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Travel Channel: Where are you going today?

Robert Taylor – February 25, 2008 08:02PM Reply Quote
Thread for discussing travel...

Benton Ellis – July 29, 2011 12:10AM Reply Quote
Do not mistake temptation for opportunity.

I did this in July 2001. Really enjoyed it. The ~3 ft wide walkway is far enough away from the edges of the "tube" you are on top of that it didn't feel particularly scary. It was dark most of the climb so I don't know if it is scarier during daylight. There is essentially no way you could fall - very secure harness and tethered to a continuous steel rod that you don't come off of at any time. I would do it again in a second.


El Jeffe – July 29, 2011 04:26AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
We watched "Man on Wire" last night. Very good. Amazing amount of time, planning, dedication put into it. Footage from 40 years ago was excellent. From his own mouth, very quixotic.

He walks the bridge towers..

ddt – July 29, 2011 04:53AM Reply Quote
That is an amazing and awesome documentary -- heartily seconded.

Bill, what with watching documentaries and traveling to soooocialist europe... are you becoming a liberal?


El Jeffe – July 29, 2011 05:13PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I am a complicated man.

ARL (Moderator) – July 29, 2011 07:58PM Reply Quote

There's also the centrepoint tower skywalk:


(I wanted to do it but they hadn't sorted out their wheelchair access properly). Skywalk may need booked in advance - I'm not sure.

If you've got kids (or you're just a big kid yourself) who want to get their native animal fix:


On a sunny day take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly and walk down the Manly Corso and if you have time walk around to Shelley beach.

Darling Harbour is kinda mandatory for tourists too - the cockle bay wharf side is the nicer bit (the Pontoon bar is great to watch the world go by...). The Opera house and botanic gardens are a short walk from Cockle Bay wharf too.

And if you're taking TGB with you in your suitcase, you could do worse than slide nightclub... or anywhere in Newtown.

By October Sydney has semi-nice weather - however if you were in Brisbane that time of year it would be glorious...

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ARL (Moderator) – July 29, 2011 08:01PM Reply Quote

Benton - did you mention you were going to Sydney last year? My apologies if I didn't give any tips.

Benton Ellis – July 29, 2011 11:55PM Reply Quote
Do not mistake temptation for opportunity.

Believe it or not the last time I went to Sydney was July 2001. I vaguely remember asking for advice on things to do then. My family spent almost 3 weeks in Sydney/Brisbane/Cairns/Uhluru/Sydney in June 2000 and absolutely loved Australia. I was able to go to a conference at the University of New South Wales in July 2001. Stayed at a hotel on Bondi Beach. Did the BridgeClimb. Got to see a mini-performance at the Sydney Opera House (for the conference attendees). It was a grand time, even if it was in the middle of winter for Sydney.

Time flies when you're having fun!


Bruce Robertson – July 31, 2011 12:10PM Reply Quote
Will be headed out for FileMaker Devcon in San Diego tomorrow morning.

dharlow – July 31, 2011 01:06PM Reply Quote
Bruce - you will have to keep us updated, since some of us will not be able to attend.


Bruce Robertson – July 31, 2011 08:47PM Reply Quote
Assuming the country isn't in flames. What terrible timing.

Bruce Robertson – August 03, 2011 12:20AM Reply Quote
Nice but hot and exhausting walk from waterfront hotel to Balboa Park and back.
Devcon off to promising start.

bahamut – August 03, 2011 04:50AM Reply Quote
In Vermont on vacation with the kids. Great time. They're good little kids. Our 5 year old son is getting ready for kindergarten now that he can read pretty much anything cover to cover.

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ddt – August 03, 2011 06:26AM Reply Quote
Baha, what kind of place are you guys staying in? Where in VT? Not stalking, just remembering my limited time there.

Bruce, check out the zoo in SD! (The "Balboa Park" there always through me... the Balboa Park in LA was a go-to place in my childhood.)


bahamut – August 04, 2011 08:34AM Reply Quote
We're staying at Smuggler's Notch in Jeffersonville. Is a great place. We have a time-share. Anyone who wants to teach their kids skiing and lives near the Northeast (which I think is virtually none of you) would like it here. We bought the time-share (most of those are garbage, I know) last year because ski lift tickets are part of it. So one week every winter, free lift tickets… not bad. The kids love skiing here.

The mountains are challenging enough for me (I'm just beginning black) and there are a couple of double blacks I doubt I'll be able to ski before my age intersects with my rising abilities (but who knows?). One is a 50 degree pitch through glades. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlV1hPWKX6k In the summer, you get free kids camp which my kids love. We were going to take the day off camp and do stuff with them. Their reaction: are you kidding? We love it. This from kids who would rather not move all day. The comments are that it is better than Disneyworld. It's got a lot going on but is more classic camp (for example, a furry mouse, a singing pirate, a magician who treads the line of appropriate and offensive… in the kids show I think of him—kindly—as one of you, perhaps if Soup ran a magic show… nearly gave some kids the finger yesterday… all part of the act though… in the adult show he lets loose) than overinvested and cleaned up. Went on a zip line canopy tour today with my wife and talked to a young couple who were bringing their kids here after she grew up going to camp here. They're probably employees who work as plants, but I've met a bunch of folks like that. It's what we want for our kids, especially since my parents never did stuff like that (I had to explain to my therapist that when I said we NEVER went on vacation, we NEVER went on vacation… ok once. ONCE we went on vacation. we saw Niagara Falls for 20 minutes…not kidding… but they grew up in horrible times so I guess I have to forgive em).

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Jeff Cooper – August 04, 2011 01:34PM Reply Quote
Baha, my kids and I went to Smuggler's Notch five summers ago for a family reunion/celebration of my mother's 70th birthday. Aside from the fact that my then-wife was a total bitch the whole week, it was a great time.

bahamut – August 04, 2011 03:55PM Reply Quote
Ha! Small world. Pity about the ex-wife being a bitch but I guess that is what we would expect from her wouldn't we?

Jeff Cooper – August 06, 2011 06:51AM Reply Quote
There's a reason she's ex.

The direct flights from Indianapolis to La Guardia are nothing more than a tease--they promise a two-hour trip but never deliver. After a four-hour delay yesterday, my flight finally was canceled and we were rebooked. Kids don't handle four-hour delays well. I'd hoped that things would improve when Delta took over the route from US Airways a couple of years ago, but no luck.

El Jeffe – August 06, 2011 06:56AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
ben - a - dryl.


ddt – August 06, 2011 12:00PM Reply Quote
Mmmm, benadryl.

Hey, my first ever (and probably ever-will-be) photo credit! http://www.bikerumor.com/2011/08/06/bikerumor-pic-of-the-day-rainy-finland-pre-race-ride/


johnny k – August 06, 2011 12:23PM Reply Quote
Must've been a bad travel day, Jeff. My friend flew back from Boston to LA yesterday. His first flight was cancelled (without notification) and then the flight they gave him made three stops on the way.

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