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Re: fairmont certificates
Bump - Selling 1 Fairmont night with suite upgrade, expires end of July (2017), $250 OBO.

July 02, 2017, 02:32:00 AM
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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread Not the same as a "friend," but I used my wife's free night in Lake Louise without any problems.
May 14, 2018, 05:42:45 PM
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Re: Alaska Master Thread We spent an amazing 2 weeks there when our youngest was about 9 months and were able to do just about everything we wanted.
July 12, 2018, 12:16:57 AM
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Re: Kosher Food Options Near Shenandoah NP I was recently in Shenandoah. Skyline Drive is beautiful, but there is no nearby minyan or kosher food available. If you want a world-class but strenuous hike, look into Old Rag, which features amazing views and an unbelievable rock scramble to the summit. Shorter and easier options include Hawksbill, Stony Man, Dark Hollow Falls, and Bearfence.
August 01, 2018, 01:31:18 AM
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Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
So which DDF members ended up going on the cruise?

Don't know if I'm active enough to count as a DDF member, but I was part of the group on the cruise.

December 23, 2018, 05:59:23 PM
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Re: Cruise Lines and Experiences Definitely get the prescription Scopalomine patches. They likely won't be cheap depending on your insurance, but they can make or break your whole trip. I made it to and from Antarctica unscathed with the help of my patch.

Also, try one before you go for 2-3 days to see if it causes you any side effects. I got dilated eyes from them, and many others in our group had dry mouth, and some dry eyes.

For the Drake Passage, I combined with OTC Dramamine and wristbands I got from Amazon. It may have been overkill, but I survived the Drake much better than most, and would rather be safe than sorry.

As far as the cruise, when I once looked into other kosher cruises (not Dan's :), I was told that some of them can have significant kashrus issues. Check to see who's providing the actual hashgacha on your cruise, and make sure you're comfortable with it.

February 07, 2019, 04:45:56 PM
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Re: A Getaway to Paradise - as2's Private Island Escape Those last few drone pics are amazing! What model did you use for them?
February 28, 2019, 03:17:04 PM
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Re: Fin Del Mundo - the unofficial DDF Exclusive TR Amazing TR! Just one minor correction: While all the rooms were kept unlocked by default, there was an option to request a physical (not electronic) room key that one could use to lock the door whenever outside the room. We did not utilize this option, but I know of at least 2 members of our group who did. No idea if Stephen Harper had a key, though based on interactions with him, I'd be quite surprised if he did.
March 26, 2019, 12:22:39 PM
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Re: Colorado Master Thread I love the Whites and have gone there at least once a year for the past decade, including some intense hikes (Mt. Washington, Franconia Ridge). That said, RMNP is in a completely different league - the size of the mountains, the snow-capped peaks even in the summer, the grandeur of the scenery. That said, you still have to decide if it's worth the shlep to get there vs. the ease of driving to NH, but you should at least know that if you make the effort, you will be getting a major upgrade on the views.
May 28, 2019, 11:07:06 PM
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Re: Lake Tahoe We were there 3 summers ago, as part of 2.5 weeks in NoCal. We planned our visit around July 4 fireworks, which are ranked among the top 10 in the US and were absolutely amazing! We didn't spend so much time hiking there with little kids, but hiked down to an old vacation house that someone built on the shore, which was really nice, and enjoyed the drive around the lake. Emerald Bay is particularly stunning.
July 23, 2019, 10:08:50 PM
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Re: Fantastic trip idea - Virginia Virginia Beach has a wonderful ropes course and a massive go-kart place, and the boat tours of the naval yard in Norfolk are absolutely incredible (way cooler than it sounds).
July 24, 2019, 11:51:23 PM
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Re: Lake George, NY Master Thread At that age they would probably enjoy the steamboat ride on the lake. There's also Thursday night fireworks, but probably too late for them to stay up to see.
July 28, 2019, 12:57:12 PM
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Re: Kansas City Master Thread Only the Meshugah location on Metcalf is pas yisrael if that matters to you. There's been a lot of turnover and lot of politics with local kashrus. I believe the guy who used to run the kosher counter at Hen House who made it reliable both in terms of kashrus and good food is no longer there, not sure the current situation since I was last there in June. We usually bring most of our own food for short stays.

If you want minyan, the only weekday option is BIAV, so you'd want one of the chain hotels near the Overland Park Convention Center. If you want to be near the pretty part of town, look into the Plaza or Crown Center areas.

November 07, 2019, 12:21:12 PM
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Re: Kansas City Master Thread
Which is the Metcalf location?

7096 W. 105th Street Overland Park, KS 66212
Sorry, the address is officially not on Metcalf, but as you'll see on Google Maps, it's just off Metcalf, which is one of the main streets in town, and how the locals refer to it.

November 08, 2019, 10:07:13 AM
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Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report Wow, time flies! Lots of great memories, but what happened to the next day? Looks like One Ocean took over this TR. :)
December 12, 2019, 03:37:17 PM
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Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report Today's daf discusses not setting sail within 3 days of Shabbos, which was one of the primary reasons that Dan and Something Fishy rushed and put together our trip a year ago instead of this winter, which ended up benefiting us in ways we could never have imagined!
March 24, 2020, 10:05:59 PM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related Does anyone know Romi Cohn's full Hebrew name? I was extremely moved by his book (The Youngest Partisan), and since he didn't leave any children, I would like to dedicate something l'zecher nishmaso. I know for davening his name was Avrohom ben Malka, but does anyone know his father's full Hebrew name? I haven't seen it written anywhere.
March 26, 2020, 12:08:52 PM
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Re: Tehillim for people with corona virus
Wow, welcome back!!!! BH!!!!

Please tell us whatever you can share.

It would be nice to post a happy update on DDMS, maybe with a link to the FB video. We need all the good news we can get these days, and encouragement in our ongoing prayers:
https://www.dansdeals.com/more/coronavirus/prayers-michael-goldsmith-effected-covid-19/

April 19, 2020, 11:11:28 PM
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Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related This one hit home...
April 22, 2020, 10:21:43 PM
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Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report They say that the higher up you are on the ship, the more you feel the tossing of the waves. Although my room was on the same floor as @Something Fishy, being almost a full foot shorter than him made it much easier to survive the intense swaying. :)

In all seriousness, what in the world were you thinking to try to have breakfast just as we were making our way into the 24-hour roller coaster ride? My wife and I were among the apparently 15 who successfully completed a fast that made Yom Kippur and Tisha b'Av look easy, and the lack of food in our systems made it much easier to cope with the Drake. I don't know how anybody could have claimed they barely noticed anything, though.

April 30, 2020, 11:42:32 PM
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Re: Will there be Sleep Away Camp this summer?
I hear, but R senter got permission for his yeshiva to open in Pennsylvania, might not be so far fetched

If you watch his video, he says that for the first 14 days - minimum, every person will have their own room, and he is taking over an 11-building, 35-acre campus. How realistic will it be to provide every camper with his own room for 2 weeks?

May 07, 2020, 05:36:56 PM
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Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report Any chance of finishing the TR? I'm in suspense - did we ever make it back, or did we get diverted to the Falklands again to refuel?
May 14, 2020, 09:42:05 AM
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Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related I'd be in favor of our wonderful NYC mayor bungee-jumping from the Freedom Tower to celebrate all of his accomplishments, preferably using all-natural ropes made by his union supporters...
May 14, 2020, 01:06:25 PM
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Re: Will there be Sleep Away Camp this summer?
Camp operators are definitely under the impression that they will be able to open

They may technically be allowed to open. The question is if it will be financially worthwhile for them to do so given the draconian limitations they are likely to be subject to, which will also ruin the camp experience for many campers.

May 14, 2020, 06:04:02 PM
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Re: How much weight did you gain because of the lockdown? If this lockdown continues much longer, the buttons and buttonholes on my shirts will have to start practicing social distancing.
May 14, 2020, 06:59:13 PM
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Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
May 14, 2020, 08:52:52 PM
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite? I've B"H been to 35 out of the 62 NP's. Hands down, Glacier NP in Montana is my favorite - I've gone back another 2 times since the initial visit and would gladly head there again. But you have to be willing to hike to experience and appreciate all of its beauty, not just drive the Going-to-the-sun-road with all the rest of the tourists. Happy to type up the full list of 35 or give more ratings or recommendations if it will be helpful.
May 15, 2020, 04:46:18 PM
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite? Okay then, I've been to:

Acadia
Arches - loved it!
Badlands
Big Bend
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Bryce - stunning!
Canyonlands
Capitol Reef
Carlsbad Caverns - amazing!
Crater Lake - gorgeous!
Denali - enjoyed the all-day bus tour so much we did it again the next day
Gateway Arch
Glacier - my favorite!!
Grand Canyon - to the bottom and back up!
Grand Teton
Great Sand Dunes - really cool and not as well-known as it should be
Great Smoky Mountains
Guadalupe Mountains
Kenai Fjords
Kings Canyon
Mammoth Cave
Mesa Verde - lots of fun for kids
Mount Rainier
North Cascades - another one that deserves more love than it gets
Olympic
Redwood - I really loved it here, had an amazing time tracking down Hyperion, the tallest living thing on Earth, whose location is kept secret, a shame it's so remote
Rocky Mountain
Sequoia
Shenandoah - Old Rag is a great hike - but not in the rain!
White Sands
Wind Cave
Wrangell-St. Elias
Yellowstone
Yosemite
Zion

Ask away.

May 15, 2020, 06:26:41 PM
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Thank you for the list in your next post (figures I'd spare people the long quote that would be if I'd quote that one).

My question if focused on your statement "you have to be willing to hike to experience and appreciate all of its beauty, not just drive..."

The problem is, that's not possible for families who travel with very little children and/or babies.

Hence my question to you and to everyone else here who's been to many NPs like you. Can you please list your top ten or twenty NPs (or even state parks for that matter, if they're nice enough), in order of your favorites, but specifically keeping in mind someone who can't go on any long or strenuous hikes, or any hikes impractical or unsafe for small children.

With that in mind, would Glacier still be your favorite? Or would that alter your order of preference entirely?

To give some perspective, I for one have been to the following NPs (most of them with kids):

[snip]

I'd like to go back to most of them, though Glacier is also high on my list. But at this point in life it's gonna have to be with little kids in tow.

Perhaps I should clarify. Even if you just drive through Glacier on GTTS road (the main artery through the park), you'll still be blown away by the beauty. But unfortunately, IG/FB has killed the park by overrunning it with tourists. There have been months when it got more visitors than Yellowstone - insane! Yellowstone is huge and spread out and can handle the traffic, but Glacier has one road cutting through most of the park, and the visitor increase has made navigation and parking really frustrating unless you wake up ungodly early or ... unless you hike to get away from the crowds.

Additionally, unlike in other parks where you can see most of the main event from your car (see list below), in Glacier there's so much beauty waiting to be discovered around every turn on every trail, primarily stunning lakes at the base of a mountain that you have to hike through a valley to reach.

But if you just drive through Glacier and stop at the main pullouts, you'll definitely be blown away by the beauty no question, as long as you can be patient regarding the traffic and parking situations.

But if you've been to the Canadian Rockies, you'll likely find it very similar. And most (non-hikers) I speak to prefer Banff/Jasper because it's all so much more accessible. Peyto Lake is 5 minutes from your car, while Glacier's equivalent takes 2-3 hours to get to. If you're willing to put in the 2-3 hours, you'll escape the crowds and have a magical hike every step of the way until your destination, but with kids, that's not always feasible, hence why most prefer Canada. Me, as beautiful as Lake Louise was, and even hiking 13 miles to both tea houses, I was still repulsed by the crowds on the Canadian side and would take Glacier in a heartbeat.

Getting back to your question, other parks that would be great to visit with kids that aren't up to any real hiking would be, where you can still feel like you "got" most of the experience, would be:

Bryce
Carlsbad
Crater Lake
Denali
Great Sand Dunes
Mammoth Cave
Mesa Verde
Mount Ranier
Rocky Mountain
Sequoia

Hope that helps!

May 17, 2020, 10:01:01 AM
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Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report The thread that SF linked has links to the following articles on pg. 1:
https://www.jta.org/1997/12/04/archive/u-s-rabbi-leading-kosher-tour-of-the-pristine-land-of-antarctica-2
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/travel/1997/01/26/full-steam-ahead/2a6254ad-82fd-4337-b7d7-8ef05dcd3a53/

May 18, 2020, 09:30:49 PM
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Re: So How Was Your Shul This Week? Okay, getting this thread back on track (or trying to anyway), I live in Flatbush and have been davening alone at home (not outdoor minyan) since Shabbos Vayakhel-Pekudei. While I was excited by the prospect of finally getting back to tefillah b'tzibbur, I was quite hesitant about implementation of rules and compliance.

Thursday night I ventured out for my first minyan in months to a shul with a Rav that I trusted would do things properly. The minyan was by sign-up only, and there were only 13 people there (in a huge room) and it went pretty smoothly. Friday morning I went back to that same shul, and there were 17 people in the minyan, of whom 2 showed up without masks, 3 who came in masks removed them, and there was a meshulach circulating - insane!

Shabbos I went to my usual shul (which wasn't open until then), which has 3 levels - simcha hall in basement, main shul, and ezras nashim. They had 2 zmanim for Friday night and 2 for Shabbos morning, with 2 minyanim at each time, one in the social hall (10 people), and another upstairs with 10 on the main floor and 10 in the ezras nashim. Seats were assigned and marked off in blue tape. B"H I davened all tefillos there (in the ezras nashim), and compliance was quite excellent, clearly helped by the Rav's presence.

This morning I went to shacharis elsewhere and ended up davening alone in the ezras nashim due to people not wearing masks. Mincha I tried yet another option that had 27 people reasonably spread out, but with 7 (25%) wearing their masks over their chins or mouths, but not noses. Compared to other communities this may sound okay, but to me, it's not. It's a disgrace to be so cavalier with people's lives, and with shul rules for entry.

Looks like I'll be sticking to my Shabbos minyan for the foreseeable future. Sad that we've waited so long to come back home, and people can't have enough respect for their fellow Jew to follow the rules and let others feel safe in shul.

May 24, 2020, 07:02:51 PM
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite? It really depends how much you like to hike. I could easily spend 3-4 days there just doing different day hikes. If you want other activities, look into white-water rafting, horseback riding, and boat rentals/rides on lakes in the park (assuming they're open this season). As for top hikes, Hidden Lake is a no-brainer as the best short, family-friendly hike, and once you're there at Logan Pass where it leaves from, definitely walk out at least 20-30 minutes on the Highline Trail. This is assuming you can find parking, as in normal years, parking at Logan Pass can be a nightmare unless you get there really early or late in the day.

The Many Glacier area is an absolute must just to see the view from the hotel, and I'd highly recommend the drive to Two Medicine to see the view there as well (the boat ride on the lake is really relaxing). And if you have passports, a leisurely drive up to the Canadian side of the park (Waterton) is really pretty as well.

Another popular short hike (4 miles RT) is Avalanche Lake, though if you have to choose, Hidden is better (shorter, prettier, and almost guaranteed close-up goat sightings). If you're up for one or two longer hikes (8-10 miles RT), the top 5 would be Grinnell Lake (can be knocked down to 7.5 miles RT if you take the boat ride to cut off the beginning of it), Iceberg Lake, Cracker Lake (not as pretty throughout the hike but a jawdropping destination at the end), the full Highline Trail, and Siyeh Pass (my personal favorite, but you can't go wrong with any). And if you really want to push yourselves, I once hiked the 18ish mile Pitamakan-Dawson loop on my birthday as my present to myself, and it was the best hike I've ever done.

As you can tell, I really love this place! You didn't ask about lodging, but that will be one of your most important decisions. Please don't make the mistake of staying outside the park in the big chain hotels on the west side (Whitefish, Columbia Falls, West Glacier). You'll be 60-150 minutes each way (!) from all the best scenery in Glacier and will spend far too much of your valuable time waiting in traffic. Best is if you can find in-park lodging on the east side, ideally Many Glacier, Swiftcurrent, or Rising Sun (and have reasonable expectations of in-park lodging, you're paying for the location). Any more questions, just ask, and hope you love it as much as I do!

May 25, 2020, 01:30:53 PM
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite? Can lodging be cancelled, even for a fee? Being on the east side for me would make or break the trip, but if you're doing a low-key family-friendly visit, I know people make it work (hence all the hotels on the west side), but it will mean a LOT more car time. If you can't cancel in full, could you get even one night on the east side somehow to reduce the driving?

As for rafting, I love the park so much that I've never done rafting, which is outside of the park (conveniently for you, on the west side). Here are a few companies to look at. I would assume they're all basically the same, running the same water, so double-check online reviews, and then choose whichever has the best times and rates for your schedule:

https://glacierraftco.com/rafting/
https://glacierguides.com/rafting/whitewater/
https://www.riverwild.com/

As for in-park boat excursions and rentals, the info is here, but it looks like they've canceled this season due to Covid: http://glacierparkboats.com/

For short hikes, definitely Hidden Lake (3 miles RT on a boardwalk with not so much elevation gain) and walk out a bit on Highline. Avalance Lake is 4 miles RT and would be #2 if you can't do anything longer. There's also a short hike to Baring Falls and St. Mary Falls that kids may enjoy, but it's a pale substitute for the true beauty of the park.

I'd also look into the Swiftcurrent Pass trail from Many Glacier/Swiftcurrent, NOT to hike up to the pass which is a brutal climb, but the beginning part of it is flat and beautiful and great for kids. Or the beginning of the Grinnell Glacier trail, which again they won't be able to complete, but the beginning is totally flat, walking around stunning lakes, and really beautiful and peaceful.

One other important thing to know about Glacier is that trails there can unpredictably be closed due to bear activity at any time. Also, if you're going early in the summer (i.e. July, which may not seem early to you, but can be early for many feet of snow to melt out), some of the trails may not yet be open for the season if they're still full of dangerous snow and ice. So for every day, have a plan B (and C if possible), and whatever you end up doing, it's all great!

May 25, 2020, 07:05:11 PM
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Thanks for all the info. I think I can do 1 day Hidden Trail and 1 day rafting. Any recommendations for a 3rd day? Either the west or east side?
On a side note ever been to Sandpoint ID? Worth the drive there?

It would be a crime to go all that way and not at least see Many Glacier, arguably the best scenery in the entire park, so on day 3 I'd head there. Just the approach drive is magnificent, then the view from the hotel across the lake is out-of-this-world. Depending on time and weather, you can take a relaxing stroll around the lake. There are also often ranger programs going on, such as a spotting scope setting up in the parking lot at (adjacent) Swiftcurrent Hotel where rangers find bears on nearby mountains that you can look at through their powerful scopes. And if you have extra time, I'd drive to Two Medicine to see the view from there, then take highway 2 back to the west side of the park (avoiding the congested drive through the park).

I've never been to Sandpoint. I can't get enough of Glacier and would never voluntarily take away time from it, especially on a first (and likely only) visit. One of the reasons that Idaho is one 7 states I still haven't visited. :)

May 25, 2020, 10:38:04 PM
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite? Yes, you can do both in one day, but it may be a fairly long day. It really depends on your travel style and what time you can get out the door. From Whitefish you're looking at about 2:30 to MG (you can beat Google Maps times in MT, though not if you drive through the park). You could get away with about an hour at MG, seeing the hotel itself and the view across the lake, maybe walking around the lake. Obviously if you give it its own day, there's tons more to do there, but 1-1.5 hours should suffice.

Then you drive from MG to Logan Pass, which is probably 1.5 hours in normal conditions (though I've done it in under 1 hour). Parking at LP is a nightmare, so you need to either get there really early before it fills up, or else later in the day (after 3 is likely safe, definitely after 4 is) when it starts to empty out. So by starting with the long drive to MG and spending time there, you can break up the drive back at LP. I'd suggest 2 hours minimum for Hidden Lake with little ones, and ideally another hour to get a taste of the amazing Highline Trail, so 2-3 hours total at LP, then a 1-1.5 hour drive back to your hotel (later in the day, traffic across the park is usually much better). This will still be a long day, and will cost you Two Medicine though, but it's totally doable.

Another option on the west side is the North Fork of the park, the only part of the park that I have not visited. The roads to get there aren't the best, so it gets much less traffic than other parts of the park and may be worth looking into. No experience with anything in Idaho, though Craters of the Moon has been on my list as a place I'd like to make it to one day.

May 26, 2020, 05:25:25 PM
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Re: Corona virus and your shul I probably shouldn't wade in here, but I ask this as someone still strictly SD and wearing a mask in Flatbush. I understand where everyone says the group that's abandoned these practices is coming from - mistrust of doctors and politicians and a sense that they have herd immunity and others are getting away with it, etc., etc. - all the arguments. I get it.

But we're at least dealing with the possibility of a safek pikuach nefesh (not to mention chillul Hashem, which is a biggie as well). As a religion, we tend to be pretty machmir in such cases, paskening that that's enough to push aside everything we do except for 3 things (which don't apply here). They say that a gadol hador once publicly made kiddush on Yom Kippur during a mageifah to make sure everyone would eat and drink and stay alive.

We're not asking anyone to do that, just to wear a $.50 mask when they come to shul. So even if they don't trust the doctors and politicians, how many of the people who've "paskened" that the mask is unnecessary asked their Rav - who I hope they still trust - whether they are allowed to discard it? If their Rav told them it's okay, I might have issues with the Rav, but at least they can feel that they asked a shailah.

But if not, who among us self-proclaimed chachamim has big enough shoulders to pasken that a shailah of safek pikuach nefesh and safek chillul Hashem l'kula? If they would go to the Rav with a kashrus mess in the kitchen or with a questionable bedikah, why isn't the question of a mask worth asking to your Rav?

June 09, 2020, 10:13:18 AM
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Re: Arizona Master Thread
Thanks for the input and encouragement!!  :) :) :)
We can stay somewhere up north overnight but I really hate relocating for a night with kids. Itís easier for us to just drive an hour or two longer.
Do you have any ideas of what to do around Phoenix area?

It's not a question of an hour or two longer. Google Maps says Mesa to Page is 4.5 hours - each way! - and to South Rim is 3:30 - each way! Why would you want to have 9 hours of driving, followed by 7 hours of driving? I wouldn't even be able to enjoy them after driving 4 kids so much! Not to mention that Horseshoe Bend typically fills up early in the day now that IG has ruined it (though maybe this summer will be better?).

We only went to PHX for Shabbos, as the natural beauty farther north is so much better - Page, GC, and Sedona. Please do yourself a favor and cut down the driving by overnighting father north, and if you don't want to do it for just one night, even better - overnight at GC for 2 nights since it's midway between Page and Sedona. Early starts can also help you beat the heat - says the guy who woke up at 5 am to hike up from the bottom of the GC - in April! I would not want to be hiking AZ after a 4-hour drive in midday 110 degree temps.

June 09, 2020, 11:46:31 AM
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas I've heard that the Doubletree in Lancaster, PA has its pool open, and it's supposed to be very nice, not to mention bookable with Hilton points or else $129 a night cash rate. Call first to verify if interested.
June 09, 2020, 06:18:51 PM
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Re: Will there be Sleep Away Camp this summer? Maybe this summer's protest camps can have color war between Team Black and Team White? As long as the right team wins!
June 19, 2020, 05:53:21 PM
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Re: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks Important PSA regarding Glacier NP: The Blackfeet Indian tribe just voted to deny access to most of the roads that surround Glacier NP, due to their concerns about park visitors bringing Covid into their territory. As a practical matter although the national park is open, the entire east side of the park will be effectively closed for this year.

There will be no way to access Many Glacier, Two Medicine, or even the St. Mary's east entrance to Going-to-the-Sun Road. Lodging will be unavailable on that side of the park. That means the only access to the "heart" of the park will be by entering GTTSR from the west side, driving in as far as you want to go, then doubling back to exit the way you came in.

With park shuttle service already closed for this season due to Covid, I cannot overestimate how much pain this will inflict on an attempt to have an even remotely normal visit to Glacier NP this summer. Parking will be impossible to come by unless you are willing to be in line to enter the park by 6 am. Traffic delays in both directions will be beyond painful, and for all this, you won't even be able to see the best part of the park in Many Glacier.

This was a decision that caught everyone by surprise, as the expectation was that the Blackfeet would reduce or completely end the restrictions on July 1. I am still waiting to see how the NPS will respond to this new development, but as things look now, I would strongly advise not visiting Glacier NP this summer (and I am personally planning to cancel my reservations there if nothing changes in the next couple of weeks).

More details here:
https://flatheadbeacon.com/2020/06/25/blackfeet-tribe-closes-eastern-border-glacier-park/
https://montanafreepress.org/2020/06/26/as-covid-spikes-blackfeet-leaders-close-eastern-entrances-to-glacier-for-summer/

June 28, 2020, 10:15:23 PM
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Re: New Hampshire Master Thread The usual summer minyan in Lincoln is not happening until August (best case scenario). Currently, the only option is in Bethlehem.

Details here: http://www.lincolnnhminyan.com/

June 29, 2020, 05:28:27 PM
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Re: NY-NJ Private Pool Rentals Kosher version of swimply:
https://shvimply.com/

June 30, 2020, 02:57:16 PM
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Re: Amazon response to Covid-19 Wow, my membership renews next week, so I just chatted with them and politely said that I understand the past few months have been really hard for them, but almost every one of my orders (and I make a lot) has been cancelled or delayed, and not one has arrived in 2 days, and I don't feel that I got my money's worth this past year.

I asked for a partial refund or else a credit toward next year's bill, and she came back with a 50% refund for last year! Hope this DP helps some others.

July 10, 2020, 05:59:15 PM
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Re: COVID Testing Due To Travel
TR incoming?


Incoming as in on its way and will arrive within the next 5 years? Most definitely!

July 13, 2020, 12:41:41 AM
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite? What kind of summary are you looking for? Olympic is very diverse and spread out. There's the beaches on the coast, the Hoh Rain Forest, and Hurricane Ridge. Lots of driving, and needs 2 full days minimum with driving to see it all, but very unique and fun. We went to 2 beaches (Shi Shi and maybe 2nd?), the Hoh Rain Forest, stopped at a beautiful lake, and loved the Hurricane Ridge hike.

Mt. Rainier is beautiful, but not as much "to do" other than various hikes and vantage points of the (beautiful) mountain. North Cascades is amazing and doesn't get the credit it deserves, especially for being so close to Seattle. We spent the better of a day driving the main roads through the park, getting out at viewpoints, and doing a lovely 1-2 mile hike to a lake surrounded by mountains. Hope that helps.

July 21, 2020, 03:20:44 PM
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Re: MLB (and sports in general)
I've been saying for months that there should not be sports this year.

If I had to root for the Cavs, Browns, and Indians, I'd say the same - every year! :)

July 27, 2020, 12:50:28 PM
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Re: Lakewood covid cases To DDF's credit, a friend of mine in Monsey told me that he was in a local urgent care center last month and was shocked that not one person there for testing was wearing a mask properly ... except for @Something Fishy (who was presumably there to get his weekly negative PCR for AK).
September 12, 2020, 11:01:56 PM
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Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related After hearing about the aravot's symptoms (no taam & no re'ach), the lulav and hadasim were both placed in quarantine. People now understood the wisdom of the etrog, who had been self isolating in a separate box the whole time.
September 14, 2020, 12:22:34 PM
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Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
September 17, 2020, 11:24:24 PM
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Re: Corona virus and your shul
Exposed means nothing. Covid positive patients are typically only contagious for a 6 hour period.

Source?

September 21, 2020, 11:29:29 PM
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