September 25, 2013 |
Dorothy had to follow the yellow brick road to find her heart's desire. Barry Clifford is following his own metaphorical yellow brick road, an underwater trail littered with gold and artifacts to find his heart's yearning -- the treasure from a pirate vessel sunk in 1717 off of the coast of Massachusetts. In 1984, Clifford discovered the site of the wreck of the Whydah and has since retrieved more than 200,000 artifacts, some of which are displayed in the Whydah Sea-Lab and Learning Center at the Whydah Museum in Provincetown, Mass.
May 15, 2012 |
Did you know that strawberries, though considered a fruit, are technically a member of the rose family? Then you are ripe for the California Strawberry Festival this weekend in Oxnard. On 50 acres, the event features two concert stages and an array of strawberry treats, including strawberry beer. There's also Strawberryland for the kids. Info: (888) 288-9242 or www.strawberry-fest.org . . . . Speaking of kids, here's yet another summer activity in family friendly San Diego: Pirate Ship Adventures offers daily cruises aboard an 83-foot sailing ship , including a special July 4 cruise.
April 26, 2012 |
The Pirate Captain, the lead swashbuckler voiced by Hugh Grant in the new stop-motion animated film"The Pirates! Band of Misfits," possesses an overweening sense of optimism and some spectacular facial hair. It was the latter - a dense nest of curlicues that the character repeatedly refers to as his "luxuriant beard" - that kept the filmmakers up at night. Model makers labored for months to find a natural way to animate the rubber whiskers, eventually fashioning a mechanism out of the tuning head of a guitar to make the beard spring to life.
September 14, 2011
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St.; (888) 717-3564, thehotelrex.com . This literary-themed boutique hotel near Union Square is offering Litquake attendees a 15% discount (book online and use discount code LQSF). Its Library Bar is the perfect spot for a pre- or post-event cocktail. Rates begin at $289 a night, without the discount. OTHER LITERARY ATTRACTIONS City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave.; (415) 362-8193, http://www.citylights.com . This landmark bookstore (and publishing house)
June 13, 2011 |
If "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" left you stoked for an adventurous sailing trip (without the pillaging and scheming), you won't have to go far to find one. The Californian will set sail from San Diego to Catalina Island in July and October on trips that mix tall ship sailing with kayaking. Sleeping in snug bunks and standing watch on the ship are part of recapturing the spirit of what life was like aboard a 19th century vessel. The Californian (no, it isn't a pirate ship)
June 27, 2010
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