June 23, 2000 |
Reading the stories Steven Gilbar has collected in "LA Shorts," you sense that the sexiest boundaries Angelenos cross are property lines. Borders, both real and metaphorical, run like an electric fence through the streets and suburbs of Los Angeles, separating neighborhood from neighborhood, neighbor from neighbor. Realtors hold the keys to self-reinvention--and sometimes, to their clients' bedrooms (Tom McNeal's "Winter in Los Angeles"). Like the house in the D.H.
December 16, 2013 |
It already seems that 2014 is shaping up as a great year for water park fans around the world, as a number of new parks teeming with body slides, wave pools and lazy rivers are planned for the United States, Europe and Asia. Photos: Best new water parks for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at domestic and international water parks. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed and new ones announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
February 28, 2011 |
Emerging from the African jungle, my knees wobbled as I carefully traversed the missing slats in the rickety footbridge. In the river chasm below, a dozen sunbathing crocodiles were awaiting my first misstep. This surreal safari scene seemed real enough to me -- even though I knew the make-believe jungle was deep inside a theme park carved out of Florida swampland. Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., has been offering the three-hour Wild Africa Trek for about a month now, taking about a dozen visitors at a time on VIP guided tours through the theme park's Pangani Forest.
April 2, 2011
The five-day "Jungle Love" package includes activities such as a zip-line canopy tour in the rain forest, guided nature hikes, visits to Maya archaeological and petroglyph sites and an inner-tube float down the Macal River. Dates: Available through May 15 Price: $1,999 for two, including all accommodations, meals and ground transit, including airport transfers, all applicable taxes and service charges and all activities listed above. Airfare not included. Info: Mariposa Jungle Lodge , Cayo, Belize; (304)
April 12, 2013 |
While the main body of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival lies on the Empire Polo Field, a connected, but far-flung grouping of parties act as a titillating extension of the main event. In order to get your party on in the most organized and extensive way possible this weekend, here's a rundown of some of the best shindigs in the desert. If all goes well your dance card will be packed four days straight. Note: Locations are often kept secret until you RSVP, and getting an invite often depends on who you know - just like back home.
May 14, 2012 |
Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but potentially deadly disease that ravages the body's tissues and causes them to die off, earning it the fiendish nickname "flesh-eating bacteria. " A Georgia college student, Aimee Copeland, 24, is currently fighting the disease from her hospital bed near Atlanta. She contracted necrotizing fasciitis after falling from a homemade zip line ride during what was supposed to be a day of fun in the sun on May 1. The fall left a gash in her left calf, believed to have been the entry point for the necrotizing fasciitis.
November 9, 2011 |
Snow updates, as another storm approaches: Mountain High has been open since Saturday, Bear Mountain opens today (Wednesday) and Mammoth and Snow Summit open Thursday. More important than the early snow? Consistently cool temps that allow for overnight snow making. Mammoth is reporting a 45-inch base at the Main Lodge.... Speaking of “skiing,” nice to see Matt Lauer's travel series return , with Namibia on Monday, followed by Madrid on Tuesday.
October 13, 2010 |
"This is a ship for adults who want to be adults," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic , a consumer information website, said Wednesday of the Cunard Line's latest passenger vessel, the Queen Elizabeth. In a telephone interview after attending Monday's naming ceremony in Southampton, England, Spencer Brown gave her take on the ship's pluses and minuses. And more important: Who should cruise on the Queen Elizabeth? "People who are young at heart but don’t need to zip line after every dinner would find this ship appealing," she said.
June 3, 2007 |
40 years later, discounts rock In June 1967, the Summer of Love took hold in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where hippies gathered to experience a peace-and-love vibe. This month, 16 hotels in the city, including the Clift, the Fairmont and the Grand Hyatt, mark the 40th anniversary of the counterculture groove-in by offering a special rate of three nights for the price of two. The offer is good through June and open only to California residents (based on availability and subject to change).
August 30, 2012 |
Mountain High , which bills itself as Southern California's closest winter resort, is offering Freedom Passes for the upcoming ski and snowboard season starting at as low as $299. This autumn sale, with prices as much as 57% off, begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 6. These passes are good any day or night the resort is open, with no restrictions. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood, Mountain High has three ski and snowboard areas that feature trails for the whole family, some of the best terrain parks in the region, and night skiing Wednesdays-Sundays in peak season.