Quilts Are Very Much Alive

My grandmother lived during the Great Depression. We loved hearing her reminisce about the hard times but always reverently encompassed in the love her dad gave his 5 children. My great grandfather lost his wife (my great grandmother) two weeks after their youngest child was born due to scarlet fever. Great Grandfather was left with 5 children to raise ranging in age from 2 weeks to 7 years. My grandmother was second to the oldest and the only daughter. I can still hear her tell us how they were quarantined at the time of their mother’s funeral due to the scarlet fever in their home and watched from their living room window as their mother’s casket passed in the funeral procession on its way to the cemetery.

My great grandfather never remarried. My grandmother, being the only daughter, did much of the housework. If the kids ever dared complain of school she would gently remind us how lucky they were to go to school. She cried when as a sophomore in high school her dad needed her at home and she no longer could attend school.

Times were lean during the Great Depression so scrimping and saving and reusing everything possible was a way of life. Today people still love to save money and reduce waste through clever DIY projects but in those days “doing it yourself” wasn’t a trend; it was a necessity.

In those difficult times, if women wanted to provide for their families, they had to get creative–especially when it came to clothing.

During the 1930’s flour sacks featured colorful patterns for women to make dresses. Innovative and desperate, women often emptied the sacks and used the fabric to make clothing. When flour manufacturers saw women turning their flour sacks into clothing, diapers, dish cloths, and more, they started packing their flour in pretty patterns. And it wasn’t just children. Women made dresses for themselves out of the bags as well. Whether in the kitchen or helping my grandfather outdoors, my grandmother wore these dresses she sewed from feed sacks!

When the clothing finally wore out, after being passed down from older sibling to youngest, my grandmother cut the salvageable pieces and made them into quilts. There are stories and memories in every square. My mother can still look at some of the quilt pieces and see her mother wearing that particular dress or recognize pieces in the quilts from clothing she wore as a child.

There are many ways to keep one’s ancestors alive. Pictures speak volumes, stories especially when recorded in an ancestor’s voice are treasures, videos are priceless, and many other ways. Yet the one that speaks to me every night is the quilt that covers my bed with warmth and memories in each lovingly sewed square. Some amazing bedtime stories are told to great grandchildren as they too snuggle in their great grandmother’s handiwork.

My grandmother passed away in 2012 –appropriately on the first day of spring. It was a gorgeous bright day in Ghent Minnesota as we gathered around her grave site. The viewing at the funeral home was arrayed with grandmother’s handiwork-jars of home canned fruits and vegetables on a table covered with one of her treasured quilts. A tribute to her life of giving and sharing.

The Pro Set Border Less Trading Card Design Of 1991 Used By Topps Shut Down Pro Set

I was doing some research on another article concerning Nascar Pro Set racing cards of the 1990’s and an old thought came back about “border less” sports trading cards. Of course “Mothers Cookies” produced the first all border less cards as inserts into their cookie bags but they were just as stated, “Inserts” and not full trading card production runs. If I remember correctly Pro Set was the first to release border less trading cards in 1991 followed by Topps “Stadium Club”.

The Nascar racing season begins in late January and Major League baseball starts in early April. The Pro Set’s 1991 border less Nascar trading cards would be released weeks before the late January Nascar season start which means Topps would have had to scramble to redesign their Major League baseball cards to meet the early April baseball season start. Topps had approximately 1 month to make the changes. While Topps was scrambling to match Pro Set with the border less card design they created a premium set out of the border less design cards and called them Stadium Club.

Topps Stadium club baseball when released in 1991 was a huge hit mainly because the photography was much better than Pro Set’s. The superb glossy photography along with the border less design and a blended name strip made Stadium Club the card other card companies had to go with or lose sales.

The 1991 Pro Set photography on their first Nascar racing card set is dull and the name strip clashes with the photography so bad the card is ugly. Was this first Pro Set Nascar set the very first border less production set? Sure seems like it could be since Topps bent over backwards to copy the border less design and create a premium set before the 1991 baseball season began between January and April of 1991.

Back in the 1990’s the fight to be the top sports card seller was the thing with so many card manufacturers jumping into the market to make millions off of pictures. The losers of the fight faced debt’s in the hundreds of millions trying to push their cards into popularity. The winners live in million dollar mansions and the collector value of the past cards they created are becoming forever collectible.

Topps won out in the fight with the new Stadium Club brand of sports cards. Topps did not produce Nascar trading cards but both companies did produce Baseball, Football and Hockey which were their paydays. Between 1989 and 1991 Pro Set took millions away from rival sports card companies. Pro Set finally had to give way to Topps Stadium Club cards and shut down in 1994 facing a debt in the hundreds of millions. Topps took Pro Sets border less design and came out on, “Topp”.

Of course the economy took a downturn in 2008 that brought the values of collectibles to nickel and dime prices along with the growing internet availability. But with a growing economy under a government that pushes growth the collectibles that lost value will again gain value as people have more to spend. Even the first border less cards may catch on as an epic event in collectible sport card history and be sought after which will grow the value of the cards people didn’t think to much about.

Three Ways to Travel Without Traveling

What do you love most about travel? I love the feeling of freedom from my day-to-day routine, freedom from pressures, and mostly freedom from stress! Plus, the adventure of seeing new sights, meeting new people, and immersing myself in another culture.

So how do you get that without actually traveling? My favorite way is to read a great book. It can be an old favorite, or a new adventure, but it has to pull me right in and keep me there so snuggly that I can’t even think about anything else! My whole body says, “Aaahh.” Then I get excited about what’s going to happen next. The atmosphere and adventure of another time and place can work its magic to make me feel I’ve left my own home and flown off to some great new experience.

My most recent favorite book for that type of “travel without travel” is Adventures of a World-Traveling Scientist by Stanley Randolf. Imagine discovering secrets of unusual cultures, weird animal species, new perspectives (like “following your Soul Voice”), and scary moments just around the corner! From China to Rarotonga, I felt very-well-traveled, like an aristocrat from earlier lore.

Then there is foreign film with subtitles in your first language. You may find yourself thinking differently about life after watching something that takes place in another land. But I still prefer the books!

Another way to travel without traveling is through finding new cultures right at home! Or nearby, if you can get to a larger city. Most towns have at least one ethnic restaurant that will not only serve new-to-you food, but will delight you with a unique atmosphere or artwork and music, and possibly even entertainment native to the owner’s original culture.

Still, books are the best to me, because I don’t have to eat the unfamiliar cuisine if it sounds really awful, but I can pretend I’m still open to it. And with a good imagination, books can make you fly away to lands unknown with a joyful freedom of heart and soul!

Imagine yourself where you want to be. The beach in Hawaii? The Taj Majal? The Great Pyramids in Egypt? No matter where you long to go, if you read about it, you will have a greater feeling of being there than with video, though that may help. Simply think about not just how it would look to you, but how it would smell, sound, feel emotionally, and even feel physically when your feet hit the sand, or your hand touches a very old stone. It can become very real and truly turn into a “mini-vacation.”

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The Penal Colony

The days are running slowly in this penal colony, and I take my time to do anything I like doing when I feel it. In the meantime, in between my spontaneous and lazy actions, I listen to the multitude of birds singing, the gentle sea raising not far away, the squirrel’s squeaky rhythm, and I enjoy the sight of all the greenery that surrounds me: palm trees, banana trees, the great mangoes, the bougainvillea, and the flowering hibiscus, plus the colossal banyan that covers and protects my home and soul from the scorching sun. They saturate my neighborhood with oxygen and delight.

The rhythm of life is as slow as my breath, both during the day and at night, when the Queen of the Night, who now sleeps, opens its flowers, saturating the air with the intoxicating scent of jasmine. I glimpse the sun rising far beyond the tall trees fencing my property, the sky brightening, and the crows approaching my balcony hoping to receive a few bites of my breakfast. Every morning the same; they stare at me croaking, inciting, and begging. Not today, not now, I’ve already eaten it all, and the crumbles belong to the ants now.

After a long time, I write again in pen on the notebook, like many years ago. The speed and the creepy sound of the ink that fixes on the paper are synchronous with the rate of my thought, my mood of the moment and the lush nature that surrounds me. I breathe deeply and look up to the sky, and down to the earth, and in the middle to the trees that join the dimensions. Sounds, early morning smells, 200-degree vision, the taste of breakfast in my mouth, and the fresh air on my skin saturate my senses and complete the present.

Even the mind wants its part and wonders if this is a penal colony or a prize holiday I won or earned in some way that I also don’t know or remember. It’s up to me to decide. Meanwhile, a cow bellows out of sight, and my ears are in divine bliss. If I knew who to ask, I could choose to opt for a life-sentence and settle-down here, in no man’s land, where the passing time is watching me watching and resting in the arms of an endless number of setting and rising suns.

With all my love,

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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FOOD is an animated documentary presents a group of “edible characters” discussing themselves.

Direction & Animation: Siqi Song
Sound Mix: Jerry Summers
Interviewee: Rachel O’Connor, Joe Swanson, Brooke Regalado, Richie Fruitbat, Zachary Zezima, Chrysanthe Tan, Sian Bliss.

Made at CalArts.

More info: http://songsiqi.com
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Special Mention of Student Films in International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM 06, Trebon, Czech Republic, 2015
Best Animation in Real Food Media Contest, USA, 2015
Audience Award in Best Environmental Film – interfilm Berlin – 30th International Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany, 2014

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Exhibitions & Festivals
American Documentary Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA, 2016
12. edition of Animateka International Animated Film Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2015
The Fourth China Independent Animation Film Forum, Beijing, China, 2015
18th CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival, Italy, 2015
the 45th Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist”, Ukraine, 2015
interfilm Berlin – 31st International Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany, 2015
London International Animation Festival, 2015
53th New York Film Festival, New York, USA, 2015
Sapporo Short Fest, Sapporo, Japan, 2015
the 6th edition of Anibar Animation Festival, Peja, Kosovo, 2015
CalArts Experimental Animation Showcase, LA, CA 2015
Green Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2015
Capital City Film Festival, Lansing, MI, USA, 2015
10th Athens ANIMFEST, Greece, 2015
International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM 06, Trebon, Czech Republic, 2015
Mecal, 17th Festival International of Short Film and Animation of Barcelona, Spain, 2015
Rome Independent Film Festival, Italy, 2015
Sonoma International Film Festival, CA, USA, 2015
London Short Film Festival, UK, 2015
Thin Line Film Fest, TX, USA, 2015
Beloit International Film Festiva, WI, USA, 2015
Animated Dreams Animation Film Festival, Tallinn, Estonia, 2014
Underwire Women’s Short Film Festival, London, UK, 2014
Animasyros 7.0 International Animation Festival + Forum, Syros Island, Greece, 2014
Be there! Corfu Animation Festival, Corfu, Greece, 2014
the 9th ANIMEST international animation film festival, Bucharest, Romania, 2014
4th StopTrik IFF, Maribor, Slovenia, 2014
interfilm Berlin – 30th International Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany, 2014
Expotoons International Animation Festival 2014 , Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014
CutOut Fest Festival Internacional de Animación, Querétaro, Mexico, 2014
KLIK! Animation Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2014
Devour! The Food Film Fest, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2014
DOK Leipzig 2014, Germany, 2014
Curtocircuíto – International Short Film Festival, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2014
Comedy Cluj International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2014
Food Film Festival, Ukraine, 2014
2014 Kaohsiung Film Festival/高雄电影节, Taiwan, 2014
Seoul international Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival, Korea, 2014
SPARK ANIMATION 2014 – FESTIVAL, Vancouver, Canada, 2014
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival – Curta Cinema 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2014
Anim!Arte – International Student Animation Festival, Brazil, 2014
Festival Nacional de Cine Estudiantil Fenacies, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2014
FILE | FILE – Electronic Language International Festival 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2014
Kunstnacht festival, the Netherland, 2014

25 Home improvement ideas #2

This is 25 Cheap And Easy DIYs That Will Vastly Improve Your Home by Peggy Wang 13. Replace the rod in your coat closet with hooks — everyone will be so much more likely to hang up their coats! So simple, so genius. Take out the shelf, rod and wood pieces. Take new wood pieces 3 or 4 that you will used as a base for your hooks.

Next, Paint them if you want. Use level and nail gun to install those new woods and get your hooks done. 14. Caulk and repaint your moldings so they look like new. 15. Add vintage shutters to a bookcase. 16. Use square molding to frame a mirror (no miter saw necessary). We made a mirror frame using crown molding and a little bit of spray paint. It’s not perfect-perfect, but it’s close enough.we bought square pieces of molding (sold in the decorative crown molding section) to place in the corner. See? Buying Guide: When you buy your molding, ask the salesman at the hardware store to cut the molding for you before you leave the store (they’ll do this for free). You’ll want to have about 1/2 inch of overhand on each side of the mirror (unless it butts up against the countertop, as ours does at the bottom).

So, to figure out how long you need the molding to be for each side, measure the mirror from top to bottom and add an inch (or 1/2 an inch ). Subtract the width of two corner pieces. If your mirror is 60 inches long, and your corner pieces are 3 inches wide, you’ll want to cut the molding to be 60 + 1 – 3 – 3 = 55 inches. 17. Or just glue tiles around the border. I went to Lowe’s and purchased two sheets of tumbled marble tiles clearance priced for $7 each. This diy bathroom mirror project was just getting better and better! When I got them home, I trimmed the mesh around the tile to make a smooth edge.

I also purchased a tube of silicone adhesive that boasted it could be used for fusing glass together to form a fish tank. Another nod in the way of boys and their bathroom habits. I figured, if it could hold together a fish tank, my diy bathroom mirror could take anything my boys could throw at it. Then, I spent the next hour cutting, squeezing, and sticking… The trickiest part was the top. I just used a little painters tape to keep them in place until the adhesive could harden up Not really bad idea for a an hour of work. Total cost $18. 18. Make a classy gallery wall for $20 or less. Shocker. We passed the mirror section – which I usually ignore – and I spotted these $2 mirrors in frames. There were a few different color options, but black and white is my jam right now, After I got home, I selected some favorite Instagram photos, and printed them in black and white on regular printer paper. Next, I cut the photos out, used mod podge to coat the mirror and secure the pictures in place.

Last, I layered each photo with another mod podge on top to seal it. That’s it! 19. Hang mirrors on your bifold closet doors. It’s almost like having one big wall-length mirror. 20. 21. Use a bookcase as a headboard. Really opens up your options as to where you can put your bed. 22. Make an easy bar for your balcony out of a piece of countertop and table legs.

This is actually an IKEA hack. 1) Measure and drill GERTON legs into the base of the PRAGEL countertop, roughly a 1 inch inset from each edge. 2) use the the EKBY STODIS brackets as a guide to prevent the countertop from sliding forward or backward along your existing patio railing. 3) To prevent the countertop from warping due to exposure, galvanized steel strapping was then used to further secure the bottom of the countertop to your patio railing.

23. Use quarter-round molding for instant, easy glass shelving. Using the measurement you took for the depth of your cabinets, cut 8 lengths of quarter round (four for each glass shelf you are hanging.) More instructions waits you on other site. 24. Get those paneled antique doors you always wanted with molding. 25. Finally Treat your shower like a window with two curtains instead of one.

Make every morning shower your STEPPIN’ OUT moment. That’s all. If you want to value this video. Do it using like or share button you can easily spot down there. Or better, comment it, Press subscribe button if you could take some valuable lesson here And see you again next time. Thanks for watching. .

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The Theory of Petrol Head

There is no point in driving a fast car slow as there is (almost) no point in driving an F1 in a racetrack asphalt. This is the 101 of driving a road illegal fancy machine in a straight line without using any maneuvering driving skill. Rather, the ridiculous speed at the race pit cracks the nervous system of most of the racers. This is the strutting catwalk of a nervous fashion diva in the weirdest dress who can never use it in other forms let alone in the street!

Formula One is the science at its best and a product of mad professors and genius engineers at whitewashed labs. It is the showdown of expensive engineering marvels of automobile industry, where the only fun lies in enduring frequent lateral 5G force in multiple left and right-hand turns. Any steel-nerve noob with 10-2 clocking can clutch a V8 or V10 in a drag race and beat a quarter mile, unless he blows off his piston by throttling to the redline! If speed and automotive engineering were everything in racing, then hyper cars and Bloodhound SSCs would rule the racetrack.

The real fun lies in the spec class/performance series. Only a veteran driver takes a stock or tuned car and master the art of driving formats – NASCAR, Rallycross, Gymkhana, and Le Mans.

NASCAR is the racing series that runs in highly-banked race tracks. The drivers require pure breed of driving skill and run their stock cars at 200 mph constantly to the left at 2G force – resulting the NASCAR chassis literally bent to the left thanks to the intense centrifugal force. Rallycross takes specially built road-legal cars that run in a point-to-point direction – unlike the F1’s circuit format. The NASCARs and Rally sports do not use any laptops or telemetry. Like the F1, the Rally drivers do not have the technological luxury to tune their cars on the go.

Gymkhana is time and/or speed event and all about acceleration, braking, drifting, which is essentially a first and second gear play. It takes hand braking, drifting and sliding, left-foot braking, and grip driving and most importantly strong mental concentration to master the gymkhana.

Dubbed as the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”, the 24 hours of Le Mans is the epitome of driving endurance. It is a mix of closed roadways and racing tracks, where the drivers have to sustain maximum speed at the expense of running 24 hours without having any engine failure. This prestigious driving format takes brutal submission to endurance, flawless mechanical design and automobile innovation that requires cars that last long on the tracks and spend the least time in the pits.

These racing formats started at the same time but took different paths. Rally sports and NASCARs began with moonshiners running loops around mud and gravels, and the F1 with rich playboys and their fancy race machines in clean circuits. Still today, it was simply the race of cheap vs. elite, dogs versus hors d’oeuvres. Only Gymkhana events started with riding horse long before speed cars were invented – incorporating pylons and obstacles to exhibit horsemanship. The Le Mans on the other side, took more prestigious and well-grounded path – starting with the most reliable GT cars that can stretch performance, endurance and speed at the same time.

All of these racing types need spec matched to racing art, and performance complemented by years of endurance and driving skill set that no racing school/simulator can teach. Mastering the heel-toe downshifting at the hairpin and chicane, and delving into the symphonies created in between the clutch shifting and crankshaft banging – it’s all in the non F1 play. No wonder F1 drivers retire and join the rally sports and derby leagues!

F1 is the eternal mojo to those who see it just as a sport. Autosmiths know it is just the portal to the real racing.

Jersey Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)

100 miles from the coast of Britain, and just 14 off the coast of France, is Jersey, the largest of The Channel Islands. A Crown Dependency of the U.K., self-governing Jersey is a little slice of Britain, with a Gallic twist. With an area of just nine miles by five miles, Jersey packs in more history, scenery and character than destinations one hundred times its size. History looms large at every turn, from Neolithic architecture that predates the pyramids, to centuries of coastal defenses, which look as though they were abandoned only yesterday.

Jersey’s coastline is epic too, swept clean by some of the most extreme tides on the planet. Twice each day the waters rush out to sea, exposing miles of golden beaches and rock pools which stretch off into the horizon. Jersey’s capital, St Helier, embodies all the things that make Jersey so special, the history, the incredibly tasty produce, the tax free shopping, and the picture-perfect scenery. History’s footsteps echo throughout these streets. From the hobnailed boots of the Jersey Militiamen and English Soldiers who repelled French Raiders in the Battle of Jersey, to the jackboots of the 25,000 German soldiers who occupied the Island from 1940 until its liberation in 1945.

Coming to grips with Jersey’s incredible tangle of historical threads can be daunting, so be sure to spend an hour or two at the Jersey Museum before you head off to explore the island. If you like your history served up with salt, wander down to New North Quay to the Maritime Museum, and learn about the waves, vessels, mariners and legends that shaped this island. Right next door at the Occupation Tapestry Gallery, locals have woven their memories of World War Two into an innovative diorama, created to celebrate the island’s 50th year of liberation.

Between history lessons, you’ll find plenty of places to relax, dine and shop. If you like your shopping upmarket, take a walk up King Street. Or if you prefer things the old way, The Central Market serves up produce that has helped make Jersey a byword for quality and flavour. After you’ve explored the town, sit back and watch the tide roll out, then walk across St. Aubin’s Bay to Elizabeth Castle. And should the tide roll back in while you’ve been wandering the battlements and smelling the gunpowder, you can always ride Charming Betty back to shore. Jersey is compact, making it easy to explore. Country lanes and walking trails lace the island, ensuring Jersey’s views, attractions and surprises are never far away. Hop on a bus, rent a car, or walk the endless ribbons of coastal tracks which string together tiny fishing villages, bays and beaches.

Just to the east of St Helier is the parish of Grouville, home to one of the world’s ten oldest buildings, the 6,000 year-old La Hougue Bie. As is the case all over this island, history is layered upon layer here. During the 12th and 16th centuries, medieval chapels were built on top of this burial site. While on a nearby mound, a German bunker now houses a modern museum commemorating the thousands of forced laborers brought to the island to build German defenses. At the adjoining geology and archaeology museum, learn about Jersey’s Neolithic, Celtic and Roman times, as well as the hoards of gold coins and ancient treasure that has been unearthed from the island’s soil.

Take a ten-minute drive eastward through the quiet country lanes to Gorey, one of the island’s three main harbours. Casting its protective, medieval shadow over Gorey is Mont Orgueil. Built in the early 13th century, the castle served as a Britain’s first line of defense during its periodic wars with France until it was superseded by Elizabeth Castle in the late 1600s. Lose yourself in the twisting corridors, staircases and tunnels which lead to artworks like The Dance of Death and the Tree of Succession. Each of Jersey’s four coastlines has its own distinctive personality. Be sure to take in a few sections of the North Coast Path, which offers some of the island’s most dramatic views as it winds past coastal ruins and cliff tops blanketed with wildflowers. The path dips down to old smugglers coves like Bouley Bay, a beach now popular with scuba divers, and rises to windswept headlands like Sorel Point.

If you’re travelling with young’uns, sheltered Gréve de Lecq is the perfect beach to relax as lobstermen and crabbers come and go. And when the tide’s out, make your way down to the secluded sands of Plemont Beach and explore the rock pools and hidden caves. The atmospheric ruins of Grosnez Castle mark the end of the Northern coast, and from here the scenery changes again. Head south along the west coast, where craggy hills and patchworks of fields drop away to the warm sands of St. Ouen’s Bay and some of Europe’s best surfing. St. Ouen’s is home to an enormous sea wall that formed part of Hitler’s 2000-mile-long Atlantic Wall defense system.

Here you’ll find the Channel Islands Military Museum, a bunker complex crammed with military and civilian artifacts which tell the story of the island’s long five year occupation, and the struggles of 41,000 islanders who were left by Britain to fend for themselves. Back on the southern coast, the sheltered sands of St Brelade is a favourite with sandcastle-building families. It’s also the home of St Brelade’s Church, a medieval chapel whose foundations were first put down over a mile away. Legend has it that the work so upset local fairies, they moved the stones each night down to the shoreline until the workmen finally got the message. Just next door, take in the views from the old German command bunker at Noirmont Point, before taking the stairs down to Portelet Beach and the tiny islet of Janvrin’s Tomb.

On your way back to St Helier, stop in at St Aubin. Relax along the Bulwarks with an ice cream. And when the tide leaves the boats high and dry, wander across the harbour to St Aubin’s Fort. While the coastline serves up Jersey’s finest views, the island’s interior offers plenty for visitors too. Deep beneath the woods of St Lawrence, step again into the island’s wartime past at the Jersey War Tunnels, one of the many German underground complexes which honeycomb the island. Once a treatment centre, today this half-mile stretch of tunnels houses an incredible collection of wartime relics. Just up the road, return to a far gentler time, at the Hamptonne Country Life Museum. The past comes roaring back to life too, at the Pallot Steam and Motor Museum, which lovingly preserves the island’s mechanical heritage. While just a ten minute drive away is the Jersey Zoo, which has been helping save species from the brink of extinction for over 50 years. If you’re looking for history, adventure, incredible food, and total relaxation, Jersey weaves it all together into something truly magical.

It’s not quite British and it’s not quite French, but Jersey is 100% unique. .

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Guide To Baltimore – Outdoor Activities

Baltimore is a city teaming with natural trails and beautiful landscapes. An outdoor vacation is what this place is all about, with many naturally beautiful wonders waiting to be discovered in Calvart Cliffs State Park, Savage River State Forest, Janes Island State Park and many more wildernesses here. You can enjoy the outdoors in protected isolation, as this place offers a long list of adventure and leisure opportunities to its visitorswith activities such as camping, biking hiking and more with just a cheap ticket to Baltimore. Here is a list of outdoor activities you can enjoy in Baltimore.

Ride the Rail Trails. The state of Maryland has more than a dozen of these railroad trails. As more and more railroad tracks went obsolete, they were paved and converted into flat bike trails. This provides a wonderful opportunity to be amidst nature and view Baltimore first hand. This is very popular activity amongst the tourists. It will keep you close to your fitness goals as well as help you enjoy your trip at the same time. This is especially good as vacations are where we dwindle away from our diets and indulge in criminally high calorie feasts.

Appalachian Trail. This is a fairly easy hike if you are an active person. This is a 40-mile hiking trail from Pen-Mar to the Potomac River. This is a very scenic trail and you can take several pictures here. Being here will make you relive it again and again as you realize being in nature can be so beautiful.

Assateague Island. This is a one of a kind get away. Just outside the city this island is full of wild horses and serene beaches. It is a perfect place to have some alone time to reverberate on your life and goals. You get to see wild horses here -it is a very Hollywood sequel experience.

Smith Island. This is an island a short ferry ride away from mainland. This is famous for it’s delicious layered pancakes and the wilderness that is not yet messed with. This offers a sneak peak into the world as it was intended to be by mother nature.

Gunpowder river tubing. This is a local annual event where everyone rides a tube down the cold waters of the river. This is especially a good way to beat the summer heat and have some fun. The river is not to worry about with just a few light rapids. Shuttle services are available to take you back up river once you are done.

Camping at Green Ridge Forest. This is a few hours away from the city. This is a dream come true place for outdoor lovers. Here you can camp in the primitive forest sites and can go fishing and paddle boating. The place is very picturesque and elevating.

Marathon. The state hosts more than a dozen marathons every year. Along with the marathons, ultra marathons, trail runs, 15ks, 10ks and other running events are scheduled every weekend. This is a very good place to get your running shoes on and get along other fellow runners to enjoy the natural beauty this place has to offer.

Being in nature is a luxury nowadays and one must enjoy such experiences whenever possible. Living in the cities we are drifting away from natural living, this is what we can correct on nature-centric vacations in places like Baltimore.

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