October 17, 2013 |
Nobody celebrates fall like Half Moon Bay, Calif., a.k.a. the World Pumpkin Capital. On Saturday and Sunday it hosts its annual (now in its 43rd year) Art & Pumpkin Festival , featuring a display of Volkswagen-size champion pumpkins, the Great Pumpkin Parade (noon Saturday) with grand marshal J.T. Snow, a San Francisco Giant fan favorite; live music; a Haunted House; a new zip line; 5k and 10k Pumpkin Runs and more than 3,000 tons of pumpkins waiting to be picked from patches around town. You can also get your fill of the orange orb with a number of pumpkin-flavored treats (new this year -- warm pretzels with a pumpkin sauce and pumpkin seeds)
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August 6, 2013 |
On Monday evening, the summer crowds were thick on the Venice boardwalk. Up at Dudley Avenue, near the northern end of the bustling oceanfront strip, a crowd gathered for a vigil to honor the victims of Saturday's car rampage that injured 16 people and took the life of Italian newlywed Alice Gruppioni . The vigil would begin with 30 seconds of silence, then the crowd would move a block south to the spot where Gruppioni was hit....
June 29, 2013 |
In the first North American date of a world tour dubbed the Mrs. Carter Show, Beyoncé was the main attraction at Staples Center on Friday night for Day 1 of the BET Experience, which will also bring acts such as Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly and Kendrick Lamar to downtown's L.A. Live complex. And although Mrs. Carter (the tour's name refers to her husband, the rapper Jay-Z) did a number of remarkable things, including belting out a verse of “I Will Always Love You” without accompaniment and zip-lining over her fans while wearing maybe the tightest, sparkliest cat suit ever made, the singer's most impressive feat wasn't her vocal power or the arena-sized set pieces that suggested she was born to perform in venues the size of small communities.
May 17, 2012 |
The rare disease commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria has claimed another victim: a South Carolina woman who had just given birth to a healthy set of twins and who noticed an unusual spot on the back of her leg. Lana Kuykendall, 36, is a paramedic, and her profession might have helped save her life. She recognized the spot as something to be concerned about -- perhaps a blood clot -- and promptly sought medical help. She has undergone four surgeries so far to remove dead flesh as doctors scramble to keep one step ahead of the disease formally known as necrotizing fasciitis. So far, Kuykendall has not suffered any limb amputations -- often a devastating result of the disease.
August 7, 2012 |
LONDON - For most politicians, getting stuck on a zip line and dangling helplessly in midair for several minutes above crowds of pointing spectators would be a public relations nightmare from which they'd prefer not to wake up. Boris Johnson isn't like most politicians. With his usual goofy aplomb, London's mayor continued to wave the Union Jacks in his hands and crack wise until somebody guided him back onto solid ground. A pundit compared his suspended figure to a "giant, suited baby attempting semaphore," while memes sprouted across the Internet showing his burly, harnessed frame hanging off Big Ben, from a giraffe's mouth and beside a strung-up Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible.
April 22, 2011 |
Many travel trends sound like a stint in the Peace Corps. Eco-travel . Voluntourism. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – in fact it’ll get you points in heaven (talk about frequent flier miles). But for pure whimsy, it’s hard to beat the rising number of zip lines over the last few years. Add a major Wrightwood course to your list. Beginning in July, Navitat Canopy Adventures plans to operate a zip-line tour that it is calling a "rainforest-style canopy excursion," meaning that it will have a series of different zip lines that stop along the way so that riders can study and learn about the habitat (there’s that learning thing again)
April 25, 2010 |
A bird's-eye zip of Catalina Island The first zip line in Los Angeles County has opened on Catalina Island, where participants get a bird's-eye view of pristine Descanso Canyon as they fly above chaparral and through a eucalyptus tree canopy. The Zip Line Eco Tour consists of five separate lines — one longer than 1,000 feet — that crisscross and drop into the rugged ravine before they end, 440 feet below, near the beach. But the ride promises more than thrills suspended from a steel cable at times 300 feet above the canyon floor with speeds topping 40 mph. Signs on each platform explain the local fauna, flora and history; guides trained by the Catalina Island Conservancy supply interpretation.
December 20, 2011 |
Stand-up paddle boarding has arrived -- at least on a tour of Brazil , where you can spend nine days filled with hiking, sea kayaking and zip-lining. The trip is called Brazil High Energy Extravaganza . Activities center on the Green Coast south of Rio de Janeiro, an area known for its fishing villages and pristine waters. Three days of hiking -- in Paratay, on the Mamangua Tropical Fjord and Sugarloaf Mountain -- are the warm-up for a sea kayak and stand-up paddling tour of Paratay and nearby beaches, followed by a day of canyoneering and zip-lining before returning to Rio de Janeiro.
May 26, 2012 |
In the 1970s, disco-themed skating rinks were all the rage. In the '80s it was paintball battlefields, followed in the '90s by urban skateboard parks. And now comes the zip line - an elevated cable ride that zips harnessed riders downhill at high speeds, powered only by gravity. Across the nation, these rides stretch over canyons, vineyards, island tourist towns and even zoos. Since 2001, the number of zip lines built in the U.S. has soared from 10 to more than 200, according to zip line experts.
March 31, 2012 |
The reality of the height and speed at which I was traveling didn't hit me until almost halfway through the zip-lining course. Joel Hunt, my 23-year-old guide, told me that the fourth and highest line -- the one I was about to ride -- was known as the most spine-tingling. I quickly found out why. After easing off a wooden platform secured to a Douglas fir, I sailed through a cluster of treetops and then watched as the ground gave way below me. Suddenly, I was 30 stories in the air, hurtling toward a mountain, the oaks and pines and streams that litter the floor of the San Gabriels smirking up at me, the Mojave Desert on my left, Hunt just a tiny, faraway speck on the side of a massive cliff toward which I seemed to be careening at 45 to 65 miles per hour.