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Washington State Master Thread I found a Seattle thread, but none for the rest of the state.  Any not-to-be-missed spots anyone can recommend?  Other tips?  Or a guidebook on par with the Revealed books for Hawaii? 
February 09, 2017, 09:43:47 PM
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Re: Maui Master Thread
Check the wiki for hotel recommendations. Also Haleakala doesn't require a hike, just fyi.
Depending on which parking area you're directed toward, it may.   [Remember to reserve your date(s).]

March 10, 2017, 07:03:26 AM
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May 09, 2017, 08:25:22 PM
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Re: Maui Master Thread
did anyone booked activities for Maui and Kauai through Groupon?
Whats is the best/cheap and nice activities u guys offer in Maui and Kauai ? I found snorkeling and zipline on groupon.
I'm going to be in Kauai (grand hyatt)Sun-Tue and Maui (Tue-Saturday night) Wailea Marriott. What are must to do things in these places? I'll appreciate all tips and tricks and best fun/romantic activities.   

 
Skip the helicopter tour on Maui, do it on Kauai instead, doors off if possible.

Regarding snorkeling, best place is Molokini.  Four Winds and Pride of Maui both offer Snuba, which I recommend if you're not SCUBA certified.  Four Winds stays at Molokini, while PoM spends some time there and some at Turtle Town, which is, as its name implies, a good spot to snorkel with turtles.

SUP or surfing lessons.

Regarding sunrise on Haleakala, make sure to make reservations if you plan on going.

Definitely do the RTH, it's nice, albeit overrated.

May 24, 2017, 02:45:31 PM
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So do a beginner's scuba.
Snuba just seems gimmicky to me. How much cheaper is it?
I've done Snuba three times, I think (including Molokini).  Definitely was a good alternative for me, as I wasn't ready for even an intro dive.  SCUBA also required more commitment than I was willing to make, at least in my mind.

Will probably end up staying in the Marriot. Hmm, now not sure if I should do the Molokini trip....
Sounds like Dan had bad weather for his Molokini trip, but I don't think that is the norm.  From what I've heard, most people find Molokini breathtaking.  My kids found the water too cold (it was winter, don't know how it compares to summer), but the adults were blown away.  I wouldn't call it a tourist trap; to quote Maui Revealed, "Best to go in with a blank slate, and you'll probably leave full of wonder."

I still vote that Molokini should not be missed, but if you decide to forego a snorkel boat, for South Maui, Maui Revealed rates, "The entire point separating Po'olenalena Beach from Palauea Beach" as great, and for West Maui, "When it's calm, the right side of Slaughterhouse Beach is excellent ... Black Rock at Ka'anapali Beach can be superb."  These are the spots he seems to like the best.

CMIIW, but I think that the only place on Maui that Snuba can be done is at Molokini.

May 24, 2017, 05:49:01 PM
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Joker?
Yes

May 29, 2017, 01:31:09 PM
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Re: Iceland Master Thread Neither Skogafoss nor Seljalandsfoss are worth a trip out thataway, IMO, but I'd go anyway because of the drive.  Google maps says Skogafoss is just 26 minutes further, and you can see Eyjafjallajokull along the way.  There's a small visitors center on E15.  Just driving along the ring road gives you a feel for Iceland, that I enjoyed very much.  Looming glaciers, meltwater rivers, Icelandic ponies, a sod house or two.  I would definitely do this over Thingvellir, especially if you're not going snorkeling there.

I enjoyed the Geysir area, and wouldn't blow it off if you've got time.  You can get quite close and see the plumbing of Strokkur.  Not like in the US, where they keep you a "safe distance" away.  Gulfoss IS skippable.  Haven't been to Hveragerthi or Kerith.

The one thing I regret not doing, is checking out Viking World, or even the national museum (in Reykjavik?).  Iceland=Vikings to me, and most other stuff you can do/see elsewhere.


September 18, 2017, 06:37:05 AM
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Re: Maui Master Thread
How about the full face ones?

https://www.amazon.com/Ocean-View-Snorkel-Set-Adjustable/dp/B01LAWF6ZK/ref=sr_1_7?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1512765684&sr=1-7&keywords=snorkel+set
I have one of those, because I have a very hard time breathing just through my mouth.  I had borrowed the larger size before I bought my own and it leaked quite a bit, so I bought the smaller one, and it still leaks a little.  Even so, it was nice to be able to do some snorkeling.  There are, apparently, safety concerns due to recirculated air.

December 09, 2017, 06:04:27 PM
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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101 DEFINITELY / DEFIANTLY

Definitely: in a definite way: in a way free of all ambiguity, uncertainty, or obscurity.  Example: I will definitely be there.

Defiantly: in a defiant manner: in a way that is full of or shows a disposition to challenge, resist, or fight.  Example: She spoke out defiantly against the proposed law.

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January 18, 2018, 10:32:02 PM
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
2 is difficult anywhere   ;D ;D ;D ;D

We have done quite a few hikes with him, we did a 9-mile hike when he was 9 months, but he was mostly in a stroller. Last year we did northern California, we had him in a baby carrier, I think the longest hike we did was 3 miles though. This year he will be heavier and I am not sure if our baby bajorn which is a front carrier is the best. He can walk, but not more than a mile at a time...

No having been to Alaska, I just don't know about all the activities for him, will he be able to handle those rocky 8-hour cruise boats? A flight? Matanuska Glacier?

I would love to hear from someone who did Alaska with a baby... And from someone who has done hiking with a two-year-old what carrier they used. I tried on one of those back carriers where they sit, but it was really uncomfortable... Could be the brand
1) Check out alaska.org for ideas on general things to do.

2) There are two main coupon books.  You can see what's included on their websites.  toursaver.com (half price now) and alaska-discounts.com

3) Call the places you want to do things with and find out their policies regarding 2 year olds.

4) Take a good stroller, with large wheels

5) Backpack carriers are good for 2 year olds.  We used a Kelty.  Just make sure it is adjusted well.  It shouldn't hang at all.

6) Shorter cruises are available, but if you want to do a longer one, do it early in your trip, when kiddo is going to be jetlagged and more likely to sleep through the boring parts.

July 13, 2018, 12:53:54 PM
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