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Re: Alaska Master Thread
Did anyone fly to Katmai/brooks fall? I am looking to go in the end of August and am seeing mixed reviews about whether there are bears at the falls at that time of year. Iím looking for first hand experience of someone who was there at that time.
Eh.  One person's experience won't give much info, which is why you're seeing mixed reviews.  Call and speak to a ranger, someone who has seen what it's like that time of year, over many years.  Or try the Katmai webpage, which likely has the info.


May 24, 2019, 10:59:30 AM
Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park

June 13, 2019, 04:46:12 PM
Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
When quoting something ( not a sentence ), does the first letter need to be capitalized?
Quotes should be copied exactly, capitalization included.  Any changes should be indicated with square brackets.  E.g., "[N]ew capitalization for use at the beginning of a sentence..."

June 20, 2019, 04:09:46 AM
Re: 4 Day Trip Bryce/Zion/Grand Canyon Itinerary Question
You also have to book way in advance to get even the Lower Antelope Canyon, upper is likely all booked for the summer
This is almost certainly not true.  You may not be able to book online, but there are many, many "companies" that do the same tour, some more tech savvy than others.

August 01, 2019, 02:31:23 PM
Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread

plan is to arrive into maui on sun mid afternoon. so we can either leave to BI on thurs or sunday. I figured since more to do on maui with kids, better to stay till sunday early afternoon then take 1-way flight to BI, and from there fly back home. this gives us 48 hrs on BI to explore.
It sounded like you were going to be on Maui for two days. This makes more sense.  Why not spend that extra day on Oahu, exploring Pearl Harbor?  The BI is my favorite island, but doesn't make sense as part of your itinerary.

August 18, 2019, 11:22:40 PM
Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
2- would love to check out the easter part of the country. Anything going on in Limon? Any itinerary for that part of the Country?
The following, from the State Department website, led me to choose other parts of the country.

"Central neighborhood in Limon

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents."

August 25, 2019, 10:33:51 AM
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Planning on doing Marriott 5th night free as my thinking is to stay on island #1 from Sun-Sun. Just need to decide which should Island should that be. Am currently leaning towards Kauai, as accommodations seem to be cheaper than Maui + can stay right near Chabad for Shabbos meal/davening (Courtyard at Coconut Beach).

But the few dollars I might save + Shabbos meal/minyan is not enough reason to make definitive choice unless it's really a case of "Six Of One, A Half Dozen Of The Other".
At this point it sounds like you want someone to make the decision for you.  Neither option is significantly better than the other, but might depend on where you plan to stay on Maui.

September 25, 2019, 03:12:47 PM
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
If flying interisland on Hawaiian Airlines out of OGG/LIH, how much before the flight should I be at airport if have precheck/global entry? Wondering if can make the 9pm flight after Shabbos if over around 730pm.

On the assumption it's not doable, is a 4:30pm interisland arrival into LIH on erev shabbos too close for a 6:30pm sunset (candle lighting 6pm ish)? would stay at Marriot coconut beach (6.7 miles from airport) and take Uber/taxi.
Once did something similar to your first option and I absolutely would not want to do it again.  Don't think we had PreCheck back then, but the hold up was at check-in.  We were flying J(?) so were able to use the Priority lane, and made it to the gate just as they started boarding.  Your other option is even worse.

Not to say these aren't doable, but a Hawaiian vacation is usually to decrease stress, not increase it.

October 11, 2019, 06:00:36 AM
Re: Alaska - 8 days - August 2019 Amazing!  Trying to plan a return trip incorporating two modes of transportation you mention: the RR and the ferry.
November 20, 2019, 10:02:32 AM
Re: Forum Games: Missing Link
Word 1 Pool
Word(s) 2 Not Profound

December 11, 2019, 11:10:59 AM
Re: From East Coast to the West Coast in a week and a half. Not what I was expecting from your title, but looks like an amazing trip!
January 15, 2020, 02:47:05 AM
Re: Forum Games: Missing Link Garner
January 21, 2020, 08:01:40 PM
Re: Forum Games: Missing Link From the wiki:

The Poster of the correct Missing Link gets to post the new word2 in the following format:
word1= "old word2"
word2= "OP's new word"

January 24, 2020, 01:14:57 PM
Re: Prepping for COVID-19 In preparation, NYS should go back to plastic bags.  A bagger bags your groceries in your brand-spanking-new 50c bags, except that they had just picked up the virus.  Instead of tossing the bags, you keep them to reuse, spreading the virus.

Plastic is used in hospitals and other medical settings precisely because it is disposable, and helps prevent the spread of disease.  Now is not the time to force us away from it.

March 04, 2020, 06:35:25 PM
Re: How much is COVID-19 affecting your life now? How to make a cream cheese and lox sandwich, e.g.
Old way:
Wash hands
Make sandwich
Wash hands
Wash hamotzi

New way:
1. Wash hands 20 seconds
2. Get out bag of bagels, cream cheese, lox. Open all packaging.
3. Wash hands 20 seconds
4. Take a bagel out of the bag
5. Holding container of cream cheese in left hand, use knife in right hand to get some cream cheese.
6. Smear cream cheese on bagel...what? Are you holding the bagel in place with your left hand that just touched the container of cream cheese?!
7. Throw out bagel.
8. Sanitize container of cream cheese.
9. Wash hands 20 seconds
10. Get a new bagel.
11. Smear cream cheese
12. Put on lox
13. Wash hands
14. Wash hamotzi
15. Eat

March 05, 2020, 11:35:26 AM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
This was done way before Covid-19 came around.
Yes. It was irrelevant then, and unhelpful now.

March 09, 2020, 03:56:29 PM
Re: saw50st8 Louisiana and Missisippi TR @saw50st8  Your TRs are some of my favorites, as they're most like trips I'd take.  Any chance you can continue?
May 04, 2020, 08:42:08 AM
Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
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?


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.
Out of the 30 National Parks I've been to, 25 have been with kids 5 and under.  We just don't do long hikes, and that's fine...

Many moons ago, when I was in my early 20s (pre-kids), we did a ranger-guided hike to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park.  That's a 7-hour roundtrip hike, mostly uphill on the way there, mostly downhill on the way back.  The most memorable part was the knee pain on the way back.  Each step downhill sent shooting pain to my knees.  When we got back to the car, I wanted to sit for a year.  In retrospect, we were in terrible shape and should not have done the hike.  Having young kids actually keeps us from doing hikes we are not prepared for.   :-[  My new approach to hiking is that the payoff has to be something truly unique.  7 hours to hike up close to lava, I'll get through it somehow.  7 hours for a view?  Not a chance.

To answer your question, here are some NPs with nice hikes even kids can do/other activities for kids:

Indiana Dunes NPsand dunes
White Sands NPsand dunes
Great Sand Dunes NPsand dunes
Carlsbad Caverns NPcave
Mammoth Cave NPcave
Wind Cave NPcave
Hawai'i Volcanoes NPlava tube/cave
Sequoia NPhike to the General Sherman tree
Olympic NPHall of Mosses, beaches
Grand Canyon NPwalk up to great views
Yellowstone NPlots of short walks on boardwalks
Bryce NPshort walk among hoodoos

Almost all national parks have ranger-led activities that are appropriate for kids.

I have a friend that runs the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim every year as a birthday present to himself, so he likes long hikes.  When his son was a year old, they did a cross-country road trip hitting up about 20 national parks.  He carried his son in his arms everywhere, so obviously no long hikes, but they still managed to see and enjoy quite a bit.

May 17, 2020, 11:16:39 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread In the five boroughs of NYC:

1 out of every 333 people in the Bronx has died of COVID-19
1 out of every 378 people in Queens has died of COVID-19
1 out of every 400 people in Brooklyn has died of COVID-19
1 out of every 510 people in Staten Island has died of COVID-19
1 out of every 590 people in Manhattan has died of COVID-19

(Based on estimated population for 2019, so actual numbers may be slightly lower.)

May 19, 2020, 09:54:24 AM
Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
is it wishful thinking to try to get a good rate for a one-way rental during august? Does anyone have experience?
How far is the one-way? Do you plan to do a route that many people do in both directions?  You may get a good rate on the rental itself, but one-way fees could be quite expensive.  Also, are you prepared to disinfect all surfaces?

May 20, 2020, 04:45:14 AM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
Why not lower it to 20 mph as that would reduce almost all fatal collisions?
DeBlasio has done better, reducing the speed limit by a middle school near me to 15 mph.  I'm not sure how these kids are going to survive to adulthood if they're taught that cars will stop for them.

May 21, 2020, 07:38:50 PM
Re: Violent protests erupt across the country
And the Democrats want to take away guns I counted thousands of black reasons to have one.

The second amendment should include because planet of the apes is real.
Wow. Racist much?

June 01, 2020, 05:16:36 AM
Re: COVID-19 Travel between Boston and Los Angeles You've mentioned before that you were a physician, and you're one of the regulars that I've noticed was missing.  Glad to hear that was due to a cross-country move, not anything worse, although sorry it's been as challenging as it has.
June 01, 2020, 05:57:35 AM
Re: North to the future. A promise fulfilled! Conquering the Last Frontier Every time I read an Alaska TR it makes me want to go back.
June 01, 2020, 06:29:19 AM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related "Have you heard the joke about the cure for covid?  It's a riot."
June 10, 2020, 07:31:23 AM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites! Quarantine hack:  push a popsicle stick through the foil top of an OJ SunCup, freeze.  "Instant" ices.
June 15, 2020, 09:32:57 PM
Re: Tischler Made It It's sad to me that we are contributing to this country's descent into anarchy.
June 16, 2020, 09:24:50 PM
Re: Out Of Control Fireworks Reminds me of my pre-Giuliani childhood.
July 04, 2020, 11:42:02 PM
Re: Is the need to feel safe white privilege? Not all of us grew up feeling safe, and to be told that because of our skin color we should be forced to feel unsafe again, is really triggering.  People of Color hardly have a monopoly on feeling unsafe.
July 13, 2020, 10:08:51 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Didn't CA do that yesterday?
Could very well be. I'm looking at worldometer numbers.

July 24, 2020, 10:45:23 AM
Re: List of all speed and red light cameras in brooklyn
אך דעו נא רבותי כי רבים הם ואי אפשר לפורטן.

This will end up backfiring on the city. People will actually slow down knowing that the cameras are all over, and they will eventually lose this goose that lays golden eggs.
That's when they start lowering speed limits to 15mph, and ticket at 25mph. We have this on one (school) block near me already. It's on a main road and has been that way for months.  Coming soon to a street near you.

July 27, 2020, 10:35:40 AM
Re: Food/Recipe Thread Moroccan, as mentioned above, is an excellent choice.  Or Indian.  Both very flavorful.
July 30, 2020, 10:22:48 PM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
What are you supposed to do when you are trying to lower your post count because you are being careful about your post-to-like ratio?
Have your PR team assess each potential comment for its likeability before posting.

September 02, 2020, 11:48:20 PM
Re: Site Suggestions I've checked out @12HRS 's profile page too many times. Fat fingers trying to get to JS.  Can the username be moved to a more finger-friendly place?
September 03, 2020, 07:46:48 AM
Re: The current state of COVID-19 in Israel
Netflix and chill
Are you familiar with what this means?

September 13, 2020, 05:14:14 PM
Re: Married couples with two cars, how do you roll?
If I'm driving 0-2 kids=2018 TM3
If I'm driving 3+ kids=2014 Ody
Yup, no contest there.
I can't imagine any car is so amazing that I'd be willing to rearrange the car seat configuration based on who is going in the car.

September 15, 2020, 10:56:45 AM
Re: Is Covid Spiking in Boro Park?
Masks are disruptive to davening from my experience. If it is impacting someoneís ability to daven with kavana, that is not childish. If you want to dismiss or deny that is your prerogative.
On the flip side, the thought of non-mask wearers spreading disease is disruptive to other people's davening.  It not being your experience is irrelevant.

September 30, 2020, 08:03:06 AM
Re: Birds Of The World Female (lower left) and male (upper right) Cherrie's tanagers, Costa Rica
They both flitted into the frame for a fraction of a second.

October 12, 2020, 11:45:58 AM
Re: How much milk do you have in your fridge?
My milk buying guide:

Red = Milk
Blue = Diluted milk
Green = Diluted water
We go by this:

Red: good for rich treats like coffee, homemade ice cream, and chocolate pudding
Blue: no purpose, mix red+green if you must
Green: best for drinking; thinnest consistency, so gets quite cold

It was tough convincing anyone here to use the endless blue milk even in cereal.  I have a young son that does NOT like water. "Milk or water" is 100% of the time answered with "milk," which usually means green around here.  Then again, over the summer he drank blue, and if we have red but are low on green, he'll get straight red.  I don't understand what purpose the "hating" on green serves.

Any good recipes?
Custard is complicated and not possible spur of the moment.  For simple vanilla ice cream: whisk a cup of whole milk with 2/3 cup sugar (adjust to your taste), with a pinch of salt if you'd like.  Add 2 cups heavy cream and 2-3 teaspoons vanilla.  Whisk, chill for an hour in fridge, then pour into ice cream maker for 15-20 minutes.  Best flavor addition: add a few (3?) tablespoons of seriously strong coffee (not instant, unless you actually like that flavor), use 3/4 cup sugar instead of 2/3.  Try making a milkshake out of that. Best coffee drink ever.

October 23, 2020, 07:15:26 AM
Re: How much milk do you have in your fridge?
Does hate ever serves a purpose? When you open the fridge and all the milk is gone, but there's a green bottle of fake milk, it gets you annoyed. Happens 100 more times and you start to develop a venomous anger towards all things green.
If you have heavy cream, add some to the green milk?

October 24, 2020, 11:00:12 PM
Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
suggestions for a shabbos chanukah weekend getaway, where i can rent a house (or 2) for 20 ppl?

limitations (1) within a 6-8 hour drive from chicago (2) near a minyan.

preference (3) near take-out food places for shabbos (4) driving East towards NY
Not Cleveland?

November 01, 2020, 10:35:12 PM
Re: Random questions.
What's worse, prune filling or poppy filling?
Poppy. By a long shot.

November 10, 2020, 10:56:37 PM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites! Save the plastic lids that come with Pringles and the like to reuse for:
  • covering cans of food that are not finished
  • a "plate" on which to put away half an onion/tomato
  • a cover for cups in the Sukkah

November 18, 2020, 06:35:35 AM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites! For a house phone, if you want your number at the top so your kids can find it easily, put a space before your name.  So, for example, the first three listings on our phone are:

" Hatzolah"
" Mommy"
" Totty"

I also have Hatzolah listed last, so if someone presses up instead of down in an emergency, Hatzolah will still come up first.  I do this by having an open parenthesis first:  "(Hatzolah"

December 04, 2020, 02:19:27 PM
Re: What Do You Do For Kosher Food While Traveling?
Was not sure where to ask this so I will try here. Can the 48 Polar Bear cooler be carried on for a domestic (WN) flight? Is dry ice allowed in a carry on?

The problem with taking frozen food (I do it all the time, but with ice packs) is that it almost always gets pulled to be hand-checked.  I was told it's because it's dense.

December 26, 2020, 06:59:46 PM
Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
I actually really like Oahu; there's tons to do. Get/borrow the Oahu Revealed book/app to see what interests you.  I've spent probably a couple weeks on Oahu, and could easily find another week's worth of stuff  to do, but I'm weird like that.

Lappert's is milchig, doesn't have real food, and Oahu Kosher is pretty much all fleishig.  Oahu Kosher needs to be delivered.  Also: traffic is a real thing on Oahu.  Airport to Waikiki when you are arriving is no joke, unless COVID-19 changes that.

January 05, 2021, 06:20:28 PM
Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
i dont doubt there's lots to do, but since traveling from TBI we're really only looking for must do activities as opposed to spending a few days touring. it's why i assumed pearl harbor, as most other items i read about in TR seem similar to whats available on TBI.

how long do u think i need at pearl harbor/uss arizona?

planned on getting food for trip home and delivered by uber to airport.

when originally looked into PCC and Dole it didn't seem worthwhile, but with your recommendation i will revisit.
I've spent lots of time on the BI, and think that covers most things to do in Hawaii, but Oahu is different.  It's like Hawaii on steroids.  Hence, check out Oahu Revealed.  I've been to Pearl Harbor twice.  How long you spend depends on what you want to see/do.  Once we did the basics and were out in 2-3 hours, the other time we did almost everything.  If you do choose to do everything, you can spend an entire day there (7 hours). 

A lot of the shows at the PCC are extremely untzniusdik, but there is some interesting cultural stuff.

January 05, 2021, 11:51:27 PM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Before you go online, create a bot that automatically searches your web screen for "woman" and replaces it with "man". Then you will be able to read stuff again.
Or replace "man" with "woman" and you will just have to stay offline.

January 05, 2021, 11:54:34 PM
Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
For those that watch Kara and Nate, they were reported and fined for filming commercially in national parks. :( I was looking forward to their national park travels.
Win for them: "A federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional the National Park Service's practice of charging commercial filmmakers who want to shoot in the National Park System, ruling it is a protected activity under the First Amendment."


January 28, 2021, 07:21:13 PM
Re: The only one worth buying
Is there any packaged Chummos that doesn't taste too commercial?
Like for guac, homemade is the way to go.
I really like the Hope brand.  They have many flavors and premix them, which I like; it annoys me how Sabra does it.  I especially like Hope's Thai coconut curry chummus, but I am far from a chummus connoisseur.

February 08, 2021, 09:16:28 PM