I have a few relatives, who see
traveling as a huge waste of money. “You go, you spend lots of money and
then you come home. And, what do you have to show for it all”? Poor Uncle
Joe; he never took a vacation more than 100 miles away from his own front door.
He certainly missed out on one of life’s great experiences – traveling the
world and marveling at the many wonderful things in life that can stimulate our
senses. The Sights. The Sounds. The Smells. The Tastes. The Feel. Merveilleux!
Years ago, many of those from
“the greatest generation” primarily spent their vacations visiting
and staying with out-of-town relatives. Some went away just to escape the
sweltering heat of the city. Others often chose modest getaways that weren’t
too far from home or too expensive to visit. The accounts of their vacation
experiences have become legendary. Are they not best remembered by the home
movies and slide shows, which inspired so many of our parent’s most artful
excuses to “make it an early night?” Anything to beg out and avoid
the boredom of watching those same embarrassing old films of Aunt Rose in her
bulging, one piece bathing suit. And, did they really care enough to need to
find out what some squirrel did with an acorn in the Pocono woods five years
earlier? Neither scene was ever inspiring enough to trigger a copycat vacation
booking by my parents.
Times certainly have changed.
Today, almost everyone looks forward to a memorable vacation. The word
“memorable” is strongly emphasized, since huge numbers of people now
go on vacations to emotionally “connect” with interesting and often
exotic places and peoples. And, we all seem to want to share our wonderful
experience with others – but, not by way of …
The classic Tahoe dump is
happening right now. It’s the kind of snowfall that will be recalled for years
to come in a litany of tall tales that start with “Do you remember the
snow of January 2010?”
A series of winter storms that
began during the Martin Luther King holiday on January 17 delivered a couple of
feet of snow to Lake Tahoe’s highest peaks and nearly a foot at lake level. But
that’s just the beginning. As the week progresses, the storms are expected to
become more ferocious, with colder temperatures and more precipitation. By
Saturday, the Sierra crest will most likely have 10 feet of fresh snow.
Forecasters are expecting this to be the most snow-producing series of storms
the Sierra has seen in the last five years. It looks like El Niño is
here to stay for the rest of January.
As of Tuesday, January 19, Alpine
Meadows, Boreal, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, and Squaw Valley are reporting
more than 20 inches of new snow. Sugar Bowl and Sierra-at-Tahoe are reporting
18 inches, and Heavenly has nearly a foot of the fresh stuff. So far this year
the Tahoe resorts with the deepest snowpacks-all greater than 80 inches–are
Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley, and Sugar Bowl. The southern Sierra is
enjoying the benefits of the same weather pattern. Mammoth Mountain reports 33
inches of new snow since the week began, and boasts a base of up to 90 inches.
Nearby June Mountain has received a foot of fresh snow. The eastern Sierra
above 7,000 feet is expected to have 5 to 7 feet of new snow by late Saturday.
The strongest weather is expected
to arrive late today, with heavy precipitation and high winds carrying over
into Thursday. After a break on Friday and Saturday, more snow is …
Timeshares were all the rage in
the later part of the last century. Timeshare companies were making money hand
over fist offering a way for regular people to own a place where they could
vacation every year or trade with others if they wished to go somewhere else.
Now, with people losing their jobs and homes, the bloom is off the rose of
timeshare ownership. What are the problems and can people still get good deals
Owning a timeshare is a financial
commitment. You are basically buying a townhouse for a week or two and are
responsible for maintenance, insurance, taxes, and upkeep in addition to the
mortgage you took to finance the purchase. This is great when the economy is
good, but you can see a lot of timeshares for sale right now because it is a
financial liability that people can’t carry around in hard times. Trying to get
rid of one in a saturated market means you will not be able to get what you
paid for it, so you are still carrying debt even if you manage to find a buyer.
Using a timeshare is restrictive.
You are only able to buy whatever week is available so you are limited to taking
your vacation during that time every year, you have the same unit every year
unless you pay extra to switch locations with another owner and you are limited
to the resorts that have sharing agreements with your timeshare group.
What are the alternatives for
someone looking to get a great vacation experience and not be saddled with a
mortgage? A new industry in travel has grown in the last few years- travel and
vacation clubs. These companies offer the same benefits in travel as warehouse
shopping clubs like Sam’s and Costco do …
The highest excellent outdoor
recreation equipment for backpacking uses sophisticated space age materials to
supply the lightest and smallest possible package for quick hauling.
Sleeping bags will be the most
significant piece of gear any backpacker can own. They keep the camper warm
within the coldest situations however they are also the largest and bulkiest
piece of gear. The lightest and warmest bags use synthetic materials for the
casing along with the interior as well, though down is still broadly well known
mainly because of its superior insulation properties and potential to compress
to incredibly tiny sizes. For anyone who is not allergic to down, these are the
ideal bags cash can buy but just you’ll want to not get the material wet. Wet
down feathers grow to be heavy and drop their insulating properties making the
bag useless. Synthetic filling is typically much cheaper and can retain its insulation
characteristic in wet weather and is hypoallergenic, but generally doesn’t pack
as little as a down bag.
A tent is the subsequent most
significant piece of outside recreation equipment used for backpacking. The
outer tent fabric, named the rain fly, is just about often a synthetic nylon
material that is definitely treated having a waterproof coating to help keep
the interior in the tent dry in rainy and snowy weather. This covers the tent
that is usually a mixture of synthetic material and mosquito netting for
adequate air flow in warmer circumstances.
Cold climate tents lack the
netting to preserve interior heat and stop any wind from entering. There are 4
season tents which are appropriate to get a variety of circumstances from
summer nights to winter adventures. A 3 season tent is appropriate for all but
the coldest circumstances plus a wall tent is utilized for intense
mountaineering. Wall …
North Central Washington is a
great place to travel to, particularly for the beautiful natural areas that are
found there. The region features high mountain peaks, arid desert like areas,
and tons of great sources of water. Here are three great places to travel to in
the North Central Washington area.
Conconully State Park
Conconully State Park is located
in the upper reaches of North Central Washington. The park sits on the shore of
Conconully Lake and offers a wonderful chance to experience a remote and
somewhat secluded vacation spot. Camping at Conconully State Park is a great
time and something the whole family can enjoy. Activities available include
fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, and more.
The community of Stehekin sits
just south of the North Cascades National Park and falls within the borders of
the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. It also sits on the northwestern
shore of beautiful Lake Chelan. There are less than 100 year round residents of
Stehekin. The community features a lodge and campground where visitors are free
to spend the night, as well as some privately owned rental properties. There
are roads and vehicles in Stehekin, but they only service the local area, none
of them actually connect to the outside world. The only ways there are to get
to Stehekin are by trail, by airplane, and by boat. A ferry regularly operates
between the city of Chelan and Stehekin on a daily basis and taking the ride up
the 51 mile long Lake Chelan into the heart of the North Cascade Mountains is a
great opportunity for a once in a lifetime vacation experience.
Banks Lake is a man made reservoir
that occupies the northern portion of the Grand Coulee. The southern end is
dammed by the Dry Falls Dam …