CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2012 |
Forget the 200-foot-tall observation wheel. Venice Beach expects to get a zip line this summer. The Venice Neighborhood Council this week approved the installation of a 720-foot zip-line ride to run for a three-month trial period, clearing the way for consideration by the California Coastal Commission. Under the proposal, riders will take off from a 44-foot tower near the skate park and ride to a 24-foot tower at Windward Plaza by the basketball courts. The metal towers will be decorated with local art, and the attraction will bring in much-needed revenue to clean up the boardwalk, said Linda Lucks, president of the council.
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.
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.
June 29, 2011 |
Try something new over Fourth of July or during the 405 Freeway shutdown the following weekend. A new zip-line tour in the San Gabriel Mountains will open Friday in Wrightwood with an inaugural ticket discount until mid-July. The deal: Navitat Canopy Adventures is offering a 20% discount for zip-line tours that usually cost $109 for adults and $99 for kids, including tax. The tours, which last more than three hours, are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 30. Check out the video on the website to get an idea of what the up-in-the-air tours are like.
December 15, 2011 |
For everyone who craves something new to do on New Year's Eve, think about this: a 45-mph zip-line ride in the dark. A new Night Zip Line Eco-Tour starts Friday on Santa Catalina Island . The course is the same as the daytime thrill ride -- start at Hog's Back gate in the hills above Avalon and fly down five zip lines through Descanso Canyon -- but the night adds an edgy vibe. Santa Catalina Island Co., which started the tours in 2010, will offer night zip-line rides at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for $113 per person, including fees.
June 11, 2013 |
What's collectively being called the Snow Summit Adventure Park in Big Bear Lake officially opens for summer on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and a live DJ too. The park has been open since May 25 on weekends only. New summer activities at the ski resort include a downhill mountain bicycling course with features like the black-rated Miracle Mile and Cruiser trails dotted with berms and other features. The resort also plans to open a blue trail called Westridge and a green beginner run too. Another new activity that has yet to open: the Flying Squirrel Zip Line that allows participants to zip through the forest at 35 mph side-by-side.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 |
Not too long ago, I was walking along the strip in Venice and saw a man holding a cardboard sign. For 10 bucks, the sign said, you could kick the guy in the crotch. I had to ask: "How's business?" "Slow, bro," he said, as if he was trying to unload Popsicles in the dead of winter. Ah, Venice - where just about everything is for sale. Along Ocean Front Walk, you can buy beach stuff, of course - bodyboards decorated with dolphins, sunscreen jacked up to the price of shiraz.
May 30, 2012
Venice Beach features a boardwalk, a skate park and basketball courts along its wide, sandy shore. And if Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has his way, it will get another attraction by the Fourth of July - a zip line, offering a 720-foot-long, barely one-minute joy ride above it all. A 44-foot launch tower planted near the skate plaza would zip riders over grass and pedestrians to a landing pad near the basketball courts. City officials hope that as many as 400 riders daily will pay $20 to take a ride.