Friday, September 29, 2017

Home Decors to Get Rid Off|Custom Wood Art You Need To Have in Your Home




Everyone has that vision of a perfect home – cozy, trendy, and most of all clean. But because of design trends every now and then, we might find our homes stuffed with unusual things. To make your home more inviting and more relaxing, it is time to declutter or upgrade to more conventional designs. Here are some of the things to stay away from.


Sleek and flat looking rooms


Over the past few years, modernist interior design tops the list. But modern is almost synonymous to sleek and flat looking rooms. In short, homes may look monotonous and boring. For this year, textures, patterns, or anything that break that blunt design is in. Several designs may include pleat folds and anything that incorporate your personal style. 

Brass


Last year, we saw overkill to brass designs. Along with warm metallic counterparts like bronze and copper, brass was a trend back in the 70’s.  We had seen brass incorporated into every kind of furniture we can think of. However, using brass in almost every corner of your home gives out a very ‘stiff’ and industrialized atmosphere. If you went overboard last year with brass designs, it is time to throw some of them. Brass fashion can easily come and go, as long as you don’t go overboard with it, you are good. Rumor has it, that brass will soon make experience revival.

Brushed Metals 


Your main aim should always be the comfort of your home. Trends for this year lean toward textures and comfy feel. Stay away from the industrial look and try to minimize gold accents. Look for shinier metals create a very sophisticated look especially in your kitchens.

Edison bulbs

Edison bulbs are used to complete the industrialized look which was popular last year.  If you have any of these left hanging from your ceiling, get rid of it. Opt for a more fitting lighting in your home. You would want to make your home with a bubblier vibe that will always look inviting. Not something that came out from a science project.

All Whites


Over the years, all white kitchens, laundry rooms, and living rooms graced the front covers of home magazines. It all looks good in the magazine but impractical in the real life, especially if you have children. Cleaning will be a nightmare. Try to break the dull colors with textures, patterns, and accents. For this year, navy is the new black. Incorporate navy colors in some areas of your home to make it look up to date.

DIY's

DIYs are not really a bad thing but too having too much of it is not always a good thing. Try to do home cleanse, and focus on a few pieces of your DIYs in your home to show your personality. This year is the year for artisans and pieces that show great skills. Visit Carved Lake Art for some of their unique masterpieces of wood carved lakes. They are a great décor that will attract attention because of their high-quality work. Also, Detroit Michigan will be your haven for paintings and artisan works.


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How to Decontaminate a Boat|Custom Collectible Wood Art for the Boater in Your Life





Boating is a way of life for most people. Decontamination is a way to preserve life in the open seas. Every boater should know how important decontamination is. Invasive species may latch on the bottom of the boat that may cross another body of water causing an imbalance on the marine life. These species can be a plant, fungus or animal that has a tendency to cause damage to the environment, health and even in the economy. 

It is the sole responsibility of the boaters to decontaminate their boating equipment properly. Doing it right protects the open waters from the devastating effect of invasive species. Safe from their usual predators and disease of their natural habitat these species can cause a devastating effect on other bodies of water. They can reproduce in uncontrollably and can cause problems like:

    significantly decreasing game fish and other native marine life

    break boat engines and may jam steering gear, causing accidents

    increase drinking water operating cost

    can cause diseases

    makes rivers and lakes unsafe for boaters and swimmers

The best way to prevent these things is to stop it from spreading to another body of water. Cleaning is an understatement for it. Decontamination is the only proper way to stop these species invading other areas. With the proper equipment and right products, it is as simple as clean, drain, and dry.

Even if the waters look clear and unpolluted, invasive species may hide under the surface of your boat. They can be as big as mussels and as tiny as a microbe. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Coast Guard recommend the following steps in decontaminating boats. It is very important to do these procedures every time boats come into contact with any body of water. 

CLEAN

    Once docked, remove any visible plants, animals, mud, and dirt from the boat. Check the trailers, boots, fishing tackle, and other equipment that may have come in contact with the water. Tiny invasive species may hitchhike from the dirt and other plant fragments.

   Thoroughly clean boating and fishing equipment including the boat’s cooling system, bilge using hot tap water. If hot is not available then spray the trailers, boats, floats, and anchors with a high-pressure spray.

    In some cases, equipment cannot be exposed to hot water or high-pressure spray. Dipping in in vinegar for at least 20 minutes may do the trick. Another option is to immerse it with a once-percent salt water solution for 24 hours. 

    For pets that cannot resist the water, wash them properly using tap water as soon as possible. They may hide unwanted creatures under their coats.

DRAIN

    Empty waters from jet drives live wells, boat hulls, bait buckets, and motors. It is important to do this on site as doing it somewhere else may contaminate local waters. 

    Do not dump unused bait into the waters even if it was bought from a store near the dock or caught in local waters. They may already be contaminated with other things. Dump it properly into a trash can. 

DRY

    It is crucial for the boat and other equipment to dry for a minimum of 5 days before using them again in open waters.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

What to do in Lake Placid|Custom Topographical Wood Art


Lake Placid


Lake Placid has an interesting range of activities for such a small town. Because of its close proximity to the Adirondack Mountains, it offers the most scenic and beautiful views in the region. Look into the towering mountain peaks, forested parks, and crystal clear lakes. Here is a list of places you can visit in Lake Placid. 

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake has a breathtaking view of the Village of Lake Placid. In most days, the reflection of the town can be clearly seen from the lake. The local government does not allow any motorized vessel on the lake so it is always nice to go paddle boarding or kayaking without any distractions. You can enjoy walking along its 2.7 miles path along its shores or hike in its surrounding forests. At the end of the lake is where the held the swimming part of the Ironman Triathlon. 

High Falls Gorge

Just a few miles from Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort, you can find for impressive waterfalls covering rocks and deep crevices which have carved more than a billion year ago. The perfect way to get closer to this marvelous wonder of nature is a half-hour trail to the Gorge. The trail is made for everyone to enjoy this fantastic view. Traverse through bridges, walk on glass floor walkways and well-paved trails. There is even a wheelchair accessible path which leaves room for everybody to see the waterfalls. During winter, High Falls Gorge has another amazing view with its ice formations.

Mount Jo

Located in the Adirondack in the High Peaks area, Mount Jo stands 2876 feet from the ground. About seven miles from Lake Placid, you can find the beautiful Heart Lake and the historic Adirondack Loj. Enjoy a hike with two trails that lead to the mountain peak. One trail is easy to climb, perfect if you are hauling the whole pack. The other trail is a short and steep ascendant for the more adventurous mind. Autumn season is probably the best time to go in Mount Jo as the forest is teeming with colors and little creatures.

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Lake Placid is so marvelous that it hosted two Winter Olympics, the only place in North America to do so. The museum marks the both Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980. Inaugurated in 1994, it features the effects of both events to the region. Located in the Olympic Center, the museum exhibits memorabilia and equipment used by the athletes from the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games. It even hosted the Olympic torch parade during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Lake Placid Olympic Museum is a destination itself for your pack, where Lake Placid film forum is held yearly. 

John Brown Farm

For an off the beaten path destination and a little bit of nature trip of the side, John Brown Farm will delight your family. It is the home of John Brown, the Underground Railroad conductor, and insurrectionist who moved to the Adirondack Mountains to free slaves. Unfortunately, he was captured and hanged to death on December 2, 1859, after attacking the US Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. You can look around and explore the grounds. The farm is still fully furnished with his personal belongings and period furniture. 
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Have Fun at Grapevine Texas! 5 Interesting Places You Need to Visit|

Grapevine

Grapevine Texas is known for its old western flair combined with the conveniences of a modern city. Located in North Texas near Dallas and Fort Worth, it’s a popular destination for conferences and a short day tour of the city. Most tourists would rather spend their long DFW layover in Grapevine than to stay at the airport. Who doesn’t? There is a convenient Grapevine Shuttle from DFW airport going to downtown Grapevine. 
But the real event in Grapevine happens during Christmas time. More than 1 million people come to see over 1,400 events in 40 days. Because of its tradition keeping up the Christmas spirit very much alive, it was even named as the Christmas Capital of Texas. Tourists can still visit these attractions all year round.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad 


The Grapevine Vintage Railroads features 1920s railroad carriages. They have daily tours between the historic towns of Grapevine rail station and Fort Worth. Every now and then, they set themes on the train ride which incorporates some of their best known local artists. The train ride may sometimes offer wines from local Grapevine wineries. The North Pole Express is one of their best-featured train rides which everyone in the family will surely enjoy.

Grapevine Botanic Garden 

Tourist would find a sanctuary to unwind in Grapevine Botanic Garden. It a very scenic park which featured well-paved trails with ponds and streams. Some enjoy a quick snack from one of the shady sitting areas. The garden showcases wide varieties of plants that everyone would appreciate.

Grapevine Wineries

As the name implies, one should have taken a hint that the town has one of the best wineries in the region. There are a lot of wineries in Grapevine, as the local really love their wines and very proud to showcase them to tourists. Embark on a wine trail, starting with Homestead Winery. 
Located in a charming 1890s Victorian house they have lovely chocolate wines to wine made from green chilies. Another winery destination is Messina Hof, situated in a 19th-century hotel. They offer over 50 different local wines which are hard not to find your perfect bottle.

Vetro

Vetro means glass in Italian. For more than a century, Italian artisans discovered the art form of glassblowing. It is a very precise which involves intricate techniques to form and mold hot molten glass. This produces amazing great art glass that still fascinated the world. Today, tourist can witness firsthand how artisans make their art from Vetro. The art center received a national recognition for its works. It has a full-scale working studio and a gallery to feature their works of art.


Historic Downtown Grapevine

The best way to spend the day in Grapevine is to visit its historic downtown. Go back in time in the gorgeous Main Street. The street and storefronts look like frozen in time which takes tourists back in the Wild West. It feels like a setting from an old Hollywood movie where there is still horse-drawn stagecoaches and dirt on the road. Now, the place is lined with wineries, shops, art centers, and restaurants. Do not miss out their Glockenspiel Clock Tower.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Boat Driving Tips For Beginners|Great Gift Ideas Collectible Wood Art



Everyone starts small even boaters. Whether you need a new hobby, or just want to enjoy a cruise on the open waters here are some of the basic things you need to know as a boater. 

Knowing the proper boating terms

    Mastering the right boating terms is important. The bow is a short term for “you bow forward” means front. Port is left, Starboard is right, Stern is the back of the boat, and the beam is where the widest width of the boat.

    Every time you go on board always check for these things – fire extinguisher, life vests, gas, oil, and 3 flares. Everybody onboard is required by the law to wear life vests even adults.

    Inspect the bilge pump area to check for water. In some boats, you may need to turn on the bilge to see.

    Always check the ventilation blowers before starting the engine. Look for any unusual seepage or oil in the water. These gases can leak from the engine and might blow you up.

    Once you check everything is clear, turn on the ignition and just look at the engine. You really don’t need to be an expert mechanic if you see smoke coming out from the engine to know there is a problem.

    Look at your gauges. Oil pressure is around 60, engine temperature is from 160 to 175. RPM is usually at about 3000 at 30 mpg. 

Driving on the open waters

    As any vehicle, it is important to know the speed limit of the area. Most people do not pay attention to it which results in boating accidents. 

    Keep in mind that you should always be 100 feet from the shore and 500 feet away from any people using Jet Skis.

    Keep at the ‘one click’ speed within the 5 mph zone to avoid accidents.  When you move the lever, go really slowly. Remember to level out the boat when starting out.

    Another rule to always remover is boats with lower priority must give way for vessels with higher priority. Higher priority vessels are those who are unable to maneuver or have a limited ability to maneuver. Lower priority vessels may include boats engaged in fishing (this does not include trolling line which does not limit maneuverability) and power driven vessels. 

    If this confuses you, then it's best to avoid larger vessels at any cost even if you have the right of way just to be cautious.

   Memorize the term “Red Right Returning”. Green and Ref buoys are an indication of directions. When heading north red buoys should be on your Port (left) and vice versa when going back.

When docking

    One of the trickiest parts in boating is docking. Remember to do ‘one click’ and never going past it. It is important to go slow and never rush when docking. Easy does it, as they say.

    Once you successfully dock, turn off the battery with the switch. If you leave any light on, your battery will not drain and you can still start up the engine.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Make Your Trip to Naples Florida Interesting By Visiting These Amazing Places|Collectible Gifts of Art



Naples

Naples is one of the richest cities in the country and the second highest proportion of millionaires in the area. A city in Collier County, Florida it houses about 20,600 residents according to the 2015 US Census. Some of the houses in Naples sold in excess of $40 million making the city with the most expensive real estate property in the US. Many prominent and wealthy international families reside in Naples. 

The city is famous for its golf and laid back country destinations. Most golfers prefer to play in the luxurious Ritz Carlton Golf Resort. The place also offers premium yoga classes, tennis courts, and boating launches.  You do not need to worry finding a good place to relax as most resorts have in-house spas. View some of the spectacular homes on Millionaire’s Row. If you want to be close to nature, Naples have their own Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and spectacular beaches. 

#1 Naples Pier 


Naples Pier is one of the most stunning places in the city. Located at Naples Beach in the west end of 12th Avenue, the boardwalk spreads 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. Known for its very lovely sunsets, it serves as favorite fishing spots for tourists and locals alike. The extensive boardwalk is known for its panoramic view of the sea, and the main location for the city’s 4th of July fireworks display. When visiting during the holidays, make a reservation ahead of time as the place gets really packed with people. Another great thing about fishing in Naples Pier is you do not need any fishing license for casting your lines in the pier. You can also buy bait conveniently placed halfway down the pier. 

# 2 Naples Botanical Garden


The 170-acre Naples Botanical Garden houses more than 1,000 flora and fauna species. It has nine themed tropical gardens which rest on a 90-acre federally preserve land. The botanical garden is located just a few miles from downtown Naples, and nature lovers will love how they strategically place each plant to showcase its natural beauty. They also have an extensive and wide variety of plant collections and different monthly activities for children. When visiting the place make sure to free your schedule for the rest of the day. It may take several hours to fully enjoy its grounds and nature at its bests. 

# 3 Clam Pass Beach Park

If ever the botanical garden inspired you to get even closer to nature, visit Clam Pass Beach Park. Located 6 miles north of Naples, the 3,000-long boardwalk will take you into a picturesque mangrove forest. Clam Pass Beach Park houses three species of mangrove trees, a number of birds and some alligators. The best thing about the park? It ends on a pristine white sand beach fully equipped with picnic areas, bathrooms, rental spots, and a snack bar to fuel your lost energy. The park also offers rentals for water activities like kayaks and canoes to get a better view of the 35-acre park. 

# 4 The Baker Museum

To see some the best art collections in the southwest region of Florida, drop by to Baker Museum. A magnificent 14-foot-tall piece of art will greet you at its entrance gates. It a much-needed melodramatic effect to the museum’s best art works. Exhibits in the museum vary, but permanent art display includes modern American art like Dale Chihuly. Be in awe in its colorful chandelier and ocean-themed ceiling door for a complete touch of the city of Naples. 

# 5 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary


The most popular nature destination in the region is probably Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Situated about 47 miles south of Fort Myers and 30 miles northeast of Naples, it features 600-year old trees. The 11,000 acres of marshland is home to otters, alligators, and many endangered species. You can enjoy a relaxing stroll in its boardwalk that passes through the sanctuary or takes a self-guided tour. A walk in the sanctuary can take you back in time, a time when Florida still an old country backyard.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Have an Exciting Miami Beach Adventure!|Collectible Topographical Wood Art


Miami Beach is one of the country’s best beaches since early 20th century which rests in Miami-Dade County in Florida. The city lies in a natural and man-made barrier islands between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. In its southernmost part lies South Beach along with Port of Miami and downtown Miami. It was incorporated on March 26, 1915, and according to the 2010 US Census, it has a total of 87,779 residents. 

It a popular tourists destination all year with Greater Miami’s pristine beaches and other historical destinations.  Miami Beach houses the largest collection of Art Deco that comprises hundreds of apartments and hotels dating back from 1923 to 1943. Other destinations include museums, scenic drives, and historical infrastructures.  

#1 Miami Beach


Most people do not realize that Miami Beach is, in fact, a separate municipality from Miami. The beach sits on an island, where a number of bridges connected it to the mainland. Small it may seem, it is considered as an expensive tourist destination. Miami Beach’s ocean front is lined with classy restaurants, hotels, shop, and sunbathing lounging areas. If you are planning to visit Miami Beach, take the time to visit Ocean Drive where you can find the Art Deco Buildings, trendy shopping centers, and world-class hotels. 

# 2 Art Deco District


The National Register of Historic Places listed the Art Deco District in Miami Beach as one of the most preserved historical sites in 1979. Some of the represented art styles include Streamline Moderne, Art Deco, and Mediterranean. Barbara Capitman spearheaded the preservation of the Art Deco District, and to honor her efforts they named a street after her. The Art Deco buildings represent the old Miami in its earlier times in the 1930s. Many of these pastel colored historic buildings display neon signs overlooking Miami Beach’s pristine shorelines. 

# 3 Ocean Drive


After visiting the Art Deco District, you can go for another marvelous sightseeing adventure in Ocean Drive. It runs along the Miami Beach’s ocean front, passing the Art Deco District and the famous South Beach. If you are interested to see more of the Art Deco structures, try to look for these well-known buildings like:
    Colony Hotel

    Waldorf Towers

    Cardozo

    Cavalier

   Breakwater

# 4 Freedom Tower


For some historical destination, you may want to start in the Freedom Tower. The tower got its name after the immigration-processing event for thousands of people who fled Cuba in the 1960s. To honor the humanitarian feat, the place now stands as a tribute to Cuban immigration. Built in 1925, the Freedom Tower serves as the oldest skyscrapers in the southern US. The unique “wedding-cake” style building was home for the Miami Daily News for years.

# 5 Gold Coast Railroad Museum


The Miami Railroad Historical Society established the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in the 1950s. It now houses at least well-known 30 antique railway automobiles.  Some of its notable displays include "Silver Crescent" and "Silver Stag". But its main attraction is the “Ferdinand Magellan”, the famous Presidential Railcar of Franklin Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Reagan, and Truman. You kids would love to place some of their wooden train displays.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Interesting Sites to See When Visiting Longboat Key|Gifts for All Occasions for the Boater in Your Life


Longboat Key is city located in Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida. It lies south of Anna Maria Island and the Gulf of Mexico. The town is part of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice statistical area.  In the 2010 US Census, it has an approximate 6,888 residents. 

Native Americans used to inhabit Longboat Key. The first known man to explore the island was Juan de Añasco, who founded the Native Americans hostile. Añasco spent two months just to find a landing site and the first outsider to laid eyes on Sarasota Bay, Manatee River, and Boca Ciega Bay. Urban legend said that the notorious Pirate Jean Lafitte had been shipwreck near Longboat Key and for the next 300 years, no one believed the stories. Today, Longboat Key offers a wide range of activities for the family. 

# 1 Florida Maritime Museum


The Florida Maritime Museum rests on 4 acres of land on a historic 1912 Schoolhouse. Located in the famous fishing village of Cortex, it would take a short drive from the island. Hurricanes usually bouts Cortez Village that greatly suffers from the storm’s aftermath. Residents of the village help the maritime museum in their endeavors preserving the environment and teaching about the importance of maritime history. 
The Cortex Nature Preserve surrounds the maritime museum, making it one of Longboat Key’s hidden gems. The Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Courts sponsors the activity of Maritime Museum, which was founded to raise awareness about the fishing industry in the region. Join them as they explore maritime tradition and learn all about Florida’s maritime history. 

# 2 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Garden is one of the most magical places in Longboat Key. It aims to boosts appreciation of tropical plants and its conservation. They offer programs about its conservation, research and continuing education about the plants. 
Seven greenhouses serve as the heart of the botanical research boasting of more than 6,000 beautiful orchids. These are the main reason why the Marie Selby Botanical Garden garnered international recognition.
Many people who visited the botanical garden are captivated by an ancient huge ficus tree called as Banyan. Its large branches overshadow other plants in the garden, providing shades for visitors and the perfect environment for plants to flourish.  Another attention grabbing tree in the garden is the Rainbow Gum Tree, known for its astonishing rainbow-colored trunk. Explore the grounds of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens which include areas of the towering Bamboo Pavilion, Banyan Grove, Tropical Display House, Cactus and Succulent Garden and Cycad Collection. 

# 3 Longboat Beaches (Whitey Beach, Longboat Key Beach and Beer Can Island)


A trip to Longboat Key would not be complete without visiting some of its amazing beaches. A 30-minute drive northwest of downtown Sarasota, Longboat Key is a great place to enjoy pristine beaches without the usual crowds of Florida. It does not matter where you choose to stay; every beach in Longboat Island has the same pristine white sand beaches. Try to collect seashells along its beaches. Rumor has it that you can find some interesting sea shells along its beach shores that you cannot find elsewhere. 

# 4 Boat Shows


Before Longboat Key becomes a holiday destination for some, merchants and pirates roam its waters. It is just right to say that they earned some of the best boat shows in Florida. Most boating enthusiasts visit Longboat Key when they held boat shows like St. Armands Boat Show. Both experienced boaters and first-time boaters would come to see the latest model or latest trend in the boating world. 

# 5 Myakka River State Park


Another nearby tourist spot in Longboat Key lies in Sarasota. Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest state parks in the US. The state park has a diverse natural habitat for animals that stretches 58 miles of both dry and wetlands. You can explore and learn about wildlife up close. The park is home to raccoons, deer, turkeys, vultures, barred owls, and red-shouldered hawks. You can also walk to their wooden boardwalk that spreads all throughout the Upper Myakka Lake. Look out for wading birds, wood storks, ducks, roseate spoonbills, eagles, ospreys and even alligators. Keep in mind that the park maintains the place as a natural habitat for these animals, try not to disturb them.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Places You Should Not Miss in Lake Travis|Collectible Art


Lake Travis is a reservoir located on the Colorado River in Texas. Mansfield Dam constructed it in 1942, on the western part of Austin, Texas. The Lower Colorado River Authority designed Lake Travis to hold flood waters to protect flash-flood prone areas. Initially, the plan was to contain flood waters but during its construction in July of 1938, a severe flood damaged the reservoir. The incident prompted an increase of its storage capacity for flood waters. 

Among the seven reservoirs of the Highland Lakes, Lake Travis holds the record as the largest storage capacity reservoir. Measuring 65 miles from Travis County, going to Burnet County up until Max Starcke Dam, the lake has a snake-like design which ends in Marble Falls town. The Pedernales River flows drains into the lake from the southwestern part of Travis County. In all of Texas, Lake Travis has the clearest water and a significant water source for Austin and nearby cities.  Other purposes of the lake include water supply, electrical power generation as well as recreation. 
Most people visit Lake Travis because of its fun and exciting outdoor recreational activities. Activities like boating, fishing, boating, and camping are amongst the favorites. A more bold activity within the lake happens in Hippie Hollow Park, aside from swimming, nude sunbathing is allowed on this beach. The very scenic beauty of Lake Travis has created these popular destinations. 

# 1 Austin Nature & Science Center


Location: 301 Nature Center Drive
The Austin Nature & Science Center is specifically designed for kids. It features natural history and botany where children will learn about the environment. They also host fun activities like unearthing “dinosaur bones” from a sand pit, which dates back 99 million years ago. Children will surely love digging into the sandbar to find the ‘fossils’. The center is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday. 

# 2 Krause Springs


Krause Springs houses 2 natural springs, waterfall, caves, and picnic areas. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the swimming pool placed on a bluff with a scenic view of cypress creek. When the heat of the sun gets you nuts, head on to Krause Springs as the water stays at a relatively cool temperature of 70 deg. Deeply forested, you can set up a picnic in shady areas. Don’t forget to bring food and a cooler for an all-day fun experience. 

#3 St. Luke’s on the Lake


Location: 5600 Ranch Road 620 N
Known as “The Church with The View”, St. Luke’s is an Episcopal church located on the cliffs with an amazing view of Lake Travis. It has the most scenic view of the pristine waters of the lake perfect for those mini pictorials with your family. A mini viewing deck at the back of the church is the best place to take those pictures. 

# 4 Lakeway City Park


Location: 502 Hurst Creek Rd
When you find Lake Travis packed with tourists, you can park in Lakeway and just walk into the lake. Activities in the park include a playground, baseball fields, basketball and volleyball courts and walking trails. After a long walk, you will appreciate Lakeway City Park the most, as their benches are designed to be submerged in the water to cool your sore feet. That’s an added bonus going into this park. 

# 5 Hamilton Pool


Do you want to know where locals go? Hamilton Pool is a natural hidden gem in Lake Travis, where locals go for a swim. The place looks like paradise, and most photographers come here to take their perfect shot. But do bring extra clothes and waterproof camera as some days there would be small waterfalls forming in some places.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Wonderful Places to Visit on Jupiter Island| Great Quality Gifts for the Boater in your Life


Jupiter Island rests on the barrier island in Martin County Florida and part of the Port St. Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2010 US census, the town only has 817 residents and does not have any post office. All mails will land on Hobe Sound on the mainland.Residents living on the island composed of 94.37% White, 2.20% African-American, 2.57% Asian, 5.32% Hispanics or Latinos, and 0.61% from other races. 


Small as it is, some of the country’s wealthiest people live on Jupiter Island. Worth magazine reported the island has the highest per capita income compared to any other cities in the US. Discover Jupiter Island from its historical sites to cultural attractions, there are a lot of tourists spots to see. To help you decide where to go, here are some of the best places to visit on the island. Some of the highlights of the island are the lighthouse, recreational activities, and its parks. 

#1 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum


The National Register of Historic Places listed Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The lighthouse is part of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, a 120-acre of protected land. Built in the 1860s, the restored World War II museum displays some important exhibits like Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee. Their outdoors exhibits feature Keepers Workshops, Tindall Pioneer Homestead, Oil House, and Seminole Chickee. They also offer guided climbing tours of the ancient lighthouse. You can relax and dip your toes in its waterfront which is a great place to have a picnic. There is an observatory tower, hiking trails, restaurants, and water activities nearby. 

# 2 Peck Lake Park


Located near Gomez Avenue in Hobe Sound, Peck Lake Park is a hidden gem on Jupiter Island. It’s a great place to relax and have a lunch picnic with your family. As it does not get crowded, you can enjoy shady areas to unwind away from your worries. Most often you can get to see other families, couples, and seniors taking advantage of the good weather. Bikers would often stop to stretch their legs, and chill out in the park. 
Parking is the least of your worries. The park also has water fountains and nice restrooms strategically placed within the area. 

# 3 Hobe Sound Nature Center


The nature center is a private, non-profit organization committed protecting the environment. Founded in 1973, the Hobe Sound Nature Center aims to educate people about the importance of Florida’s environment. They offer several environmental presentations to raise awareness in people of all ages. They also organize activities like summer camps, scrub tours, evening forums, and turtle walks. Jackson Burke and Elizabeth Kirby started the center for the Jupiter Island Garden Club, Inc. For more than 30 years, the center has a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service which helps them conduct environmental awareness. 

# 4 Palm Beach Karting


Location: 7047 Beeline Hwy 
If speed is more of your thing, then visit Palm Beach Karting. The place offers kart rentals for 1 to 2 hours which you will surely enjoy. Feel like a real racer, as each kart including you is fitted with safety gears and equipment. It’s a great activity for adults and you can race with your family in an authentic karting experience.

# 5 Burt Reynolds Park


Jupiter is full of amazing parks, and Burt Reynolds Park is another must see place in town. They have great picnic areas and water activities. You can go kayaking, stand up paddle boarding even fishing in its clear waters. Because they have great facilities, people would often prepare their catch fresh from the water into one of the grills in the picnic areas.  Boaters would often come here as they have ramps to launch boats. The park has spacious parking considering most of the people who go here have boat trailers. 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

5 Popular Key Biscayne Destinations|3-D Nautical Wood Art Collection


Key Biscayne is a part of Miami-Dade County in Florida. It rests east of Miami and south of Miami Beach, which connected Miami via Rickenbacker Causeway. Tequesta Indians first settled in Key Biscayne. In 1513, the Spanish explorer named Juan Ponce de Leon had the first record of the island. According to the 2010 US Census, Key Biscayne has a total population of 12,344 residents and among the first Miami, areas to be evacuated for any hurricane forecasts. The area has a very low elevation and faces the Atlantic Ocean directly which makes it prone to flash floods. 

Tourist would come and visit Key Biscayne to cap off their Miami trip. The town is just a short enjoyable drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway. Sometimes the Miami gets too crowded and so mainstream if you want something different visit Key Biscayne. The area is lined with great beaches between two major parks, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Crandon Park. This means, wherever you go, there exciting places to discover and new experiences waiting for you.

#1 Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park


Located in the southern part of the island, Bill Braggs Cape Florida State Park houses one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. You can visit the 19th century Cape Florida Lighthouse for free or enjoy the narrow beaches in the area. The place is as serene as it can be with calm and crystal clear waters. Climb up in the tower to see the magnificent 360-degree view of the island. You can also rent a bike, as Key Biscayne has a reputation for being bike-friendly. Bike trails as long as 1.5 miles traverse through the state park passing through Biscayne Bay. You don’t need to bring a bike as the park offers bike rentals. 


# 2 Crandon Park

Another popular tourist destination lies in the northern tip of Key Biscayne. Palm trees, sand dunes, and sandy white beaches make Crandon Park as one of Miami’s best beaches. No city lights or sky scrapers can ruin your tropical vacation as most of the surrounding areas are designated parkland. 

# 3 Beyond Donuts

It may not be a destination, but it sure is a popular spot for locals. After an exhausting hike or looking for a place to stop, refuel your body with some sugar. This 41-year-old Donut Gallery Diner is a very popular destination for locals. In some days, the most prominent people in the island would come here and talk about politics, business, and other important gossips. The shop has a very old school vibe with vinyl-covered bar stools and 1950s interior. 

# 4 Overwater Bungalows

The world famous group of tropical houses built on stilts is one of Key Biscayne prominent tourist spots. Located on Biscayne shallow shoal channels, the place is accessible via a short boat ride from Crandon Park Marina. Eddie ‘Crawfish’ Walker sold beer, bait, and crawfish chowder on this stilt houses back in the 30s. The houses gathered national attention when featured in films like Miami Vice. 

# 5 Virginia Key First

Before reaching Virginia Key, you will need to pass Rickenbacker Causeway. Built in 1947, the causeway was named after Eddie Rickenbacker, a WWI veteran. Just after its constructions, the once quiet island bursts into life as a popular tourist destination.  It houses the Seaquarium where the TV series Flipper was filmed. You can also swim with the dolphins and get to know other marine animals.

However, the Virginia Key has a dark past. The National Register of Historic Places listed Virginia Key Beach Park is the only place in Miami-Dade County that African-Americans can freely roam during segregation.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

How to Prevent Boating Accidents|8 Best Tips to Prevent Boating Accidents


When sailing in the open seas, boat operators and passengers have their part to prevent accidents and injuries. But accidents can strike anytime and anywhere, it is always best to prepare ahead of time. Here are some of the things you can do in preventing boating accidents. 

#1 Do not consume alcohol when boarding


Alcohol is the main leading cause of fatalities in boating accidents, according to the US Coast Guard. In the year 2011, alcohol causes 16% of boating-related accidents deaths. In the same study of the agency, drinking while boating has a 34% chance of boating fatalities. Just like operating any types of machinery, drinking and boating increase the chance of accidents on seas. 
However, with all the fun happening under the sun and activities in the water, you can get distracted. One glass of wine or a can of beer may easily turn into one bottle or quite a number of beers. It is not that hard to get drunk while operating a boat. Make it a commitment not to consume alcohol while on board and think about safety. Also, operating a boat while under the influence can get you prison time.

# 2 Make it a habit to check you have sufficient safety equipment onboard

Your boats should always have adequate safety equipment like boat lights, and fire extinguisher. There should be enough life jackets and flotation devices for everyone as well as first aid kits and emergency provisions. Before leaving port make sure the anchor is onboard and don’t ever leave without one. 

About 70% of boat accidents fatalities happen because of drowning and 84% of people who drowned did not wear any life jackets. 


# 3 Properly Maintain the boat and keep all safety equipment in top shape


Neglecting routine check-ups, proper maintenance of the boat and its safety equipment can land you in jail. Under the rule of court, this is an act of negligence. In 2011, boat malfunction and poor safety equipment resulted in 424 boating accidents, 151 injuries, and 28 fatalities, according to the US Coast Guard. Check your boat and its main components prior to your plans of sailing away, that you give you enough time to replace or repair necessary equipment.

# 4 Constantly monitor weather conditions


Weather conditions can change drastically in the open seas. If the weather looks to get worse, follow your instinct and return to shore as soon as possible. The Coast Guard reported bad weather conditions resulted in 771 accidents with 466 injuries and 155 fatalities for the year 2011. These include environmental issues like congested waterways and treacherous water conditions. Always heed weather forecasts and warnings before heading out. 

#5 Do not overload the boat


Letting too many passengers and gear on your boat increases the risk of swamping or capsizing. Be mindful of the weight capacity of your boat, not just for the passengers but also with their gears. The weight capacity of each boat should be posted in the operator’s area. Overloading caused 193 accidents, 109 injuries and 79 deaths back in 2011.

Operators either overload the boat or improperly load the boat because of unmindful loading. You should be aware how to equally distribute passengers or gears to avoid capsizing and other accidents.

# 7 Always pay attention to your surroundings

As operating any vehicles or machinery, you need to watch other passing boats. Stay vigilant for people doing some activities in the water. Operator negligence resulted in 581 boating accidents, 363 injuries, and 58 deaths in 2011. Keep your focus on how to stay clear from other distractions in the water.  Another helpful tip from expert boaters – do not turn off your emergency radio. You can receive crash warnings and incoming weather conditions on your radio. You may not have any cell phone signals in the open seas but you can always rely on your radio. 

# 8 Maintain safe speed and always follow navigational rules


Even though there are no posted speed limits sign on the water, you should know the imposed limit in your area. Always follow speed limits and navigational rules when out in the water. 

Over speeding is the leading cause of boating accidents which resulted in 349 accidents, 321 injuries, and 28 deaths in 2011. There are many rules for boating but following these two significant rules can prevent accidents.

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