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Ramblings and Reflections of a traveler.
If you have ever glaced at a map and seen, there is in fact a chain of islands off the cost of California. They span from Ventra to Santa Barbra, and they are called the Channel Islands. As a child, i visited Oxnard, which the islands are visible from. I did not realize that you could in fact visit these islands. One of the channel islands is home to many seal lion rookies, including fur seals, which are a rare sighting if you ever catch a glimse of one.
My family and I decited to take a boat and visit the smallest of these islands, Anapaca. There are literally no trees there and also, no challangeing hiking grounds. There are however, lots and lots of seagulls. In fact, Anpaca island is the breeding ground for seagulls. If you go, make sure you miss the bird season if you're not into them.
There are also camp grounds on site, which is perfect for kaykers and scuba divers, for the rich marine biodiversity.
This week's picture comes from my weekend travels in DC. This is probally a really cliche picture of the jefferson memorial. The flowers have not bloomed in this picture, but if it was, it would be spactular. This week is the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
One thing that i absolutly LOVED about DC was that you had a buncha trees that were bare from the winter frost. Some of the trees had a million buds on them, and some of them were in full bloom. Just imagine a tree with JUST flowers. it was an amazing sight.
In addition, I got to see the cherry blossoms, something that is quite a treat for me.
Red Hook New England Brewery: Portsmouth, NH (live free or die!)
One fun place to visit is breweries. Tours are typically either free or else don't cost much at all. The Red Hook Brewery (the east coast one) costs $1. It was free for us thou, because my sister gave the bartender her Obama button. And one main upside to tours are always BEER SAMPLES!
Tours always give you a history of the company as well as a look at how they make the beer. Did you know that there are 2 differnt Red hook factories? one in Seattle, WA, and another in NH. They calim that coast should not matter: in fact, most batches are usually compared side by side to ensure that the taste and quality are the same.
Filling up kegs for bars :0)
As a frequent traveler (I have a tendency to hop onto a plane every 3 months or so and go somewhere, usually the east coast), I'm always looking out for great deals. Frequent flyer miles are something awesome to rack up (which reminds me, I really should sign up).
When looking for an airline ticket, Its always good to use multiple sources. I have found that expedia and orbitz tend to give the same results. I have recenlty discovered farecast.com. This website is better than Orbitz or Expeida (which I'm used to using) in that it searches all of those budget websites and finds the best deal out of all of them. One of the features that I find helpful is the "time grid"
As you can see, it gives you the TOTAL price it would cost if you left early morning and late afternoon, etc and all of your different time possiblities. This helps at a glance if you were debating between early morning or red eye.
For those with a thin wallet, farecast will also provide a grid of the airline prices and also pojects if the prices for a certian ticket will go up or down.
another great thing about this site is that it shows you right off the bat the price of the entire trip, verus some sites which give you the price per ticket, vs the round trip price (which can be shocking to find at the end).
one thing that i did not find easy to use was the sliders on the side options in which you can change your perfered arrival/departure time and the min and max prices. It does a realtime update (read: everytime you slide it to a new position, it updates the website), and i find it rather tedious, espeically if you have a slow running computer.
happy hunting ladies and gentleman!