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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kayaking Paddlefest in Corpus Christi

Looking for some weekend outdoor fun? Head to Corpus Christi for the Halloween Paddlefest being held at Port Aransas from Friday Oct 29 thru Sunday Oct 31, 2010. Kayakers from Texas area meetup groups will be congregating at IB Magee Beach Park at Port Aransas for a weekend of guided kayaking tours, demonstrations, BBQ, and campiing. New demo kayaks made by Mayan Seas, P&H Kayaks, and TideRace Kayaks will be shown as well as Greenland Kayaking. There will also be previews of the new kayaking book by John Whorff, "Paddling the Texas Coast." Wish that I didn't already have plans, this sounds like a great event for kayakers.

Headed up by area kayak expert Ken Johnson, we went on one of his kayaking tours last year and were impressed with his kayaking knowledge and expertise.
Ken Johnson Kayak Tours

His guided tours which will be held over the weekend include:

1- Guided kayak tours of 1-Shamrock Cove birding refuge,
2- Historic Lydia Ann Lighthouse,
3- Circumnavigation of Harbor Island to see lots of dolphins,
4- Paddle along the Padre Island canal homes,
5- Corpus Christi Bay around the city and the Lexington Aircraft Carrier, and
6- Aransas River and Nueces River (the tour that we took).
Kayaking on the Nueces River

Group Camping is available for only $12 per night, with a nightly beach fire with music and a BBQ Saturday night with Halloween costume contest.
For details on camping see here. Hotels are also available nearby.

Register to attend the Paddlefest in Corpus Christi by contacting Ken Johnson at johnsonkw@earthlink.net with the following information:
Will you attend Corpus Christi Paddlefest 10/29-31/2010 this year? ____Yes ____No ____ people in my party
Which days do you plan to attend? ____Fri 10/29 ____Sat 10/30 ____Sun 10/31
Do you want to pay $10 for a catered group BBQ dinner Sat night? ____Yes ____No
Do you want to pay $10 per 2-3 hr lesson for Greenland kayak classes by Doug Van Doren? ____Yes ____No
Would you be willing to volunteer to help (lead tours, assist other new first time kayakers, let others try your kayak)? ____Yes ______No

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Space, the travel frontier

In the planning stages for 2012 is the world's first space hotel. To be known as the Galactic Suite, the out of this world hotel will offer a three-night orbit in space after a four month training period.
The pricetag? Oh, just over $4 million...

Meanwhile, for the frugal set millionaire Richard Branson will be offering a space flight via his Virgin Galactic for a mere $200,000 and has reportedly signed up 340 astronauts so far.

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic
These are interesting times!

Posted by Carl Burnham at 10:54 PM
Edited on: Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:56 PM
Categories: Accommodations, Destinations, Travel News

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Tallest Hotel in the World

With great fanfare, the world's tallest hotel opened earlier this year. The Burj Khalifa is located in Dubai, and was built at a cost of over $1.5 billion. A marvel of modern engineering.
Here is a video from the observation deck.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Where is the hottest market for new hotels?

So where are the most posh new hotels being built?

Las Vegas? Not hardly. New York or London? Nope. Dubai? Guess again.

The place to be is China. Leading the way with major expansion plans are the mega hotels Sheraton and Marriott.
Image courtesy of Sheraton Dongguan Hotel
I have been reading the book China Road about an NPR reporters' 3,000 mile journey along Route 312 and his adventures while living six years in China. He learned to speak fluent Chinese and get to know their culture up close. Stops he makes along Route 312 are as varied as a Hooters in Shanghai to modern factories to personal interviews with farmers toiling in the fields the same way their ancestors did. Interesting read to see how China is progressing so rapidly to become now the second biggest economy.
China Road
Need to schedule a trip there one of these days....