I Was Able to Go to New York City

When my husband asked me if I would like to go to New York City, I thought he was joking at first. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to go there for several days to watch a couple of Broadway shows and to go shopping. My aunt used to go there when she was still alive, and I fell in love with the stories she had told me about this gorgeous city. My husband told me that he had looked up some information and found out that all we needed was an ESTA USA application to travel to America.

I did not even know what ESTA meant, and he told me it just means Electronic System for Travel Authorization.… Read More

Spain is a Sunny Country With a Hot Temperament — Ideal for Yacht Charter

Spain is a Sunny Country With a Hot Temperament — Ideal for Yacht Charter

Spain attracts crowds of tourists every year. Hot weather, great resorts, nightlife, beautiful beaches and nice people are the strongest arguments of his part of the Iberian Peninsula. Ordinary tourism is not the only way to experience the charm of Spain. Yacht charter is even more attractive, that’s why it’s becoming more and more popular here. Why is a cruise in Spain the perfect idea for a vacation? Let’s find out all the reasons!

Spain is a Sunny Country With a Hot Temperament — Ideal for Yacht Charter

Fiery temperament and diversity

Spain is a country full of intense flavors and aromas, a great atmosphere and openness, and fiery emotions for which its inhabitants are known from. The local culture is largely focused on fun and relaxation — it is a place where you can meet interesting people and go crazy for all time. However, it cannot be said that it is a homogeneous country — the surrounding islands offer slightly different impressions compared to the land part. Fuerteventura, Majorca, Ibiza, Tenerife Lanzarote or Gran Canaria encourage with their diversity, paradise views and the possibility of both blissful relaxation and active rest in the form of sightseeing or practicing water sports such as diving, parasailing or windsurfing.

Dream weather

The warm Mediterranean climate in Spain guarantees good weather throughout the trip. This is the perfect direction for lovers of high temperatures and sunbathing, whether on the beach or on a yacht deck. It is the hottest here in July and August, but perfect weather lasts from spring to autumn. The total temperature value does not fall below 5 degrees Celsius even in winter! Therefore, the sailing season lasts almost all the time, which makes Spain yacht charter a sure-fire regardless of the season.

A paradise for yachting fans

A yacht charter Spain is a good idea for at least several reasons. Almost 8,000 km of coast and infrastructure rich in 320 ports, most of which are really well equipped and comfortable are waiting for sailors here. In addition, we will find many moorings here. Residents are friendly to people sailing on yachts, which only makes meeting new friends easier. Part of Spain offers good sailing conditions all year round — this is especially Majorca, but also Ibiza, Formentera and the Canary Islands. Therefore, nothing prevents you from experiencing the Spanish heat, e.g. during the winter holidays.

It is worth betting on a yacht charter in Spain. It is a great alternative to such directions as Croatia or Greece. It offers a whole range of impressions and guarantees a fun and relaxing holiday among your loved ones. Do we need something more?… Read More

How to Protect Your Skin From Windburn

How to Protect Your Skin From Windburn

Many people who are attracted to the outdoor activities or riding motorcycles are surprised when they realize they have become a victim of windburn. Thinking that they are safe from the sun as it is cloudy, cold and no longer in the middle of summer, they do not take the same steps needed as when they go into the sun.

The cause of windburn is primarily due to the removal of essential oils called lipids, which normally help to protect your skin from UV rays. When the wind is strong it removes these oils, and exposes your skin to harsh conditions. Skin irritation and redness can occur very quickly, especially in conditions where the UV is magnified. Locations such as in the snow fields, or in the water at the beach, can all cause the UV rays to quickly affect the sensitive areas of your skin such as on the cheeks or lips. Remember that even with cloud cover, UV rays can readily penetrate through and affect your skin in cold weather.

To prevent this from occurring, the use of sunscreen is still preferred since it is readily available and consumer are more likely to have some lying around. Some experts recommend replacing the natural oils that is produced by the body with other products. However, research has shown that if the incorrect oil is used, it may even accelerate the rate at which the skin burns. Before going out, try not to shave as shaving will also remove that layer of vital oils around the neck and face.

So what can you do once you have windburn? It is generally recommended to apply some ointment to sooth the skin, such as Aloe Vera or moisturizing jelly. Stay away from oils that can further cause burning to the skin. As it is probably red or easily irritated, also minimize the use to harsh soaps that are normally good at cleansing. These can remove any oils that are essential to the recovery of that particular area of your body. Also it is a good idea to not use any products that are scented, as the ingredients used for the scent can be an irritant. Bio oils can sometimes be used but bear in mind that oils can also cause further damage since they may heat up the local area of the skin. Oils are also known to trap dirt under the pores, so they should not be left in for extended periods of time.

We always recommend prevention rather than cure. If you are going outdoors, even in winter, always apply some creams to prevent windburn in vital areas such as around the face. Wear protective items such as sunglasses or goggles in the snow, and stay in the shade, or keep yourself away from strong winds. Windbreaks can be a great item to bring along if you are staying in one location for a long time. Not only will they protect your from elements that can cause windburn but they … Read More

Why Minority Group Members Don't Use Public Lands More

Why Minority Group Members Don’t Use Public Lands More

In “Meeting the Challenge of Wild Land Recreation Management: Demographic Shifts and Social Inequality” by Dorceta E. Taylor, the author raises a number of challenges and issues around diversity, race, and ethnicity in public lands and outdoor recreation areas. A key reason for this concern is the relatively small percentage of members of racial and ethnic minority groups involved in going to these areas as attendees or being involved as partners or volunteers in managing these areas compared to their percentage in the population. This article raises concerns about why they are less involved than members of the majority white population and how to get them to become more involved.

There are a number of reasons why they may be less involved. One reason for their lower participation may be the romanticized perception of wilderness areas from American history inspired by notions of transcendentalism and romanticism. These ideas have created a romanticized image of the wilderness as a retreat from the modern, industrial world, and now that vision might serve as a counterpoint to today’s high-tech, fast-paced world of immediate global connections everywhere. Still another theme from history may be the notion of the wilderness as a frontier with images of rugged male frontiersmen battling the elements and nature on their own that appealed primarily to white middle and upper class males — an image reflected in the popular image of the cowboy and male hunter in films and TV. Then, too, the national parks and wilderness areas became a place for vacations by wealthy, urban tourists who enjoyed hunting and fishing trips, combined with the luxury of returning to an expensive hotel at night.

While these notions about the meaning of the outdoor experience may have developed in the 19th century, these conceptions and patterns of use have continued to shape the experience of the wilderness today. However, while there may be a smaller number of minority group users, a key reason for this lower participation would seem to be differences in attitudes and culture which shape interest in using the wilderness and the concern with everyday living for minority group members. Also, as reflected in the daily newspapers, TV news, Internet, and popular music, minority group culture is very much an urban culture, centered in the inner cities. For example, images of rap, reggae, and hip hop singers, break dancers, skateboarders, sideshow riders, are all reflections of this urban culture, as are urban based churches and community centers. Then, too, the lack of images of minority group members in books, publicity materials, media stories, and film footage about outdoor recreation may be a contributing factor because minority group members may not see members of their own group as role models.

However, these factors might be addressed by the managers of public lands and outdoor recreational facilities. For instance, publishers, advertisers, and filmmakers can readily put images of minority group members in their materials, and the use of white images in promotional materials certainly doesn’t prevent minority group members … Read More

Tired of Campsite Toilets?

Tired of Campsite Toilets?

Are you really fed up with the state of campsite toilets? You’re certainly not alone in feeling this way. Talking to other camping enthusiasts, it’s become increasingly clear that many of them hate the thought of using the toilets that are provided at many campsites.

Tired of Campsite Toilets?

There are some good reasons for this. These toilets may often be poorly located. Worse still, they don’t seem to be cleaned as regularly as we may wish. This may leave them looking rather unhygienic. It’s understandable that we might not wish to use them in these circumstances.

So how can you deal with this situation? In one approach that some people decide to take is to discuss the problems with campsite owners. This can certainly be constructive, although some owners will not take kindly to such criticism.

This is why many more campers decide to take an alternative approach. They choose, instead, to buy small portable camping toilets. The advantage of these is that they ensure that you will always have a hygienic solution available to. It also means that you won’t have to make your way to the campsite toilets in the middle of the night.

All of this probably helps explain why there are so many camping toilets available here in the UK. You can choose from a wide range of options, including chemical toilets. These are always particularly popular because they closely resemble household bathroom facilities.

But they are by no means the only option. It is certainly to be recommended that you should look at the different options that are available from online retailers. Such retailers will often offer competitive deals, ensuring that you can make savings when compared to the prices offered by traditional stores.

Look for a toilet that’s right for your needs. That will mean selecting a model that is within your chosen price range and offers the functionality that you require.… Read More

Baseball Trading Cards - There is Much to Learn

Baseball Trading Cards – There is Much to Learn

Baseball trading cards have been around since the mid 19th Century, and it is hard to find someone who has not come across one at some point in their life.

Baseball Trading Cards - There is Much to Learn

They are extremely popular in the United States, but are quite common in other countries like Canada, Cuba and Japan. Printed on them are one or more baseball players.

The first major baseball trading cards were made in 1903, by a confectionery company called the Breisch-Williams Company, based in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Most of the cards today are rectangular, measuring 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches, and a lot of the early cards had adverts on the back, promoting a particular brand or company.

Other companies soon realized the enormous advertising power that baseball cards had, and they entered into the ever-increasing  Kellogg’s began to produce 3D cards inserted with its cereal products!

Baseball cards can fetch quite a lot of money when autographed. In February 2007, the most expensive baseball trading card, a near mint-mint professionally graded and authenticated T206 Honus Wagner, was sold to a private collector for $2.35 million. The card was later sold again for $2.8 million.

Baseball trading card production has seen some major set backs over the years, mainly due to the poor quality of the cards and the over production of them. It is clear the the biggest boom in the baseball trading card industry had been and gone…until the birth of the internet.

Until the internet came along and exploded the baseball card trade, most purchasing took place at trade shows and hobby shops. These methods were soon to be over-powered though, and the safe, easy to use internet soon became leader in baseball card trading.

Although the internet is not 100% safe and secure, it is still the best choice for many to trade their baseball cards, as there are many sites on the web that are legitimate and secure. It is clear that the internet will continue to be the leader in baseball card trading.… Read More

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