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A monthly diary of current postings and quick train of thought entries


February 2024

February 22nd

Some interesting, fun, exciting stuff taking place, and that’s caused a bit of a shift to plans for this month. As a response, we’re going to bring it all together for an anniversary celebration and tremendous kick off for the rest of the year.

March 2024 means twenty-one years of the In My Backpack website. Twenty-one years of growth and change that has taken our small little corner of the internet from a place where we began by posting some essays and sharing some thoughts and experimenting a bit to all of the wandering about that leads to places and corners and surprises you’ll find today.

Essays and interviews. Travel and sports. Photo galleries and A Parkside View. Fourteen published books. Quite the adventure. And it’s going to keep getting better.

With the latest anniversary, we’ve got some terrific plans in place for fireworks and a bit of applause. The fifteenth book – A Parkside View: Volumes 7 & 8 – will be released in March. A lot more news on that over the next few days. Interviews are returning! We’ve got a very special guest lined up as we bring interviews back to the main site and the newsletter. Over the next few months, we’re going to be doing a massive overhaul of the site as well as lining up release dates for additional books.

Great stuff.

We also have a really fantastic project in development that we hope to debut in March. This one is a brilliant effort to add to Backpackville, and I am really hoping you will enjoy it. Going to keep the curtain in place, at least for a bit longer, since a few outside bells and whistles need to be lined up.

All of that outlined, let’s finish up February with a strong run. Two essays today and a few more on the way...

The new atmospheric river

Now you see them, now you…

February 1st

This is going to be a crazy month. We’ve got a new book moving along toward publication, and should have some news about that over the next few days. Also have the latest issue of A Parkside View just about ready to go.

The Country Bear Jamboree has closed and is being remodeled. Here’s an article and a video going over the famous show.

Ok… deep breath… everyone needs to take a deep breath… the new park is not going to be a Disney topper. We all know that, right? No need for a massively deep dive, yes? Good. That said, Epic Universe from Universal does have some interesting and, frankly, potentially brilliant elements. Harry Potter and Nintendo can both, I think fairly, be considered proven and extremely appealing theme park areas. And the incorporation of the monsters fascinates me with the possibilities. It’s going to be a fantastic addition to Orlando vacations.

The gorilla in the Pacific

What’s the spot?



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