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June 24, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-06-24

Filed under: Site News — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm
  • @msjen After years of dealing with spotty hotel Internet, I have learned to wait until I get home to upload my videos and photos. in reply to msjen #

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Retro Hotels: Sands Motel

Filed under: Lodging,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 2:58 pm

The Sands Motel has been a fixture in St. George, Utah for a LONG time. In the Fifties, it was called the Sleepy Hollow Hotel:

Sleepy Hollow, Sands Motel, 1950's by Roadsidepictures from Flickr

When the Vegas craze hit during the Sixties, it became The Sands Motel and outlived its namesake:

Retro Hotels: Sands Motel by firstyearta from Flickr

A few years ago, when we were driving through St. George, we took photos of it in all its glory:

Retro Hotels: Sands Motel by LauraMoncur from Flickr

Retro Hotels: Sands Motel by LauraMoncur from Flickr

You can see all the photos here:


Sands Motel
581 E Saint George Blvd
Saint George, UT 84770 Google Map

Phone: (435) 673-3501

June 23, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-06-23

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June 22, 2009

Two-Heel Drive on the Guadalupe River Trail

Filed under: California,Hiking,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 12:32 pm

Guadalupe River Park sign by busybeingborn from FlickrTwo-Heel Drive has a beautiful review of the Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose. You can read it and see all the lovely photos here:

Speaking of flowers, the best excuse for walking the Guadalupe River Trail is to check out the nearby San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. A couple years back it was a monument to the city’s errant previous mayor, who could introduce appalling City Hall structures to stroke his ego but could not prevent the once-glorious rose garden from declining into an embarrassing state of disrepair. The good news is it’s great now — a riot of pure rosy loveliness, even with blooms fading a bit with summer’s approach.

Where: The Guadalupe River Trail San Jose, California

Length: 11 miles open (discontinuous)

Surface: Gravel – Alviso at Gold Street to Highway 880 (6.3 mi.)
Paved – Highway 880 to Grant St/Highway 280 (2.7 mi.) Paved – Chynoweth Avenue to Lake Almaden Park (2.0 mi.)

June 13, 2009

A Shipwreck of the Future

Filed under: Travel — Laura Moncur @ 2:03 pm

The Library of Congress posted these imaginings of what the future would look like. Here is what they called a shipwreck of the future.

A shipwreck of the future by LauraMoncur from Flickr

It reads:

A shipwreck of the future, when passengers are carried between Europe and America in the air.

Liner Icarus, in mid-ocean, December 26, 1919, 3:10 pm. By wireless to The Tribune: A disastrous explosion (cause yet unascertained) in our motor room at 5:12 this morning made it necessary to descend. Unfortunately, the waves were running high and our rudder was broken. Wind increased rapidly and our stern was battered till we threatened to sink. Our airships have come to our rescue, as have some submarines and freight steamer Lusitania, formerly used for passengers. All hands will be saved beyond a doubt, except those in the motor room, which is now submerged.

This was published in 1909, so they have set this future in 1919, almost twenty years before the tragic Hindenberg disaster. Unfortunately, the Lusitania didn’t last until 1919 because it sank in 1915. The first solo transatlantic flight didn’t even happen until 1923, thanks to Charles Lindbergh.

I find it fascinating to see how the past viewed the future. Now that we can fly across the ocean whenever we want, it’s hard for me to remember that it used to take MONTHS on the Lusitania.

June 9, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-06-09

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  • RT @ariyaporn: Reading: “Travel And Leisure: 6 Tips to Traveling by Car, Truck Or SUV With Children” #

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June 3, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-06-03

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