Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Best Budget Adventure Holidays

Exploring the world is a great way to see new things and enjoy different experiences while learning new things about yourself along the way. Although adventure tours can be quite pricy, people who are on a tight budget will find that there are many types of adventure holidays that they can enjoy without breaking the bank.

Mountain biking, Cameron Highlands
The Cameron Highlands can be found in the north of Malaysia and this is an area of stunning natural beauty. Hiring a mountain bike in the Cameron Highlands is extremely cheap and travellers will be able to spend several days cycling along well-worn paths that run through the jungles to take in a stunning range of flora and fauna. The Cameron Highlands are also famous for their tea plantations and following the narrow roads that wind their way around hills alongside these tea plantations is an uplifting experience. 

Mission Beach's Jetty

@ South Mission Beach

It has been a very long time since we've been to Mission Beach. Though we live in San Diego, but there are just too many beach choices. We usually just go to the beach nearest us, that is, Torey Pines State Beach for boogie boarding and swimming, and at La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove for snorkeling. However, last weekend was too foggy and chilly in Torrey Pines and La Jolla for swimming. We decided to check out Mission Beach on seeing from the weather app that the sun was shining happily there. Of course, though it was sunny at Mission Beach, but the water was still frigid, and everyone wears wet suit, some even wear gloves and neoprene hoodie to swim as well. I couldn't find a pink neoprene hoodie for cold water swimming, so I am just staying with my pink swimming latex cap for now. :) You may ask why pink, because I wanted to be easily seen in the water for safety. Haha. It's easier for life guard to see me if something is wrong with me! :) It's not for a pink statement, it's more for safety purposes. If not for the San Diego life guards, I don't think I would have the confidence to swim and snorkel without a life saver or floater, haha! Wearing flotation device such as life jackets, or other floaters are not allowed in some of the snorkeling places in San Diego, such as in La Jolla Cove. But thankfully, there are life guards to watch over us.

Anyhow, so happy to find these creatures at the South Mission Beach last weekend, by the Jetty.
Sea Star

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail

Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail
( can you find the trail? or can you spot the two persons walking on the trail? )
Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail is one of the short hikes in Canyonlands National Park. The total hike is only 2 miles round trip to the 1st and 2nd overlook, but there is an 8 mile loop trail around the Upheaval Dome. 
For many years, the Upheaval Dome was thought to have been just an ordinary salt dome. However, later, due to stratigraphic and geophysical evidence, a new theory has evolved regarding the formation of this dome.
Upheaval Dome is 1.5 miles wide from rim to rim and is over 1/4 mile deep. Presently, there are two theories on the formation of Upheaval Dome, and these are: The Salt Dome Theory and the Impact Crater Theory.

For more information on these two theories, you can visit these sites: Canyonlands National Park, Upheaval Dome and   The Controversy over Upheaval Dome
Upheaval Dome contains colorful rock layers unlike any other at the park. This oddity has scientists debate whether this was the remnant of a meteorite impact or from the erosion of rock layers.

Fishing and Shrimping Supplies from Alario Bros.

Because we have supplied commercial fisherman for more than 50 years, Alario Bros. is your source for all supplies needed for shrimping and fishing. As one of the largest marine supplies stores in the United States, our family-owned business is able to help you obtain exactly the part or tool you need for your fishing operation, whether you have a dedicated commercial fishing fleet or are a serious weekend fisherman.

Browse through our online catalog of this commercial fishing store to see the extensive selection of supplies that also include items for crabbing, trapping, galvanized riggings, block and tackle, propellers, winches and motors, long line supplies, cables and much more. Don't forget, we also have fish and shrimp netting, plastic shrimp baskets, rope, chain, life saving equipment, long line supplies and rainwear, along with everything else you need to keep your fishing operation secure.

One of the best things about Alario Bros. is customer service isn't just a phrase. It is an actual mission as many members of our family are involved in daily operations. We take pride in doing business the old-fashioned way, which means personal service. If you have a problem or a question about what item to purchase for your particular needs, don't hesitate to contact us at 504-341-1843.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Day At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

My First Try of taking non-underwater video, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
I was not into taking videos before, but somehow, my underwater videos whenever we went snorkeling inspired me to try taking videos also on land. I got the chance today to practice taking videos in the Safari Park. Using my dlsr, I actually find it more challenging to take videos than taking photos. It would be easier to take videos with my point and shoot underwater camera, but it does not do well in zooming when taking videos, and the animals would look too small. I guess, it is just good for my underwater escapades, and taking photos of whatever is near. 
 Anyhow, had a wonderful time at the Safari Park today. The park is huge, so, it was like we took a hike too, but just an easy hike since there was not much change in elevation, haha! A relaxing hike with the animals. Here are some of my pictures.
 Fall Colors and animals ( the birds are wild, visiting the park like me )
Playful Elephants

What is tyre alignment?

In order to preserve a car's tread life and safety, it's mandatory that people consider maintaining the proper alignment of their wheels. Proper tyre alignment ensures that each of the car's wheels is optimised for maximum contact with the surface of the road by being consistent with each other. The way a tyre is oriented on a vehicle is broken down into 3 large components, including the toe, the caster and the camber. So What is tyre alignment?

Getting alignment right

For those who want to get the most performance from their tyres, they should know that they can easily get it through proper and periodic tyre alignment. Wheel alignment provides many benefits and some of them include:

1. Better gas mileage.
2. A comfortable and smooth ride free of vibration or pulling.
3. A predictable and safe car control.


Many cars these days have complex suspension systems which require a very precise 4-wheel alignment which can only be achieved through modern tyre alignment systems. This is valid for both rear and front wheel drive cars.

Alignment Basics

In order to align a truck or car, people should know that this doesn't involve the wheels and tyres, but actually the adjustment of the vehicle's suspension. The angles and direction the tyres will point in after the process is complete is extremely important. With that in mind, the guide below will offer more information on the tyre alignment process and spotting potential problems.

Toe

Having a correct toe is mandatory to extended tyre life and even tread wear. The toe is probably the simplest concept to visualise and it describes the angle derived from pointing the tyres outward or inward from a top-down view. If the tyres are pointed outward or inward, they will eventually scrub against the road's surface and wear will start to appear on the edges of the tyres. There are some cases though when tread life can be sacrificed for stability or performance.

When the front of both tyres begins to face each other, that's when positive toe occurs. When it happens, it allows both wheels to generate force against each other constantly and as a result, this will reduce turning stability. What drivers need to keep in mind is that a positive toe will create straighter driving characteristics.

In general, due to rolling resistance, rear wheel drive cars have a slightly positive toe in the rear which will cause outward drag in the suspension arms. When using a positive toe, drivers will easily be able to prevent excessive tyre wear, because the wheels are straightened at high speed and evened out.

For the opposite reason, a negative toe is mostly used in front wheel drive cars. Cars that have negative toe have a better cornering ability and when the car will start turning inward towards a corner, the angle of the inner wheel will be more aggressive. And since the turning radius will be smaller compared to the outer wheel because of the angle, the car will be pulled in that direction. However, drivers need to keep in mind that having negative toe will decrease the straight line stability and if there'll be even the smallest change in direction, this will cause the vehicle to easily hint towards the chosen direction.

Flowers at Fall

Backyard's Blossom
In some parts of the country, where the flowers may have been maybe frozen to hibernation, here in San Diego, the bloom is year round :). Since we live in a region with mild weather, there are always flowers around. Here are some more flowers from our yard which blooms almost year round.
Fuschia ( my favorite at home )

Buying a Vacation Home in the Dominican Republic


With the classically enchanting beauty of the Caribbean, particularly the Dominican Republic, it would be difficult to blame people for badly wanting to buy a vacation house facing the gorgeous ocean, giving its occupant the joy of inhaling fresh, salty, sea air and hearing nothing apart from the soothing sound of crashing sea waves. The Caribbean experience is just too beautiful to miss, that some would even consider making it their second home.
Fortunately, real estate prices in the DR are quite reasonable, and foreign ownership is pretty much easier than it would normally be elsewhere. As a matter of fact, foreign owners share the same rights with locals who have been residing in the country all their lives.
Buying real estate in the Dominican Republic should be fuss-free, so long as you are careful and wise in making major decisions. The following are some measures you should follow when buying a house in this part of the Caribbean:
  1. Hire a real estate lawyer.
Getting scammed is not uncommon especially when you carelessly entrust your endeavors to an unscrupulous real estate agent. To protect your rights as the buyer, hire a lawyer who has the power and capability to authenticate documents and titles. If the real estate agency already has an attorney, then better. This could be an assurance that they are legitimate and are properly abiding by the real estate laws of the land. Make sure that you also check on the ownership background of the property in question in order to
  1. Run a background check on your real estate agency as well.
Ensuring the credibility of your real estate agency is very important as you will be depending on their referrals and recommendations for other aspects of your home building project. Hiring the wrong agency can domino on the succeeding steps, so be very careful about this. Fortunately, there are now a number of agencies that put up company websites for foreign clients to peruse. One of these includes http://www.juanperdomo.com which offers comprehensive agency information and even testimonials from previous clients.

Danjugan Island Marine Sanctuary and Reserve


Danjugan Island Marine Sanctuary and Reserve, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Danjugan Island Marine Sanctuary and Reserve is one of the peaceful and quiet escape to nature near my hometown, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Negros is one of the bigger islands in the 7,107 islands in the Philippines. Though our country is very small in area, but we have that number of islands, so, probably, you can all call us "islanders", since we all live in different islands. Some islands are bigger than others, such as the mainlands of Luzon and Mindanao, some are tiny and uninhabited, like Danjugan. Since technically, we all live in an island, many of us have grown to have an affinity for the sea.  
Approaching Danjugan Island

Friday, October 25, 2013

Where Could a Package Holiday Take You?

When it comes to finding a holiday, the world is your oyster. The package holiday market offers breaks to some of the world's most beautiful destinations, with a huge variety of experiences to suit holidaymakers from all walks of life. From families to couples, clubbers to thrill-seekers, there's a holiday out there with your name on it.
Around the Mediterranean you'll find a fantastic range of destinations that make the perfect beach holiday. The Spanish coast is a particular favourite that offers glorious golden sandy beaches, vibrant resorts and plenty of local family attractions. The same can be said for many Med destinations, including the island escapes of Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca. This lovely sun-drenched archipelago offers a fantastic summer escape to suit many different types of holidaymakers. There is a wonderful array of different resorts, ranging from quiet secluded spots to lively, party mad resorts that are packed with fun and entertainment.
The Greek islands are an eternal favourite among summer sun-seekers, and it's not hard to see why. Large-scale tour operators such as Thomas Cook offer holidays to all the major Greek islands like Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Kos, as well as other beautiful hotspots like Mykonos and Santorini.

Where The Aliens Will Most Likely Land

 Where The Aliens Will Most Likely Land
Currently suffering from "lazyitis" and "blogger's block", where I could not bring myself to write what I really wanted to write, huhuhu, I instead take delight into dreaming of being transported again to places that continues to inspire me. I have mentioned before that each time I have a longing, my heart always long to go to the desert, where the aliens will probably most likely land. Though I prefer to live closest to the ocean, and I am so thankful to God for transplanting me to San Diego, where I could enjoy most "hiking and the ocean" without having to take vacation, but there are times where my heart and mind wander to other places..... places that had inspired me, places that haunt me, places that call out to me. At this very moment, I take joy in resting my dreams in these magical desert forms below.
Double O Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
 
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Weekend Adventure: Travel Australia-style



Australia by Christopher Schoenborn

There’s nothing like overseas adventure travel in Australia. I love the fact that the country is eleven times the size of France, but has just one third the people. This makes it a great place to do long road trips and Kakadu Family Adventure Tours. Outside the confines of the cities, the wide open land and sky roll away beckoning as if infinity itself were offering you an invitation to come see what it’s like. Australian outback adventures redefine your sense of scale, even if you’ve only got a weekend to make them happen. 

A Pleasant 3-hour Drive


I was backpacking across Australia, heading for Indonesia, and I arrived in Darwin on a Friday afternoon. My friend Kelly, who lives there, greeted me at the bus station with a bright idea. Since my flight to Bali was leaving Monday, he’d take a weekend and show me one of the best tours of Australia that you could manage in a few days: a trip out to Kakadu National Park, “Just around the corner” from Darwin, meaning a “mere” 3-hour drive. It seemed like a big trip, regardless, but Kelly works at the best tour company for Australia, so he had the whole thing mapped out. 

One thing he couldn’t map out, though, was the weather. We immediately hopped into his van, and were on our adventure almost as soon as I’d stepped off a 20-hour bus ride from Alice Springs. It was supposed to be the dry season, but about a hundred kilometres past the endearingly named town of Humpty Doo, the skies opened up in a titanic show of lightning, thunder, and rain that gave the impression the whole of the nearby Arafura Sea was being dumped on us.“Australian adventure tours always seem to begin with a bit of adversity,” Kelly reassured me. “Just means it’s all uphill from here.” He maneuvered us expertly to a high spot along the road, and we waited it out, flashes of lightning silhouetting wiry outback trees through the deluge.

The delay meant we arrived at our camp after dark. Luckily, the skies cleared as we pitched our tent under the Australian night sky. My weekend of outback Australia adventures was to begin in earnest very early the next day, far different from the holidays in Gran Canaria I spent with my family in Spain last year, when most of us would wake up so late. Still, we paused to admire what seemed like a billion stars floating in a swarm against the brightest Milky Way I’ve ever seen. 

Our Aboriginal Guide

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Contrast In The Desert

What is your common perception of desert? Hot? Dry? Both are true in some desert, but in other deserts which never get hot, only dry is true.  Some classifies desert as a place where the total annual precipitation is less than 10 inches a year, then, that will eliminate some of the desert we know since they get more precipitation than that. What is considered to be more appropriate description of a desert is when it loses more water from evaporation than it gains water from precipitation. Because of that, the air is very dry. Yet, they can have snow around, just like these:
 Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Canyonlands National Park, UT
Canyonlands National Park, UT

Keeping Warm this Winter

We are fast approaching the year's end and it time again for that chilly wind to start blowing our way. I have always favored the cold months over the hot and dry ones. The beautiful colors of the fall and the wonderfully white snow of the winter thrills me. 

The perfect gift for my hubby!
Lately I have been window shopping and browsing websites for a good jacket to give my husband for his birthday. Like me, he too loves the colder climates. His old winter jacket is worn out and is nearing retirement. A nice, handsome jacket would be the perfect gift for him.

I discovered excellent navy flight jackets at LandingZone.com. The hubby is very patriotic and has the highest regard for the members of the military. It was his dream to enlist, but his poor vision was a major disqualification. Nevertheless, owning a navy flight jacket would get him as close as he can to his dream. The materials are really sturdy and will last a long time. It is made of the same unyielding standards as the authentic G1 military version. Its lining is guaranteed to keep him warm plus the ribbed cuffs and hem are excellent to trap the warmth inside. In addition to that, an imprint of the US flag is sewn into the lining. Now that shows off patriotism! 

However, the best part is its affordable price! For less than $200, I can give my hubby a feel of the dream and I can be sure that he would enjoy the cold outdoors and keeping himself warm at the same time. I have placed my order and got a confirmation that I will be getting the package in two days! Just in time for my hubby's birthday. I might also get one for myself, because they have the same kind in ladies' sizes! 

Cold and warmth. I am definitely going to enjoy winter this year.

~Ai~

No Picture Please- says the sea otter

Sea Otter: No picture taking please

Monday, October 21, 2013

Blogging Block and Life's Simple Joys

from this weekend's snorkeling @ La Jolla Shores, San Diego, CA
Have you had blogging block? I am in that stage right now that whatever I wanted to write, I could not write any. Though I have so many simple joys in simple life that I wanted to share, I just could not write decent ones. So, pardon me if this post does not have a focus. :(
from this weekend's wandering @ Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego, CA
Looking at the pictures above, I know I wanted to talk about sanderlings ( the cute small birds in the picture), and snorkeling in La Jolla Cove and Shores, but somehow, I do not know how to start. :) I also would love to share one of my friends most recent joy, her parents' immigration papers were finally approved, thanks to the help of the immigration lawyers in los angeles. Somehow, there are so many stories in my mind to share, but I am just lost for words. Thankfully enough, I am not lost for pictures. :) Maybe, never will be since capturing the joys of simple life around has been part of my nature therapy. That's how I extend my enjoyment of nature, taking pictures so I could view them again and again, in my computer, or in my cell phone or in my iPad. 
wanderings from 3 weekends ago
And now, aside from pictures, I also have videos of nature to watch again and again. I must admit the reason why I suffer from blogging block lately is because I got hooked on video editing. :) I can hardly write since I almost use my free time at home editing videos. I know, I need more practice since I see the areas in video making I need to improve. 
Notice how my video has too much shaking, maybe I was shivering from feeling too much cold in the water? Hmmmm, no excuses, I just need to improve taking videos next time. Just too bad I started having an interest in making underwater video when it is already past summer. As I mentioned before, starting late fall to spring, not only it gets colder, but we would have more raging waves than calm water which would not be ideal for snorkeling because the turbulent waves would cause so much disturbance and stirring in the water resulting to reduced visibility underwater. Anyway, maybe, I could also start taking videos of nature in our hikes too, in addition to picture. Hmmm, we'll see. 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Weekend Wanderings Here in San Diego

"One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened."
-- Zen Master Futomaki

It seems that time flies by so quickly these days, that I always end up chasing after it to finish the many tasks I have at hand. Despite my crazy busy schedule however, there is one I can not give up, and that is to hit the hiking trails or swim with the fishes on weekends and some weekdays. I have more time to explore the outdoors, than time for computer. 
Mt. Woodson Trail
Hiking, boogie boarding and snorkeling have been a large part of my life to free myself from daily work's stresses, and also to keep myself stay physically active. It is my wish to keep my heart, mind and legs strong to be able to climb mountains and canyons even at age 70s or 80s. Hiking has also brought me so many sweet memories from the beauty of our natural world. 
Potato Chip Rock at Mt. Woodson, San Diego County
My hikes since the past weekend somehow were giving me high hopes for a beautiful spring this year. Though after the rainy December, we did not get much rain here anymore, but I am still hopeful that starting next month the hills will explode with colors. Here are some early bloomers I found from the trails.
wild daisies
Penstemon
a new found, I still have to find the name of this one
also right now a (?), still have to find the name
Though there are not a lot of wildflowers in the trails yet, but their presence makes me dreamy of a colorful and beautiful spring. Right now, my hikes, though there may be very little flowers in the trail, but they constantly bring me inspiring colors of pure joy and happiness. Usually, after a strenuous hike, we would relax by the sea, such are some of the simple joys in simple life.
@ Torrey Pines Gliderport


Why Do Geeks Find It Easier To Achieve Success In Life

Although geeks are usually considered as social outcast, they easily achieve success in their chosen career. The lifestyle of geeks helps them to develop the attributes needed to have a successful career.

Why Do Geeks Find It Easier To Achieve Success in Life
Take a look at a lot of the successful people in different spheres of human endeavors. Many of them were geeks back in their high school and college days and are still geeks. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, and Richard Branson were not considered as cool kids in their high school days. As a result, they were not popular in their respective high school and colleges.
But currently, these guys are the definition of success. They have brought innovations that have added enormous value to human life. As a result of the success these geeks – who were not popular and not-so-cool kids back in their school days — have achieved in their chosen careers, they have become famous, renowned, and extremely popular all over the world. In facts, these geeks are living legends: their achievements have inspired a lot of people from different parts of the world to go after their dreams.
Reasons Why Geeks Easily Find Success in Life
Geeks are very intelligent people that devote almost all their time to their passion. Many geeks even sacrifice their social lives in order to concentrate on improving on the skills needed to get them to the pinnacle of their chosen career. A Google search of the word geek will usually show two results: an unfashionable and socially inept person or a person with unusual devotion to a particular interest. Thus, geeks are generally considered as social outcasts, even though this is not entirely true.
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Since geeks spend an enormous amount of time working hard to develop and improve their skills, it should not come as a surprise that geeks are usually the best in their chosen careers. Geeks have put in the hard work needed to take them to the top of their chosen careers. Since success loves hard work, success will come more easily to geeks than others.
Hard work always pays. And geeks are very hard working people. They dedicate their time and energy to develop their talents and skills. Thus, it should be expected that they should be the leader in their chosen careers. Geeks are the experts people usually turn to when a problem arises. In the different industries, geeks are the problem-solvers.
Let us use high school and college as a case study to bring home the point of why geeks find it easy to achieve success than the popular kids. In high school and colleges, the popular kids are popular because of the pranks they can successfully pull off, their good looks, and rude behaviors that people consider cool in back high school and college days. Thus, the popular kids were the cynosure of all eyes; they dominate the social scenes: the girls and parties. As a result, the popular kids spend more time on their social lives rather than their book work. Consequently, majority of the so-called popular kids in high school and colleges usu-ally end up with bad grades.
The geeks are not only smart but also hard working students. They dedicate their time to their book work and end up with fantastic grades. Geeks know that the schooling period of their lives is the only time they can acquire knowledge in a systemic way. Thus, they devote their time to maximize the opportunity of acquiring knowledge provided by school.
In the labor market, employers value knowledge, hard work, discipline and dedication. The geeks have virtually all the attrib-utes needed by employers. Thus, geeks usually snap up the fantastic jobs, leaving the not-so-fantastic jobs for the others. For geeks that choose to go into business, they already have most of the qualities needed for success in business: knowledge, hard work, dedication and discipline. Since geeks spend the better part of their lives improving on their talents and developing the at-tributes needed for success in life, it should be expected that they will easily find success in life.

About the Author 

Scott Campbell is a psychologist that has done a lot of research on the lifestyle of some of the most successful people in the history of the human race. He is also an experienced gamer what has been written about Elder Scrolls Online and other MMORPG titles.

Yosemite Valley Floor Loop Hike

Kids Enjoying the Meadow, Yosemite Valley Floor
Yosemite National Park abounds with more than 800 miles of trails, from very easy to extremely strenuous. Though most hikers would usually recommend staying away from the valley because for them it is too crowded, but actually, the Yosemite Valley Floor Hike is one of the more peaceful and silent hike in Yosemite. There may be some sections where it is overly crowded to experience a oneness with nature, such as at the trail to the base of Yosemite Falls, 
Yosemite Falls from the trail
and in Bridalveil Falls.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

If your going to Majorca, here's a thrill you won't forget

Deep water soloing (DWS) is a great way to experience a thrill on your holiday at this popular tourist destination. It is a specific type of solo rock climbing, except it is done on the sea cliffs when the tide is high. Many people find the idea of rock climbing to be intimidating, and the fact that it is above water makes it even worse for these people. However, the water is there for their protection, so the experience will be completely safe for anyone that dares to give it a try. It is much safer than free-climbing a mountain that is rigid with no protection at all.  

Origins of Deep Water Soloing

Deep water soloing was first seen in Majorca around the 1970s. It is said that a climber once became frustrated with the local climbing routes, and he wanted something a bit more challenging. He then became creative and deep water soloing was born. The Porto Pi Palma became the first real climbing venue for DWS enthusiasts, along with the Psicobloc which became a prime destination for deep water fanatics from around the world.
deep water solo day 2 055

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall-Winter-Fall Road Trip

A road trip and vacation we took last Thanksgiving 2010 that started at fall, passed through winter, then went back to fall again......in a matter of 7 days that started at San Diego, going to Utah , then to Arizona and back to San Diego.

Day 1, November 20- We left San Diego, California and drove 475 miles to Zion National Park, Utah.
Fall Colors Along Virgin River, Zion National Park
Day 2, November 21- we left Zion before the snowstorm pounded it, we passed through Page, Arizona on our way to Moab, Utah.
Lake Powell, Page, Arizona
Day 3, November 22- hiking at Moab, Utah
We hiked the Devil's Garden Trail (click here to go to my previous post). After hiking at Devil's Garden Trail, we took another hike to Delicate Arch, our second time. ( click here to go to my post about Delicate Arch last spring 2009). 
That's me @ Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Day 4, November 23 - some hikes at Moab, then, drove back to Arizona at Monument Valley

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Three P’s of Family Vacation Safety

Preparing for your vacation typically involves setting your travel plans in motion and securing your home before your departure. These are smart things to do and help ensure your home security while you are gone, but what you may not have considered is your personal safety while you are on your family vacation. Making sure you and your family are secure is just as important as making sure that you home is secure during your absence. In order to do this you should follow the three P’s of family vacation safety; PLAN, PREPARE, PREVENT.

PLAN
If an emergency arises during your vacation, things can get extremely chaotic. Being in unfamiliar surroundings can make things all the more confusing. This is why you should begin your planning before you even choose a hotel to stay at. In the United States, hotel rooms are considered to be inhabitable if there is no smoke alarm or fire sprinkler in place and in working order. Unfortunately, not all hotels follow the letter of the law, so make sure that you ask the proper questions to protect your family. You should also ask if there are security cameras installed at all the entrances and exits of the hotel before making a commitment to stay there. Upon arrival at your hotel, be sure to locate evacuation information in case of a natural disaster or fire. Go over this information with all members of your family so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency. Choose a spot to meet at in case you are separated during an emergency as well. While an emergency is unlikely to occur, planning things out just in case is the smartest way to go. Remember Murphy’s Law!

PREPARE
If you are traveling with teenagers, you can be sure that they will want some freedom to explore on their own! This is okay and only you know what limits you should set. No matter what those limits are, prepare your teen for anything that can go wrong and what to do if something does. Also be sure to designate a curfew so you will know when to expect them back. Let them know that if they miss their curfew that you will have to assume there is something wrong and come looking for them. Make sure that they have a cell phone so you can have constant contact.
If you have smaller children with you, make sure that they know the name of the hotel you are staying at, the room number and your cell phone number. Of course they will not be permitted to wander off alone, but anything can happen. They may get separated from you by accident. There may be an emergency where you get separated. They may simply wander off and get lost. By having the right information they can get back to you safe and sound. Make sure that they understand about stranger danger and let them know who “safe” people are. (Hotel employees, security guards, police officers, etc.) It is also a good idea to have them carry an ID card with them at all times.

PREVENT
Many accidents can be prevented. When you enter your hotel room, do a sweep for any safety issues. Make sure that the coffee pot is up high enough to keep little hands off of it. If there is a balcony, make sure that the door has a good lock on it and that any outdoor furniture is far enough away from the edge so that no one can climb up and fall. Keep the door double locked when you are in the room at all times. I can vouch for this safety measure personally. While staying in Staten Island last winter, we double locked the door before bed. When we woke up in the morning the door was open as far as the upper latch would allow, so someone did try to break into my family’s room during the night. See how the little things can make a big difference?
If you plan, prepare and prevent then you have just done the best you do to protect your family during your vacation. If you have any further security or safety concerns, address them with the hotel manager.

This article was provided by Protective Technologies International