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June 23, 2010

Visiting Atlanta? Check Out The Canopy Walk

Canopy-interactive-160x160[1]   Visitors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden can now tour one of the city's last remaining urban forests from 40 feet in the air now that the long-awaited Canopy Walk has opened, lending a bird's-eye view to the beauty of a woodland below. The May 1st Grand Opening of the Canopy Walk, Edible Garden and Cascades Garden marked the completion an expansion project which nearly doubled the size of the Garden.

Extending 600 feet from a bluff in the Garden into the branches of oaks, hickories and poplars, the walk is considered the only tree canopy-level walkway of its kind in the United States. By linking the 15-acre existing Garden to the adjacent Storza Woods, the Canopy Walk has enriched the visitor's experience, providing 30 acres of gardens to explore. Strolling the 12-foot-wide concrete pathway, visitors will feel like they are floating through the leafy clouds of storied hardwoods, thanks to the bridge's four large masts which seemingly disappear amongst the treetops.

This is one of those special activities that is beautiful, educational AND fun, for grown-ups and kids alike! Check out their website for information on other programs like birdwatching, critter tours, scavenger hunts, visiting at night and special classes. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org  

Posted by Jo Wilson on June 23, 2010 at 01:34 PM in Activities & Events, Attractions, Organizations, Science, Travel | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. Expands Air Charter Service in New York City

Stratos Jets now offers private jet charter service to and from New York City on Hawkers and Gulfstreams


Orlando, Fla., July 15, 2010: Stratos Jet Charters, Inc.

, a worldwide air charter agency, recently invited one of the largest private jet operators in the New York City metro area to join the prestigious Stratos Jets’ Approved Vendor Program. Stratos Jets can now provide on-demand air charter service to and from New York  on the most diverse aircraft fleet in the country.

The mission of the Stratos Jets’ Approved Vendor Program is to ensure that every Stratos Jets vendor meets and exceeds with the strictest, most stringent standards in the industry.  In order to become a member of this elite association of air carriers, the New York-based operator had to demonstrate its compliance with Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation regulations as well as Stratos Jets’ own safety and maintenance standards. These high standards were established by Stratos Jets air charter professionals to ensure the safety and quality of every charter flight. 


To become a Stratos Jets approved vendor, the aircraft operator was required to demonstrate its commitment to air charter safety standards by maintaining extremely high levels of aircraft insurance. These insurance standards require a minimum of $25 million of insurance from the operator on all turboprop aircraft and $50 million on all other private jet aircraft. By maintaining a higher level of aircraft insurance, Stratos Jets can verify aircraft operators’ commitment to passenger safety and aircraft maintenance.


Stratos Jets’ newest vendor met and exceeded these safety expectations by maintaining a minimum of $100 million on all 14 of their approved private aircraft. These new and highly-insured aircraft range from the turboprop to the heavy jet category, and include (but are not limited to) a King Air B200, three Hawkers 4000s and a Gulfstream GIV. This diverse line of jet aircraft can accomodate a variety of different New York City charter flights  from same-day round trips from Teterboro to Cape Cod on a King Air B200 to international jet charters from New York to London  on a Gulfstream GIV.


According to Joel Thomas, president of Stratos Jet Charters, the diversity of the new approved vendor’s fleet will enable his company to provide a valuable on-demand charter service that meets the specific needs of his clients.  Thomas explained that because his company has access to the most diverse fleet in the New York City area, his air charter agents can provide one-way and round-trip pricing on the most appropriate aircraft for individual charter flights. Through this vendor relationship, Stratos Jets hopes to offer business executives and travelers air charter service on 14 of the safest and most highly-maintained aircraft for Manhattan, White Plains and Teterboro areas.


To learn more about how to become a Stratos Jets approved vendor, contact a Stratos Jets representative at 1.888.478.7286.


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Joel A. Thomas







Posted by Elayne on June 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM in Transportation | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 16, 2010

Colorado Whitewater Festival

FIBArk, the nation's oldest whitewater festival (62 years) and Salida, Colorado's signature event. Since 1949, every June during the Spring snow runoff, Salida has hosted FIBArk, "First in Boating on the Arkansas." Located in Salida's historic downtown, Riverside Park is the center of FIBArk activity and entertainment. Food, arts and crafts, and industry vendors are available, as well as a beer tent, a carnival, and a state-of-the art amphitheater for this year's extraordinary musical line-up. Follow the festival on twitter @FIBArk To find more information about festivals in Colorado and the rest of the USA, check out our partner site www.discoverourfestival.com

Posted by Jo Wilson on June 16, 2010 at 12:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Highway 1 with Kids

10 fabulous pit stops between Los Angeles and San Francisco

Natural Bridges

Monterey: Even adults enjoy the gigantic Dennis the Menace Playground, 546 Dutra St. Imagine a wonderland of sunny climbing structures and slides, bridges, towers and an old train car, all with views of Monterey Bay. If this playground doesn't get the child in you all giddy, wander over to East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington St., (831) 373-5601, for nicely brewed organic lattes (or a microbrew, if you aren't driving), paninis and pumpkin bread.

Read the entire story here: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-topten-20100613,0,2191188.story

Posted by Jo Wilson on June 16, 2010 at 12:07 PM in Attractions, Recreation, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 09, 2010

Zulu Artists Create Dazzling Pieces from Telephone Wire

Zulu basket
If you haven't seen African telephone wire art before, check out the July-August issue of Veranda magazine. This beautiful art form is on display in the Santa Fe home of architect James Rimelspach and art consultant David Arment. These multihued baskets and containers are created by South African Zulu craftsmen and women out of colorful plastic-coated copper wire. Marisa Fick-Jordaan and Arment have even coauthored a book about the craft entitled, Wired. Proceeds from the book's sales support charitable efforts, including HIV/AIDS relief in Africa. You can see more these unique and affordable creations at http://www.indigoarts.com.

Posted by Jo Wilson on June 9, 2010 at 09:03 PM in Art | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 02, 2010

Get a customized i-phone case. Upload your child's photo or artwork - www.getuncommon.com and www.gelaskins.com Also, my husband and I both have i-pads now and they look the same with the standard case that you get from Apple. Unplggd has found and reviews several sources for cool custom i-pad covers. Find them here http://www.unplggd.com/unplggd/roundup/10-great-ipad-cases-108784

Posted by Jo Wilson on June 2, 2010 at 08:12 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack