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The Dreaming Tree

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ― Walt Disney

I recently joined a classic movies club (Turner Classic Movies Backlot) to further my goal of watching every Cary Grant movie that exists. Yes, weird, but a fun goal, nonetheless.

One of the perks of joining this group includes not only seeing classic films at our local movie theater, but also going on outings with our Des Moines Chapter. My first outing with this group was, in fact, a trip to Marceline, Missouri, the infamous hometown of Walt Disney.

Image from Louis Jordan

Although Disney did not spend his entire growing up years in Marceline (time was also split between Kansas City and Chicago), he is quoted as saying, "To tell the truth, more thing of importance happened to me in Marceline than have happened since – or are likely to in the future."

For all of you Disney fanatics, this is a gem of a place. For a fraction of the cost of going to Disneyland, you get the same Disneyland charm as you would in California. I'm not saying to skip the trip to Cali, but I found myself having the same happy feelings and caught myself smiling for no particular reason, just like I did while walking through Disneyland years ago.