September 24, 2013 |
Forget about Solvang's Danish froufrous and become immersed in its backcountry on a "ride camp" in California's vineyard-studded Santa Ynez Valley. The idea is to provide a training camp for serious cyclists to gear up for a race or a big bicycling season -- with some beautiful scenery too. The tour from Trek Travel of Madison, Wis., provides an itinerary with a mix of guided and self-guided rides Participants stay in Solvang during a seven-day trip that features an average 40-mile ride with 2,500 elevation gain each day. Day 1, head out to Los Olivos and Ballard Canyon where time trials for the Amgen Tour of California have been held in the past.
September 12, 2013 |
The race to claim the world's biggest Ferris wheel just took a dramatic turn, with New York City officials giving the go-ahead to a planned 625-foot ride as Las Vegas moved closer to completing its massive, spinning specimen. Just as Las Vegas' replicas of the New York City skyline and the Eiffel Tower are dwarfed by the real things, though, so too will be its High Roller Ferris wheel, according to developers of the New York ride. Las Vegas' High Roller , which is expected to open early next year, will be 550 feet high and be able to carry 1,120 people at a time.
August 31, 2013 |
At first, director Travis Preston wanted to seat the audience for "Prometheus Bound" at the Getty Villa where the actors would normally be: on the plaza in front of the museum that doubles as a stage for the Getty's annual late-summer outdoor productions of ancient plays. The drama would unfold high above the crowd, in the vacated rows and aisles of the Villa's steeply sloped Roman-style theater. The switch made sense for a play whose hero is chained to a mountainside above an ocean for having thwarted Zeus' plans.
August 18, 2013 |
Car rental giant Hertz Corp. is following the lead of the airline industry by selling more than just transportation to travelers. In San Diego, Hertz unveiled its newest model for car rental outlets, including a retail shop where renters can buy travel items like charging cords, beach bags, sunscreen and sodas. Car renters can also charge up their smartphones and tablet computers, print out maps and other documents and ship FedEx packages. Hertz Chief Executive Mark P. Frissora said the company is planning to expand the concept globally by 2015.
August 15, 2013 |
NASA scientists said Thursday that the agency will no longer attempt to restore full function to the exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope , which has been hobbled since the spring. A three-month effort to return the craft to working order , completed just last week, was unsuccessful, said Kepler deputy project manager Charles Sobeck during a phone call with reporters. Reaction wheels that help the craft focus on far-off stars “are sufficiently damaged that they cannot sustain spacecraft pointing control for any extended period of time,” he said, adding that the space agency will now focus on figuring out how it might still use the telescope with only two fully functioning reaction wheels.
August 9, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of August 11 - 17, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Cedar Cove Bob and Peggy (Bruce Boxleitner, Barbara Niven) are uneasy when a man covered in blood shows up at the Thyme and Tide late at night in this new episode. 8 p.m. Hallmark The White Queen Based on a novel by Philippa Gregory, this British series offers a female perspective on the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century.