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  • Last time miss equaliser Last time miss equaliser

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      his depressionAs Barcelona and real Madrid last summer the team most big-name signings, omar in the 85th minute direct dialogue with the bell candidly admit defeat, bear shows his astonishing speed,Mizuno Wave Ignitus 3 manthalderon forcible overtaking busquets, all the way into the box score At bell after the unreasonable goal, in fact, Barcelona have equalised The 89th minute, Harvey straight edge, his shot after the ball on the pillar This shot to Kathy surprised out in a cold sweat, but a miss is as a mile, Barcelona will eventually missed the chance of the game into extra-time Martino will see his arranged in the first half on the right, Mizuno Supersonic Wave but he failed to form a threat Boss to adjust in the second half, will see his move to the left, and his performance also have obvious improvement Real Madrid right-back slip Hal omar in the defense and ragged, but after missing the decisive goal, omar can only wait for another chance to prove myself

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  • Jewish Museums of North Americ Jewish Museums of North America

    • From: laurierappeport
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      The Jewish population of the United States stands at barely 3% of America's total residents but the community has been an intergral part of the American landscape since Colonial times. Throughout the country museums, small and large, exist which attest to the unique role that Jews see for themselves in America and their commitment to their heritage.

      Wherever I travel I try to search out Jewish museums. Every region gives its own flavor to the American Jewish experience and by observing them I enjoy the opportunity to see the American Jewish world in all is diversity.

      Jewish Museum of Oregon

      In the mid-1800s the German Jewish immigration to American began to gain momentum. Most of these immigrants settled along the East Coast but some adventurous pioneers moved westward. In 1849  two German Jewish immigrants traveled to Oregon and settled in the frontier town of Portland. By 1853 enough additional Jewish men had arrived in the town to create the need for a boardinghouse for Jewish bachelors and  the Jewish community continued to expand.

       

      Today Portland has a vibrant Jewish community. The Jewish Museum of Oregon traces the Jewish presence in the northeast with a wide range of exhibits that help you appreciate the sacrifices that the early Jewish settlers made to come and live in the Pacific Northwest. The museum houses a large archive that contains documents, photos and artifacts that document the Jewish immigration and settlement in the region. You can also listen to some of the old-timers whose memories are recorded via the museum's  oral history program.  

       

      Modern Portland Jewish history is on display via temporary exhibits which display Judaica and elements of Jewish culture and tradition. These exhibits are not necessarily unique to Oregon, but their inclusion in the museum ensures that the exhibits meet the needs of present-day visitors for Jewish information. Films, concerts and lectures are scheduled throughout the year -- the website provides information about these events.

       

       

      Jewish Museum of Charleston

      It may seem incongruous to have a full-blown, high quality Jewish museum in a city with a miniscule Jewish population but 200 years ago there were more Jews in Charleston than in almost any other American colony. Charleston is the historical home of one of North America's first Jewish communities. The Charter of South Carolina, written in 1669, granted liberty of conscience to all residents, specifically noting "Jews, heathens, and dissenters." Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch Jews saw Charleston as a haven where they could  live freely as Jews. Charleston was a center of Jewish life until well into the 20th century and a congregation still remains.

       

      The Jewish Museum of Charleston displays a wide range of exhibits that explore Jewish culture, showing how Jews celebrated and commemorated holidays and rituals hundreds of years ago till today. The museum's permanent exhibition -- Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey examines the Jewish experience of the last 4000 years as it is perceived through various art forms. The display area presents a diverse collection of archaeological objects, ceremonial implements, photographs, videos and interactive media that offers an overview of the American Jewish experience.

       

      The museum is located in the Kahal Kadosh synagogue. Kahal Kadosh was built in 1749 to serve the Sephardic (Spanish and Portuguese) Jews. It became one of America's first Reform Temples when the changing demographics of the Charleston Jewish community created a need for change in the mid 1800s.  The Museum traces the history of this evolution as well as of the Reform reinterpretation of Jewish traditions, the interaction of Jewish community of Charleston with other cultures and the impact that these historical events have had on American Jewish life.

       

      Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

      There are Holocaust Museums all over the world but the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, located in Atlanta Georgia, tells the story of the Holocaust by exploring the lives of over 400 survivors who made their way to Georgia and Alabama after the war.

       

      Using documents, photos and biographical details of the survivors the museum demonstrates the progression of the Holocaust years, starting with the persecutions and moving on to the ghettos, the concentration camps and, for very few, final freedom.

       

      Holocaust survivors that made their way to the southern United States have become successful and valued members of their communities. These people gave their time, money and memories to  the museum to contribute to Holocaust education in their community. Probably the most moving part of the museum involved the survivors' stories which personalized the exhibit in a way that photos and documents can never achieve. The Breman museum adds a great deal to the public's knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust.

        

      Milken Archives of Jewish Music

      The Los Angeles-based Milken Archives of Jewish Music was created by the Milken Foundation as a resource through which the history and the evolution of American Jewry can be traced by examining Jewish American liturgy and music. Beginning with data that documents the 17th century Sephardic Jews who arrived from Brazil, the Archive documents the unique songs and chants that are associated with American Jewish history.

       

      The first Jews in America were of Spanish and Portuguese origin. After they escaped the Inquisition they moved to Holland and from Holland they joined the expeditions to the New World. When Portugal conquered Brazil from Holland and brought the Inquisition to South America the Jews fled northward to the new American colonies. They brought their Iberian traditions and Sephardic culture with them and early American Jewish worship was characterized by Sephardic melodies and liturgy.

       

      German Jews began to immigrate to America in the mid-1800s. Some synagogues incorporated the new German customs, including those of the German-based Reform denomination, into their services. By the late 1800s a great immigration that would eventually encompass over 2 million Eastern European Jews was underway -- this wave laid the groundwork for an American Jewish community that, until today, is mostly Ashkanazic. The Milken Archives has created recordings that trace each of these groups through their prayers, especially Ashkanazi cantorial music. As a researcher who is interested in American Jewish history, I found numerous helpful resources and materials available at the Archives. The Archives also offer these resources online.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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  • Valley of Fire State Park Valley of Fire State Park

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      There's more to do in the Las Vegas area than the Strip. Heading out on our mile hike to find Fire Wave in the Valley of Fire state park.

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  • Fire Wave in the Valley of Fir Fire Wave in the Valley of Fire state park

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      There is more to see in the Las Vegas area than the strip.  Fire Wave in the Valley of Fire state park, an hour northeast of Las Vegas.

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  • Young boy riding in a wave Young boy riding in a wave

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      Early morning in Waikiki, a you boy also trying out the surf.

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  • Halong Bay islets Halong Bay islets

    • From: indochinasails
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      Am Islet

      On the route to Quan Lan – Ngoc Vung islands; Am Rock or Kettle Islet is situated in Bai TuLong Bay. An island jutting out of the seawaters, the teapot of the Jade Emperor, who accidentally dropped it into Ha Longso, and its handle was broken.

      Ba Trai Dao Islet

      This island consists of three small mountains with the height of 23 m, seen from afar; resemble three peaches (Ba Trai Dao). The island connects to a legend of about the romantic love between a youngest fairy who was very pretty with a young and poor fisherman. Because of feeling in love with him, she stole three peaches from Heaven for him, which if he ate, would give him eternal life, allowing them to live together forever. The King of the Heavens discovered the robbery and turned the peaches into three stone islands. Chastised, the young fairy had to return.

      Today, Ba Trai Dao is a famous tourist attraction with three nice fairy beaches, romantic landscape. It is 22 km from south north of Bãi Cháy Tourist Wharf.

       
      But Islet

      Some 30-minute boating away from the Con Coc Islet, on the way to the Three Peaches Islet, visitors see a pen bobbing (But Islet) in the seawaters. This constitutes a monument of knowledge Mother Dragon wanted to pass down to the present-day generations. Lying adjacent to the Pen Islet is a small attractive beach. Tourists can anchor there to take a bath

      Cho Da Islet

      In the itinerary of Thien Cung – Dau Go – Ti Top, after visiting Thien Cung and Dau Go, one needs 10 minutes boating to the Cho Da Islet or Stone Dog Islet. Some 8 m up the islet one can figure out a piece of stone in the shape of a dog sitting with its back to the sea, standing guard for the safety of seagoing boats for millions of years.

      Con Coc Islet

      Con Coc or Toad Islet is one of the most exquisite works nature has presented Ha Long. Just imagine, an 8-meter-tall toad sitting to wait for rain amidst the vastness of the sea. The Toad Islet lies in the southeast of Ha Long Bay, 17 km away from the tourist boat wharf.

      Dau Moi Islet

      Dau Moi Islet lies in the middle of the route between Am Islet and Dua Islet in Bai Tu Long Bay. The islet resembles the head of a termite, a kind of insect often seen prior to the rainy season. Dau Moi Islet is listed in the diversified “animal collection” of Ha Long Bay.

      Dau Nguoi (Head) Islet

      From a far, you can see a 25-meter islet, which reminds us of a huge Egyptian head with a big nose. Its chin lies close to the sea surface. Many people associate it with the image of the Egyptian Sphinx. The Dau Nguoi Islet in Ha Long Bay, a masterpiece of nature, has its own poetic beauty as it lies amidst seawaters. The islet lies near Luon Cave, 13 km away from the tourist wharf.

      Dinh Huong Islet

      In the itinerary of Thien Cung – Dau Go – Ti Top, one finds Dinh Huong Islet or Lu Huong (Incense Burner Islet) to the southwest of Dau Go Island. Passing the Stone Dog Islet and the Con Meo Cat Islet, one sees an imposing stone slab resting on two other small stones stands blocked the way. The stone slab resembles a huge incense burner, which lies in the middle of the sea as a holy object to worship the Sky and Earth.

      Dua Islet

      In Bai Tu Long Bay, some 7 km east of Bai Tho (Poem) Mountain stands a stone islet, which resembles a huge magic wand in Andersen’s fairy tales. It clarifies the geological and geomorphologic significance of Ha Long Bay. Dua Islet serves as an interesting tourist site and a “lighthouse” for seagoing boats.

      Mat Quy Islet

      Boating past the Am Islet some 20 minutes, we see Mat Quy Islet or Monster Head Islet, which protrudes about 30-35 m from the waters of Bai Tu Long Bay. Nature has carved the rock in the shape of a monster head, with a rough big nose standing out from a distorted face. From whatever angle, one still find it horrible.

      Ngon Tay Islet

      On the way to Ti Top Island, visitors see a stone rock resembling a thump jutting out of the sea. Nature has put the Ngon Tay (Finger) Islet here as a reminder of many interesting extras in the discovery of Ha Long.

      Oan Islet

      Situated 300 m away from Bai Tho Mountain and 5 km from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf, a 22-meter islet stands out in Bai Tu Long Bay. It has the shape of truncated sticky rice, which serves as an offering to Buddha. French tourists pay special attention to this rock as in 1992; a French famous actress came there to film some shots of the film Indochina. In the island, some settings are still preserved including the stone-paved road to the beach (often called the Slave Pier), the prisons, etc.

       
      Soi Sim Islet

      Soi Sim is an soil island 400 m away from Ti Top Island, and 7-8 km from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. In the island there are many ancient trees. The Ha Long Bay Management Board is going to build a system of guesthouses equipped with modern facilities. At present, a small beach has been improved and upgraded, adding more charm to the attractive holiday resort.

      Su Tu Bien Islet

      On the canoe route to Thien Cung - Dau Go Grottoes, one should visit Sea Lion Islet, which is 10 minutes away from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. Amidst the vast seawaters of Ha Long, you recognize a high rock jutting from the sea, resembling a lion stretching.

      Thien Nga Islet

      In the waters of Bai Tu Long Bay, a stone islet is bobbing like an alluring and graceful swan (Thien Nga) - a swan losing its herd. This stone swan has taken up countless time and rolls of film of tourist near and far.

      Trong Mai Islet

      Trong Mai or the Kissing Cocks is situated on the south-west side of Ha Long Bay, 5 km from the tourist wharf near to Dinh Huong Islet. In a somewhat large expanse of open sea, the island seems to grow up from the bottom of the deep emerald waters. At sunset, the island with the height of over 10 m is bright red and in a somewhat tottery position. Their tiny legs support heavy bodies, and it appears that one strong wave could throw the two stone blocks into the sea. However, hundreds of millions of years have passed, and the Trong Mai is still there. The image of the island is the logo of Ha Long Bay and Vietnam Tourism.

      Xep Islet

      Xep Islet or Layer Islet is a huge, multi-layered, square piece of stone which looks like an Egyptian pyramid built in the middle of the Bai Tu Long Bay, Cam Pha District.

      Yen Ngua Islet

      The Yen Ngua or Saddle Islet lies in Ha Long Bay, in the centre of the World Heritage Area. Nature has creatively shaped two pieces of stone, one high and one lower, which are linked together to form an imposing rock, looking like a saddle. Boats can go through underneath. The whole rock resembles a sewing machine. How wonderful to have such a magnificent but elegant “saddle”, jutting some 10 m above the sea surface.

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  • Pony Swim Diary Pony Swim Diary

    • From: karthur22
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      Pony  Swim"So let me get this straight. They swim a bunch of horses across the water to Chickopeake?"

      "Yes, it's quite lovely. And they're ponies and it's called "Chincoteague! CHINCOTEAGUE!!"

      Although my memory of the original conversation is hazy, that's kind of how my wife Rachel first introduced me to the place she and her mother went to religiously every last week in July and where they dragged me along back in 2002.

      Flash forward to 2011 and I've come back for Pony Penning Week every year since. Like Rachel and her mom, I fell in love with Chincoteague, its people and its famous herd of ponies. What makes each Pony Swim extra special is the fact that we have a standing reservation with Captain Barry Frishman, who always manages to get us front-row seats. This past summer was no exception and it was, as usual, a day to remember.

      4 a.m., July 27, 2011: The alarm clock rings and it's pitch black outside. Rachel, why are we getting up so early on our vacation? As I clear the cobwebs from my head I remember that today is the 86th annual Chincoteague Pony Swim and it's time to haul ourselves over to the boat.

      4:30 a.m.: Stumbling out of our car in the parking lot in front of the Chincoteague Inn I notice that at this early hour it's so quiet that even the ducks must still be asleep. We head over to the dock where our host for the day and Chincoteague waterman extraordinaire, Captain Barry, is already aboard his pontoon boat, his headlamp cutting through the darkness as he makes final preparations. It's time to get going if we want to get a good spot for the swim.

      Rachel hops on board first, then her mother, Darby, followed closely by our 8-year-old niece, Penelope, and finally our good friends and fellow Pony Swim aficionados, Linda and Jeff Wild. With the exception of Penelope, who's seeing the event up close for the first time, we're all Pony Penning veterans (or some would say crazies). It's Darby's 16th year, Rachel's 15th, Jeff and Linda's 10th and my 8th.

      5 a.m.: We set off into the darkness. Ahh, there's nothing like the smell of the water at this time of morning. The Pony Swim gods have favored us this year with a completely clear sky from which peeks a crescent moon. Not so in previous years, when our pre-dawn excursion was met with a zero visibility fog or a pounding rain worthy of "The Deadliest Catch."

      And there, off in the distance over on Assateague is the Chincoteague Lighthouse, like an old friend keeping us company with its steady flashes. Hold on, we're not alone out here on the water. There are a few other boats making their way to the swim.

      5:30 a.m.: We have finally arrived at the channel between Chincoteague and Assateague, where the ponies will make their crossing, and there are already a lot of other boats on scene. I thought we left early, but have these people slept here all night? Oh well, there's still plenty of room for us and we set anchor a few boats over from the end of the marsh.

      By the way, marsh plus early morning on Chincoteague equals a skeeter red alert so it's time to bring out the bug spray.

      One of the great aspects of the event is the fact that there's a great camaraderie amongst all the boat captains; all the vessels on our side of the channel tie up to each other so that if you wanted to, you could almost literally walk from boat to boat from one bank of the waterway to the other.

      I haven't yet mentioned that over the past couple of days, word has been circulating on the island that this year's swim is slated to occur between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. when the tide is slack so the ponies won't have to fight the current. Okay, we got here and now we've only got about seven hours to kill. Seven hours! Anyone have a copy of "War and Peace"?

      7 a.m.: We see a tailfin in the water, then another. Cue the theme from "Jaws." Oops, those aren't great white sharks. They're dolphins. As they dive and surface right in front of our assembled armada they seem to be saying to each other, "What the heck are all these boats doing anchored here and what are they waiting for? Ponies swimming? It's time to catch some fish somewhere else."

      7:15 a.m.: I hear a sizzling from the back of the boat which I hope isn't the sound of the engine on fire. Not to worry. It's only Captain Barry, who's gotten his hotplate going to make us all egg sandwiches. Compared to Barry, Captain Merrill Stubing from "Love Boat" seems like a lowly deck hand. The entire Pony Swim experience wouldn't be the same without Barry, one of the most dynamic people I've ever known, whose joy about the natural beauty and wildlife of Chincoteague leaves a smile with all who have the pleasure of being aboard his boat.

      8 a.m.: The waiting continues. Still over four hours to go. By now a large crowd has already gathered on the other side of the channel at the end of Pony Swim Lane where the ponies come ashore.

      10 a.m.: Okay folks, no monkey business now because a couple of Coast Guard vessels have arrived. They're here to maintain order and safety amongst the assembled Pony Swim viewers but also they eventually get to shoot off a big red flare, not for fun, of course -- although I'm sure there's competition between Coast Guard officers for that honor, since how often can you shoot off a big flare? -- but to formally declare that the tide is slack and alert the famous Saltwater Cowboys that it's time to herd the ponies down the marsh and into the channel.

      10:15 a.m.: One of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company's boats makes an inspection of the channel and I wave to my good friend and CVFC member Roe Terry, who also happens to be one of the island's most talented decoy carvers.

      10:30 a.m.: There are two guys on horseback on the bank in front of Pony Swim Lane. Our first cowboys have arrived. It can't be long now, we think. We're wrong.

      11:10 a.m.: The Saltwater Cowboys' signature red and white horse barge, on which the cowboys will transport their horses once the ponies have made their crossing, makes its way to the Assateague side of the channel. I could never get my horse even near a barge like that, so it's amazing that they're able to load their horses so easily when the time comes.barge

      11:25 a.m.: What do you get when you combine orange juice and champagne? If you said 'mimosas,' you're correct. But not ordinary mimosas, because on Pony Swim day they're made by Captain Barry, who -- and I'm not making this up -- actually hand squeezes the oranges with a juicer he keeps on board.

      11:52 a.m.: We must be getting closer to showtime because three advance riders arrive on the Assateague shoreline and their horses are loaded onto the barge and taken across to Chincoteague.

      1:10 p.m.: Can you see if they've got the flare gun? I think so ... no, false alarm. Wait a minute, I think I see it -- yes, there it goes! After much anticipation the Coast Guard finally lights the red flare. By now there are thousands of people ringing the shoreline on foot and in boats and a great cheer erupts from the crowd. The waiting is over.Pony Swim flare

      1:20 p.m.: At first you hear what might be a distant rumble of thunder on the wind, but then the sound become more distinct -- men shouting and horses whinnying that gets louder and louder. Finally you see what we've all been waiting for since 5:30 a.m. -- the Saltwater Cowboys on their trusty horses leading the wild ponies of Chincoteague, stallions heading up the herd as mares and their foals follow behind, paints, chestnuts, palominos, bays and buckskins all on the march. There's no time for dillydallying with only a small window of time for slack tide and so the cowboys urge the herd forward. The lead ponies -- is that Surfer Dude I see up front? -- hit the water first and initially it's shallow enough that they can walk into the channel. But soon enough the water deepens and they start swimming.

      "You want me to go across there?" the foals seem to say to their mothers, but eventually they're coaxed forward, too, amidst the constant whooping of the cowboys, and the entire herd is doing the doggie paddle. What a sight -- and best of all this entire scene has unfolded right in front of our boat.

      Four minutes later, it's all over when the last pony makes it ashore on Chincoteague.Pony Swim shore

      1:30 p.m.: Captain Barry raises anchor and fires up the engine to get out of there as quickly as possible to avoid the ensuing maritime rush hour of other boats trying to do the same. The fun's not over yet and thanks to the generosity of Daisey's Dockside, Barry is able to let us off there temporarily so we can watch the cowboys lead the horses down Main Street to the carnival grounds. I

      2:25 p.m.: We join the crowds that have gathered on both sides of Main Street. Right now I'm hearing Tom Petty singing "the waiting is the hardest part," which is what this day seems to be all about. Fortunately, as the sweat from the afternoon heat drips down our faces, we soon see the flashing lights of the law enforcement vehicles clearing the way and the Saltwater Cowboys make a repeat entrance, with the ponies this time, a few feet in the street in front us. Just like the swim, the parade goes like clockwork and it's time to get back to the boat for the final leg of our journey.

      2:45 p.m.: We arrive back at the dock at the Chincoteague Inn. Have we really been on the boat for more than 10 hours? Everyone's exhausted but, as they say, it's a good kind of tired, having had the privilege of yet again being so close to such a great spectacle.

      Captain Barry's BoatWho in their right mind would want to do this again --getting up before the crack of dawn, waiting for hours on a boat in the middle of the channel in all weather conditions? WE would! As we head back to our cars we all agree with Barry -- same time next year.

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  • Stirring up the Wildlife Stirring up the Wildlife

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      After 7 years of marriage my husband and I finally were able to take a kid free vacation.  We decided to join up with my husband cousin and his wife for a week in Daytona.  At the time I didn’t really know the couple, meeting them briefly at a family events years before.  After the flight, car ride, and check in, we decided to make our way to the ocean front.  My husband and his cousin went in first and were several yards ahead.  They turned to face myself and the shore as a large wave rolled toward us.  I turned sideways so I would not catch a full frontal hit, losing my top! Turning back towards the men I realized there were three sets of eyes staring at me.  The third belonged to a 1200 lb manatee which had popped his head up directly between the other two!

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  • Uluru Rock Curl Uluru Rock Curl

    • From: nclausing
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      The base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) is eroded in such a way that in places, it looks like a rock wave breaking over visitors' heads. It's almost vertigo-inducing--right after I shot this, I had to go step away from the rock for a moment to get my bearings again.

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  • Flags and Fountain Flags and Fountain

    • From: gdcall
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      I took this photo of the Amarican flag at the At Museum in Forest park St.Louis Missouri. The flags were set up on Art Hill as a memorial to all who lost their life on 9/11

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  • Six Flags Magic Mountain Calif Six Flags Magic Mountain California Amusement Park

    • From: VJ Traveler
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      One of the best all around amuesment parks for ages 8-and up. We went after school started. Why? Cooler tempatures, less crowd. The park is only open on the weekends after school starts.

      The roller coaster park is located in sunny, sometimes very hot, Valencia California. There is an adjoining water park- that we did not even attempt to go to because our trip was just over the weekend and we drove 10 hours from Oregon.

      We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn which, if we wanted to we could of walked or caught the hotel shuttle to the park. We drove, which for us that was a good choice because the hotel shuttle you have to reserve a time slot for both arriving and departing the park and we weren't sure what time we would be done. The hotel was clean, had a hot tub to soak in after long day of walking at park and buffet style breakfast which was good, but the Marie Callendar's breakfast buffet is far superior for about the same price and you can walk to it from the hotel.

      We had bought our tickets $36.99 online and had pre-printed tickets- which are a bit discounted from ticket booth. The parking is still $15. We did buy the Fast Pass ticket "Gold" but when we got to park to pick up little gizmo they give you to get on rides, ended up buying the "Platinum" because it cuts down on all the wait time, and if you want, you can ride the ride twice (except XMen, Green Hornet & Superman). If you are wondering if it is worth the extra money- BIG YES on that! If your on a budget, I would spare the souvenirs and get the FAST PASS. You will get to experience more of the rides and won't get all tired out and hot standing in line. Really good if you have kids.

      I saw people with babies in strollers and I was thinking "Are they nuts?!" too loud & over whelming for little ones. To ride most of the good rides you have to meet the 54" mark anyway. 42" for some of the less wild rides. But all the walking in the heat is bound to make anyone tired let alone a five year old. 

      We bought shoe gel inserts and wore enclosed shoes, I saw peoples flip flops down in some of the crevices on the ground underneth the roller coasters along with some barf on Green Lantern. Anything with a heal is out of the questions as you end up walking up and down some pretty steep hills to get to all the rides.

      We drank plenty of water before, during and after because most of the drinks offered at the park are full of High Fructose Corn Syrup and that is not a good choice to stay hydrated. There is a restaurant #63 on map Food Etc. that is air condidtioned and you can get something light to drink/eat and cool off.

      We did not go on any of the water rides like Tidal Wave or Roaring Rapids because we did not bring extra socks, shoes etc. Nothing worse than walking around in wet shoes. Yuck. But if you prepare, they have lockers and it could be lots of fun on a hot day. 

      One a scale of 1-10 - Six Flags Magic Mountain is a 10 if you plan a little, don't eat a bunch of junk to puke, because you will, and Fast Pass all the way!

      PS If you are thinking Iphone app- read the review on the Six Flags app before you spend 99 cents. I bought it and I thought it was a waste of 99 cents. Most of the other reviewers did too.

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  • Big Wave Shrimp Truck Offering Big Wave Shrimp Truck Offerings

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      Yummy shrimp at the Big Wave Shrimp Truck on the North Shore!

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  • Big Wave Shrimp Truck on North Big Wave Shrimp Truck on North Shore

    • From: Megtff
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      One of my favorite (as well as the LOST cast's favorite) shrimp trucks on the north shore.

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  • LOST cast loves Big Wave Shrim LOST cast loves Big Wave Shrimp Truck

    • From: Megtff
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      The cast from LOST used to frequent the Big Wave Shrimp truck during filming of the TV show. This picture is at the North Shore shrimp truck as it's claim to fame!

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  • Blue Hawaii Blue Hawaii

    • From: kochmanski
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      I took this picture of a wave crashing against a rock in Oahu, HI. The two toned blue ocean against the blue sky captured my eye against the contrast of the rock.

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  • Riding the Pipeline Riding the Pipeline

    • From: Megtff
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      Watching surfers at dusk at the Banzai Pipeline (Ehukai Beach). This surfer caught a perfect wave...riding the pipeline!

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  • Banzai Pipeline Banzai Pipeline

    • From: Island Gal
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      Probably the most famous wave in the world--The Banzai Pipeline--North Shore of Oahu.

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  • Voluntourism in Paradise! Bodh Voluntourism in Paradise! Bodhi Surf School in Uvita, Costa Rica

    • From: mcoatley
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      While scouring the internet to plan our most recent adventure, I stumbled upon a travel forum thread about surfing in Costa Rica. A simple quote from a post struck a chord for me: Don't surf places, surf people. I can't recall the name of the website or the the reviewer, but I owe him or her a debt of gratitude. Ever since I read it, I've felt grounded and comforted by the weight of that line. Leave it to a wandering hippie surfer dude to come up with the direct yet eloquent travel motto I've been desperately struggling to put into words!


      Since Josh and I launched our self-imposed volun-touring sabbatical a little over a year ago, people have often asked us how we choose where to travel, what to do while we’re there, where to stay, etc. Only now, after so much wasted time trying to wrestle fate and figures into tidy travel spreadsheets, can I fully appreciate the awesome, door-opening force of simple, one-on-one human connection. It is the one thing (besides online flight check-in and noise-canceling headphones) that we've relied on every time we travel. Initiating each of our trips by cold-calling a few locals has always (and often miraculously) landed Josh and I in the right place at the right time.   


      We flew to Texas on a whim after a few emails with the Habitat for Humanity crew leader.  We trekked half-way around the world to meet up with a good friend, a family of inn keepers and a biking travel guide in New Zealand.  We drove cross-country to meet an eco-spa guru and mingled with the owners of some very comfortable couches. Though there's something to be said for the picture-perfect beauty of rocky trails, city centers and sweeping vistas, each place we've visited has held no greater bounty than its people.


      Our new-found golden rule held true in Costa Rica as well! We drew the blueprints for our Latin America adventure after a brief online chat with the owners of Bodhi Surf School in Uvita/Bahia Ballena. While searching for volunteer opportunities and surfing lessons online, I discovered an ex-peace corps volunteer and his buddy, Travis Bays and Gibran Garcia, who were running a small, eco- and community-conscious surf school in a tiny fishing village on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. After hearing about our unconventional segue into voluntourism, these two took pause in the middle of their busy lives to help Josh and I plan our trip from soup to nuts!

      Helping Gibran with Grupo Surf - Bodhi's own Local Youth Group

      As we learned from Travis, the word 'bodhi' is Sanskrit for 'awakening' or 'enlightenment'. We soon discovered that this moniker perfectly portrays the ambitious undertakings of this progressive, family/friend operation. Travis and Gibran are not content to just earn a living playing in the water. Surf lessons are a means to their loftier goal - To awaken and enlighten others with 'experiences that connect individuals with nature and increase environmental and social awareness.' Yeah, it sounds a bit poetic and existential for a couple of surfer dudes. But after a week of tailing Travis and Gibran through Uvita, I can attest that these guys aren't just jumping on the 'green' bandwagon. They truly walk the walk, and they expect others to do the same. *Sign Bodhi Surf School's Ocean Guardian Pledge.* 

      Travis and Gibran treated us to a walking tour of the community and introductions to other local business owners. After several years working for the Peace Corps in Uvita, Travis knows first-hand the trials and tribulations of this 900-person community. Due to the recent development of a newly-paved highway and the influx of tourism on the central coast, Uvita is in the process of transitioning from a quiet, self-sufficient farming and fishing village to a hub for foreign travelers. The area is a goldmine for tourists interested in everything from beach-side relaxation, to jungle adventures and eco-tourism activities. *Read a brief history of Uvita and Bahia Ballena.*

       

      Every morning, as Josh and I ate our huevos at the hotel cafe, we'd watch a dozen pick-up trucks haul tour boats down to the National Park. Though many of the villagers are very proud to be able to show off their little piece of paradise, they understand that the increase in traffic comes at a cost.

      Community Tour with Travis & Gibran

      Members of Bodhi Surf School are actually leading the way in bringing best practices for sustainable marine tourism to Bahia. Pilar, (Travis's wife and Bodhi's yoga instructor) is working with the KETO Foundation Costa Rica and the Marino Ballena boat tour operators association to to coordinate their local marine sustainability efforts. In January, Bodhi also won the Making a Difference Award from SustainableTrip.org for their efforts in furthering social responsibility within the travel industry.

       

      While staying in town, we pitched in by helping a local tour company, Bahia Aventuras, build a recycling station and label the native plants on their property. 

      Painting Signs for Native Plants & Building a Recycling Station

      with Mikayla, Ramer and Katie

      As a country without an organized military presence, Costa Rica has been known to funnel substantial monies into education. Yet Osa area schools have a high dropout rate at the start of high school (between 6th and 7th grade). Children who do dropout of school typically start to work in the local 'informal' economy.  The youth of Bahia are no exception, and Bahia's children will need the skills to participate in the larger global marketplace, but it's a tough sell to keep them in school without supportive government requirements.

      We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help Gibran run a surfing lession with Grupo SURF, a free youth group initiated by Bodhi Surf to help get local children engaged in surfing and community service and also keep them focused on their futures. Children of all ages and skill levels had a ball with the Bodhi team during 2 hours of surfing and a pick-up soccer game. 

       

      But these kids aren't just in it for fun! Members of Grupo SURF helped us to plant trees and pick up trash around the community soccer field. We also learned about a project they're undertaking that involves tracking any trash strewn around town using GPS coordinates and then create a community-wide plan for litter clean-up and prevention. *Learn more about Grupo SURF's projects and achievements.*

      Planting Trees around the Soccer Field in Bahia Ballena

      And, on top of all this, Travis and Gibran even found time to teach Josh and I to surf! We spent time on the sand with Travis, learning foot placement and how to pop up on the board. Then we waded into the waves, with our soft-top boards in tow. As we lay on the board, Travis turned us toward the shore and shouted for us to paddle. With just a bit of expert instruction, Josh popped up and caught the first wave that passed! All the while, Gibran was on the sand, snapping great photos and video to send home with us.

       

       

      After a second lesson with Gibran, Josh and I were both paddling into the waves, turning around on our own and finding our balance. We weren't sure that Bodhi could fulfull their mission of 'awakening our inner surfers'. But, after just 2 morning surf lessons on the Whale's Tail Beach, Josh and I built a connection to and comfortability in the ocean that will stay with us for life.

       

      Travel is supposed to be fun and exciting! However, for me, the thought of landing in a different city or country, not speaking the language or knowing what to expect, still falls somewhere between nerve-racking and downright terrifying! I can honestly say that, having followed the golden rule of the wandering hippie surfer, Josh and I have felt safe, comfortable and cared for in every place we've visited. In fact, we're so accustomed to being immersed in the local culture on our trips, that we find ourselves reminiscing about the people we've met more often than the things we've seen and done. Real, global friendships have been forged that will not soon be forgotten.

       

      So, for those of you planning to hit the open road, my fail-safe travel tip is best summed up in a quote:

       

      Don't surf places, surf people.

       

      Think of some amazing people; people you want to meet, to learn from, to be transformed by, to play with…  Then, go out there and find them! And, if you're not sure where to start searching for amazing people, I know of a few down on Costa Rica's wild blue Pacific coast who would be happy to inspire you. 

      

      Morning Run with the Butterflies on the Whale's Tail Beach

      


       

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    • From: jpcjulia19
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      My camera was perfectly straignt, not sure how the wave happened! Driving on the Astoria Megler Bridge heading toward Washington

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    • From: Edward Bell
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      Not the biggest waves they have ever had but big enough to enjoy.  Oahu's North shore (Sunset Beach)  There were some great 15 to 20 foot waves.  Watching these guys surf was killing me; they were so causal about it and made it look easy.

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