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Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Shreveport Weekend | Maui Up Close, an ATV Tour of the Hawaiin Island

This weekend, we make a quick trip to the fun city of Shreveport, known for glitzy casinos, racetracks, delicious seafood and cajun cuisine. Along with a new RV resort/campground feature, we will be looking to track down some of the best local eating places.

Read about our new feature on Haleakala ATV Tours just posted where some of our staff commented that it was the most enjoyable part of their Maui trip. They also visited a volcanic crater nearby, which offers spectacular views. More to come.

Until next time,

Posted by Carl Burnham at 10:14 AM
Categories: Attractions, Destinations

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Exploring Inner Space Cavern in central Texas

Inner Space Cavern - Georgetown, Texas

We toured these mysterious limestone caverns recently just outside of Georgetown (just 20 miles north of Austin), which were discovered in 1963 when bore holes were being made prior to Interstate 35 being built, and had been hidden for 10,000 years. Within these well preserved caverns in the Discovery Room you can see where bore holes came through the ceiling of the cavern and the hole where a worker was first lowered into the cavern on a large drill bit.

A rich array of well preserved prehistoric animal bones have been discovered in the caverns, including sabertooth tigers, huge armadillos (which were the size of a car), and tiny horses. Watch an interesting video on the fossils here.

You can see lots of examples of giant formations, including stalactites, helectites, and flowstones (see above), formed over thousands of years into unique patterns as water has dripped over them, and are still slowly growing. Estimates put the cavern to be 100 million years old. Our young guide kept us entertained with corny stories, and the 72 degrees temperature was a welcome change from the 104 degrees above ground. We plan to take a Wild Cave tour soon, where you can explore some of the hidden nooks and crannies of the caverns, and get all muddy in the process.


Posted by Carl Burnham at 2:19 PM
Edited on: Friday, August 18, 2006 8:49 AM
Categories: Attractions

Monday, July 31, 2006

Schlitterbahn tubing, sliding, water fun

Recently, we visited New Braunfels again to update our feature on Schlitterbahn. The day flew by. For me, the Torrent was a blast. Being 65 acres and with lots of crowds, be sure to plan well ahead prior to your visit. For the curious, Schlitterbahn is German for "slide". So, now you know. Read about our new feature on Schlitterbahn.

In the next few weeks we will be posting more features from our trip to England. Stay tuned.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 3:13 PM
Categories: Attractions
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