Thursday, July 31, 2008
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Have a great week everyone!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Indulge in the fun and excitement of Orlando, one of the hottest stops for affordable entertainment! In the place where dreams come true, satisfy the whole family (plus the child in you) with a Disney World fantasy vacation and soak up the sun on Florida's most spectacular beaches.
It's the city where everyon's a winner - from the bright lights of the casinos and glamorous shows to breathtaking sites including Red Canyon and Hoover Dam! Make your way to the winner's circle at Caesar's Palace, see the legendary entertainers and live the luxury and magic of Las Vegas.
NEW YORK CITY
Live it up in the 'City That Never Sleeps' - renowned for its melting pot of cultures, posh fashion and dazzling entertainment. With an infamous theater and arts scene, exquisite views and definitive dining, New York City is an exhilarating experience not to be missed.
Celebrate romance in the natural beauty of this famed destination, where city and scenery harmoniously unite. Whether your bliss is finding the perfect honeymoon, relaxing on sun-kissed beaches or swimming with the dolphins, Honolulu has it all.
The countless countercultures, rolling hills and the clear sound of the trolley bell ringing from dawn to dusk will steal your heart at once. Don't miss infamous attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Alcatraz and the world-famous vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valleys.
The draw of stunning starlets, world-class shops and soft white-sand beaches call travelers out to this dreamland. Find world-class entertainment and set foot in illustrious sites such as Beverly Hills, the exclusive shops on Rodeo Drive, Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The spicy destination of Latino music and foods, a lively night life and a dynamic contemporary art scene, Miami offers more than just surf and sand. Go to the spirited Caribbean Festival in Coconut Grove, head to Little Havana for a taste of the Cuban culture or unwind with a relaxing sunset sail.
Meet the quintessential SoCo city with an explosive big-city scene commingled with a slow, laid-back lifestyle. Don't miss close-up whale watching off the pier or travel into the cultural heart of San Diego with a feast of museums set in ornate Spanish colonial buildings and boutique shops and galleries.
Find an adventure to t reasure in the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, which offers a wondrous collection of places, ideas and cultures. Ideally located next to the Pacific with mountains hovering in the distance, Seattle is an energetic and beautiful playground for trekkers and nature lovers.
America's greatest monuments such as the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the Holocaust Museum are just the beginning. The exuberance and creative energy of Georgetown, the diverse culinary setting of downtown DC and sweeping views of the Potomac River will completely win you over.
How to Save on Summer Travel - With Rising Gas and Air Prices Find Ways Save!
When traveling internationally:
- Visit destinations where the U.S. dollars is closest in value to the local currency (currency in the Caribbean is tied to the U.S. dollar, for example)
- Look for all inclusive packages, such as resorts or cruises and pay upfront in U.S. dollars
- Ask your travel agent about locations that may be less costly as they are in their 'off season'
Ways to save money on hotels:
- Ask your travel agent about upgrading your hotel reservation to a room with two king size beds instead of getting two hotel rooms when traveling in groups or with kids
- Ask your travel agent to find hotels where kids stay for free or cheaper when traveling with kids
- Ask your travel agent to find a hotel room with a kitchenette so you can take care of a few meals yourself instead of eating out for every meal
- Your travel agent can suggest properties that might offer complimentary breakfast or heavy hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon.
When traveling by car:
- Pack the car as light as possible - the more weight, the harder the car works and the more gas you use
- When renting a car for a large group of people, renting one SUV saves on gas mileage vs. renting two smaller cars
- Make sure tire pressure is accurate so that gas is spent efficiently
- Use only the grade level of gas that your car owners manual calls for, nothing more
- Use cruise control to run the engine efficiently and save on gas
Ways to save at home while you are away:
- Turn the air conditioning off or down
- Put your lights on timers
- Unplug large appliances like TV's and computers
- Turn off automatic sprinklers
- Buy travel insurance: it may cost more upfront, but has the potential to save you thousands
- Fly in and out of airports that may be farther outside of the city to get cheaper flights then take public transportation into the city
- If a family member has a business trip, consider adding your vacation onto the end of the trip so there is one less plane ticket to pay for
- Consider a volunteer vacation--the volunteer portion of your travel may be a tax write-off
When John S. Hendricks and his family first came to Gateway, Colorado in 1995 to build his family home here, he was deeply moved by the beauty and history of the area as well as by the spirit of the people who lived in this remote section of the country. Soon, Mr. Hendricks began to develop a vision—create a sustainable, scenic-based recreation economy designed to replace the area’s long-lost mining economy.
Gateway Canyons Resort is located in Gateway, Colorado approximately 2 hrs from Grand Junction, Colorado. Hubby, me and the children took a tour to this place on the 5th of July the day after Independence Day. It was a beautiful ride and it was my first time to visit Gateway Canyons Resort although it was hubby's second time to visit Gateway, Colorado but it was also his first time to get into the resort. One of the main attractions of Gateway Canyons is the Auto Museum which shows the different models of classic cars way back as early as the 1900's. Below are some of the classic cars that I took photos of.
This car behind me is a 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 which John Hendricks purchased during the Barret-Jackson Classic Car Auction. The car cost $3.24 million which was the highest bid during the auction and was among the top 10 prices ever paid for a classic car.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The day after 4th of July that was Saturday I told hubby that I would like to take a drive around some of the places in the Mesa County, Colorado. He said we will take a loop from Grand Junction, to Gateway and come out of Montrose and Delta going back to Grand Junction. Since he was not familiar yet with which way to go to take the loop we decided to grab Colorado Maps to Walmart and so he dropped me off to Walmart to buy the road map while he went to Sam's Club to refill the car with gas. I got a couple of colorado maps with me when he got back to pick me up. The children are with us also during that trip.
Along the way we pass by many beautiful scenic views of the mountains, we saw one ram which has a quiet big horns, we stopped by and took come photos of it. We reach Gateway, Colorado after driving approximately 2 hrs although gateway is only 1 hr and 10 mins drive but since we stopped every now and then to take photos along the road so it took us awhile to reach there.
Gateway is home to the Gateway Canyons Resort and Auto Museum. Established by Discovery Channel founder John S. Hendricks, this resort blends in naturally to the landscape that surrounds it.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Congress approved the wording of the Declaration on July 4 and then sent it to the printer. Whether John Hancock, as the elected President of the Second Continental Congress, or anyone else signed the document that day is unknown, because that document has been lost — presumably destroyed in the printing process. Hancock's name and that of a witness do appear on the typeset broadside that was published within a few days. On August 2 in the following month, an engrossed document in script form was signed by Hancock and other delegates.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, baseball games, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States, but is often also viewed as simply a summer festival, apart from its patriotic overtones.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Give them a bag of their own
Most kids find the idea of packing fascinating—so let them in on the action: By the age of 3 or 4, they're ready to carry their own backpack. The bag isn't really going to lessen the load; the idea is to teach kids about responsibility and to get them excited for the trip. The bag can hold a few toys, crayons, and snacks. Forget the Harry Potter book: You don't want to make the pack too heavy (for your kid, but also for yourself, as you'll most likely be called to duty). And to keep track of things, you may want to hang on to it and hand it over only after passing through airport security.
Trip research can be a family activity
Google destinations with your children. Encourage interests—such as Native American history, Lewis and Clark, cowboys, the American Revolution, trains, or dinosaurs—that correspond to your trip. Kids enjoy thumbing through guidebooks with lots of pictures, like the DK Eyewitness series. Have them flag the pages that feature places they want to see.
Each person gets to plan an afternoon
Make it mandatory that everyone participate in the chosen activity, no matter if it's arcade games, afternoon tea, miniature golf, pottery painting, or a cannonball contest at the pool.
Think like a local, not a tourist
Everyone knows to search out fun activities and good restaurants while on vacation, but you should also think of more-practical locations: Find the nearest park, supermarket, movie theater, emergency room (hospitals with pediatric ERs are ideal), pediatrician who will accept your insurance, and 24-hour pharmacy.
Pack for four days—No more, no less
Do laundry rather than toting along clothes for the entire trip. Even if you're going away for a shorter period, packing for four days gives you backup options when the inevitable accident occurs. When you fly, bring two days' worth of diapers and an extra set of clothes for everyone in carry-on bags in case your checked luggage is delayed (or someone spits up).
Load up on antibacterial wipes
Buy them in travel packs, in bulk, or individually wrapped, and then stick them in your glove box, carry-on, purse, and day pack, and amid the stash of toys. You'll also want to spread around packets of tissues, in case of a runny nose.
Don't haul all those bulky items
Instead, buy or rent booster seats, beach toys, etc., once you've arrived. Rental service babysaway.com has over 70 locations around the country. If you'd rather not rent, consider buying (or borrowing) used merchandise. Many kids' consignment stores will rent out items so long as you bring them back in good condition.
Ziplocs all around
Use varying sizes of resealable plastic bags for snacks, toys, first-aid supplies, wipes, kids' clothes—one for each day's outfit—wet swimsuits, travel documents, trash, and just about everything else.
Bring just one small stroller
Unless you're traveling with an infant who is too young to sit up, try to make do with only an umbrella stroller that can fold up quickly and compactly. And bring a cloth awning to drape over the stroller on sunny days. Even if you're going to the beach for a week and don't think you'll need a stroller, you might appreciate having one—if only when maneuvering through airports.