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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« on: May 29, 2019, 11:32:54 AM »
Finally:
"The State of Hawaii Division of State Parks (DSP) anticipates the reopening of Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park to coincide with the opening of Kūhiō Highway currently scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2019. "

More info: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/kauai/haena-state-park/

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: May 26, 2019, 10:36:55 AM »
Anyone used this company: Pacific helicopter?

$230 for a 90 minute 3 island doors off tour via Groupon
(After Groupon select free trial)

Is this a good price?
Never used the company, but looks like a nice trip for a good price.  Maui is not usually the island recommended for helicopter flights, but adding Lanai and Molokai is a nice draw.

Does it say anywhere what type of helicopter is used? Are you guaranteed a window seat? Is there an option to add landings?  How much time will be spent at each island vs over water?  Just some things to think about.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:59:30 AM »
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. Im 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.

nps.gov/katm

ETA: https://www.nps.gov/katm/planyourvisit/bear-watching.htm

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Can anyone recommend a good hotel in Kona?
How do you define "good" and how much do you want to spend?

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Missed this. Thanks!!
Kids are 4&2
Oahu probably has the most for kids and adults to enjoy together, but it's not too relaxing, and the driving situation (which you can't really avoid, especially with kids) is awful.

I haven't found Kauai to be very kid-friendly.

Maui is OK, but things like sunrise on Haleakala, I wouldn't want to do with kids. And the RTH has like one thing of interest to kids.  In my mind, kids get to sit in the car for hours.  Maybe the train on the West side is something they'd enjoy.  I haven't done it, because it sounds extremely boring for adults.

The BI, on the hand, has quite a bit for kids to enjoy. Read through @PBaruch 's TRs; he covers a lot. https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=101581.0
I don't think he mentions the zoo, which I believe is mentioned in another TR, I forget whose.  Also, an octopus farm, which looks interesting.

Your kids are the perfect ages to do the Wee Tots program with Dolphin Quest, one per parent.  For that alone, I'd go to the BI.

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Which is the best island if I'm traveling with 2 toddlers? Also how long would I need in that island? TIA
Big Island (I explain upthread my reasoning), but could depend on their exact ages.  As much time as possible, not less than a week/5 days excluding Shabbos.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 22, 2019, 10:57:10 AM »
I understand that most rental cars won't let however I'm just asking if anybody took the road and what was their experience? And is there a difference between katmai no and lake Clark np?
I wish I had more time but I have a week or 8 days so I'm trying to pack it in because  I may never have another chance
After speaking to a ranger at Wrangell, I decided not to go there at that time, can't help you with that. Regarding Katmai vs. Lake Clark, Katmai has a viewing platform right by the falls that had double doors to keep bears out. Lake Clark does not appear to have that and you'd have to be more on guard, paying attention to the bears' body language. 

The NPS websites for these parks list authorized concessioners.  Perhaps you can find one on that will be willing to custom-design an itinerary that will fit your needs, if money is not an issue.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 21, 2019, 07:47:21 PM »
After reading this thread  I still have a few questions
1) how bad is McCarthy road by wrangell st elias park?
And do I have to drive all the way to the end to experience it?
2)can I do the katmai flight to see the bears and lake Clark in one day?
McCarthy Road is explicitly forbidden by most of the rental car companies.  I spoke with a ranger at Wrangell that said there were Mom and Pop type places in Anchorage that allow it.  I think I saw one place listed on alaska.org.  That is an excellent resource.  There are also companies that will drive you out there for the day, or fly you out.  I can't see a reason to do only part of the road.

Katmai and Lake Clark in a day? No.  I only know of day trip and overnight options to Katmai, but that may have changed since I was there. Why the rush?

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Just Shmooze / Re: Impossible Burger 2.0
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:19:14 PM »
This may be true but it's important not to conflate that with GMO's being inherently bad.
As I said...
Whether or not GMOs are dangerous in and of themselves, they are dangerous because of this relationship.

To elaborate:

This means that GMO foods, especially soy and the like, are MUCH more likely to contain glyphosate---the whole purpose of them being GMO is to allow them to use glyphosate to kill weeds, without harmimg the GMO plant.
More clearly, if a soy product is GMO, almost by definition, it will contain glyphosate.  Other possible "side effects" of eating GMOs aside, the glyphosate is a serious enough issue on its own.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Impossible Burger 2.0
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:37:55 PM »
There's an important relationship between many GMOs and glyphosate. Whether or not GMOs are dangerous in and of themselves, they are dangerous because of this relationship.
To elaborate:

"Roundup Ready crops are crops genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. Roundup is the brand-name of a herbicide produced by Monsanto. Its active ingredient glyphosate was patented in the 1970s. Roundup is widely used by both people in their backyards and farmers in their fields. Roundup Ready plants are resistant to Roundup, so farmers that plant these seeds must use Roundup to keep other weeds from growing in their fields."

Source:   http://web.mit.edu/demoscience/Monsanto/about.html

This means that GMO foods, especially soy and the like, are MUCH more likely to contain glyphosate---the whole purpose of them being GMO is to allow them to use glyphosate to kill weeds, without harmimg the GMO plant.

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If I spend a week+ in Maui, how much time is suggested to do the things that are not available in Maui or better in Kauai?

Suggestions on which of the small islands to try and drop in on?
They each have enough unique wonders that I'd split my time about even.  From Maui, looks like you can fly to Molokai, or take ferry to Lanai.  Or from Kauai, helicopter to Ni'ihau.  Been to Lanai, not interested in going again. Would love to go to either of the other two.  Might not be worth the time if this is your first trip to Maui/Kauai.

Secluded beach on Maui: Red Sand Beach in Hana.  Definitely stay the night in Hana if possible.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Impossible Burger 2.0
« on: May 19, 2019, 04:57:17 PM »
I am skeptical as the the reliability of that article as 9t kept pointing out that things were GMO. Considering that there's zero evidence that GMOs are bad, yet they felt the need to continuously point them out anyway.
There's an important relationship between many GMOs and glyphosate. Whether or not GMOs are dangerous in and of themselves, they are dangerous because of this relationship.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:04:51 PM »
I believe in 1) vaccinating 2) on schedule and 3) dismissing people's concerns and/or the people who have concerns is counter-productive.

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General Discussion / Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
« on: May 08, 2019, 11:57:16 AM »
So my two questions, can I take more straws then cups?
I go to a 7-11 where they hand out straws at the register, and although they always give one per slurpee, they will give extra if you ask.

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