are invited over.

So we encourage you to stay in touch with us and your fellow community members wherever works best for you!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

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Dolphins, Coral Reefs, and Denny's Latin Cafe

Posted 07-18-2009 at 09:06 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 07-29-2009 at 08:02 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Yesterday I observed a "Natural Swim" at Island Dolphin Care. The families of the kids who come there for therapy just get in the water and hang out, while the Dolphins swim around them and approach them on their own to say "hi". It was just amazing!

Next was snorkeling at the Coral Reefs. The water was like bath water, and the fish, seaweed, and coral were breathtaking. I definitely recommend this!

After snorkeling, I stopped at a small place near...
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A big white crane and timing.

Posted 07-16-2009 at 09:14 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 07-29-2009 at 08:03 AM by Sandra Bostwick
There is a small island across from my balcony.

Late last night, I looked out, and this giant white blob was visible in the middle of a tree. It didn't move, but made such a contrast in the green trees.

This morning I happened to be looking out, enjoying a perfect cup of coffee, and a giant crane suddenly popped up its head and flew off, solving the mystery of the white blob.

I liked that I was there at that moment to watch the crane start the day.
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Sea Lions, Dolphins, and Hair, OH MY!

Posted 07-16-2009 at 05:31 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 08-21-2009 at 12:01 PM by Sandra Bostwick
OK, first off, can I tell you that the only thing I can not STAND about Florida is what it does to my hair. I look like a yeti. At least no one asks me where I got my Yeti Hat, like they do when I am visiting Animal Kingdom. It is still alarming.

I spent the day at Island Dolphin Care, an amazing therapy practice that uses Dolphins along with modalities such as music, art, a fish tank that you can reach in and touch the sea-life, a sensory garden that you can walk through, and family...
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PassPorters, Doves, and Owls

Posted 07-15-2009 at 03:21 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 07-29-2009 at 08:06 AM by Sandra Bostwick
This morning was so great at the pool. Not a soul was around! The pool here is about the size you'd find on a cruise ship, but with only 14 rooms, you can imagine it is much less crowded!

As usual with my solo trips, after the first couple days, the solitude puts me in an odd frame of mind. Good, but so different from the usual. Being on vacation without the usual worrying about someone else's moods or preferences is transforming because you suddenly have to think about your own! There...
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Beautiful Key Largo Morning!

Posted 07-15-2009 at 07:19 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 07-29-2009 at 08:07 AM by Sandra Bostwick
First off, I'm staying at Dove Creek Lodge, and yesterday I thought I was listening to an owl. If you had to be smart to blog, you would not be reading this right now.

The sunrise started around 6:30, and it was worth waking up for. The clouds almost looked like a wierd city skyline that morphed and changed. (At one point, it reminded me of NYC from NJ right after 9/11.) I can't wait to post the photos.

Room 201 is right outside the lobby, which is empty most of the time....
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