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Goods For Sale/Trade / Sesame place weekday tickets $25
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:40:38 AM »
Selling up to 7 sesame place weekday tickets. Good for today, Friday next week Monday till Friday (Aug 27th - 31st) and Monday Sept 3rd (not Sunday).

$25 a ticket instead of 49.5 (the $45 ticket that includes tax)

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Colorado Master Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 10:24:24 AM »
Just wanted to say that we just did Dinosaur ridge with our kids last Sunday and they loved it.  Great thing to do for first (not full) day. ;)
Thanks! Was it crowded on a Sunday?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Colorado Master Thread
« on: August 09, 2018, 12:28:55 AM »
So planning a trip at the end of August with 2 families. Kids range from age 15 to 2. Its a short trip landing Sunday morning at leaving Wednesday afternoon. Would be sleeping in Denver proper.

I think we have to skip Vail on this trip as we only have 2 full days. I think its best to do one day Colorado springs and one Rocky Mountain national park.

As of now our tentative itinerary is this.

Sunday, Denver:
Red rock canyon/dinosaur ridge OR Downtown Denver (botanical gardens or Zoo or amusement park)

Monday, Colorado Springs:
Cave of the winds
7 falls
Ghost town?
Garden of the gods (if didn't do red rock canyon on Sunday)

Tuesday, Rocky mountain nation park:
Trail ridge road (any suggestions for family friendly hikes?)
ATV and/or boating in Estes park

Wednesday, Denver:
Hammonds candy factory
Downtown denver (if didn't do on Sunday)
Flight home

Anything that I am missing thats a must see?


Usual price but comes with $150 gift card

Better ratings than the Toshiba deal from Amazon.*4854!threshold*0.1

On The Road / Re: Ritz-Carlton Herzliya (AKA Ritzaliya) Master Thread
« on: June 27, 2018, 12:46:46 PM »
Have a reservation for a standard room for 2 people. Will the hotel give me an issue to check in with 3 people? How much do they charge? I don't need a rollaway bed.

General Discussion / Re: All About Grilling
« on: May 11, 2018, 11:37:16 AM »
Actually the biggest problem that I have while grilling for a large party (20+ people) is that I always miss half the party standing over the grill. Can't start grilling too early though because than things get dried out.

What do people do to make sure everything is nice and hot and ready at the start of a large party? Get a really big grill? Start early and keep it warm in the oven (how does it not get dried out)?

General Discussion / Re: All About Grilling
« on: May 11, 2018, 11:17:37 AM »
I really like chicken (in bone) grilled. I grill it with indirect heat. Put half the grill on lowest heat and half on highest heat. Place chicken on low heat side. I usually flip once at most twice. Takes a really long time, (compared to other grill times) at least 20/30 minutes.  It it gets cooked all the way through and is incredibly juicy and the skin gets nice and crispy

General Discussion / Re: All About Grilling
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:54:54 AM »
Speaking of fish. What kind of fish and how are you grilling it?
I often sear tuna on a chimney starter.

Fill a chimney starter with coals (at least 3 quarters of the way) and newspaper on the bottom. Light the newspaper. Warning this is extremely hot and smoky so make sure it's in a safe place (I usually just put it on top of my gas grill). Come back in 10-15 minutes.

Prepare tuna (about 3/4 to 1 inch thickness). Salt and pepper both sides. Place black and white sesame seeds on a plate. Place the edges of the tuna on the plate so it gets coated with the sesame seeds. Make sure no seeds get on top or bottom of tuna.

Oil or spray small grill grate. Once coals are white hot (about 10-15 minutes since lighting newspaper) place grate on top of chimney starter. Wait 2 minutes for grate to get hot. Place tuna on top of grate. Wait between 15 and 20 seconds (depending on thickness of tuna). Flip. Wait another 15 to 20 seconds. Remove.

Slice and serve on bed of Arugula and truffle oil.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:54:58 AM »
I stand by my recommendation even though I didn't do it. Start with the back half and do the rth "backwards"
I don't really understand the logic behind this.

1) The front half of the RTH has most of the stops/hikes. If you wait to do it at the end of the day you might be too tired to stop and thereby miss most of the RTH. The back half is perfect to do later in the day because it doesn't involve any hikes and you can just enjoy the scenery without getting out of the car.  If you start out on the backend and rush through the front part of the RTH I think you mostly miss the whole point

2) 85% of the traffic is going the "right" way. You would be fighting traffic the entire time which is incredibly annoying on the narrow roads

I have never done it backwards but if the only pro is that you won't be driving on cliffs on the way back than just make sure you start the RTH early enough so it will be light out to do the back half. If you see yourself running out of time you can always skip your last stop. Worst case scenario you can always turn around and drive back.

I gave myself 2 hours to do the back half and that was fine. 5PM should be ok, 4:45 if they really want to be extra careful

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:36:37 AM »
Pretty crazy. It's a hard hike with perfect weather. I can't imagine doing it in this storm.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:20:50 PM »
Kalalau trail is closed for at least a few months can be as long as a year.

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