Monday, February 25, 2008

Enter to Win a Trip to Australia

Hey, we have another vacation sweepstakes to tell you about, with an opportunity to win a trip to Brisbane, Australia. This one does end on March 8, 2008, but you can enter once a day, so you have the opportunity to put in a few entries before the end of the sweepstakes. And, you never know...

The sweepstake's winner will receive a four-night getaway for him/herself and a friend, and includes roundtrip economy class tickets from the US to Brisbane on Qantas, plus 2 nights accommodations at Mantra Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise, then 2 nights at Mantra Mooloolaba.

The sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States (and the District of Columbia) and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are at least 18 years of age. The sweepstakes ends at 11:50 p.m. ET, February 29, 2008, so go to www.frommers.com/register and follow the links to register.

Now, I'm a big believer in sweepstakes, having won several in my life. You may not win, but you definitely won't win if you don't enter. Australia can be an expensive place for Americans to visit, so if you can visit for free, take the chance. It doesn't cost anything.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Vacation Sweepstakes

How would you like to win a vacation to Florida? I just opened up a copy of "Family Circle" and found this vacation sweepstakes you might like to enter. If you win you will get the use of a 9,000 sq. foot home in southerm Florida for you and three guests for 5 nights, complete with a private chef, chauffeured limo airport service and a housekeeper. The home has over an acre of gardens, with multi-level pools. On top of all that you'll get $20,000 to spend. The whole thing's worth $50,000, so you will have to think about that for taxes (yes, I think about those things).

Anyway, go on over to www.familycircle.com/win and enter. Good luck! Oh, and entries have to be received by the end of the day (Eastern Standard Time) on April 15, 2008)

You can also enter at:

www.bhg.com/win

www.traditionalhome.com/win

www.countryhome.com/win

www.kitchenbathideas.com/win

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Bodie Ghost Town in California

Are you into ghost towns? If you are you must, absolutely must
make it on over to Bodie State Historical Park, located northeast
of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road.

I haven't thought about Bodie for awhile, but when I saw a
question posed in my Squidoo Group (my Squidoo lens is, by the
way, http://www.squidoo.com/thingstodoinlosangeles ) about your
best travel experience in California, I immediately thought of
Bodie.

Bodie is one of the largest, and certainly most preserved, ghost
town in America. It's kept in a state of "arrested decay,"
meaning it won't deteriorate any further. There are numerous
streets with buildings as they were when they were deserted; you
can look inside and see things left as they were. Really
fascinating, and a little spooky. Some say it's haunted.

The streets go into the hills, so it's weird to look up at the
buildings on the hillsides in the distance and know they too sit
abandoned. There are also a couple cemetaries on the outskirts
of town. The last time I visited there were fresh flowers on
some of the graves.

When you visit be prepared to walk. It can get windy at times,
which just adds to the surrealness of it all, as the wind howls
through the deserted, haunted (again, some say) town.

Bodie was a booming gold mining town at one time. And it had a
reputation of being a mean town. Really mean. How mean? There
is this famous quote by a little girl in her diary after learning
her family was moving to Bodie. She wrote: "Goodbye God, I'm
going to Bodie." And so should everyone. It's a great visit.

The town is open all year round, from 8AM to 7PM in the time
between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and from 9AM to 4PM the rest
of the year.

Found this great YouTube video about Bodie. It focuses mostly on
the haunted side of Bodie, but you get a good idea of the town by
watching it. Enjoy.