Tagged: tourism

Atlantis Submarine in Oahu, Hawaii.

Photo of the Week: Atlantis Submarine

Ever feel like you’re being watched?

Of course you have; we all have.

Ever hear a strange whirring sound underwater, and think, “Oh, I’m just being watched by about 50 kids in a tourist submarine?”

No?

Me neither.

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Fijian landscape

Throwback Thursday: Fiji Honeymoon

I’d never heard of Air Pacific prior to booking our honeymoon flight to Fiji. It seemed like LAX hadn’t, either; our gate was in a forgotten far corner of the antiquated Bradley Terminal, a good half-mile away from the security checkpoint. No big deal, though: after the hot shower I’d had in the airport lounge, the commute was a pleasant way to wind down before the redeye flight. That is, it was leisurely until it was nearly time to board, and I realized I had left my passport behind at security.

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Dead dolphin at La Jolla Shores, San Diego, California

Throwback Thursday: Dead Dolphins and Live Whale Sharks

It was with a smug superiority that I returned to vacation: living it up while climbing ruins, rafting rivers, and stalking whale sharks was the name of the game. To summarize:

The Belizean landscape was raw and rife with exotic wildlife.

The Mayan ruins were breathtaking and fabulous.

The whale sharks were one of the bigger disappointments of my diving career.

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Moose are Masters of Disguise

Moose Alley in Pittsburg, NH Moose are big. Really big. Like, 1000 pounds big. As a kid, I had a dog. He was a yellow Labrador. His name was Chewy. He was pretty big. Not moose big, but definitely Labrador big. He didn’t really know his own size, though, and certainly didn’t see any reason []

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Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber

Chamber Day 2013 and Catalina Kelp Diving

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, marked the 25th annual Chamber Day on Catalina. The event benefits Catalina’s hyperbaric chamber, the only hyperbaric chamber in Southern California that is exclusively dedicated to the treatment of diving accidents. The Chamber, which is staffed 24/7/365 by volunteers, derives over half of its annual budget from Chamber Day proceeds. We []

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Baby Pandas are Adorable Fuzzy Lumps of Boring

Today was giant panda cub Xiao Liwu’s public debut at the San Diego Zoo. Xiao Liwu, whose name means “Little Gift,” was moved to his outdoor habitat yesterday, where he did all kinds of adorable baby animal stuff for the media. Now, I’m no expert, but my understanding of pandas is that they do three []

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lamb in Scipio Utah Petting Zoo

The Dirty Lamb -or- “In which our heroine falls asleep, and wakes up at a petting zoo in Utah”

If I had a superpower, it would be “can sleep in cars and planes indefinitely, especially if it is sunny.” We drove to Park City, Utah last Friday for a long weekend ski trip with friends. It’s actually not that bad a drive from San Diego–it took ten-ish hours, and a good portion of the []

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Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

This day in 2011: El Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

A year ago today, five of my best girlfriends accompanied me to San Juan, Puerto Rico for my bachelorette party. Our weekend of food and drink and sunshine was briefly punctuated by an educational trip to the El Morro fort. Its full name is a mouthful–Castillo de San Felipe del Morro–so you can see why []

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Unconditional Surrender Statue

Unconditional Surrender (The Kiss), San Diego

In the Port of San Diego stands a 25-foot-tall replica of the famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, V-J Day in Times Square. The photo ran in Life Magazine in 1945 with the caption, “In New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on []

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Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar at Killington Resort, Vermont

Killington, VT: Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar

Last August, runoff from Hurricane Irene flooded the Roaring Brook in Killington and destroyed part of the K-1 base lodge at Killington Resort. In the place of the pub that was destroyed, the mountain built the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar, a European-style outdoor bar area and deck that looks up at Superstar, one of the []

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