Saturday, March 22, 2008

Descanso Gardens La Canada Flintridge California

Descanso Gardens La Canada Flintridge California
Descanso is a wonderful nature retreat, quite secluded without an overwhelming number of visitors, and each path leads to a different and interesting area that is fun to explore. Descanso Gardens are a great place to visit with your family or to take a romantic walk with your sweetheart. As an added treat the gardens have a miniature railway that the kids will enjoy riding on. Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. It is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. The Gardens are open every day of the year except Christmas, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free. General admission $7. Senior/Students $5. Children (5to 12 years) $2 Descanso Gardens railroad $3 per person.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Heavenly Zip Line Hgh Speed Thrill Ride

Now open all year round at Heavenly Resort, the the Heavenly Flyer takes rider on a 50 mile an hour thrill ride. The ride starts at the top of the Tamarack chair lift and land at the "Adventure Peak" located at the top of the Heavenly Gondola. The drop is over 500 vertical feet at an average percent grade of 15.8%, and at its highest takes guests on a 50-mile-an-hour ride from the top of Tamarack Express back to the top of the Gondola. The Heavenly Sky Flyer is the longest zip line in the lower 48 U.S. states. For people who don't ski or snow board, the Heavenly Flyer is a fun way to enjoy the thrill of zooming down the mountain at 50 miles an hour. Read what other travelers have to say about Heavenly Zip Line

Heavenly Flyer Ride $30.00, Second ride same day $25.00, Additional Ride (Third ride or more same day) $20 All Season Pass Holders Single Ride $20.00
Operating Information and Restrictions
Weight and Height Requirements
Minimum - 75 lbs and 52 inches tall
Maximum - 275 lbs and 80 inches tall
Hours of operations are from 10:00am to 3:00pm daily
All participants must sign a release of liability; participants under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the release of liability
Tickets are available to purchase at the Gondola Base ticket office, or the Adventure Peak sales shack, across from Tamarack chair, starting at 10:00am
Lift and Sightseeing Tickets are sold separately and must be purchased to gain access to the Flyer
Both sightseers and skiers/riders are welcome to participate!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sprinter Starts Running in North County San Diego

Sprinter train service between Escondido and Oceanside has officially started. It takes 53 minutes for the Sprinter to run from Escondido to the Oceanside
ADULT FARES: All-day pass: $4,One-way ticket: $2, Monthly pass: $54
SENIOR/DISABLED FARES:Day pass: $2, One-way ticket: $1, Monthly pass: $16 The Sprinter is the first passenger train service of any kind along the Escondido Branch since the Santa Fe Railroad discontinued passenger service in 1946.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Wedge Newport Beach

The Wedge Newport Beach Every summer, swells that begin life off New Zealand, travel to North America and end up at Newport Beach. As the waves approach shore, they bounce off the jetty's boulders and, in the final seconds before landfall, merge and morph into a backbreaking and monstrous wave known as the Newport Wedge. For most of the year the surf is calm, but when it gets big, out come the body surfers to challenge the big waves. Warning if the waves are big stay away unless your an expert. Even the spectators need to be careful, sometimes a big swell will drag people into the water as it washes up on shore.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

San Diego Trolley

San Diego Trolley Visitors to San Diego soon find out that you can get around without a car. Public transportation is excellent in this Southern California City. San Diego has a trolley car system much like Los Angeles and Orange County had between 1930 - 1960. The Metropolitan Transport System red trains can take you to most of San Diego's attractions and the train even runs down to the border with Mexico. In total there are over 51 miles of track served by three different lines, blue, orange and greens lines. There are 53 stations throughout the San Diego area all of which are connected with bus lines. Next time you visit San Diego park the car and travel aboard the MTS. An even better idea is to visit San Diego onboard Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner train, then see the sights by riding on the San Diego Trolley. It's a shame that Orange County, with all it's attractions has no such rail system to take locals and tourists to destinations. With the price of gas getting sky high we need to have other ways of getting around.