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Colombia

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Colombia. No, that’s not Columbia, Couth Carolina but Colombia as in South America.  I have to admit that even though this destination had been on my “bucket list” for a long time, I was a little hesitant at first about the trip.  After all, I grew up in the 80’s where the only thing you heard about Colombia was the drug cartels and violence going on.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Colombia is a beautiful country and the people are friendly.  I never felt unsafe, even in Bogota.  That’s not to say that there aren’t neighborhoods that you shouldn’t go into, just like any other big city.  But for the most part it was a clean, modern, progressive city.  We toured around the city, visited the Museo del Oro, an amazing gold museum.  We visited the Presidential Palace, the La Canderleria neighborhood and I was introduced to different kinds of fruits and Arepas. Next we were off to Cartagena and it was amazing!  The old part of the city is surrounded bu a wall and is a great  blend of old world history and architecture.   Where highlights include sitting at an outdoor cafe, under the moonlight directly across from a hundreds years old  church.   From carriage rides and bike tours to just walking along the cobblestone streets, each turn leading to a new discovery.  Sign up for our RSS updates as we publish great articles on this amazing country.

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Book Review: The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner

Okay, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I received a copy of this book to review.  I mean, how many books can possibly be written about the Mouse’s Kingdom?  A quick search on BarnesandNoble.com shows 989 results-that’s a lot.  But right away I could see that this book was a little different.  First, it’s not just a book telling you where to see, what to eat and what to do.  It’s got several organizer pockets and a journal section so you can chronicle your trip and keep it as a keepsake.

The book does have all of the “usual” information about how to plan your Disney vacation, when to avoid the crowds and what to expect while in the Magical Kingdom.  It also gives a fairly comprehensive overview on each resort so you will have a good idea which one will fit your family’s needs and budget, including options outside of the park.

Every restaurant, retail store, ride and attraction are also detailed and is meant to be used as a reference for while you are in the park.  So if you find yourself in Frontierland and need a bite to eat, you’ll know that there are three choices, what the price range is for each and if the Disney Dining Plan option is available.

The book also covers Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney and several of the Disney Water Parks.

So bottom line is that if you’re a first-time visitor to Walt Disney World (or an infrequent visitor) and want to make the most out of your trip then this planner and book could prove to be an invaluable resource.

Information on the book:

Based on the popular family travel guide The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World, F+W Media brings you The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner: A Complete Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake for Your Unforgettable Vacation (April 2012) By Susan Veness and Simon Veness (ORLANDO). This guide is more than just a place to keep your important phone numbers and schedules. This all-the-fun-in-one journal is a celebration of the happiest place on earth—and a peek inside its magic!

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New Zip Line Adventure Park in North Carolina!



Nantahala Outdoor Center Announces New Zip Line Adventure Park (via PR Newswire)

WESSER, N.C., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation companies, announced plans to open its new Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park at the company’s 500-acre Nantahala River campus near Bryson City, NC. The new Nantahala Zip…

Recent Trips

February and March have been fairly busy months! Here’s what’s been going on in my neck of the woods…

In February I was able to spend Mardi Gras in Shreveport, Louisiana. I never would have thunk that Mardi Gras was such a big deal here-but it is.  Lots of festivities, parades and partying but in a family-friendly kinda way, not a Nola way. I have lots of story ideas, just need to get the time to get them on paper (so to speak)!

I am THIS close to inking my hiking guide book deal. I had to do a “test” hike and send it to the publisher and they loved it.  Yay!  I’m just waiting on the final contract.  I’ve set my deadlines and the book should be out Spring/Summer 2013.

This coming weekend the whole fam (including Ruby, our Scottish Terrier) are headed to the Seventy Four Ranch down in Georgia.  This is a working ranch and we’ll be going horseback riding, fishing and lots of other stuff.  More details on that after our visit.

That’s it for a quick update.  I promise I am trying to get better with the regular updates here on the blog section of the website!  Sherry

 

5K Obstacle Course Zombie Race

So anyone that knows me, knows that I am drawn to strange things.  Zombies in particular just fascinate me.  Well today as I was browsing the internet, I came across this.  There’s a company called Reed Street Productions that is putting on 5k obstacle course races across the country.  The part that makes this interesting?  Race contestants are not only running a race but they’re running from ZOMBIES.  That is just about the coolest thing I’ve heard in awhile.

In the Run for Your Lives race, runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!

Atlanta is about the closest race for me to attend and it is happening March 3rd.  Not quite sure I’d be able to get into shape enough to race this year but I just may need to go be a spectator and start training for next year-or, when the actual Zombie Apocalypses happens-whichever comes first.

 

Updating Web Site

Just a note that I am working on updating my website.  So…if you happen to see duplicate pictures or things not formatted correctly I probably just haven’t gotten to them yet! Check in regularly for updates or better yet subscribe to my RSS feeds!  Thanks

Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival in Blowing Rock, NC

Excellent Wines, Superb Food, Gorgeous High Country Springtime:

Let’s Have a Festival in Blowing Rock!

BLOWING ROCK N.C. (February 2010) – The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival, coming April 15 – 18, combines the best in regional and international wines with the finest in local culinary talent, wrapped in the scenic beauty and crisp weather that makes Blowing Rock a special spring destination.

Now in its fifth year, the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival offers events and activities for day-trippers and overnight visitors alike, with many great restaurants and nearby attractions adding to the festival’s appeal. Downtown Blowing Rock will again be the site of Saturday’s Grand Wine Tasting, and for the first time, it will also host a late Friday afternoon Meet & Greet event at which visitors can mingle with the festival’s out-of-town judges, culinary experts and VIPs.

The Thursday through Sunday celebration of the winemaking and culinary arts includes wine tastings, vintners’ dinners, cooking classes and webinars from localwinos.com, a downtown gallery stroll with merchant specials, late night music and entertainment and the exciting “Fire on the Rock” Chef’s Challenge (fireontherock.com).

Continuously updated details of festival events and activities, along with participating restaurants, galleries and accommodations can be found at blueridgewinefestival.com. All events are open to the public although some require fees; tickets can be purchased on line. Some Blowing Rock accommodations may be offering Wine & Food Festival packages; check the web site and book early.

Highlights of the Wine & Food Festival include:

Thursday, April 15: Uncork The Festival celebration at Chetola Resort

 

Friday, April 16: Downtown activities and shopping; wine seminars featuring various wineries and topics; cooking classes; winemaker dinners; Meet & Greet in downtown Blowing Rock; gallery stroll downtown; late night music and entertainment around town

Saturday, April 17: Downtown activities and shopping; Grand Wine Tasting downtown; Fire on the Rock Chef’s Challenge at Hayes Center; late night music and entertainment around town

Sunday, April 18: Fire on the Rock Finals at Hayes Center; champagne brunches

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival. Event tickets are available on line. For updated information on events, activities and accommodation packages, visit blueridgewinefestival.com or contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 877.295.7965

How to Survive a Zombie Attack

How to Survive a Zombie Attack or Be Prepared When Zombies Invade

People that are prepared and focused when Zombies arise from the dead and start attacking will have a much higher chance for survival than those that are not.

And guess what, there’s a few new games that are coming out this year for all the ages, and of course is online so you are able to play by yourself or with other people around the world, so Learn more here
and check the latest zombie online games for you !!

Here are a few things that everyone can do now to survive a future Zombie attack.

Determine What Type of Zombie You are Dealing With

First things first. Are the people stumbling around really Zombies or are they just the Walking Dead? There is a difference. The Walking Dead are usually Corporate employees that have to get up early and spend their life in a cubicle while getting the life slowly sucked from them. Zombies on the other hand, are people that have actually died and have already been buried. If in doubt, check for a toe tag. Their skin will also be gray and they will not be able to speak. Granted, some of the Walking Dead also have a gray pallor to them, this is due to florescent lighting and not enough sunlight. Speech can also be impeded if it is before they have had their morning coffee.

Head to Walmart or to an Uninhabited Island

Once it has been determined that there are actual Zombies roaming around, head to the nearest Walmart. Clear it out of anyone not liked, Zombie or not. Use force if necessary. Just remember that anyone left in the building will be spending many days and nights together. Walmart has everything one needs to survive for an indefinite period of time. There is food, clothing, guns and ammo. There are TV’s and radios to track the news. There are even games and other entertainment options to while away time while the Zombies are slowly dying off (again).

Of course, an uninhabited island would be a good alternative if there is access to a boat to get there. For those that live on the coast it might be possible. Just make sure that the island has a food and water supply. Some zombie movies have shown zombies walking on the ocean floor since they don’t need to breathe but there has never been a depiction of a zombie fish so the odds are that the fish would eat the zombies before they reached the island.

Advanced Preparations

There are several video and computer games on the market that will give anyone practice killing zombies. Get one of these and be prepared to spend countless hours perfecting the tactic and aim that will be needed.

Watch Michael Jacksons’ Thriller video over and over. Yes, it will show that Zombies cannot dance but it will give insight into how they move about and moan.

Canadian scientists at the Carleton University in Ottawa have recently developed a mathematical formula for calculating the odds on dealing with a zombie outbreak. Download the pdf file and keep this formula handy for calculations that will be needed.

Purchase the Zombie Survival Handbook. Yes, there is one. It will be handy to have a reference guide to refer to for sticky situations such as figuring out how much time a friend has until completely turning into a zombie and has to be killed or in trying to figure out what kind of explosive will work best on the zombie soccer moms that are trying to get into the Walmart.

So be prepared….it could happen tomorrow.