Our Cypress Airboat tour was the ride of a lifetime. We took the whole family on this Everglade adventure, and it was a great experience for all of us. The special child pricing made it an affordable family outing during our Florida vacation, and Im sure the kids will remember their airboat ride in the Everglades for a lifetime. We have wonderful memories and photos of our "airboat ride" in the Everglades to take home and share with friends.Before our trip, I wasnt even sure what an airboat was, but Id heard it was the best way to see the Everglades! Many areas of the Everglades are only accessible by airboat, so I certainly recommend an airboat tour, if youre interested in the ecology and wildlife of the Everglades. I was pleasantly surprised to find the airboat ride both smooth enough to be comfortable in the shallow waters of the Everglades and fast enough to be a lot of fun for all of us. For anyone who doesnt know, airboats are light, small boats powered by a rear-mounted airplane propeller. While our group was small, Cypress Airboats can handle groups of up to 14 on their larger airboats. We took a two-hour tour, but both shorter and longer tours are available. Theyll even schedule night tours! We ruled that out because of the kids, but I imagine it would be wonderful for adults. While I didnt expect the airboat to be fast, it can move quickly through the swampy waters of the Everglades. The kids in particular liked this part of our Everglades airboat adventure.We chose Cypress Airboats over other companies in the area for several reasons. First and foremost, they are experienced and knowledgeable about the area, so we felt that they would provide us with a safe and fun airboat experience in the Everglades. Our primary reason for choosing Cypress Airboats over their competitors was the depth of the tour. Many "airboat tour" s go just a few miles into the Everglades and do not offer a substantial amount of information, or a real chance to experience the beauty of the Everglades. Cypress Airboats does offer shorter airboat rides, geared toward speed and excitement, and wed love to come back and give an adventurous airboat ride a try!While I was a bit nervous about venturing deep into the backwoods of the Florida Everglades, our professional and knowledgeable captain made me completely comfortable for our airboat ride in the Everglades. The captain was, like all the captains for Cypress Airboats, US Coast Guard certified, and grew up piloting airboats in the Everglades. We had no worries at all about our safety on our airboat tour of the Everglades. The boat was equipped with floatation devices and first- aid supplies, as well, so we felt like we were well prepared if something did occur. Not only did our captain ensure our safety, but also he was also a great tour guide and shared many details about the ecology, animals, plants, and history of the Everglades.Our two-hour airboat tour with Cypress Airboat was an approximate 40-mile ride through the River of Grass. The River of Grass is a shallow wide span of water, ranging from as shallow as six inches deep to as much as three feet deep. The waters of the River of Grass are home to many different plant and animal species, from alligators to orchids. Our captain was a knowledgeable and experienced guide and he freely shared his knowledge of the area. His skills as a guide and as a pilot of the airboat thoroughly enhanced our trip and made it fun and educational for the whole family.Our airboat ride through the Everglades was a great way to experience this amazing, natural environment. We traveled through the River of Grass on our airboat tour and saw a huge variety of wetland plants and trees. We saw sawgrass, water lilies, bladderwort, and other marshland plants, as well as cypress trees, orchids, and ferns. We found the mangrove trees in the Everglades particularly interesting. Our captain was very familiar with the many interesting plants on the airboat tour.Were all interested in bird watching, and this was definitely a highlight of our airboat trip in the Florida Everglades. We were lucky enough to spot a white ibis and a great blue heron, but a number of other birds also inhabit the Everglades. Wed hoped to see a roseate spoonbill or one of the varieties of egrets in the region, but didnt get quite that lucky.We did see a number of alligators during our visit to the Everglades, including one big one! That was very exciting for all of us. It was interesting to learn more about the role of alligators, not only as a top predator in the area, but also the importance of alligators to the overall ecology of the Everglades. Alligators burrow out gator holes that provide homes for many aquatic species during the dry season. Manatees and dolphins also live in the open waters of the Everglades, but are obviously not seen in the shallow waters of the backcountry.Our captain told us of a number of other interesting animal species in the area. We had hoped to spot the endangered Florida panthers, but didnt get to see them this time. However, we did catch a glimpse of a white tailed deer, and our captain told us to watch for bobcats, opossums, skunks, raccoons, and other small mammals, which are common in the area, as well.Our airboat ride in the Everglades was an experience none of us will ever forget. We all cant wait to go back and definitely plan on taking another ride with Cypress Airboats on our next trip to the area. Were even considering arranging a special full day tour to really explore and experience the beauty and wonder of the Everglades. Fortunately, Cypress Airboats operates 365 days a year, assuming the weather is safe for airboating, so were sure to be able to find time for another exciting adventure with the great folks at Cypress Airboats.
Have you ever checked the weight of the backpack which your kid uses to carry his books on in going to school? It is important that we are aware on whether the load our children may be carrying on their backs is not too heavy for them. According to studies, there is danger if kids carry on too much weight. We dont want them to be experiencing any back injuries or pains for that matter.It is a good thing that numerous bag manufacturers nowadays are offering rolling backpacks designed for kids to be used in going to school or in traveling.You have to admit that traveling with children can be very hard and excruciating. There is the task of taking care of your childrens needs as well as watching over your belongings. But you can make traveling for your children fun by getting your boys or girls their very own luggage. A child having his very own luggage works to your advantage. For one, it helps ease some of the burden for they will be carrying some of their things. Secondly, it helps teach your kids to have a sense of responsibility to take care by themselves their personal belongings. Treating them this way gives them a feeling of being grown up and that you trust them.The market is filled with different companies offering kids luggage designed specifically to suit their needs. They come in a variety of colors (usually bright ones) and different themes like sports, flower designs, cartoon characters, insects and animals just to name a few. Kids luggage is designed in an assortment of sizes and shapes to be fancy and fun. They basically have the same features as what we can find in adult luggage. Most styles come in the form of a backpack that is equipped with in line skate wheels and retractable handles.The very famous and trusted brand Samsonite has come up with a very cute line of kids luggage through their Sammies Whizzy product line. They have incorporated designs in animal theme which includes the turtle, ladybug and giraffe. These bags can double as a school bag aside from being a traveling bag. For a look at some of the kids luggage feel free to visit http://www.ebags.com for a list of other famous brands including but not limited to Kipling, Skyway, and Samsonite. There are lots of designs and styles to suit every budget. Check out also some of the items that are on sale.
Where can a mom go on vacation, spend quality time with her kids and her spouse -- and still indulge in unique activities she enjoys? A Colorado dude ranch. That may seem odd, especially if you think ranches are only about roping cattle, riding horses and campfire cooking. But most guest ranches today have more in common with world-class resorts than working cattle ranches. Today's Colorado dude and guest ranches offer moms and their families comfortable accommodations, gourmet meals that feature special children's menus and well-trained wranglers who organize exciting programs for everyone."Colorado ranch owners say that moms consistently rank dude ranches as the best vacations they've ever had," said Charles Henry, executive director of the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association in Granby, Colo. "The big draw for moms is being able to spend time with their families and pursue their own interests, too, while ranch staff handle all the details. All of this adds up to a real break for them." Opportunities for quality family time abound at dude ranches, whether a mom wants to do something special with each child or keep the whole clan together. For example, the 34 ranches certified by the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association offer everything from horseback riding, river rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking, tennis and mountain biking to crafts, photo workshops and hay rides.Most also offer massages and hot tubs to soothe sore muscles. And when moms spot an activity they'd like to do on their own, wranglers are on hand to entertain the kids. Ranch staff members plan all of the meals and organize activities.In addition, guest ranches provide personal touches that big hotels and resorts can't match. Ranch owners and staff quickly get to know their guests' preferences because they interact closely with them every day. "Ranch owners take real pride in making sure their guests have a spectacular vacation," Henry said. Even with all the services and personal attention at dude ranches, moms can relax about the budget. Most guest ranches are all-inclusive, so lodging, meals and activities are covered in the weekly rates.The only worry a mom will have on a Colorado guest ranch is how to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Now that's a vacation!
Seaport Village is perhaps my favorite shopping center in San Diego. I dont go there often, and it doesnt have the major department stores, but if you enjoy unique and quirky shops, this is the shopping center for you.My personal favorite has always been the Lefty Shop. Im right handed, and they mostly sell tools for lefties, but they have things anyone can enjoy. I love my counter clock I bought there. Look at a regular clock in a mirror, and thats what my clock looks like. The double takes that clock gets is simply classic.The combination of shopping, park, entertainment and waterfront really makes Seaport Village stand out. Many shops are more geared toward tourists than locals, but theres plenty for locals to enjoy.At various times, you can sit back and enjoy live music. Sometimes youll even see people dancing to the music as the band plays.Youll find a wonderful kite shop, art galleries and other unique stores with merchandise you just wont find many other places. Thats the real fun of Seaport Village - the uniqueness of the shopping experience.Done shopping? Walk on over to the park and watch the kites fly. Take advantage of the kite shop beforehand and you can join the crowd.The food ranges from cookies to burgers to serious dining. I often just stop for a burger and fries, watching out for the ever present and hungry pigeons. It's also fun to sit on the wall and look out across the water.Seaport Village takes more time than you might expect to go through, just because of the uniqueness of its shops. Dont hurry through the twists and turns - you might miss one or more shops that you would really enjoy.
In the field of second language acquisition, Stephen Krashen, Ph.D, is a name that rises above the academic din that usually begins when the subject of Language Acquisition versus Language Learning is brought up. The noise becomes even more deafening when someone, such as myself, would dare to report how the theories of Dr. Krashen have affected his personal adventure in trying to achieve the highest possible degree of spoken fluency. Without at least one Ph.D under your belt, you are considered (I want to say "an idiot" but I won't) unqualified to utter the words, "I get it"We live in an age that those in white coats are the final arbiters of truth. Unless you've earned your white coat, you'd best sit there with your hands folded in your non-doctorate lap and keep your mouth shut. How can you begin to understand the theories of basket weaving when you don't have a Ph.D in basket weaving? (I've never been one for convention, so here goes.)Lest I bore you with touting Dr. Krashen's academic resume and become guilty of white-coat worship myself, try Googling "Dr. Stephen Krashen" when you have nothing else better to do than sift through the over 131,000 hits. The man does have an impressive track record and reputation in this field. However, critical thinking does demand that while his credentials do demand consideration, is what he proposes true and reasonably worth our time and effort to examine?Dr. Krashen's explanation of Second Language Acquisition follows along five points:1) the Acquisition-Learning hypothesis,2) the Monitor hypothesis,3) the Natural Order hypothesis,4) the Input hypothesis,5) the Affective Filter hypothesis.Perhaps I should have begun my series on Learning Spanish with this material, so bear with this diversion as I try to explain it (and all I was in college was a lowly Voice Performance Music major!)."Language acquisition does not require extensive use of conscious grammatical rules, and does not require tedious drill." Stephen KrashenNEXT: The Acquisition-Learning hypothesis