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Thursday Travel Ticker: Try to keep your eyes on the road

August 23, 2011
  • Recreational and expert cyclists will both have options on the Sept. 11 bike ride around Lake Tahoe.
Recreational and expert cyclists will both have options on the Sept. 11… (Allen Schaben / Los Angeles…)

The ninth annual “Tour de Tahoe - Bike Big Blue”  (a fun ride, not a race) might be America’s most scenic fundraising event. Click here for details of the Sept. 11 ride, with options for expert and recreational cyclists . . . . San Diego’s new “Christmas Tabernacle,” a family friendly event with food, concerts, a living nativity scene and a fun zone with real snow, will be held Dec. 16-18. Daily admission $12–$18 . . . . The Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a $200 beach fire and smores package for up to 10 guests – in addition to a room, that is . . . . Qantas is downplaying talk of a takeover bid, though execs admit that private equity firms are circling the airline . . . . FYI, a special TSA program has bred more than 500 puppies to be trained in explosives detection . . . . San Francisco’s EPIC Roasthouse is holding its third annual High on the Hog pig roast and Pinot Noir tasting Sept.  10. Tickets for unlimited food and wine, $75 . . . . Wanderlust Tours’ last series of Moonlight Canoe Tours of the season, Sept. 9-13,  will make the most of the Cascade Mountains’ full moon; $65 per person . . . . Travel quote of the day: “Just get on any major highway, and eventually it will dead-end in a Disney parking area large enough to have its own climate, populated by large nomadic families who have been trying to find their cars since the Carter administration.” (Dave Barry)

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