Saturday, May 24, 2008

Fast Flying Fish Video - See it Here!

Okay, now, isn't fishing supposed to be somewhat relaxing? You know, just like the beginning of Andy Griffith, where he and Opie have their fishing rods, walking along a country path to the local creek (crick as some people say?)

Imagine many people's surprise when they saw that now famous video of the "fast flying fish" on their local news. The video was taken in Southern Japan, and recorded a flying fish sailing by a ferry, airborne for 45 seconds. They say that's the longest recorded flight of a flying fish. Amazing. To be honest, however, if I saw one of those flying fish zipping by my canoe I think my moment of "fishing zen" would be broken.

But, yes, it was interesting to watch. And, in case you haven't seen it, here it is - the infamous "fast flying fish" of Japan:

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hey, I Apologize About the Beaches Lists

Recently I posted a few top beaches lists. One of those lists included beaches where one was free not to wear anything. (meaning top (plus the word) less).

Well, guess what? The very next day my blog traffic fell by over half!!! And it's still low, a couple weeks later! Sure, there were some people who came looking for those types of beaches. But the other people stopped coming by! Some search engines stopped sending me people! So, I can only conclude that somehow that post was the culprit.

Anyway, I WANT MY VISITORS BACK! So, yes, I've dropped that list in my beaches list. Not that wanting an all-over tan is wrong! So, if you came looking for that particular list, I do apologize that it's no longer on this site.

Yeah, I know what you're thinking: what a weenie. (Uh, oh, weenie, will that lose me people too?)

Win a Trip to Chicago!

I came across this vacation sweepstakes and was totally "jazzed."

Enter to Win:

Enter to win a trip for two to the Chicago Jazz Festival (August 28-31, 2008), including round-trip airfare, four nights lodging, tickets for two to all evening performances in Millennium Park and Grant Park, two Chicago Jazz Festival t-shirts, and, as the rules state "other surprises." (No, I don't think they're going to let you play at the Festival).

Who Can Enter:

The "usual suspects," legal U.S. residents, 18 years or older.

How to Enter:

You can enter to win this great getaway prize by clicking on the "Sweepstakes" link Just follow the on-line instructions.

How Many Times Can I Enter:

Just once.

When Does the Sweepstakes End:

You have until 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time on 6/27/2008.

Hey, and while you're at the website, enter to win a saxophone. Two, actually.

Monday, May 12, 2008

My Savannah, GA Vacation

Just got back from a week in Savannah, Georgia and thought I'd share a few photos.

First, we stayed on Tybee Island, just about 20 minutes from Savannah. Coming from the West Coast, it was a little shocking how warm it was at the beach. In California you go to the beach to cool off. No cool ocean breeze there! But, the water was gentle and warm, and the view was gorgeous!

When in Savannah you gawk! There are historic buildings everywhere, all surrounding lovely city squares. And, no picture represents Savannah more than this fountain in Forsyth Park, which is a copy of one in Paris.

Another thing you do while in Savannah is take a tour. There are tours everywhere in the historic area, whether they be walking tours, bus tours, trolly tours or carriage tours. You can't look anywhere in Savannah without seeing some sort of tour. That's good news for people who like tours. Bad news if you're taking your own walking tour of the city and constantly being bombarded by competing tours.

Two of the most popular types of tours are the foody tours and ghost tours. One tour takes you to some of Paula Deen's favorite places (yep, that's Paula Deen from Food Network fame), with a stop at her brother's restaurant Uncle Bubba's Oyster House on the road from Savannah to Tybee Island. Another takes you to different food destinations, including Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady & Sons.

There seem to be more ghost tours in Savannah than there are ghosts. I think they're all pretty much the same, although some are walking tours and some are by trolly. We took a walking ghost tour and bumped into several other walking ghost tours. You're supposed to take your camera and hope you catch an orb in the photo. Orbs are supposedly the energy of a ghost which can show up as a spot of white light, or other colors. They say Savannah's the most haunted city in America, so it follows that orbs should show up everywhere. Some people in our group reported several orbs in their photos. No such luck in my photos. But, it was fun snapping pictures and learning about Savannah history.

What restaurants would I recommend you go to? Definitely check out The New South Cafe, 2601 Skidaway Road. The food there was outstanding and the service was incredibly friendly. If you're a meat eater, try the coffee crusted tenderloin of beef. Truly outstanding.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Woman's Day Boston Getaway Sweepstakes

Here's one more Women's Day vacation sweepstakes to tell you about (those people love sweepstakes!)

This one is a quick getaway to Boston, with the winner receiving two nights at Boston's historic Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, including a complimentary meal at celebrity chef Todd English's Bonfire Steakhouse. It doesn't look like airfare is included, so getting there is on you.

How to Enter:

You can enter by going to

Who can Enter:

Legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C., 18 years of age and older, except the employees of the sponsors and their immediate family members.

When Does Sweepstakes End?

You must enter by noon ET on May 30, 2008. You can enter once per day.

Remember, you will have to pay taxes on the amount of the prize, which is between $800 and $900.

Poppy Reserve - Antelope Valley, California

A Couple days ago I found out another reason why California is called "the Golden state." It's the poppies! Thousands of them. Millions of them! Okay, I have no idea how many poppies there are, but if you want to see the golden side of California, now's a great time of year to go to the Poppy Reserve in the Antelope Valley in Southern California (Los Angeles area).

There are many miles of trails to walk to view the fields of poppies, ranging from mild to moderate. Do bring sunscreen and definitely bring a camera.

That last picture shows three monks in orange robes walking the trails. The Reserve is located at 43779 15th St. West, Lancaster, CA. You can get more info at