Why are we going to the caves, Lookout Mountain Cave, below Ruby Falls?

In 1994 I was presented with a very special trip to Lookout Mountain Cave, below Ruby Falls. We were having dinner at a friend’s house and at our table we met a couple from Lafayette, Georgia. We started talking about caving and Pettyjohn Cave near Lafayette when he told me he was going to take a special trip to Ruby Falls. There he met a cave guide who was taking a group of Lafayette city officials to the lower Ruby Falls cave on the following Tuesday, April 19. He invited me to come if I wanted. I had to get off work and drive early, but I knew it would be worth it. A once in a lifetime experience and my only chance to see Lookout Mountain Cave!

When I arrived, I was the only one dressed in caving equipment, the others only had flashlights, but they were impressed when we entered the lobby and elevator.

After a long, slow ride to the bottom, we exited the elevator into a passage in Lookout Mountain Cave. The electric lights came on. A string of lights with half of them off and far apart. I remember looking closely at the rusted frame of the elevator and was surprised that it still worked in the humid conditions of the cave.

Although Lookout Mountain Caverns has not been open to tourists for quite some time, the Ruby Falls administration allowed researchers to take the elevator (the shaft dug in 1928-1929) up to Lookout Mountain Caverns by prior arrangement. This access resulted in the discovery of new passages since Barr’s description was published in 1961. It also resulted in the discovery of prehistoric bones dating from the last Ice Age (Pleistocene). Many ancient names and dates in this cave are of great interest to historians. The cave map in Barr’s book indicates the existence of the “Andy Jackson Signature”. Unfortunately, in 2005 Tennessee state elevator inspectors required Ruby Falls operators to seal off the portion of the elevator shaft below Ruby Falls and the cave is now totally inaccessible in 2006.

One of the first things the guide showed us was the Andrew Jackson Signature. The protective glass was long gone, but the bolts that held it in place were still there, and you could make out the signature.

The lower part of the cave was flooded and the stairs led to the water. As we looked at the passage below, the guide explained that the water-filled passage connected with the dry passage in the direction we were heading. I asked if we could take it and join the group at the crossing. Two of us, my friend who I met at dinner and I followed the stream with the water on our waist. After what seemed like a long walk through the water, we heard voices and joined the rest of the group, drenched.

We continued through the cave towards the original entrance which is now blocked by the railway tunnel, we heard a train go by while we were there. We took a good look at the rock ballet boxes that were on the side of the aisle and were told they were used for early voting. Although hard to believe, they had a square hole in the top.

In 1905, the entrance to Lookout Mountain Cave was permanently sealed by the railroad tunnel, and in 1928 Leo Lambert dug an elevator shaft 420 feet down into the well-known cave. At the 260-foot level, an opening eighteen inches high and five feet wide was discovered. This led to the now show cave, Ruby Falls, named after Ruby, Mr. Lambert’s wife. In 1929 the routes to the lower original cave were opened. A year later, Ruby Falls was open to the public. And in 1935 tours of the original cave were discontinued, in 2006 the rusted elevator was replaced, and the lower cave shaft was sealed.

PF Sloan and Steve Barri

While you may not immediately recognize the name, PF Sloan, there is a chance that you will be diving somewhere in the depths of your record collection, perhaps in the section reserved solely for the 1960s, you will find a song. written by the talented teenage songwriter, or indeed even a track or two recorded by him, under one of his many pseudonyms.

Phil Sloan, as he was known then, already got off to a false start as a singer behind him when he was hired as a staff writer for the West Coast branch of Screen Gems in 1964, at the splendidly tender age of eighteen. He immediately teamed up with another young songwriter, Steve Barri, and together they wrote, in quick succession, a string of Billboard 100 hits, in a wide variety of genres, ranging from R&B and folk-rock to girl groups and surf-pop. . Sadly, a simmering feud with Dunhill Records president Jay Lasker, which was largely the byproduct of Sloan’s understandable desire to perform under his own name, led to him being summarily fired from the fledgling label in late 1967. Barri, who had always been content with his role as writer / producer, became the label’s A&R director before taking the same position at Warner Bros. Records. He is currently winning an award touring the university circuit lecturing on the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

After releasing a couple of solo albums, Measure for Pleasure (1968) and Raised on Records (1972), Sloane simply disappeared without a trace. Subsequently, he has admitted to being “desolate and mentally ill” for long periods. A review in the LA Times of a 1993 concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood to promote his comeback album (Still on the) Eve of Destruction, suggests that his troubles may not have been entirely left behind even then:

Unfortunately, Sloan’s eccentric playing gestures often clashed uncomfortably with the more engaging qualities of her songs. Constantly on the move, full of tics and nervous movements, chewing gum incessantly, he frequently interrupted the flow of music with long, unfocused stories that became disconnected to the point of dissociation. As the evening wore on, he occasionally added aggressive harangues in support of a vague socio-political agenda. “

Subsequently, he recorded just one more album, Sailover, in 2006.

His incredible pace of work at Dunhills, in the years before his devastating collapse, must have taken its toll. Between 1964 and 1967 he wrote, in partnership with Barri, hits for some of the biggest acts of the decade, including The Searchers, The Mamas and Papas, The Fifth Dimension, The Turtles, Herman’s Hermits and Johnny Rivers. In addition, his anguished protest song “Eve of Destruction,” written in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, was a global hit for Barry McGuire. It was also registered in the UK under its own name or at least its latest variation, PF Sloan, for the first and last time, when its Dylanesque boiler ‘The Sins of a Family’ reached number 38 in 1965.

Throughout the Dunhill years, Sloan was also recording 24 hours a day with Barri, under group names such as The Lifeguards, The Wildcats, Sheridan Hollenbeck Orchestra and Chorus, Phillip and Stephan, Willie & the Wheels, The Fantastic Baggys. , Themes Inc., The Street and Weed Cleaners. The Fantastic Baggys, perhaps the best of these side projects, released a truly wonderful surf pop album, Tell Em I’m Surfin ‘in 1964, which is still regarded today as one of the best albums in the history of the genre. When he wasn’t writing or recording songs, on an industrial scale, Sloan was busy playing guitar on a host of other seminal records, including The Mamas and Papas all-time classic “California Dreaming.”

It all ended in tears, of course, as Sloan’s insistence on moving to center stage eventually cost her her Dunhill career. His attempt to “ride the beam between creativity and commerciality” ended at the age of 22. An alternate reading of their boy / girl breakup song, “Let me Be,” which the Turtles took to no. 28 on the Billboard chart in 1965 can, in hindsight, be seen as defining his attitude toward art in general and his current conflict with Lasker in particular;

‘Please don’t confuse me or try to make me / anyone else’s shadow / I’m not the he or she you think I am / I’m just trying to be myself … and I’m not a pawn to be told how to move / Sorry I’m not the fool who thought I’d play by your rules. ‘

If it was a verbal warning or a plea to understand that he no longer wanted to be considered a “gun for hire,” then the power brokers at Dunhill no longer mattered to him.

This 2010 25-track compilation, carefully crafted by Ace Records, includes all the essential cuts from their happy days, along with less familiar offerings like “The Sh-Down Song,” credited to The Ginger Snaps with Dandee Dawson, “Summer Means Future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston’s “fun, Ramona King’s no-nonsense slap,” You say nice words “and a hurt Anne-Margaret, handing out the” You sure know how to hurt someone “products. Additionally, the album comes with a superbly informative and well-presented booklet that answers some of the questions surrounding the enigmatic Sloan.

This includes a particularly poignant anecdote, about sixties soft pop exponents, The Association, represented in You Baby by its version of Sloane’s 1967 composition, “On a Quiet Night,” which bears repeating in this article. revision. Headlining a National Songwriters Association show in 1992, Sloan was intrigued to hear The Association perform the song “P. F Sloan,” which legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb had written as a tribute to him, back in 1970. When Sloan went backstage to introduce himself to the band, they refused to believe that he was the subject of the song, insisting that PF Sloan was a fictional character! It should be noted that Webb, for some peculiar reason, had fueled rumors that PF Sloan was, in fact, a figment of his imagination. The lyrics themselves are suitably vague.

‘I’ve been looking for PF Sloan / But no one knows where he’s gone / No one heard the song / That good boy sent flying / Last time I saw PF Sloan / He was burned in the summer and blown in the winter / He turned the corner all alone / But he kept singing. ‘

It can be easy to forget, so many years after the event, that throughout the ‘mid-1960s’ Sloan and Barri were helping define and codify the burgeoning language of pop, in exactly the same way that Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly did. had done for Rock n ‘Roll a decade before. Only the song titles reconstruct a familiar narrative: “Wherever the girls are,” “I found a girl,” “Summer is fun,” “Unless you care,” “Where were you when I needed you?” , “Another day”. , Another heartbreak “,” Only when you’re alone “,” Things I should have said “and” All I want is to love, “evoking the testosterone heartbreak, the hormonal heartbreak, the teenage trauma of the day.

You Baby not only chronicles the best work of an exceptionally gifted songwriting association, it also serves as a glorious reminder of the salad days of pop music.

* For those who wish to delve a little deeper into PF Sloan’s work, Ace released a collection of Sloane’s own Dunhill recordings, Here Where I Belong: The Best of the Dunhill Years 1965 to 1967, back in 2008 and Sloane co-wrote her life story, with SE Feinberg, in the entertaining, if somewhat unreliable autobiography, What Exactly Do I Care: Memoirs of a Life in Music?

John Baker Muwanga and Oscar Joseph Nsubuga: Ugandan Brother Boxing Champions

John Baker Muwanga, one of Uganda’s most respected boxing champions, was born on April 2, 1956 in nearby Kampala, growing up in Nsambya. Joseph Nsubuga, another of Uganda’s renowned former boxers, was Muwanga’s older half-brother.

Equally unique and fascinating is how Muwanga started boxing, how he progressed and why and how he hung up his gloves. His path to boxing began when his half brother Nsubuga, who was born in Kenya in the early 1950s, performed in 1963 at the family home in Nsambya while accompanied by his sister and mother. The children’s father had been an employee of the East African Railways and Harbors, where he worked in Kenya. Muwanga was delighted to have an older brother close by. Nsubuga had dabbled in boxing. Soon, Muwanga would accompany Nsubuga to the police boxing club in Nsambya, a few times. But Muwanga was not impressed with the sport. Furthermore, Muwanga’s mother would soon leave home and take Muwanga and one of her sisters with her to live elsewhere. He soon ended up being a student at Mugwanya Preparatory School (Kabojja), a boarding school; and was subsequently transferred to sister school St. Savio Primary School on Entebbe Road.

At Savio in 1969, Muwanga ended up fighting a bully who turned out to be the son of a politically prominent person. As a result, Muwanga was expelled from the school. His father was very furious and assured him that he would never get anywhere. Meanwhile, Brother Nsubuga was making steady progress in boxing, Muwanga attracted attention for being the brother, although he was comparatively weak and not as tough as his boxing brother. It is here that Muwanga decided to try boxing. He was paired with gambling opponents, got hit hard and laughed at. The people of northern Uganda had a reputation for being good boxers, and Muwanga was discouraged from continuing to box on the grounds that those boxers would “kill you for nothing.” But the taunts only made Muwanga more determined to refute the skeptics.

Muwanga dared to enter the national youth championships that were held in the Nsambya police shed. He would represent the Nsambya Boxing Club. In that place and time, those days, medical tests weren’t up to scratch and weren’t taken seriously. Muwanga was allowed to box. He was paired with an opponent Tilima from the Naguru Boxing Club. In the fight, Muwanga did not prove his worth; his opponent, who was much better than him, tried his best not to humiliate him. Tilima even pretended to have been knocked down, even when he hadn’t been hit. Muwanga writes (personal communication, June 10, 2014):

“What a show !!! This guy tried his best not to humiliate me but failed people laughed until tears ran down his cheeks. The guy even pretended to be knocked down by the air with a punch he had thrown at about ten inches from him. ” He got a warning for that. I lost and the crowd laughed. “

Muwanga’s associates would laugh at him for that fight. This made him live longer to become a good boxer. One early Sunday he decided to go to the Kampala Boxing Club in Nakivubo. Muwanga writes: “I went to KBC in Nakivubo, determined to learn to box or die” (Personal communication, June 10, 2014). The club was closed.

Muwanga returned to KBC early the next morning. There, a fellow James Bond Okwaare made fun of how Muwanga had boxed. Okwaare was quickly rebuked by national coach Erias Gabiraali. Muwanga began training there when he met some of the national boxers who entered. These included Ayub Kalule, Cornelius Bbosa Boza-Edwards, Mustafa Wasajja, Ben Ochan, Alex Odhiambo, Ochodomuge, and David Jackson. Even Muwanga’s brother, Nsubuga, would come. To conclude, Muwanga writes (personal communication, June 10, 2014):

“One day I was surprised to hear that my brother was going to Scotland [Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, 1970] to represent Uganda. I couldn’t believe, not only that other urchins from the ‘village’ were also going to make the kids in the slum next door that was Katwe Kinyoro sweeter, people like John Opio were on the team too !!! There was justice in honest sweat, hard work and discipline … the rest is history. “

At the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh on July 18, 1970, 16-year-old Joseph Oscar Nsubuga (lightweight) was defeated by points decision by Olympian Kenneth Mwansa of Zambia in the preliminary round.

At the 1974 Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch, the 20-year-old Nsubuga, now a light welterweight, defeated Philip Sapak of Papua New Guinea. This happened in the first preliminary round on January 27 when the referee stopped the fight early after Nsubuga had quickly overwhelmed his opponent. However, in the quarterfinals two days later, Scotsman James Douglas defeated Nsubuga on points, thus halting Nsubuga’s search for a medal.

Months later, in August 1974, Nsubuga, fighting as a middleweight, would win a bronze medal at the inaugural World Amateur Boxing Championship in Havana. Nsubuga had risen to the middleweight division.

The TSC Tournament was held at the Dynamo-Sporthalle in Berlin from October 3-7, 1974. In the quarterfinals, Nsubuga fighting as a middleweight defeated Zaprianov (Bulgaria) on points. But in the semi-finals he was defeated on points by Peter Tiepold of the German Democratic Republic. He settled for the bronze medal. here the Ugandans performed remarkably well: James Odwori (flyweight) and Ayub Kalule (light welterweight) won gold; Vitalish Bbege (welterweight) won the silver medal.

Nsubuga would debut as a professional in May 1975, after which he moved to Finland and then to Norway; I would fight mostly in Europe. Nsubuga stopped competing in 1981 after he was knocked out by famous future world champion Davey Moore. Nsubuga’s most significant fight was his energetic gladiator battle (non-title fight) with renowned Panamanian Roberto Duran on January 13, 1980 in Las Vegas. The Panamanian appeared to be tired, but Joseph “Stoneface” Nsubuga was knocked out late in the fourth round. He retired from boxing in 1981 with an impressive record of 18 wins and 3 losses. Nsubuga passed away in Helsinki on May 4, 2013, at the age of 59.

During the 1970s, while at Namasagali College in Uganda’s Kamuli district, Muwanga showed himself to be a skilled, feared and popular boxer. At the national amateur level, he is said to have twice defeated renowned future world champion and fellow Ugandan Cornelius Boza-Edwards (Bbosa). In April 1973, the annual Golden Belt tournament was held in Bucharest. Most of the winners and silver medalists turned out to be Cuban and Romanian. It was here that 17-year-old Muwanga first entered an international competition. Here Muwanga, along with his accomplices on the Uganda team, Ayub Kalule, Vitalish Bbege and James Odwori, won bronze medals in Romania. Later, in the same 1973, Muwanga fought for Uganda twice in two Urafiki tournaments (Kenya vs. Uganda); he was victorious. Muwanga was soon overwhelmed when veteran Ugandan boxing legend Alex Odhiambo, who until now had been so critical of the younger boxer, subsequently gave him the thumbs up and thumbs up.

Locally and during training, Muwanga fought Odwori and another famous Ugandan boxer, “Kabaka” Nasego, several times, but did not win. Among the Ugandans he defeated were Vincent Byarugaba and several others. Muwanga’s stint as a national amateur boxer ran from 1973 to 1977, when he was also a student at Namasagali College; thereafter he attended the University of Oslo while wrestling as a professional. Muwanga recalls that in training ground, where behavioral attitudes varied from boxer to boxer, as an admired example, the skilled Odwori was particularly talkative, while Ayub Kalule preferred action to words (Personal communication, October 29, 2015):

“… guys like Ayub Kalule … preferred action to talking, a phenomenon in my opinion. James Odouri spoke at a mile a minute, but he had the rare ability to back up everything he said. A very rare quality. we call ‘Kasuku’ [parrot] behind your back. “

John Muwanga, as a lightweight flyweight, represented Uganda at the inaugural amateur world championships held in Havana in August 1974. In particular, Kalule and Nsubuga won gold and bronze here, respectively. Muwanga was eliminated in the preliminary round by points decision in favor of Bejhan Fuchedzhiyev (Bulgaria). Quite remarkable is the aspect that six massive Ugandan contingent in Havana had studied at Namasagali, one of the few schools in Uganda that embraced boxing. In addition to Muwanga, boxers who attended Namasagali included Nsubuga, Odwori, John Byaruhanga, Vincent Byarugaba, and Shadrack Odhiambo.

Muwanga’s national status continued to rise and, at age 20, he was selected to represent Uganda at the Summer Olympics in Montreal. Most African countries, twenty-eight of them, boycotted the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to ban entry to Olympic countries where athletes had participated in sporting events in South Africa. apartheid. The New Zealand rugby team was then on tour in South Africa. Countries like China, Iraq and Guyana also withdrew; although with China it had to do mainly with a problem of recognition of political name: the non-recognition of “Republic of China” vs. “People’s Republic of China.”

Ugandan boxers who withdrew from participation due to the boycott included Baker Muwanga (bantamweight) alongside Venostos Ochira (light flyweight), Adroni Butambeki (flyweight), Cornelius Boza-Edwards (Bbosa) (featherweight), David Ssenyonjo (lightweight), Jones Okoth. (light-welterweight), Vitalish Bbege (welterweight) and John Odhiambo (light-middleweight). None of these fighters had represented Uganda at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Vitalish Bbege had won gold at the African Boxing Championship held in Kampala in 1974.

Muwanga began his professional career in Norway in April 1978 and ended it in October 1982. He mostly boxed as a lightweight. All of their fights took place in Norway, in addition to the last two that took place in Finland. He didn’t lose any of the bouts, but he probably would have liked to be exposed to more intense competition and also box in the western countries, where there are more top contenders and champions. One factor was the ban on professional boxing in Norway, officially effective since early 1981.

Muwanga finished undefeated as a professional boxer with 15 wins, 0 losses, with 6 knockouts (Boxrec.com). He regrets to some extent that he did not flourish as much as he would have wanted as a boxer, but at the same time he is grateful that boxing has taken him places and opened many advantages for him. He writes: “… my boxing career, in my opinion, was not as exciting as I wanted it to be, but I am not complaining, it opened many doors for me and took me to places I never thought I would see.” .. “(Personal communication, June 10, 2014).

Wood-fired Pizza Restaurants Near Arab Street

If you’re looking for Italian fun on the streets of Singapore on your next vacation, then it’s time to head to Arab Street. Here, you can find abundant dining options to indulge in a delicious treat every time you come to eat. There are many wood-burning pizzerias lined up on Arab Street that are ideal for your date, lunch, inexpensive dinner, brunch, family gathering, business buffet, or casual outings.

Whatever the reason, you can always celebrate while enjoying food at any of these places like Cicheti, Pizza Face and Piedra Negra. Choose anything from the menu and you may find that each one is equally delicious and appetizing. Visit Pizza Face, where popular menu options include dishes such as Parma ham with Bufala mozzarella, arugula, and diced tomatoes.

Try the pizza face

Parma ham is also served with rockets, which is a variation on the previous one because it is topped with ingredients like grated provolone cheese and arugula salad. Another good option on the non-vegetarian menu can be the salami served with sautéed spinach and egg. For vegetarians, the place offers Vegantan Red Pizza that contains mixed mushrooms, grilled eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, and red onion.

For meat lovers

A real treat served hot at the table for meat lovers with ingredients: cooked ham, bacon, egg, salami and beef ragout in a spicy tomato BBQ sauce. Choose anything from small bites, salads, red pizza to calzone and pasta, you will find various innovations. Their white pizza tastes heavenly with options like sweet fig Parma ham, gorgonzola cheese, grated parmigiano in balsamic vinegar glaze to try.

For the best pasta, opt for the vedurina made with Penne in tomato sauce that includes sauteed mixed greens and mushrooms. Carbonara is a variety of spaghetti that you will find here prepared with crispy smoked bacon in egg yolk cream. Granchio is another culinary delight of linguine made from crab meat and wild arugula in a pink mirin sauce.

Come to Cicheti

Order antipasti at Cicheti for lunch or main course for dinner, you will be amazed at the varieties it has to present. Here, the chef serves a seafood stew with gray prawns, squid, clams, and scallops on the main course for a rewarding experience. Lunch means a hearty meal of Burratina with onion jam, toasted pistachio, ham beretta, and pesto.

Apart from these, you can go to places where chefs experiment to offer unique preparations like Capricciosa with mushrooms, Prosciutto Cotto, Taggiasca olives and artichokes. Look for the Italian cuisine restaurants on Arab Street and you will notice that people have acquired a taste for this particular dish that is often ordered.

Switch to a locksmith career

Due to the fact that our economy has become more unpredictable than the weather, many people are beginning to see the need for a backup plan. A good backup plan in an ever-changing economy is to have a job that people will need, whether they are in a good or bad economic situation.

One of those jobs is a career as a locksmith. People will always need a locksmith, whether it’s for their mansion or studio apartment, their fancy city car, or their junk to drive them to their depressing workplace. If you are thinking of changing careers to become a full-time locksmith or simply as a means of earning extra money, there are a few things you will need to consider first.

• Open Opportunities Available – When considering starting any career, you should always consider whether it will be worth it when you are done with your training. With locksmith, the demand for the services is actually greater than the number of people who can offer them. There are so many companies that need to have full time locksmiths. To make things better, when you have finished your training; they don’t even need to be employed by anyone else. You can set up your own mobile or permanent store.

• Skills You Need – Not everyone can pursue and be successful in just any career. There are general qualities or skills that one must have or be ready to hone. Fortunately, almost anyone can become a locksmith with enough determination. One of the most important skills in locksmithing is being able to see blueprints or blueprints and being able to understand them. You must also be skilled in handling objects, know how to separate and put them back together. You will also have to be good at working with tools. It will deal with kinds of hand and power tools.

• Amount of income to be generated: Today, as much as many people consider themselves lucky to have a job no matter how little it pays, you still need to consider how much you can earn before jumping into any venture. career.

The average salary one can expect to earn as a locksmith today is $ 35,000. However, this is only the average amount and it will depend a lot on the steps you take to get the money. For example, this salary is usually higher when you work for a large company. However, it can be even higher if you start your own business and take off. You should also be sure to weigh this average annual salary against your annual cost of living. Those in areas where they have low costs of living will be better off on this salary than those in areas with higher costs of living.

For many people, becoming a locksmith is a very good idea because the results can be seen very quickly after the decision to do so is made. They don’t need years back in a class or bank loans to establish themselves thereafter.

Cool Trails for Bike Cruises in Downtown San Diego

1. Your neighborhood. It’s a good idea to get to know your beach cruiser before hitting a trail with other bikers, skaters, or walkers. Learn how your bike moves, how fast it goes easily, and how you handle the bike. Navigating your own neighborhood is also a good way to see where you live rather than driving your daily route to quickly get somewhere.

2. Coronado Bike Path – This 17.1 mile bike path is a pleasant cruise between the Coronado Ferry Terminal and Imperial Beach. This road is relatively flat with a nice wide road for easy driving. The trail can be busy on weekends with runners, inline skaters, other cyclists, and walkers using the trail as well. This trail can also be windy most afternoons. The trail runs around the outskirts of Coronado and then down the Silver Strand. The Pacific Ocean is on one side and the San Diego Bay on the other side of this promenade. The trail is well maintained in most areas. The San Diego side of the trail gets a bit rougher as the trail has a few more cracks.

3. Mission Bay Bike Trail – There are 11.4 miles around beautiful Mission Bay. This road tends to be heavily trafficked on weekends as cyclists, runners, walkers, and inline skaters also use it. This has many starting points along Mission Bay. The elevation change is minimal, making this ride great for a single-speed Beach Cruiser as well. This path also takes the cyclist along the San Diego River and SeaWorld.

4. Mission Beach / Pacific Beach Boardwalk Trail – About 3 miles of fun along the Pacific Ocean. There is a speed limit on this road along the beach. It can get crowded during peak tourist season. There are no elevation changes along this route. There are many places to stop and enjoy the Pacific Ocean, eat something or have a drink. Belmont Park is an amusement park in the area that is home to a wooden roller coaster.

5. State Route 56 Bike Trail – This 10.3-mile long route runs from Del Mar to the Saber Springs neighborhoods in San Diego. There are a few food places at both ends of the trail, but not much in between. There is a significant quarter mile long uphill when going from west to east. This route is not a popular tourist route, but it is popular with bike enthusiasts and runners.

Above are some great bike rides in downtown San Diego for the Beach Cruiser enthusiast in all of us. Beach Cruisers can be used for more than just a beach cruise. However, if a beach cruise is what you are looking for, they are also listed.

Ghost of the Tiffany Room – Lightner Museum – St. Augustine Florida

I froze in my tracks, frozen by the hostile presence I could feel behind me. A blanket of silence fell over the room. Mottled and dancing colors of the stained glass, stopped their movement on the walls. People entering the room remained motionless. I turned slowly to see what had scared me so much. I did not see anything. The presence remained. I narrowed my eyes, trying to pierce through the veil that prevented me from seeing anything. An image of an angry woman approaching seventy formed in my mind. Her dark hair tied in a bun at the back of her head was streaked with gray. She was wearing a patterned dress that fell well below the knee. Her black wool sweater hung open. His eyes flashed with anger when he ordered me out of the room.

On my first visit to the Lightner Museum in 1977, I slowly walked through the rooms and exhibits. Dazed by a constant attack of uniqueness and beauty, I needed Tiffany’s room to make me feel a little brighter. “These items were made by the very hands of Louis Comfort Tiffany,” I remember thinking.

In the center of the room, a large chandelier hung within reach. In years past, artists have told me that the mark of a genuine masterpiece is the compulsion the viewer feels to touch it. This cut glass display was without a doubt a masterpiece and I felt that compulsion. I approached him silently. Stopping in front of him for a few seconds to admire his beauty up close, it occurred to me that there might be an alarm system and if he touched it, bells and whistles could sound bringing the security of the museum. I still wanted to touch it. Raising my hand in defiance of the possible consequences, I extended my index finger and very gently touched a real Tiffany cut crystal chandelier.

Exactly at that moment, the hostile presence made itself known right behind me.

Thirty years went by without my giving much thought to that experience. Eventually I went to work for Historic Tours of America. The company wanted me to check out all the historic attractions before I got on board full time, so I visited the Lightner Museum again. This time I moved more slowly, probably because in my thirty years in St. Augustine, I had learned more about Otto Lightner and his contemporaries than I did on my first visit. Much of what I saw this time brought to mind stories I heard and articles I read. I remembered seeing a room dedicated to Musical Machines, on my first visit.

One of Otto Lightner’s collections were machines that can play musical instruments. On my first visit I missed the concert (11:00 am and 2:00 pm every day). This time, the concert was just starting when I walked into that room. In the early 1900s, people were getting more and more excited about MACHINES. They built mechanical devices to do things unimaginable in the past, and this room aloud reflects that emotion in a collection of intelligence and creativity that forms an art form of its own. A machine even plays a violin. There are various organs and street pianos, including a hurdy-gurdy. Machines were all the rage.

An adjoining room on the first floor exhibits two functional blown glass steam engines; the very essence of the age of industry turned into art. An antique “word processor” (an antique typewriter) is on display in that room alongside seashells and Indian spears. Otto Lightner’s passion was collecting. Your wife probably said, “You just never throw anything away.” His collection of buttons is upstairs with cut glass and crystal. He collected beautiful marble ladies, elaborate furniture, and unusual dishes. The list is endless.

Lighter made his money in the Hobbies magazine business, advocating for the hobby of collecting. He traveled the world doing his own shopping. He was an avid collector of collections and opened a museum to house them. A visitor will find everything from roasters to Tiffanies, from Steins to Steinways. He even picked up an Egyptian mummy. That probably also has a ghost associated with it. Lightner’s Museum is quite a place, but the most dramatic historical artifact in existence is the building itself, a tribute to the imagination of Henry Morrison Flagler. From its landscaped patio to its marble-furnished steam room, The Alcazar Hotel is an architectural statement of beauty, luxury, and pleasure.

The pool fascinates me even more than the shower with sixteen shower heads. The roof of the pool, four stories above the water, could once be opened to the sky. Vast decks wrapped around the pool on the upper floors, watching the swimmers in one of the largest indoor pools of its time, fifty feet wide and one hundred twenty feet long. Seeing the room that houses the pool torments the imagination. The room is cavernous. Tents line the sides of the pool. Cafe Alcazar serves lunch in the background, but the ghosts are still there. Even if they cannot be seen, they can be felt echoing through the silence of that great hall. I wonder if Henry Flagler is irritated that his swimming pool has been turned into a theater, and if Richard Boone regrets the decision to engineer that change. Gone are the days when children splashed each other in that water with echoes of Beethoven from the orchestra above, while their dancer parents in formal attire watched over them, far below.

My visits to the Hotel Alcazar always include time in the pool and reflection of the grandeur of those past spring nights. As I wander around the building, I try to imagine what it must have been like as a hotel. On this last visit, I wandered and reflected as before, but to my surprise, I had a jarring memory of my first arrival at the Museum.

After visiting the gym, Lightner’s dining room, and the cut glass creations, I finally made it to the Tiffany Room. It had been many years since my last trip to see the actual exhibits in the museum. The slightly darkened room allowed the colors of Tiffany’s wonderful creations to be highlighted by the sun shining through the window. It took a moment for my eyes to adjust and when they did, the first thing I saw was the Tiffany chandelier. I got closer to see better and felt the same compulsion that I felt the first time I was there. I wanted to touch it. The same thoughts occurred, as before: what if there is an alarm system? This must be quite valuable. I didn’t want to cause a stir or get in trouble, but still. I wanted to touch it. I raised my hand, extended my index finger, and touched a real Tiffany creation. The ghost was still there.

I went back to the Lightner Museum today to get photographs specifically to photograph that Tiffany Chandelier for this article. I was expecting to find orbs in many of the images, as many people in St. Augustine talk about how haunted that building is. I really wanted to know if the ghost was still there.

Not only was the ghost not there, the chandelier wasn’t there, either. I went to see a museum attendant and asked about the chandelier and they told me to go to the desk below and ask there. The person I spoke to at the desk had been working at the Lightner Museum for decades. When I asked him about the chandelier, he replied, “What chandelier?”

I asked if the display had changed in recent years and was told that the Tiffany display had not been changed or altered in any way in over forty years. I walked away shaking my head. Not only was there no chandelier, there had never been a chandelier.

When I got home I called the person who was with me on my last visit and he confirmed that we had seen a chandelier and that I was not going crazy. The experience left me somewhat puzzled. I’m not used to ghosts playing with my senses this way.

How to make my ex think of me constantly: get your ex back now

You have definitely come to the right page if you are looking for ways to make your ex think of you constantly and want him to come back quickly. Read on to find out how!

I know very well what it feels like to be abandoned by someone you love: it is agony! These will be very difficult times and I know it is difficult to describe the deep pain that you are going through. So before you do anything else, the best thing you can do now is learn how to make your ex miss you. If you’re like most people, I guess you’re wondering ‘how the hell do you make an ex think about you constantly?’ Well now, if you just follow the golden rules, you will soon realize how easy it can be to change your circumstances.

If you want your ex to miss you, the first thing to do is stay calm for a couple of weeks. Why? Because if you don’t, how the hell are you going to make them miss you? First things first: stop texting and calling right now; we need them to experience the feelings of ‘I don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’. You will be surprised how powerful these feelings can be if you simply follow our guidelines. Before you know it, your ex will be constantly thinking about you.

Getting through this stage is probably easier with the help of a close friend. Try not to think about your agonies doing something that you enjoy doing. Maybe you take a vacation, for example, or visit some lost friends or relatives. In fact, anything to keep your mind busy, we just want to keep you away from that phone! Just keep reminding yourself that for the best results you need to make them miss you. This will surely take a little time, but they will soon realize what they have lost and you will be on their mind the whole time.

You certainly won’t notice anything at first. It will be a few days before your ex starts wondering where he has gone. When they are used to hearing from you, then the shock factor comes into play. At first, they will wonder what you are doing and why did you suddenly stop communicating with them. As time goes on they will want to know about you and will probably get in touch because you are on their mind. When they are constantly thinking of you, chances are high that they will miss you in their life. Take this opportunity to your advantage and stick to the no-contact rule.

Well, you have now reached a very crucial stage that will require a bit of effort on your part. When your ex finally gets in touch with you, you’ll have to know exactly what to say to drive him crazy for you and want you to come back into his life. It’s vital that you don’t say or do the wrong things at this stage as it could ruin your chances of getting your ex back for good. As you will learn, there are certain things that will have a great impact on them when you understand how their mind works after a breakup.

Obviously, it is not possible to fit everything into one article, so be sure to follow up on our website, where you will find a lot of useful information on the next steps to get your ex back quickly and get him interested in you. again.

Ten things people appreciate most about living in a log home

There is no reason to wait until retirement to live in your dream home. Start looking for this alternative style of lodging right now; and find your idyllic refuge.

10 things people appreciate most about living in a log home

1. A log house is a retreat

A favorable escape from fast-paced urban sprawl is the rustic idyll of a log house. In fact, most of them are located away from crowded urban areas and offer a peaceful retreat from bustling cities with their questionable air quality that city dwellers have become accustomed to. To make the most of a long summer afternoon or, for that matter, any day with good weather, they are often outfitted with porches. This outdoor area of ​​the house is ideal for relaxing or having a drink with friends while engaging in long and bright conversations.

2. Wooden houses are ecological

The environmental benefits of log home accommodation are numerous. In fact, they are often praised as energy efficient alternatives to traditional stucco and cement houses. The thick wood provides substantial insulation to keep residents warm in winter and comfortably cool in summer. At a time when many people are looking to lower their energy bill, living in a log home can be very inexpensive. Furthermore, these houses are made with the most sustainable building material known to man, wood. From the forest to your house, the logs that are used do not have as much negative impact on the environment as other common building materials such as bricks, mortar or steel.

3. Stay close to nature while at home

For the hippie within each of us, a wooden house provides a unity with nature incomparable to the alienating modernity of the city. Surrounded by lush forests, mountains, and other elements of nature, one gains an appreciation for healthy natural beauty. The interior of a log house is deeply inspired by its natural surroundings. With stone accessories such as fireplaces, common in the cabins, and intricately carved wooden railings and handrails, the owners communicate with the wonderful splendor of nature. These homes have personalized and unique interiors to surprise. Whether you prefer a vaulted ceiling or a wrap-around deck on the second floor, you have a plethora of options to choose from.

4. Feel invited

A log house is known for its cozy warmth. Luxurious amenities abound in the cabins; Lay out a bearskin rug and it will be a perfect complement to a reddish oak floor. Curl up by the fireplace on a luxurious sofa or armchair and enjoy a classic novel; You won’t be interrupted by street noise or annoying neighbors, as your home is innately and pleasantly soundproof. Richly embroidered tapestries and classic baroque furniture are no rarities in a log house. For the less theatrical homeowner, modern stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are also suitable for this type of residence.

5. Enjoy the great outdoors while you stay

For the social type, a log house is the perfect place for a community barbecue or a gathering of friends. A typical log house is enveloped by a large, ornate porch raised off the ground. It is the perfect place for an outdoor kitchen or an in-ground hot tub. You can relax on a comfortable swing on the porch while watching the sunset from your outdoor paradise. A log house is like a perpetual vacation. Enjoy the natural light from tall windows in your living room or soak up the sun on the balcony outside your bedroom.

6. A well decorated house

Log houses are famous for their beautiful construction. The architecture of these houses is rich in delicately carved handrails and hanging wooden supports that give your home a comfortable and cozy feel. Appreciate the tapestries and lavish art that adorn your log home. The rustic charm can be augmented with magnificent additions that emphasize the earthy nature of the lodge; Recommended additions are deep red velvet tapestries and impeccably oiled rugs.

7. A wooden house smells fantastic

The wood in a log house is durable and is permanently infused with rich earthy vibes. The smell of a log house is permanent. The inviting fragrance of fresh wood gives the cottage a natural, vacation-home comfort. No car air freshener or scented candle can match the alluring scent of natural wood. Pleasant scents have been shown to be calming, if the reality of living the dream in a beautiful natural landscape isn’t enough to calm you down.

8. Excellent security

These homes are not a fire hazard, although that may seem counterintuitive. The circumference and durability of the logs resist fire very reliably. An ordinary house is much more prone to collapse due to fire than a log house, making the latter a sturdy lodging option. If you were locked inside a log house during a fire, it wouldn’t be difficult to escape. The many windows normally built into a cab offer alternative escape routes to ensure your safety.

9. Maintenance is quite simple

A properly constructed log home requires little maintenance. In addition to treatments to prevent mold and rot, a stain can be applied to the exterior of the cabinet periodically, in mild stain treatments, to maintain the color of the wood. And that’s all you need to keep your home in tip-top condition for many years, if not generations.

10. You will impress your friends

There’s nothing like a backyard barbecue to bring families and friends together. What better way to spend a summer afternoon than lazily lazing on the porch of your luxurious log home? Friends will envy your laid-back lifestyle and you will soon find yourself yearning for a simple life. You’ll have it all: the tranquility of open spaces and the comfort of a modern respite away from the hectic clamor of the city. The floors where your loved ones reside cannot be compared.

There is no reason to wait until retirement to live in your dream home. Start looking for this alternative style of lodging right now; and find your idyllic refuge.

6 travel tips everyone should know

Multiple countries, thousands of flights and endless road trips. That is the life of a travel writer and it teaches you many fair things. I would like to share with you some of my travel tips, as I found them very useful on every trip I made.

Be upset

It is time to talk to different people. The waiter, the concierge, the bar staff, or the customer sitting at the table next to you looking good. Ask them questions about what to watch, and you’ll find that people will love sharing their tips and insights with you. Trust me, a lot of people get nervous, but by starting a random conversation, you’re one step away from the next hidden gem.

Get out of bed

This is the most difficult to handle, especially for those who love to stay in bed a little longer than usual. It’s best to get up early because a lot happens before brunch time. So get out there and head to a Washington restaurant for breakfast or hit the best beach in Italy before the hordes of tourists arrive. Trust me, you won’t regret this one; you can sleep all you want once you get home.

Keep your phone charged

There is nothing worse than running out of technology due to a dead battery. Carry a power bank with you so you never run out of battery.

Join the cloud

That iPhone is worth nothing, and that’s for one main reason: the images. Memories are the best thing to do on travel, and without them, you will lose the charm of going on a journey. Gone are the days when you used to keep manual backup. Apple now keeps you covered with iCloud, set up your cloud, and get access to all your photos and videos from anywhere.

Remember your favorites

Do you remember that great restaurant where you last visited New York four years ago? No? That’s bad! Next time just ask your phone to remember it, in Google Maps just type the name of the place and then press “save”. This method will help to mark it with a star so you can always go back and check.

Bring cash

From Amsterdam to Cambodia, the shortage of money is no big deal. You won’t find an ATM everywhere and you can’t always use your debit / credit cards to pay for hotels, bars, and restaurants. Carry an emergency cash of around $ 150 USD or the local currency of the destination you are visiting.