Make Money With Your Camera The Smart Way

There are countless ways to make money with your camera, but one method stands head and shoulders above the rest. And it uses the same formula the wealthiest folks use to amass their fortunes.

The difference between really wealthy people and the rest is that wealthy folk create assets which continue to pay them an income long after they have finished working to create the asset.

That neatly avoids the limitation of selling your time for cash, which is what the vast majority do when they have a job. There are two fatal flaws with a job.

Fatal Flaw # 1: There are a finite number of hours available for working.

Fatal Flaw # 2: When you stop working your income stops. And that applies just as much to the lawyer or doctor as it does to the guy who collects their trash.

So let's see how Bill Gates – at one time, the world's richest man – does it.

He has spent his working life creating assets, in the form of his Windows software. Not only has it made him extremely wealthy, it has now allowed him to retire from the business to concentrate on giving his billions to various good causes.

And – on a more modest scale – you can make money from your camera by modeling your business on the success of Bill Gates and other wealth creators, by making the right choice about how to market your photographs. So, just as Windows software is created once and sold again and again, you need to take a photograph just once, yet get paid again and again.

Fortunately, there is an almost insatiable demand for photographs on virtually any subject. This comes from people setting up web sites, creating blogs, writing ebooks or making videos. In addition, the off line world also wants photographs for printed material and other uses.

So all you need do is allow photo libraries (also called stock photo sites) to offer your photographs to this hungry crowd for a fee. And they do all the work of showing your photographs to prospective customers and collecting all their payments, from which you get a commission ranging from 20% – 80%.

So – apart from dropping the check into your bank every month – you have nothing more to do other than enjoy your passive income. That leaves you free to shoot more photos to create even more income streams.

And the money made by your camera – even from a single photograph – can be very attractive. Here are a few case studies:

Case Study # 1.
One photograph of a group of people silhouetted against a sunset was bought 1135 times in its very first month of being published, netting its owner $ 885.30.

Case Study # 2.
Even the most mundane subject can be turned into a money spinner. For example, a photograph of just grass, made its owner a cool $ 638.04 in its very first month.

Case Study # 3.
Many photographs provide their owners with attractive and regular monthly incomes, such as a photo of a business meeting, which provides an average income of $ 479.41 a month or a photo of a family group paddling on the seashore, which makes, on average, $ 369.20 per month.

So imagine if you had 15 or 20 photographs bringing you a regular, automatic income every month, whilst you enjoy your new found wealth – and seek out more photo opportunities.

To maximize your camera money, you need to know the types of photographs that are not in demand, so you do not waste precious time taking photos only to have them rejected. Instead, you need to know what photos are in greatest demand and what subjects each photo library specializes in.That way you can be sure of success when you decide to make money from your camera.

Source by Paul Hooper-Kelly

History of Disney World – How Walt Disney World Came About

Although Walt Disney never saw the fruition of Disney World while he was still alive, it was really his concept to make it. That's why relating the history of Disney World would naturally begin with him. His concept lived on even after he died through his brother, Roy Disney.

Walt Disney's Idea

Walt Disney did not just want another Disneyland. He dreamed of something much more than Disneyland and yet similar to it. He still wanted to bring entertainment in his theme parks. But he wanted to have a place where he could constantly add or develop something new to his original park and structures. Not only that, he wanted to test his concepts of urban planning through this project. True enough, what now emerged as the EPCOT or the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow was actually sprung out of his ideas.

From Opening Up to Now

Walt Disney World opened in October 1, 1971, five years later after the death of Walt Disney. It opened up with Disney's Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

In the following year, Disney's Village Resort with the tree house and the vacation villas was added. Then Disney's Golf Resort and Discovery Island were next opened in the next two years. In 1975, the Fairway Villas and the Walt Disney Village Marketplace were built up.

Come June 1976, Disney's River Country Water Park was added. In 1980, the Walt Disney World Conference Center and another village resort, the Club Lake villas, were put up. Then in 1982, EPCOT came about.

In 1988, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Caribbean Beach Resort became available. And then 1989, more parks were added. The MGM Studios, the Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Pleasure Island were opened.

In the years 1990 to 1992, more resorts were made for the guests. These were Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort, Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort, Port Orleans Resort, Old Key West Resort and Disney's Dixie Landings Resort. Disney Vacation Club and Bonnet Creek Golf Club were also added to the growing Walt Disney World.

In 1994, Disney's All-Star Sports Resort and Disney's Wilderness Lodge were made available. Then in 1995, Disney's All-Star Music Resort, Blizzard Beach Water Park and Fairytale Wedding Pavilion were installed.

The following year, the Disney Institute and Disney's Boardwalk Resort became ready. The Coronado Springs Resort followed in 1997. Disney's Wide World of Sports and Downtown Disney West Side came that same year too; while Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney Quest just came in 1998. In 1999, it was Disney's All-Star Movies Resort that was added. In 2001 and 2003, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Pop Century Resort were added respectively. Finally, Disney's Saratoga's Springs Resort and Spa came about in 2004.

This completes the list of facilities made available through the years. The history of Disney World has really come a long way and it still continues each day as it touches the lives of many of its guests.

Source by Charlie Lee

Yachting Dangers – What to Watch For When Bareboating

The bareboat charter company will give you maps, instructions on what to watch for, and information on where you need to stay while you're out bareboating. But really, why would they worry about where you are?

The answer: because there are some surprising dangers if you venture outside the prescribed waters of the British Virgin Islands. Storms, pirates, and reefs all pose hazards that can do more than just ruin your vacation.

Perhaps the most common danger is overestimating your own skills with boating. Even if you have a boating license accepted by the charter company, do you really know what you're doing? Can you handle sails with the crew you have by yourself, or do they need more seasoning? If there is any doubt in your mind, a day or two with a bareboat captain to train everyone might be a wise decision.

Storms are something you may worry about, especially during hurricane season. For the most part, the British Virgin Islands are free of sudden squalls, though you can expect afternoon showers to be common during summer. If you charter your bareboat in advance during hurricane season, make sure you also purchase vacation insurance. It is rare that a hurricane hits this area without warning, but it does happen occasionally. If you're worried about the sky or wind, fire up the radio or head to shore. The charter company should be available to tell you what to do. Never try to ride the storm out yourself; while it's true that boats near shore can be broken up by the wave action, ideally you should not be in the boat at all during a hurricane. If you are, stay in constant contact with the charter company so they can send you help.

Reefs are another hazard, but if you stay within the bounds of the map your charter company gave you, you should not find them to be a problem. If you do find yourself out to sea during a storm, they may become a problem, and you'll want to steer well clear and downwind / downcurrent of them. Otherwise, just follow your maps.

Pirates are part of the history of the British Virgin Islands, and pirates still exist today throughout the world. They're just thieves in boats, after all. If you're in a boat by yourself on the sea, you are in a uniquely vulnerable position. The good news is that the British Virgin Islands are well-monitored by the US Coast Guard and the BVI's coast guard service, and pirates rarely venture into areas that are so heavily traveled. As long as you stay within the area prescribed by your charter company, you should be safe. Venture outside, and you may find some unpleasant surprises.

Most piracy around the Caribbean takes place close to mainland shores: Venezuela, Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil (where at least one wealthy yacht owner was killed), and other poverty-prone areas are most likely to have pirates operating offshore. On the islands, you're more likely to find them near Trinidad. It is, however, a bad idea to pick up strangers without radioing shore first. Pirates sometimes masquerade as castaways or migrant workers. In addition, picking up a stranger may get you in trouble with the British Virgin Islands, as they do have a problem with illegal immigration and therefore have very strict laws. To protect yourself, always check first before picking up strangers, and pull in only at docks that your charter company recommends.

Avoid trouble in general. You're on your vacation; do not let it be ruined by mishaps.

Source by Barry E. Monteiro

Trout Fishing – The Best Places To Fish in the High Sierra For A California Golden Icon

Fishing for High Sierra Golden Trout

One of the primary factors in determining my backpacking destinations is centered on fishing for Golden Trout. The California Golden Trout was designated the official state fish of California in 1947. Hatchery- raised fish extended the range of the golden trout to many waters at high elevation in the Sierra Nevadas and also other states.Their native populations are now strained due to the introduction of invasive species and habitat destruction and their introduction in to the high elevation lakes has strained other native plant and animal species.

The coloration of the California golden trout is spectacularly bright. The belly and cheeks are bright red to bright orange, the lower sides are bright gold, the central lateral band is red orange, and the back is deep olive green.

Early Sierra settlers were as enamored with golden trout as modern anglers are today. Beauty such as this, they reasoned, should not be limited to such a small area.

Early 1900s Kernville resident Ardis Walker wrote;

"Many of the pioneer visitors to golden trout waters reacted with a desire that was almost compulsive; they shared a common missionary urge to spread the golden beauty and life of this native habitat to the barren waters of more elevated and more easterly and northerly lakes and He streams. "

It was common practice for settlers to carry golden trout in buckets of water on the backs of mules for up to a week at a time, stocking thousands of fish along the way. Some kept meticulous records; others none at all.

Studies on the impact on vegetation and the Yellow Legged Frog due to stocking of trout in otherwise fishless high sierra lakes led to the end of this activity and now golden trout are found only in high lakes (10,000+ feet). They are no longer stocked and are only found in lakes where they are self sustaining.

To reverse the damage done to the Yellow Legged Frog and other plant life non native trout species have been removed by gill netting. The best fishing has historically been in lakes at, or near the Kern headwaters and to the south. These include Lake South America, Crabtree Lakes, Wright Lakes, Wallace and Wales Lake among others. Recent trips have found the fishing not as good in some of these lakes but still very strong in others.

I release most of the fish I catch because it is illegal to have camp fires at the high elevations where the fish are found and cooking them on a stove is challenging. If you like the taste of fresh trout it is worth it. On a recent trip I spoke with a veteran backpacker and fisherman who said that she poaches them. That is another option which I have not tried.

Source by Dan Franklin

An Overview of the Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) Timeshare Points System

Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC (HGVC) markets and operates the Club, which is a points-based vacation ownership and exchange system that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide, formerly known as Hilton Hotels Corp. HGVC also provides property management services to Club and Affiliate resorts. At the date of publish, there are 50 HGVC affiliated resorts worldwide!

Hilton Worldwide was purchased in July 2007 by the Blackstone Group LP (stock ticker symbol BX) in a deal valued at $ 26 Billion. Blackstone also owns a number of other well known companies including Universal Studios Parks, Legoland, Madame Tussauds, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, Allied Waste, Pinnacle Foods, and even the Weather Channel!

Early History of the Brand:

In 1919 Conrad Hilton went to Texas to take advantage of the oil boom. When he arrived, he found the local hotels so overbooked that he could not secure a room! One hotel owner told him that he wanted to sell. Within a week, Conrad had put together an investment group and purchased the Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas. Business continued to boom and the next year Conrad purchased two more Texas properties, the Melba Hotel in Fort Worth and a hotel in Dallas named after the famous Waldorf. Thirty years later, Conrad came full circle when he purchased the lease on the actual Waldorf-Astoria!

Conrad's ambition and business savvy created an empire of wealth so vast that even the legendary spending of his second wife Zsa Zsa Gabor and great granddaughter Paris Hilton have not made a dent in the family fortune! Today, this behemoth brand owns, manages, and franchises thousands of hotels and the Hilton name continues to be one of the most recognizable in the world.

The Timeshare Resorts:

HGVC destinations offer both developed and affiliated resorts. Most people do not realize, but only a few timeshare resorts have actually been built and developed by the Hilton brand. The majority of Hilton Grand Vacation Club properties are actually affiliate resorts. These resorts were developed by other companies, and then later entered into an affiliation agreement to participate in the Club. HGVC manages many of the affiliated resorts, but not all of them. Regardless of the original developer, you can be assured that all affiliated resorts conform to the high standards and renowned luxury of the Hilton brand, earning numerous award designations such as RCI's coveted Gold Crown rating!

Affiliation and reciprocal usage agreements are always subject to future change, but at the time of writing this article the HGVC vacation destinations include:

Carlsbad, California: • Grand Pacific Marbrisa • Grand Pacific Palisades • Carlsbad SeaPointe Resort

Palm Desert, California: • Club Intrawest Palm Desert

Breckenridge, Colorado: • Valdoro Mountain Lodge

Orlando, Florida: • HGV Club at SeaWorld International Center • HGV Club on International Drive • Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations

Miami Beach, Florida: • HGV Club at South Beach

Stuart, Florida: • Plantation Beach Club at Indian River Plantation Resort

Captiva Island, Florida: • The Cottages at South Seas Island Resort • Harbourview Villas at South Seas Island Resort • Plantation Bay Villas at South Seas Island Resort • Plantation Beach Club at South Seas Island Resort • Plantation House at South Seas Island Resort • South Seas Club at South Seas Island Resort

Fort Myers, Florida: • SeaWatch on the Beach Resort

Marco Island, Florida: • The Charter Club of Marco Beach • Club Regency of Marco Island • Eagle's Nest Beach Resort • Sunset Cove Resort • The Surf Club of Marco

Sanibel Island, Florida: • Casa Ybel Resort • Hurricane House Resort • Sanibel Cottages Resort • Shell Island Beach Club Resort • Tortuga Beach Club Resort

Sandestin, Florida: • Club Intrawest Sandestin

Island of Oahu, Hawaii: • Grand Waikikian • Hilton Hawaiian Village- Kalia Tower • Hilton Hawaiian Village- Lagoon Tower

Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii: • HGV Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort • King's Land by Hilton Grand Vacations • Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Las Vegas, Nevada: • HGVC at the Flamingo • Hilton Grand Vacations Club Las Vegas • HGVC on the Las Vegas Strip

New York City, New York: • The Hilton Club New York • West 57th Street by Hilton Club

British Columbia, Canada: • Club Intrawest Whistler

Quebec, Canada: • Club Intrawest Tremblant

Cancun, Mexico: • Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun

Acapulco, Mexico: • Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco

Los Cabos, Mexico: • Fiesta Americana Villas Los Cabos

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: • The Explorean Kohunlich

Zihuatanejo, Mexico: • Club Intrawest Zihuatanejo

Vilamoura, Portugal: • Hilton Vilamoura Vacation Club

Coylumbridge, Scotland: • Hilton Coylumbridge

Craigendarroch, Scotland: • Hilton Craigendarroch

Dunkeld, Scotland: • Hilton Dunkeld

Introduction to Ownership, System Rules, and Usage Strategies:

The First Rule of Timeshare is that ownership should never be considered a financial investment in real estate. Timeshare properties do not generally appreciate over time. Often, the only true gauge of a timeshare's value is your usage and enjoyment of the property, and in the photos and memories of your incredible vacations!

You should never make an impulse purchase for any type or vacation ownership program! Also, take time to consider the secondary or resale market. Purchasing a timeshare interest on the secondary market from a current owner who no longer uses their ownership can save you thousands on your purchase price. Some benefits may not transfer via the resale market, so you'll have to compare the positive and negative aspects carefully before buying. Finally, purchasing from an experienced and respected brokerage is the safest way to ensure you have all the information you need to ensure the timeshare you purchase provides you with years of great vacations!

Ok- now on to specific info about the Hilton Grand Vacations Club system …

The Club is in reality just a point based reservation system. Club members receive a point allotment based on the villa type and season they own (or have reserved in some cases) at their home resort. As with any point system, proper planning can greatly enhance your usage and satisfaction. It's important to understand the different ownership types available, the benefits of ownership, the basic rules of the system, as well as some strategies that current owners utilize to maximize their usage and enjoyment.

Ownership Types:

When learning about this system, the distinction between HGVC developed resorts and HGVC affiliated resorts becomes important. The ownership and usage rules may be quite different depending on which home resort you own. For example, some of the affiliated resorts located in the southwest region of Florida were originally sold as fixed week timeshares. For fixed and event week ownerships, the home week is automatically reserved each year unless the owner cancels the reservation. Most HGVC developed and built resorts are all sold as floating week timeshares. The underlying ownership is always based on the home resort. Because of this, usage strategies will vary slightly based on your home resort.

The deed itself may also vary from resort to resort. Some ownership documents show a specific week and unit, even if they are just used for inventory purposes. HGVC at Seaworld is an example of this type of deed. Other ownership deeds do not have an assigned week and unit, but instead show a usage type in a specific villa size. HGVC on International Drive uses this second type of deed format. Finally, when you consider the international affiliates Fiesta Americana resorts in Mexico- these properties are sold as non-deeded right to use leaseholds with a specific expiration date when your usage will end.

Also, it's very important to understand that Elite Status designation can not be obtained via resale purchases and that not all affiliate resorts allow the Club membership rights to transfer on the resale market. For example, the Carlsbad affiliates do not allow the HGVC point usage to transfer to a buyer but the Fiesta Americana contracts do allow the point usage to transfer. Another distinction is that some affiliates require a $ 399. reconversion fee be paid to Hilton after the transfer deed is recorded, in order for the new owner to be enrolled into the Club and have the ability to convert their week into Club points. If you are not sure what type of ownership exists at a specific resort, consulting with an experienced real estate broker or associate is something that you need to do before you buy! Contact us with any questions you may have.


This is another area which can often be confusing to newbies! Generally, there are four main season names that are used by HGVC: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. The particular weeks that fall within these seasons will vary depending on the resort. Some locations will have all four seasons, while others may only be divided into two or three seasons. The real confusion begins with a few of the affiliates. Some affiliate resorts were originally sold with different season designations than those used by Hilton. Also, a few of these resorts may have a float season that encompasses weeks which fall into different HGVC season designations. It's possible that an owner may have the ability to reserve a week in part of the platinum and also the gold season. For these ownerships, the amount of Club points the owner receives may actually vary from year to year depending on the actual week that is reserved. The good news is that this example is the exception rather than the rule.

Club Point values The for the weeks, seasons, and sizes for each unit The Club resort can be found in the published Member's Guide Http:// . Most resale buyers tend to focus on the Hilton built properties, to avoid confusion and ensure they receive a consistent number of Club points each year.

Exchange Options:

There are different ways to exchange your ownership week for another resort. The easiest way is often simply using the Club points to reserve at another Club affiliate. To go outside the Club, a third party exchange system must be used such as RCI, Interval International, or a smaller system such as SFX Resorts. Your home resort will determine which exchange systems you have access to as an owner.


Maintenance fees are determined each year based on the overall operating budget of the home resort. Fees can vary widely from one resort to another, and these assessments will vary from year to year. Maintenance fees will increase over the years. You should always consider maintenance fees before making a decision to purchase, and should compare fees between several resorts as part of your research. In some cases, the annual fee can actually be more important over time that the negotiated purchase price!

Generally, the unit type and size determines the base maintenance fee amount, not the point allotment. A one bedroom villa in the platinum season will be assessed the same base maintenance fee as a one bedroom in the silver season. Only the property tax is likely to vary because of the season, so the tax assessment does create a slight difference between the one bedroom platinum and the one bedroom silver. It's often a good buyer strategy to purchase a 1 bedroom platinum season ownership rather than a 2 bedroom lower season week, even if the 1br villa has a higher purchase price! Your brokerage can help you compare different scenarios to determine which property best meets your needs and your budget.

There can also be some differences in when fees are paid from resort to resort. A good example of this is can be seen in ownerships at the Bay Club at Waikoloa. For a Bay Club owner to borrow points from a future usage year, they will have to prepay an estimated amount for the next year's maintenance fees (any difference from the estimate is paid or credited at the time the fees are actually billed). International owners at Craigendarroch can not prepay, so are unable to borrow from a future allotment. An owner at HGVC at SeaWorld can borrow next year's points without paying the equivalent annual dues as long as their account is current at the time of reservation.

Club dues must also be paid each year. For most resort, members living in the US and Canada are currently charged $ 99. while members living outside the US or Canada are currently charged $ 139. (West 57th owners are charged $ 197. And $ 232. Respectively). Members who own a US resort and also an international resort may be required to pay Club dues for each account as the two systems may not be able to be combined into a single billing account. This is very rare and seems to be a system glitch rather than intentional.

Finally, point systems also have incidental fees that may be charged for various services and transactions such as making club reservations, point rescue, changeable option reservations, guest certificates, and RCI exchange system deposits. It also is a good idea to ask about resort specific fees such as parking fees and tourist taxes prior to confirming a reservation. If you are not aware prior to arrival, parking fees at destinations like New York and South Beach can be quite a surprise!


Hilton Grand Vacations Club has five reservation types.

Home Week Reservations are a full seven night stay in the exact unit type and season owned at your home resort. Reservation can be from nine months up to one year out of your check in day. The required check in day varies from resort to resort. Because owners get a longer reservation window at their home resort, it's often a good idea to buy at the resort you believe you will use most often, in the unit and season that best meets your future plans. Home week reservations have the greatest opportunity at finding availability, other than fixed and event week ownerships.

Home Resort Reservations are currently only available to owners of the West 57th by Hilton Club resort in New York City. There is no minimum stay requirement for these reservations, but the reservation must be made at the West 57th resort. These reservations may be made from 45 days up to nine months in advance of the check out date.

Club Reservations can be made up to nine months prior to the requested check out date at most resorts. Club reservations must be for three days or greater in duration. Reservations can be made at most resorts during this period (West 57th in New York for example, only allows Club Reservations to be made up to 44 days prior to the check out date) and all points owners have an equal opportunity to get reservations. You can reserve any type of villa, and in any season- only being restricted by the number of points that you own!

Open Season Reservations can be made at most resorts (West 57th is excluded) up to 30 days prior to your date of check out and require only a two day minimum stay. These reservations are paid for with cash, but at rates that are heavily discounted! Currently, the 1br open season reservation rate is $ 80 / night for Sun-Thurs and $ 100 / night for Fri-Sat reservations.

Hilton Honors Reservations are reservations made via the Hilton Honors system. All HGVC members are given Silver VIP privileges in the Hilton Honors program. Owners can choose to deposit their ownership week into the Honors program in return for Honors points which can be used for a variety of services and hotel accommodations into affiliated Hilton brands. These deposits must be made more no later than December 31st of the year prior to receiving the points. (In other words, the points for the 2010 use year would have to be deposited prior to Dec. 31, 2009). Trading your timeshare ownership week for hotel stays is not generally a strategy that is recommended, but a few owners find this perk to be beneficial.

Point Charts:

Please review the Member's Guide for the latest point charts and season calendars.

Source by Richard Marquette

Fourth of July at Joe Pool Lake, Texas

For a number of years the city of Grand Prairie, TX has been putting on a wonderful Fourth of July fireworks show at Joe Pool Lake. The tradition is enjoyed by a lot of people, judging by the crowds it attracts year after year. There are a number of things you can plan to do in order to make your experience seeing the fireworks a memorable and relaxing experience.

Arrive Early

Lynn Creek Park is the designated park for watching the fireworks show. The pyrotechnics are shot off of the shoreline of the park. Your best bet for finding a nice spot is to arrive early. Bring a picnic with you, and some chairs and / or a blanket. Once you arrive, you may be able to claim a picnic table but if not stake out a place to put your chairs. Since it is a special event, Grand Prairie charges a bit more for entry to get into the park that day. It is $ 15 per vehicle. This can include 6 people. If there are more, each additional person costs $ 2 more.

Camping at other Parks

There is no camping in Lynn Creek Park but there are in Cedar Hill State Park and Loyd Park. You could camp out and watch the fireworks from these other places. The crowds will not be as big and you will not need to go anywhere when they are over. You will not get quite the great view you will get from Lynn Creek Park. But if you do not want to sit in traffic once the fireworks are over, this might be a nice option for you. Just be sure to make your camping reservations well in advance of the fourth.

Plus there is more …

Cedar Hill State Park generally hosts an independence celebration within the park. The events they have may include music, readings, and history talks. Their Fourth of July celebration aims to be a family friendly event so it is great place to bring the kids.

All three of the Joe Pool Lake parks have a lot of great amenities and things to do. You can hike, bike, swim, fish and enjoy water sports (boating, jet skiing and kayaking). There are also many natural or semi-natural areas which play host to a great variety of plants and animals. The lake parks are visited by many birdwatchers since there is very little of some of the special shoreline habitats you can find here.

One do not that you need to be aware of. Alcohol is not allowed in the state park and Lynn Creek Park does not allow glass containers. Be careful, be considerate and be sure you have a designated driver if you do plan on having a few drinks as part of your Fourth of July celebration. Enjoy Joe Pool Lake!

Source by Loni Moody

Enjoy A Day Trip From Kolkata To Dhuturdaha And Some Kolkata Hotels

Kolkata is regarded as the cultural capital of India. It is located in the Indian state of West Bengal and is marked by exotic cultural and heritage values ​​along with a touch of modernity. Kolkata tourist attractions offer a complete combination of religious, cultural, educational and entertainment junctions which make for a complete holiday recreational package.

The Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial and the Writers Building are a reflection of Kolkata's British influence and rule, while the Belur Math temple, the Dakhineswari Kali temple, Iskcon Temple and the Birla mandir are among its famous religious sites. For children, the city has many amusement parks and water world destinations to chill out and enjoy with the family. The city is very famous for its special mouth watering Bengali cuisine as well.

To enjoy a day trip from Kolkata, a visit to Dhuturdaha makes for an excellent choice. It is located at a distance of 51 kms from Kolkata and can be reached by a private taxi or local bus conveyance as well. Dhuturdaha is a serene village with endless stretches of fishing lakes, vegetable gardens, ponds, palm trees, mango groves, local temples and different shades of village life. It is a nice destination to de-stress yourself after a whole week of slogging in your workplace. At Dhuturdaha, you can just relax watching the vast endless skies over the green horizon set against a beautiful backdrop, providing a perfect get together with your family and friends beside the pond. One can indulge in some fishing and dip your tired legs in the pond. Dhuturdaha is clad with some of the best resorts which are well equipped with all modern amenities like AC rooms, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, dining halls, conference rooms, gazebos within water and all other amenities which are requires for a comfortable living. In a nutshell, Dhuturdaha is a perfect blend of ethnic charm with modern facilities.

Kolkata Hotels
There are many good Kolkata hotels which provide good accommodation facilities, warm hospitality and excellent personalized services as well, all at an affordable price. The Peerless Inn, a 4-star hotel, is one such property which provides a heart throbbing view of a couple of Kolkata's heritage landmarks – the Victoria Memorial and the Shahid Minar. It is located at a distance of 6 km from the railway station and 15 km from the airport. The hotel excels in providing a perfect Bengali hospitality with great warmth and charm. It even excels in serving typical Bengali cuisine at its best. Recommended by over 83% of its guests, this hotel is one of the premium hotels in Kolkata which offers all modern amenities for a luxurious and memorable holiday experience with you and your family.

Source by Sushanta Ku Pradhan

Is It Dangerous to Take a Cruise Vacation Through the Bermuda Triangle?

Wow. What kind of title is that – mixing danger and intrigue with cruise vacations? Well I guess that someone needs to answer the question so …

Where Should I Begin?

Well let's start with some information regarding the location of the Bermuda Triangle. As one might guess it has something to due with the island of Bermuda. Actually there are various theories on the location of the Bermuda Triangle.

For our purposes we will take the generally accepted location of the area between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Miami. Draw a line on a map from Bermuda to Puerto Rico to Miami and back to Bermuda and you have what many people accept as the Bermuda Triangle.

You have no doubt heard about all the mysterious disappearances in the area of ​​the "Devil's Triangle" as it is sometimes called. Ships and planes vanishing with no trace. Navigational instruments going crazy … It's a wonder that anyone ever passes through the area at all!

Yet every year countless ships sail the waters in the Triangle. Planes fly over on their trans-Atlantic flights from the south-eastern US to Europe, Asia and Africa.

What About Cruises?

So what about cruises? Do any cruises actually travel through the Triangle?

Believe it or not, virtually every cruise ship that travel from the east coast of the United States into the Caribbean sails in or through the Bermuda Triangle. (Some cruises out of Miami might miss most of the area if they are travelling to the western Caribbean. But they originate at or near one apex of the triangle.)

Have there been any reported disasters on board cruise ships travelling these waters? Have there been any disturbances? Have there been any concerns?

I have not been able to come across one reported incident on board cruise ships sailing the waters between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico that could not be accounted for. Some weather related incidents have happened but those were related to storms in the area.

Storm Dangers in the Bermuda Triangle

As I mentioned above there have been incidents related to the weather. Any cruise in any waters of the Caribbean are subject to foul weather especially during hurricane season when the reported incident happened.

So no matter where you sail, when you sail might cause more danger than the actual location itself. Cruise ships today have the capability to identify dangerous waters and the Captains have the authority to avoid stormy weather. There are back-up plans for cruises in the events of these seasonal storms.

So How Dangerous Is It?

How dangerous is it to sail through the Bermuda Triangle? Let me ask you these questions:

How many people have you heard of in the news that are killed in car accidents? Walking down the street? Riding their bicycles?

Now how many non-natural deaths have you heard of on cruise ships sailing the waters of the Bermuda Triangle?

Any death on a cruise ship is almost international news. The traffic deaths that you hear about are only the local ones.

It is more dangerous for you to walk down a busy street than it is to cruise through the Bermuda Triangle.

Source by Brian Schmidt

Why Would You Want To Own A Yacht? The Advantages

In modern times, yachting is considered both a relaxing and interesting hobby, one could use it in weekend sailing getaways or for competitive racing. A yacht applies to two rather different classes of sea vessels, whether it is sailing yachts and power yachts. Usually, yachts were distinguished from working ships mainly by purpose, since yachts were swift and are the comfortable means of sea transport of the wealthy and powerful.

However, it was not until the dominance of steamboats and other types of motor boats that sailing vessels came to be viewed as luxury items. Modern use of the yachting term applies to nearly all sailing boats other than sailing dinghies, and is utilized for either yacht racing or pleasure cruising.

Owning a yacht can be a very exciting and pleasurable one. The excitement of being in a vessel, whether it be a sailing dinghy or a cruising yacht and going into a sea excursion or just island-hopping with friends and family can be a truly priceless experience. These days, yacht racing and dinghy racing are familiar participant sports around the world, principally where favorable wind conditions and access to logically sized bodies of water are available and within reach.

Competitive yacht racing would also be a perfect way to enhance ones' sailing skills, as well as soaking in the fun and competition. Most yachting today is conducted in salt water, but smaller craft can be, and are also raced on lakes and even large rivers.

Cruising in a yacht also evokes a sense of adventure and thrill, and it could be a trip to the other side of the bay or across the oceans to the islands of the South Pacific. Safe cruising across long distances entails a large degree of self-sufficiency and a wide range of skills beyond handling the boat. The skill of long-haul sailing involves the knowledge of navigation, meteorology, mechanical and electrical systems, radio, first aid, sea survival, nutrition, and these are essential and can be life saving when cruising to distant shores.

In recent times, small- to medium-sized private yachts have advanced from being fairly simple vessels with rudimentary accommodation into sophisticated and luxurious boats that have the modern comforts of home. This is chiefly due to reduced hull-building costs brought about by the introduction of fiberglass hulls, increased automation and production-line techniques for yacht building, especially in Europe and in the United States.

In recent years, the extent of electric equipment used on yachts has been further enhanced. As early as 20 years ago, it was not common for a 25-foot (7 m) yacht to have electric lighting, and now all but the smallest, most basic yachts have electric lighting, radio, and navigation aids such as GPS, or Global Positioning Systems.

Yachts with lengths of around 33 feet or 10 meters have added luxuries such as hot water, pressurized water systems, refrigerators, etc. Navigational aids such as radar, echo-sounding and autopilot are frequently added. The addition of modern sailing equipment and technology has not only made yachting a pleasurable or competitive hobby, but has also enhanced the safety of both sailors and their crews.

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Source by Vanessa A. Doctor

Scuba Diving From Sailboats

SCUBA diving from sailboats is generally something that will require some special consideration. Most divers want to get from the dock to the dive site as quickly as possible. If speed or time is not a concern, then there are at least 5 other considerations.

Because sailboats are designed to take high seas their decks are higher than most other boats designed for the ocean. Diving from any vessel is best viewed as how easy is it to enter and exit from the water while wearing the required gear. Entering the water by jumping spread eagle or a back roll off any boat higher than 6 feet off the water would be considered dangerous. So, your entry needs to be from someplace closer than the side or transom of a standard sailboat. If you have to climb a ladder more than about six rungs, you'll have a greater risk of injury if you slip. Not to mention that following a long dive, many people are winded and tired, so this puts you at even more risk for an accident.

Scuba divers who do dive from sailboats typically will make their dive from the sailboat's dinghy. If this is an inflatable or small rigid boat with a ladder, it does make for entry and exit to be a lot safer and easier. The advantages of the dinghy are that you can anchor the sailboat in a sheltered area and use the faster, smaller more portable dinghy to ride to the dive spot. Once at the dive site, you still must anchor the dinghy and following the dive, return to the dinghy. The disadvantages are that the dinghy will most likely be unattended during your dive and you have to transfer the gear from the sailboat to the dinghy, which could be more risky in moderate seas.

Space on sailboats is always a premium. Except for larger catamarans designed for group day sailings, most sailboats have every nook and cranny taken up something important (sailing equipment). So, diving from a sailboat usually means keeping all your gear neatly confined to your equipment bag and stowed during the sail or motor to the dive site. Additionally, the dive tanks are always a hassle on a sailboat, even when there are racks to store the tanks in the sailboat's cockpit. Because of the tight quarters already, tanks make for a more difficult situation.

It's usually a small group setting when you're on a sailboat. Diving from a sailboat will naturally mean less number of divers. This is usually a good thing because crowds on dive boats are rarely seen as a positive. The one consideration for diving in small groups is the safety equipment on board and the qualifications of the staff in the event of an emergency. These are not usually the first questions you'll ask the boat charter people, but do not forget about safety equipment and procedures when booking a trip.

Is the scuba diving the first priority or do you want to do some sailing and take in a dive? If your priority is to do some sailing, maybe a full day with an hour or two out for a dive, then diving from a sailboat might be the perfect setting for you and your small group. If you have snorkelers in your group, you'll probably find this environment more accommodating to the snorkelers over the divers.

There's nothing finer than anchoring the sailboat in an isolated cove or beach area with some diving followed by a nice island meal served to the relaxing motion of the seas. Advantages or disadvantages, good or bad, suit your desires and experience diving at its best.

Source by Dean Hempel