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Where are the SD Beaches? – North and South Dakota – The …

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Nov 042015

If you plan on traveling to South Dakota during the summer, it may help to know where the beaches are because it gets pretty hot here in July.

In all South Dakota Parks there is a daily entrance fee, or you can buy a yearly entrance for $23.00. When we went to Custer State Park they had the same thing but the entrance fee was $10.00 and lasted for 7 days, so we might as well have went ahead and bought the Annual Park License.

The first beach we visited when we moved to Tripp SD, was a campground and beach south of Tripp near Lake Andes called North Point Campground. The ranger approached our car, and asked if we had a park license, which we had no clue what she was talking about, and she wouldn’t let us drive around and take a look. So here’s another picture I was able to get of the campground. See the campground rules and camping fees.

Aberdeen-Mina Lake – 11 miles west of Aberdeen off Hwy 12 – phone 626-3488 -Richmond Lake – 10 miles northwest of Aberdeen off Hwy 12 – phone 626-3488 Arlington, Bruce, SD -Lake Poinsett – 12 miles north, 2 miles east of Arlington, off Hwy 81 – 46109 202nd St Bruce, SD 57220 Tel: (605) 627-5441 Big Bend, SD -North Shore – 2 miles west, 1 mile north of Big Bend on Hwy 47 – phone 245-2255 Canton, SD Newton Hills State Park, has a beach – 28771 482nd Ave Canton, SD 57013 phone 987-2263 Clear Lake -Lake Cochrane – 10 miles east of Clear Lake off Hwy 22 – phone 882-5200 Lake Andes -North Point Recreation area – St Francis swim beach sign – located 1 mile northwest of Pickstown off Hwy 281- phone 487-7046 Carthage, SD Lake Carthage – 1 mile northeast of Carthage – phone 256 – 5003 Custer SD -Custer State Park – has quite a few beaches and campgrounds. Gettysburg West Whitlock – 18 miles west of Gettysburg off highway 12 – phone 765-9410 Harrisburg, SD Lake Alvin State Recreation Area, no camping – 4 miles east, 1 mile north of Harrisburg off Co. 135. phone 987-2263 Lake City -Roy Lake – 3 miles west of Lake City off Hwy 10 – phone 448-5701 Lake Preston -Lake Thompson – 6 miles southwest of Lake Preston off Hwy 14 – phone 847-4893 Madison, SD Lake Herman – 9 miles southeast of Madison off SD 19 – phone 256 – 5003 Milbank -Hartford Beach – 15 miles north of Milbank off Hwy 15 – phone 432-6374 Miller -Lake Louise – 14 miles northwest of Miller off Hwy 14 – phone 853-2533 -Rosehill – 10 miles east, 12.5 miles south of Miller off Hwy 14 – phone 472-1212 Mobridge -Indian Creek – 2 miles southeast of Mobridge, hwy 12 – phone 845-7112 -Indian Memorial – 2 miles northwest of Mobridge, hwy 12 – phone 845-2252 -Revheim Bay – 1 mile southwest of Mobridge, off hwy 12 – phone 845-7112 Montrose, SD Lake Vermillion Recreation Area – 5 miles south off I 90 at exit 374 – phone 296-3643 Pierre -Farm Island – 4 miles east of Pierre on highway 34 – phone 773-2885 -Oahe Downstream – 5 miles north of Fort Pierre off SD 1806 – phone 223-7722 -West Bend – phone 773-2885 – 26 miles east, 9 miles south of Pierre, on Highway 34 Platte -Buryanek – phone 337-2587 located 18 miles west, and 2.5 miles north of Platte on Hwy 44 -Snake Creek Campground and beach – located on Hwy 44 Francis Case Lake Selby -Lake Hiddenwood – 2 miles east, 3 miles north of Selby off highway 12 and 83 – phone 765-9410 Timber Lake -Little Moreau – located 6 miles south of Timber Lake off highway 20 – phone 374-5114 Volga -Oakwood Lakes – 10 miles west of Volga off Hwy 14 – phone 627-5441 – phone 627-5441 Watertown -Pelican Lake – 9 miles southwest of Watertown off Hwy 212 – phone 882-5200 -Sandy Shore – 5 miles west of Watertown off hwy 212 – phone 882-5200 Waubay -Pickerel Lake – 10 miles west of Waubay off Hwy 12 – phone 486-4753 Yankton – Lewis and Clark Recreation Area – 6 miles west of Yankton on Hwy 62 phone 668-2985

-Shadehill – 14 miles south of Lemmon on highway 73 – phone 374-5114 -Roubaix Lake – 13 miles south of Deadwood on highway 385 – phone 574-4402 -North Cove Group Area – Sheridan Lake (reservations only) phone 574-4402 -Sheridan Lake – located on the south shore of Sheridan Lake – phone 574-4402 -Pactola – located on the south shore of Pactola Lake – phone 574-4402 -Custer State Park – 5 miles east of Custer on highway 16A – phone 255-4515 East Shore Beach -Cold Brook – 2 miles north of Hot Springs off highway 385 – phone 745-5476 -Angostura – 10 miles southeast of Hot Springs off highway 18 – phone 745-6996

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Oct 052015

This page contains pictures and information on the golden sandy Barcelona beaches. There are 4.2 km of golden sandy beaches only 10 minutes from the city centre and 4 main beach areas.

Below is a summary of these in order of closeness to the city centre.

Barceloneta is the first of the Barcelona beaches and can therefore get quite busy during the summer months. The picture of Barceloneta beach above was taken on 3rd of October, and the sun is still shining! But it’s not always like this. Some days can be overcast or even rainy – it’s the luck of the draw.

Metro stop “Barceloneta” (Yellow Line, L4) Turn right on leaving the metro and cross the main road, continue walking straight along Passeig de Joan de Borbo for about 10 minutes. You will see the marina area on your right as you walk.

There are plenty of things to do on the beach besides swim. Windsurfing and kite surfing are popular. You can also enjoy a refreshing drink from one of the many beach huts. Or, if you’re in need of a rest, just lie down and soak up the warmth of the Spanish sun with a good book.

In Barcelona you are never far away from some interesting architecture, not even on the beach! But the designer of this building may have had a few too many drinks when he was drawing up his designs!

The quickest way to get to Barceloneta beach is to catch the yellow line metro and get off at the Barceloneta stop.

Alternatively you can walk to Barceloneta from the city centre. It will take you about 20 minutes from the end of La Rambla.

If you choose to walk there are some enchanting views en-route. You’ll see the “Monument a Colom” a memorial to the great explorer Christopher Columbus. A little further along is the Port Vell de Barcelona, a picturesque port with a beautiful view of the sea and marina.

During peak season if you would like a little more space to relax it’s worth considering going to one of the other beaches listed below.

Photo guide of Barceloneta – the busiest and most popular of the Barcelona beaches

Metro stop “Ciutadella Vila Olimpica” (Yellow Line, L4). Turn right on exiting the metro and walk towards the twin towers. 10 minutes walk from metro. See our photo guide of Icria Beach.

Beach front hotel accommodation is expensive as this is premium rate territory and there are a lot of other businesses all competing for the space. However you have a few options to consider:

1) Try booking an apartment rental instead of hotel accommodation. You will find that the rates are lower than those for a hotel in the same location and you will have the modern conveniences of home. See our holiday apartment rental guide.

2) One moderately priced hotel that is close to the beach but about 20 minutes by metro ride to the centre of Barcelona is the Hotel Front Maritim. See the hotel review by a site visitor by clicking the link below:

Review of Hotel Front Maritim near Barcelona Beach

3) You can stay in top first 5 star hotel – Hotel Arts Barcelona

Review of Barcelona Arts hotel Barcelona sea front hotel

4) Take a look at our Barcelona Beach hotel Reviews page with links to Hotels by the beach in Barcelona

Metro stop “Poblenou” (Yellow Line, L4). You’ll have a 20 minutes walk from Poblenou metro station to Bella Beach. Although this is unofficially a nudist beach there are many people that go here that are not nude.

Take a map with you as there are no signs to Mar Bella beach from the metro.

This beach is outside Barcelona and you’ll need to catch a train from Sants station – journey time approximate 30 minutes.

All of Barcelona beaches are clean and well maintained. The sea water is clear and just right for taking a swim.

Art galleries in Barcelona Art venue for local artists Attraction opening hours Aquarium Architecture Beaches Cable car ride Classic Barcelona chair by Mies Van Der Rohe Dal Museum – in Figueres Gaud Architecture Illa fantasia water park Mies Van Der Rohe Museum Museums in Barcelona Public holidays Tibidabo amusement park Top 10 tourist attractions Tours and activities Zoo Tours

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Tourist Discount Card

The Barcelona card entitles you to free or discounted entry to many Barcelona attractions and museums. Unlimited journeys on the public transport system including metro, buses, tram.

Our review of the Barcelona Card.

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Beaches : NYC Parks

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Oct 022015

Activities and Facilities > Beaches

Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches, which open Memorial Day weekend. Cedar Grove and Wolfe’s Pond beaches close on Labor Day, all other beaches are open throughSunday, September 13. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.

This year, for the first time, beach season has been extended an additional week! Most city beaches are open for swimming with limited service. Check the service changes at your beach below to plan your trip. Cedar Grove and Wolfes Pond beaches close on Labor Day.

Visit the Rockaway Beach Restoration page for more information about plans for long-term protection for Rockaway.

Sign up for Notify NYC, visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygienes New York City Area Beaches page for water quality advisories or closures before you head to the beach, or text BEACH to 877-877 to receive real-time opening, closing and water quality information.

On Atlantic Ocean, from Ocean Parkway to Corbin Place, Brooklyn (718) 946-1350

This bustling and popular beach next door to Coney Island is popular all summer long, as individuals and families from all over the city come to enjoy the beachs sand and water and to…

Brighton Beach Details

Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue, Staten Island (718) 351-6387

The city’s newest beach is a converted oceanfront bungalow colony. This charming beach with its clear views of the Manhattan Bridge is smaller and somewhat more tranquil than its neighbors,…

Cedar Grove Beach Details

Portions of the boardwalk are closed to reconstruct the street ends of Brighton 2nd Street and West 33rd Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn in order to provide new ADA compliant ramps to the boardwalk, sitting areas, new planted areas and lighting.

On Atlantic Ocean, from W. 37th Street to Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn (718) 946-1350

Iconic Coney Island is bursting with activity throughout the summer and even during the off-season. Walk along the famous boardwalk, ride on amusement rides, enjoy swimming or sunbathing on its…

Coney Island and Coney Island Boardwalk Details

On Atlantic Ocean, Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Avenue to Mackenzie Street, Brooklyn (718) 946-1373

This small, family-friendly beach east of Brighton Beach attracts locals looking for a somewhat calmer beach than its neighbor. Visitors bring full picnic baskets and set up barbecues along the…

Manhattan Beach Details

On Lower New York Bay, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach, Staten Island (718) 987-0709

Midland Beach shares the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk with neighboring South Beach, and tends to be the somewhat less crowded of the two beaches. The beach’s attractions include a playground…

Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk Details

On Long Island Sound in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx (718) 885-2275

Orchard Beach, Bronx’s sole public beach, was proclaimed “The Riviera of New York” when it was created in the 1930s. The 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long beach contains a hexagonal-block…

Orchard Beach and Promenade Details

On Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th Street, Neponsit, Queens (718) 318-4000

From surfers to swimmers to the Ramones, everyone wants to “hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach.” Rockaway Beach is a year-round resource for residents all along the Rockaway peninsula, and it comes…

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Details

On Lower New York Bay, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach, Staten Island

Beachgoers can sunbathe while taking in a lovely view of the Verazzano Bridge, bike through a scenic trail, jog along the boardwalk, kayak, play tennis, or fish off of the Ocean Breeze Fishing…

South Beach Details

On Raritan Bay and Prince’s Bay, Holton to Cornelia Avenues, Staten Island (718) 984-8266

Wolfe’s Pond Beach Details

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New York City Beaches and Topless Beaches

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Oct 022015

Amidst all the skyscrapers, it can be easy to forget that Manhattan is an island and New York City is surrounded by water, which means there are a number of options for beach-going. This list includes beaches that are located within New York City, as well as nearby.

Access to all New York City beaches is free. Swimming is only permitted when a lifeguard is on duty, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Home to the famous Mermaid Parade (every June) this beach is a “must-see.” The Original Nathan’s hotdog stand is located just off the boardwalk. There are also freak shows and carnival rides nearby when you get tired of relaxing in the sand.

Beach Address: Surf Ave at Atlantic Shore, Brooklyn NY (718)946-1350 Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day – Labor Day Nearest Subway: B, D, F, N, R at Stillwell Ave-Coney Island; D, F at W 8th St More

Rockaway Beach is one of the best beaches located within New York City limits. It is also New York City’s only surfing beach, with two separate stretches for surfing, as well as a boardwalk.

Beach Address: Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 1st St., Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th St., Neponsit Beach Phone: 718-318-4000 Subway to Beach: A train to Broad Channel Ferry to Beach: New York Beach Ferry More

This beach is among the cleaner NYC area beaches and has a topless / clothing-optional area. Facilities are somewhat limited, though there are attended bathrooms and some vending available.

Pictures of Gateway National Recreation Area More

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach spans 2.5 miles in the South Beach and Midland Beach neighborhoods of Staten Island. More

Brighton Beach offers visitors a spacious beach with a boardwalk, just a short distance from the more hectic Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk.

Brightwater Ave. Brooklyn NY 718-946-1350 Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day – Labor Day Nearest Subway: B or Q to Brighton Beach

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Great Kills Park in Staten Island is home to four beaches: New Dorp Beach; Cedar Grove Beach; Oakwood Beach; and Fox Beach.

Beach Address: Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue, Staten Island NY 718-351-6970 Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day – Labor Day Bus Directions: S76, S86 to Oakwood Beach to Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue More

Beach Address: On Atlantic Ocean, Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Avenue to Mackenzie Street, Brooklyn NY 718-946-1373 Bus Directions: B1 from Brighton Subway Directions: Q to Sheepshead Bay Road. B49 to Cheapside to Oriental and Hastings Street More

Beach Address: Located in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, Orchard Beach and Long Island Sound, Bronx, NY Beach Phone: 718-885-3273 Bus Directions: Bx12 & Bx5 go to Orchard Beach in the summer. In the Winter, take the Bx29 to the City Island Circle and walk to the beach. Subway Directions: Take the 6 line to its last stop, Pelham Bay Park and take the bus More

Breezy Point Beach is a private beach in Queens, but you can access it from Fort Tilden Beach in the Rockaways.

Beach Address: Rockaway Point Blvd Breezy Point, NY 11697 More

Located in Wolfe’s Pond Park, visitors to this Staten Island Beach will enjoy the option to explore the nearby wildlife preserve and open space of the park as well as the beach.

Beach Address: Raritan Bay and Prince’s Bay, Holton to Cornelia Avenues in Staten Island NY Beach Phone: 718-984-8266 Lifeguard Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am-6 pm Beach Directions:

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Oct 022015

New York City may be one of the most densely populated corners of the world, but its also surrounded by water lots of it. This geography translates into an extensive coastline with miles of beaches, from the pounding surf of the Rockaways to unspoiled crescents on Staten Island.For many local beaches, the only thing youll need is a towel and subway card. Heres our roundup of the best sandy spots for some fun in the sun.

Sandy Hook, NJ (Photo: Pinaynewyorker/Flickr CC)

Sandy Hook, New JerseySo Close to Manhattan, So Far Away in Spirit is how the New York Times described this pristine beach on a slender peninsula at the northern tip of the Jersey shore. After being badly battered by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Sandy Hook reopened in 2013 and is once again welcoming sun-seekers with its seven miles of beaches and dunes, plus hiking and biking trails. Its not just about soaking up the sun. The area is also rich in history, with the National Historic Landmark of Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, one of the oldest in the country. Northern tip of the Jersey Shore,

Getting there: Hop on the Seastreak ferry (, which operates daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, departing from East 35th St. and Pier 11 at Wall St. A variety of bus and train services also serve Sandy Hook, from New York City and elsewhere in New Jersey.

Fire Island, Long IslandThis barrier island off the south shore of Long Island has something for everyone, from the cocktail-fueled gay nightlife at the Pines to massive stretches of windswept beach to the mist-soaked Sunken Forest, one of the few remaining maritime forests on the Eastern Seaboard. Fire Island National Seashore encompasses much of the island, with top beaches like Watch Hill, in the middle of Fire Island, across the Great South Bay from Patchogue. The inviting sandy beach has lifeguards in the summer, and amenities in the surrounding area include campsites, a visitor center, hiking trails and more. And anyone who has ever been stuck in Midtown traffic will appreciate the fact that Fire Island has no paved roads or cars the only way to get around is by foot, bike or golf cart.

Getting there: Long Island Railroad (LIRR) travels to three ferry terminals on Long Island Patchogue, Sayville and Bay Shore where you can catch a 20-minute ferry to the island.

South Beach, SI (Photo: Ceonyc/Flickr CC)

South Beach, Staten IslandThe Verrazano-Narrows Bridge draped over the water in the distance brings an elegant cachet to this well-maintained beach on the eastern shore of Staten Island. South Beach (unlike its hedonistic cousin of the same name in Florida) is invitingly quiet, offering a good balance between nature and amenities, which include the 1.7-mile Franklin D. Roosevelt boardwalk, a fishing pier and annual events like fireworks and concerts. Staten Island was slammed by Hurricane Sandy, and while most beaches have reopened, access may be limited in some coastal areas. Eastern shore of Staten Island,

Getting there: Take the Staten Island Ferry ( from Manhattan, then bus S51. Or bring your bike for a beautiful ride from the ferry station.

Long Branch, New JerseyNo Snooki sightings here. This well-kept beach is proof that the Jersey shore isnt all spray tans and pinky rings. The Long Branch beaches are wide and sandy, giving way to the cool waters of the Atlantic. For gourmet ice-cream, waterfront dining and upscale boutiques, head to nearby Pier Village ( Northern Jersey Shore,

Getting there: New Jersey Transit trains travel regularly between New York Penn Station and Long Branch. The walk to the beach from the station is under a mile.

Rockaway Beach, Queens (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Rockaway Beach, QueensThe nickname for this peninsula Rockapulco may be a bit of a stretch, but this sunwarmed spit of land that juts into the ocean does have some of NYCs best beaches. Rockaway Beach offers a summertime cocktail of good sands, strong surf and plenty of snack shacks, outdoor sports and other amenities. Several surf camps and schools have opened over the last few years to accommodate the weekend boarder. If youre feeling some trepidation about hitting the waves, try the friendly Skudin Surf school (, whose motto is If you can stand, you can surf. Rockaway Peninsula,

Getting there: Take the A train to Broad Channel, then transfer to the S train to Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St.

Long Beach, Long IslandEstablished in 1880, Long Beach is one of the oldest residential communities on Long Island, which lends it a hometown flavor thats bolstered by great local restaurants and shops. An oceanfront island on the south shore of Long Island, Long Beach is, as the name implies, a very long beach, with over 3.5 miles of warm sands. Though the iconic boardwalk was ruined by the 2012 hurricane, the town reopened a new fortified boardwalk in 2013. South shore of Long Island,

Getting there: Take Long Island Railroad (LIRR) from Penn Station to Long Beach Station and walk from there.

Jacob Riis Park Beach, Queens (Photo: Skelastic/Flickr CC)

Jacob Riis Park Beach, QueensForming part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is managed by the National Park Systems, Jacob Riis Park is often described as one of the closest beaches to the city that doesnt feel like its in the city. The beach has generally fewer crowds than Rockaway Beach, plus soft sands licked by the Atlantic and lots of activities, including kite flying, volleyball courts and the Brooklyn Golf Center ( Further west is the wild beach at Fort Tilden Park, but its closed this summer due to the hurricane and set to reopen next year. Western Rockaway Peninsula,

Getting there: Take the 2 train to Flatbush Ave., and then the Q35 bus to Riis Beach. On summer weekends, the New York Beach Ferry ( travels from Pier 11 at Wall Street in Manhattan to Jacob Riis Park Beach.

Great Kills Park, Staten IslandDespite the name, this waterfront park on a peninsula off Staten Islands south shore is alive with nature, with verdant parkland and a sandy swimming beach patrolled by lifeguards. Its off the beaten path, but if youre looking for plenty of beach space to unfurl your towel and sweeping harbor views, this is your place. Great Kills, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, is also the only osprey nesting site on Staten Island, and the area affords plenty of birding opportunities. Southern shore of Staten Island,

Getting here: Take the Staten Island Ferry ( from Manhattan, then bus S51.

Coney Island (Photo: Paul_lowry/Flickr CC)

Coney Island, BrooklynConey Island is practically obligatory for at least one summer weekend. Theres the beach dotted with colorful towels and umbrellas, the boardwalk, the Nathans hot dogs and the Luna Park amusement park thrill rides but most of all, theres the nostalgia. In the early 20th century, Coney Island was one of the most famous beach resorts in the world. Much like its Cyclone rollercoaster, Coney Island has gone through dips and peaks, but in recent years its popularity has rebounded, and the area is once again drawing vast numbers of city dwellers to its nearly three miles of sandy beaches, lively boardwalk and popular festivals and parades, including the Mermaid Parade in June. Southern shore of Brooklyn,get tickets to Luna Park

Getting there: Hop on theD, F, N or Q trains to Stillwell Ave. station. A variety of buses also travel to Coney Island from Manhattan and the other boroughs.

Coopers Beach, SouthamptonThe Hamptons are all about beautiful people toasting each other with champagne, and the beaches fit the bill, with immaculate sands, clean waters and sleek amenities, from sparkling showers to gourmet snack shacks. Top of the list is Coopers Beach in South Hampton, which has all the hallmarks of a Hamptons beach fine sand, undulating dunes, blue waters backed by stately mansions. Its also family friendly, with outdoor showers and lifeguard supervision. Southeastern Long Island,

Getting there: Long Island Railroad (LIRR) offers regular trains to the Hamptons, with many stopping at Southampton. The popular Hampton Jitney ( also services the Hamptons, with direct service to and from Manhattan.

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Sep 222015

I love this park so much! I’ve been here multiple times and I still manage to discover something new every time. First off, this park is HUGE! It’s really hard to see everything this park has to offer in just one day, especially when you take into account the secret parts (I’m not even being facetious either, look up miniature castle at LSP). This park has a little something for everyone. It’s great for biking, walking, picnics, photography, fishing, anything that you’re into.

I’ll admit that the walk into LSP using the Morris Canal footbridge is a bit suspect, but once you get past that, it’ll infinitely get better. At the end of the tree lined path, you’ll hit the water where there’s the Ellis Island ferry, 9/11 monuments, historical railroads and terminals. Here you’ll get the best shots of NYC.

Moving forward!!! After you’re done with the north end, there’s 2 main walk/bike paths, one along the water and the other on Freedom Way. They both go in the same direction, more or less, but are vastly different. The path along the water is beautiful and I highly recommend this path if you are a first timer. The boardwalk is lined with benches and has a nice view of Ellis Island, NY and the Statue of Liberty. Often times you’ll see people fishing here or flying kites nearby. If you keep walking this path until the very end, and I mean, until the very end, past the BBQ/picnic tables, past the Liberation monument and US Flag Plaza, you’ll eventually hit National Golf Club which looks like a building straight out of the Jetsons. Just keep going!! Pretend you’re Siddhartha listening to the water, because if you keep following it, you’ll end up seeing a wooden bridge, marshes, a different view of the SOL and a lookout point (which is closed due to Sandy). It’s so wonderfully quiet and peaceful once you hit this point. But your journey ends there because you’ll reach a closed community and I’m not trying to get anyone arrested for trespassing.

The other path option on Freedom Way is not as scenic, but is still very cool. I’ve been to LSP over 50x and it’s on this particular path that I keep discovering new things. Walking along Freedom Way is a little like taking a red pill, you have no idea how deep the rabbit-hole goes. This path isn’t as crowded and is geared towards people who want to exercise. There’s a wide bike shoulder lane on the right and a par course on the left that has very basic exercise equipment. If you keep to the left, you’ll hit the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area, which is home to many adorable ducks and geese in the summer time. Nearby is the Interpretive Center, which is an ecological and educational facility, and also your starting point if you were trying to find the miniature castle. Along Freedom Way, you’ll find a lot of worn paths, taking them is up you to, but I’ve taken many and I’ve always been pleasantly surprised where I ended up.

In short, this park is beautiful and I cannot say enough about it. LSP is definitely worth a visit and makes a wonderful day trip or getaway from the city.

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Sep 222015

Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and limited access of Ellis Island featuring the Wall of Honor is a memorable experience for people from all over the world. Here are some tips to make your trip easy and more enjoyable.

All possible combinations with recommended time alotment and latest arrival time that allow for completion.

Its easy to use public transportation to visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument or limited access of Ellis Island featuring the Wall of Honor.

The ticket office is located inside historic Castle Clinton at Battery Park. We recommend using public transportation to get to Battery Park as parking is very limited in lower Manhattan. Visit for more information about public transportation in Manhattan. Battery Park is also accessible by taxi.

Take any of the following lines:

M1, M6 or M15 to South Ferry (last stop).

From the East Side take the FDR Drive South to Exit 1, South Ferry Battery Park. From the West Side take the Westside Highway South (Route 9A) to Battery Park.

The ticketing and departure areas at Liberty State Park are located by the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal near the water. There is plenty of parking here for a modest fee. This is an ideal departure location for you if you are traveling by car, motorhome or private bus. Liberty State Park is also accessible by taxi, ferry and public transportation. More details are available at the Liberty State Park website.

New Jersey turnpike, exit 14-B follow signs to Liberty State Park.

Take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) to the Liberty State Park Station, then walk or bike 1 mile on Audrey Zapp Drive to the ticket office area located by the CRRNJ Terminal. From the ticket office/security tent areas, walk 1/3 of a mile to the ferry gangway for departures.

At the entrance of Liberty State Park, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is accessible by PATH at the Hoboken Station or Newport (Jersey City) Station. More information about NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR)-Liberty State Park station.

Take the Liberty Landing Ferry Service from the World Financial Terminal in New York to Liberty Landing Marina within Liberty State Park, NJ.Visitors with ferry tickets to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will receive a $2 discount on the fare to Liberty Landing Marina when purchasing tickets aboard the Liberty Landing Ferry.

For more trip planning information visit – Liberty Landing Ferry Service.

Dress for the season when you visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. During the summer months temperatures can rise to the high 90’s with high humidity. In the winter temperatures are chilly. Be sure to dress in layers in case conditions change suddenly.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking a great deal during your visit.

There are concession stands on all the boats which sell healthy snacks and beverages, as well as merchandise. There are also concession stands and gift stores on both Liberty and Ellis Island.

Before accessing the Pedestal and Crown areas of the Statue, all visitors with backpacks, food and drinks must place these items in key-secured visitor lockers. Lockers are located and can be rented in the security tent area for a nominal fee.

The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island often have ongoing special exhibits, as well as special programs and tours, that may be offered on the day you visit. Please be sure to check with rangers on Liberty and Ellis Islands for the programs that are available on the day of your visit. For park program information online, please visit

There are several nearby National and State parks in the area you should consider visiting after your experience at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

For more information please visit the National Parks of New York Harbor or National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy.

For sights and events in New Jersey visit the Hudson County Tourism website.

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Sep 192015

On blacks, immigrants and indigents: “…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people

On sterilization & racial purification: Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial “purification,” couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

On the right of married couples to bear children: Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her “Plan for Peace.” Birth Control Review, April 1932

On the purpose of birth control: The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities: “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12

On religious convictions regarding sex outside of marriage: “This book aims to answer the needs expressed in thousands on thousands of letters to me in the solution of marriage problems… Knowledge of sex truths frankly and plainly presented cannot possibly injure healthy, normal, young minds. Concealment, suppression, futile attempts to veil the unveilable – these work injury, as they seldom succeed and only render those who indulge in them ridiculous. For myself, I have full confidence in the cleanliness, the open-mindedness, the promise of the younger generation.” Margaret Sanger, Happiness in Marriage (Bretano’s, New York, 1927)

On the extermination of blacks: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

On respecting the rights of the mentally ill: In her “Plan for Peace,” Sanger outlined her strategy for eradication of those she deemed “feebleminded.” Among the steps included in her evil scheme were immigration restrictions; compulsory sterilization; segregation to a lifetime of farm work; etc. Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107

On adultery: A woman’s physical satisfaction was more important than any marriage vow, Sanger believed. Birth Control in America, p. 11

On marital sex: “The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order,” Sanger said. (p. 23) [Quite the opposite of God’s view on the matter: “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4)

On abortion: “Criminal’ abortions arise from a perverted sex relationship under the stress of economic necessity, and their greatest frequency is among married women.” The Woman Rebel – No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

On the YMCA and YWCA: “…brothels of the Spirit and morgues of Freedom!”), The Woman Rebel – No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

On the Catholic Church’s view of contraception: “…enforce SUBJUGATION by TURNING WOMAN INTO A MERE INCUBATOR.” The Woman Rebel – No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

On motherhood: “I cannot refrain from saying that women must come to recognize there is some function of womanhood other than being a child-bearing machine.” What Every Girl Should Know, by Margaret Sanger (Max Maisel, Publisher, 1915) [Jesus said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep… for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed (happy) are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the breasts which never gave suck.” (Luke 23:24)]

“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race(Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

Founder of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world.

Her goal in life: Sanger admitted her entire life’s purpose was to promote birth control. An Autobiography, p. 194

Helped to establish the research bureau that financed “the pill,” she contributed toward the work of the German doctor who developed the IUD. “Ernst Graefenberg and His Ring,” Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine, July-Aug. 1975, p. 345, in Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, by Elasah Drogin

Sanger espoused the thinking of eugenicists — similar to Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” — but related the concept to human society, saying the genetic makeup of the poor, and minorities, for example, was inferior. Pivot of Civilization, by Margaret Sanger, 1922, p. 80

On mandatory sterilization of the poor: One of Sanger’s greatest influences, sexologist/eugenicist Dr. Havelock Ellis (with whom she had an affair, leading to her divorce from her first husband), urged mandatory sterilization of the poor as a prerequisite to receiving any public aid. The Problem of Race Regeneration, by Havelock Ellis, p. 65, in Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, p. 18. Ellis believed that any sex was acceptable, as long as it hurt no one. The Sage of Sex, A Life of Havelock Ellis, by Arthur Calder-Marshall, p. 88

On eradicating ‘bad stocks’: The goal of eugenicists is “to prevent the multiplication of bad stocks,” wrote Dr. Ernst Rudin in the April 1933 Birth Control Review (of which Sanger was editor). Another article exhorted Americans to “restrict the propagation of those physically, mentally and socially inadequate.”

Sanger featured in Life magazine, 1937, “Margaret Sanger celebrates Birth Control Victory.”

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“We are not going to be an organization promoting celibacy or chastity.” Faye Wattleton, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 17, 1986 _______

“If your parents are stupid enough to deny you access to birth control, and you are under 18, you can get it on your own. Call Planned Parenthood.” Planned Parenthood advertisement, Dallas Observer, Jan. 30, 1986 _______

“There are only 2 basic kinds of sex: sex with victims and sex without. Sex with victims is always wrong. Sex without is ALWAYS right.” You’ve Changed The Combination,Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Denver, Colo. _______

“The question of whether or not to sell ourselves to men is a false one: The real question is how to sell ourselves in the way that is least destructive to ourselves and our sisters. Prostitutes don’t need our condescension. What they need is our alliance. And we need theirs.” The New Our Bodies, Ourselves,Boston Women’s Health Collective, p 113 _______

“Sex is too important to glop up with sentiment. If you feel sexy, for heaven’s sake admit it to yourself. If the feeling and the tension bother you, you can masturbate. Masturbation cannot hurt you and it will make you feel more relaxed.” The Perils of Puberty,Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Denver, Colo. ______

“At Planned Parenthood you can also get birth control without the consent or knowledge of your parents. So, if you are 14, 15 or 16 and you come to Planned Parenthood, we won’t tell your parents you’ve been there. We swear we won’t tell your parents.” Planned Parenthood employee lecturing students of Ramona High School, Riverside, Calif., April 21-22, 1986


FACTS on Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood on Adoption: Of 6,000 clinic visit records examined from a Texas PP clinic, only 3 referred for adoption. (Aborting Planned Parenthood, by Robert H. Ruff, New Vision Press, 1988)

Planned Parenthood’s on Homosexuality & Marital Rights: PP has encouraged homosexuality and advocated compulsory sterilization of all who have two children. (Family Planning Perspectives (a PP publication), June, Oct. 1970) ______________

Planned Parenthood’s Goal: Dr. Lena Levine in 1953, concerning Planned Parenthood’s purpose and planned course of action: “… to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage we will prevent fear and guilt. We must also relieve those who have these … feelings, and we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraceptive measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy.” (Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953) .” (“Psycho-Sexual Development,” quoted in Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953, pg. 10) ________

Planned Parenthood on Pregnancy: PP has an unhealthy concept of pregnancy, as it views the state of gestation as an abnormal condition or disease. Speaking for the organization, Dr. Warren Hern refers to human pregnancy as “an episodic, moderately extended chronic condition … May be defined as an illness … Treated by evacuation of the uterine contents…”(“Is Pregnancy Really Normal?” Family Planning Perspective, Planned Parenthood, vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1971, pg. 9)

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Aug 212015

Welcome to the thirtieth issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly newsletter that covers whats happening in the Tor community.

Nick Mathewson announced the second alpha release in the Tor 0.2.7.x series. This version includes improvements to the handling of Tors identity keys, which now use the Ed25519 elliptic curve signature format. It also allows onion service operators to specify a higher number of introduction points with a special configuration option, if the service is coming under heavy load, at the cost of making it more visible that the hidden service is facing extra load.

For full details of the many other developments in this release, please see Nicks announcement. The source code is available as usual from Tors distribution directory.

The Tor Browser team put out their fourth alpha release in the 5.0 series of the privacy-preserving anonymous browser. Most notably, this release contains an experimental defense against font fingerprinting by using an identical set of shipped fonts on all supported platforms, wrote Georg Koppen. This version also fixes some of the issues created by the update to Firefox 38ESR, which brings us very close to a stable Tor Browser 5.0, which we aim to release next week.

Get your copy of the new alpha from the project page, or via the incremental updater if you are already using the alpha Tor Browser series.

One of the weaknesses of the current onion service design is that parts of it (such as the relays chosen by a service to upload its descriptor) rely on a list of Tor relays which is generated in a predictable way. This makes it possible for people with malicious intentions to insert their bad relays into the list at points of their choosing, in order to carry out attacks such as denials-of-service (as some researchers proved earlier this year). A good way of preventing this is to make Tors directory authorities jointly come up with a random number as part of their regular voting procedure, which is then used by onion services to choose the directories to which they will upload their descriptor information, and by clients to find those same directories. It could also be used by other systems as a shared source of randomness.

George Kadianakis published a draft proposal describing how this procedure could work. For a period of twelve hours, the directory authorities send each other a commitment, consisting of the hash of a 256-bit value. Once all authorities are aware of the others commitments, they then reveal to one another the values they committed to, for another twelve-hour period. At the end of that time, the revealed values are checked to see if they correspond to the commitments, and then they are all used to compute that days random value. This works because although you can use the commitment hash to verify that the value revealed is the same as the one decided upon twelve hours ago, you cannot derive the value itself from the commitment.

Please see the draft proposal in full for discussion of the finer points of the proposed system, or if you are a fan of ingenious solutions.

The Guardian Project put out a full release of CameraV (or InformaCam), a nifty smartphone application that lets you capture and share verifiable photos and video proof on a smartphone or tablet, all the while keeping it entirely secure and private. It allows you to prove the authenticity of your photos by using the built-in sensors in modern smartphones for tracking movement, light and other environmental inputs, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular network information to capture a snapshot of the environment around you and bundling this information into the picture file.

As you would expect, InformaCam is fully compatible with the Guardian Projects Tor software offerings for Android, so whether youre a citizen journalist or a keen phone photographer who values privacy, take a look at the CameraV page and try it out for yourself!

The wave of regular monthly reports from Tor project members for the month of July has begun. Pearl Crescent released their report first (for work on Tor Browser development), followed by reports from David Goulet (on onion service research and development), Georg Koppen (working on Tor Browser), Isabela Bagueros (for overall project management), Karsten Loesing (working on Tor network tools and organizational tasks), Damian Johnson (on Nyx and stem development), and Juha Nurmi (on development).

The students in this years Tor Summer of Privacy also sent updates about their progress. Donncha OCearbhaill gave news of the OnionBalance load-balancing project, while Jesse Victors did the same for the OnioNS DNS-like system, Cristobal Leiva for the relay web status dashboard, and Israel Leiva for continuing development of the GetTor alternative software distributor.

Finally, the Tails team published their June report, bringing updates about outreach, infrastructure, funding, and ongoing discussions relating to the anonymous live operating system.

The participants in the recent onion service hackfest in Washington, DC published a summary of the exciting progress they made during the meeting.

Arturo Filast announced that an OONI-related hackathon entitled ADINA15: A Dive Into Network Anomalies will be held on October 1-2 in the Chamber of Deputies at the Italian Parliament in Rome. This means that you are all invitedto put your design and data analysis skills to the test!

David Fifield published the regular summary of costs incurred by the infrastructure for meek.

Nathan Freitas explored possible routes to an Android-compatible version of Ricochet, the exciting new privacy-preserving instant messaging application based on Tor onion services.

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Aug 202015

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Although the changeable climate of the Northwest doesn’t give coastal areas the reputation it deserves, the summer can be like a day at the beach in the state of Washington.

When the weather’s fine, sandy beaches on Puget Sound and swimming lakes in the Cascades and the Pacific coast offer visitors a chance to enjoy the beach and water sports of all kinds.

And there’s so much to do along the Northern Pacific coast besides swimming. Try beachcombing, clamming, prime Washington State whale watching, and more. It’s all right here — including the top Seattle summer extravaganza at Seafair in July.

Oh, and did we mention the wilderness beaches of Olympic National Park?

Have fun!

DID YOU KNOW? Washington State beach fun facts:

Stretching 28-miles long, Long Beach, WA is the largest and longest sandy beach in the Northwest.

After missing the entrance to what was later named the Columbia River, English explorer John Meares dubbed the headland jutting out into the Pacific Ocean “Cape Disappointment.” Today, Cape Disappointment State Park happily features 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, camping and spectacularly scenic hiking trails.

Deception Pass State Park (Whidbey Island) was named by early explorers who mistakenly assumed Whidbey Island was a peninsula. Today, the island encompasses one of the most popular state parks in Washington, and its miles of sandy beaches is considered some of the most beautiful in the Puget Sound area.

The area around Alki Beach was named by the Chinook tribe meaning “eventually” or “by and by.” Today, Alki Beach is considered one of Seattle’s hippest, laid-back beach scenes.

More about Washington State beaches around the Web:

– This is the official city Parks and Recreation site with locations, beach hours and amenities, maps and directions for Green Lake Park, Matthews Beach, Seward Beach, Pritchard Island and more.

Welcome to Ocean Shores Washington – Find places for surfing, clamming, swimming, boating and sailing, and other diversions for landlubbers, as well.

The Best Washington State Beaches to Collect Beach Glass – Want to add to your beachcombing collection? You’ll find plenty to explore in this review of top locations for beach treasure at Alki Beach, Port Townsend, Deception Pass, and more.

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Aug 182015


Tesla Anne making dad proud

View of pond from Parking Lot 6 in Maumee Bay SP

Tesla and her 30 in 6 lb blue cat named King Kong 10-16-2010

View looking south from bridge at Maumee Bay SP

Canada Goose preens at the inland lake in Maumee Bay State Park, Sept 28, 2014

View looking west from the beach at Maumee Bay State Park, Oct. 15, 2014

Wind surfer takes advantage of strong winds in Maumee Bay. Oct. 18, 2014

Fall colors at Maumee Bay State Park. View of the bay looking west. Oct. 15, 2014

Fall colors at Maumee Bay State Park. View looking south from the beach area. Oct.18, 2014

Rainbow over the beach at Maumee Bay State Park after a storm blew in from Lake Erie. Taken Sept. 21

Maumee Bay State Park offers not only the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The lodge, cottages and golf course are nestled among the scenic meadows, wet woods and lush marshes teeming with wildlife. The balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment.

The history of Lake Erie began with the glacial period known as the Pleistocene. Massive sheets of ice gouged and scoured the bedrock of Ohio. Testimony of the ice’s force is found throughout the lake area. Small scratches in the rock surface known as glacial striations are common, while major grooves are rare but awesome.

The wetlands of the Maumee Bay area offer a vivid array of natural wonders. Wetlands contain more species of wildlife than any other habitat type, including: fox snake, northern water snake, painted turtle, chorus frog, green frog, spotted salamander, raccoon, muskrat, dragonfly, caddis fly, and water striders. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded with shorebirds such as snipe, great blue heron, common gallinule and ring-billed gulls residing with waterfowl including Canada geese, pintails, redheads, and ruddy ducks. Songbirds include the red-winged blackbird, yellow warbler, killdeer and swamp sparrow. Spring migration brings many others including the colorful warblers. The plant life is diverse as well. Cattails, buttonbush, phragmites, bur-reed, cottonwood and black willow are just a few examples of the marsh plants at the park.

Several prairies exist in the park that offer interpretive experiences for those visitors interested in the various species and ecosystems found there. Ring-necked pheasants densely populate the meadow areas of the park.

The Lake Erie shoreline sets the stage for the comeback of the bald eagle in Ohio. Nesting pairs have been reported recently in Ohio with the majority being in the western basin of Lake Erie.

For many years, the swamp was a tremendous barrier to western settlement. Most settlers traveled by boat on Lake Erie to reach southern Michigan. Major cities of the area circled the perimeter of the swamp; none lay within it except Bowling Green. In 1859, a law was passed providing for a system of public ditches to drain the land. By 1870, the swamp was still only half cleared. Eventually, after a period of intense lumbering and draining, the swamp had nearly vanished and the area became a major agricultural region.

Acquisition of park lands began in 1974 with matching funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Maumee Bay officially became a state park in 1975.


GeneralLand, acres1336

Water, acresGreat Lake



Hiking Trail, miles10


Swimming Beachyes

Beach Concessionyes

Nature Centeryes

Nature Programsyes

BoatingBoat Rentalyes

Boating Limits-1

CampingElectric Sites, #252

Pets Permittedyes

Flush Toiletsyes



Rent-A-Camp Sites, #3

Rent-A-Yurt, #1


Cross-Country Skiingyes

Ice Skatingyes

AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #120

Family Cottages, #24

Game Roomyes

Indoor Swimming Poolyes


Outdoor Swimming Poolyes

Golf Courseyes


The deluxe cottages at the park are nestled among scenic wetlands and a picturesque golf course. The cottages are equipped with a gas fireplace, heating and air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, living area, two bedrooms with a loft, or four bedrooms. Cottage guests may use all lodge facilities.

Ohio’s newest state park lodge opened in May of 1991. Quilter Lodge overlooking the Maumee Bay of Lake Erie offers 120 guest rooms each with balcony. Lodge features include racquetball courts, game room, saunas, whirlpools, indoor and outdoor pools, conference and meeting rooms, dining room and lounge, and a snack bar.

The park boasts a modern family campground with 256 sites. The campground is equipped with showerhouses, flush toilets, electricity and playground equipment. The campsites are open and spacious and border natural meadows and ponds which are open to fishing for campers only. Pet camping is also permitted. Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months. Five miles of asphalt “bicycle/pedestrian” trails provide access to most of the day-use areas.

Maumee Bay’s unique 18-hole “Scottish Links” style golf course has low, rolling mounds, bent grass fairways, greens and tees, numerous sand bunkers and ponds. A golf pro-shop is in operation with a PGA certified professional on staff. Lessons and golf outings can be arranged.

August 14 – August 16

Hawaiian Weekend – Maumee Bay

Join us for Hawaiian Weekend at Maumee Bay. Pig Roast, limbo, dance and more…. book your campsite early!

September 6

Monarch Butterfly Festival – Maumee Bay

Monarch Butterfly Festival at Maumee Bay Nature Center. Monarch presentation, butterfly tagging and releasing, crafts, games and more. for more info, please call 419-836-9117.

September 19

Coastweeks Cleanup and Adopt-a-Beach – Maumee Bay

For more info, please call 419-836-9117.

October 16 – October 18

Halloween Weekend – Maumee Bay

Decorate your campsite, costume judging, game and activities, luncheon, dances and more…. Book your campsite early!

In addition to the lodge’s pools (for lodge and cottage guests), the park boasts two sand beaches. One beach is located on the Lake Erie shore while the other lines the park’s inland lake. A concession area and changing booths are provided. A large lakeside amphitheater lies between the two beaches.

Lake Erie offers unlimited opportunities for boaters. A 57-acre inland lake in the park is suitable for sailing, canoeing and other non-motorized boat use. Canoes, paddle boats and row boats are available for rent. Waverunners can be rented on the Lake Erie beach.

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May 232015

Plakias Beach, Crete, Greece

On the south coast of Crete, between mountains and the Libyan Sea, lies Plakias, a tiny fishing village whose population swells during the summer months. Popular with backpackers, many of whom come here to stay in the southernmost youth hostel in Europe, Plakias is also a favorite with nudists, who can swim and sunbathe in the buff along the 0.8-mile Plakias Beach. Beyond the nudist strand, Plakias offers several beach options (Ammoudi, Damnoni and Souda), mountain hikes and casual tavernas. Nearby, Mona Preveli, one of the most famous monasteries in Crete, is a worthwhile day trip. 960 1280

On the south coast of Crete, between mountains and the Libyan Sea, lies Plakias, a tiny fishing village whose population swells during the summer months. Popular with backpackers, many of whom come here to stay in the southernmost youth hostel in Europe, Plakias is also a favorite with nudists, who can swim and sunbathe in the buff along the 0.8-mile Plakias Beach. Beyond the nudist strand, Plakias offers several beach options (Ammoudi, Damnoni and Souda), mountain hikes and casual tavernas. Nearby, Mona Preveli, one of the most famous monasteries in Crete, is a worthwhile day trip.

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Coast Guard creates First Amendment zone in Puget Sound for anti-Shell protests

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Apr 142015

The U.S. Coast Guard, with help from activist groups, has identified an informal First Amendment Zone, just north of Terminal 5, where protesters can take to the water against Shell Oils Arctic drilling fleet when it arrives at the Port of Seattle.

The Shell Arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer. It was occupied by Greenpeace protesters last week, demonstrating against Shells plans to drill in Arctic waters this summer. It is due soon in Washington waters.

I didnt choose this area: I gave them a chart and asked them where they wanted to be, Capt. Joe Raymond, captain of the port, said Tuesday.

Raymond initiated a meeting on Monday with organizers of a sea of kayaks protest. He described the zone as an excellent place for protesters wishing a high-visibility presence while not interfering with ferries, tugs and other marine traffic in the harbor.

Still, a key player in the anti-Shell protests Greenpeace says no accord was reached at the meeting on where sea-borne protests can take place.

We did not walk away with an agreement on where people can be or how they will conduct themselves, said John Deans, Arctic campaign specialist with Greenpeace.

For us, the questions will be: What do people want to do? Where do people want to be? This is a movement that we are talking about.

If its drilling plan passes final muster with two U.S. Interior Department agencies, Shell intends to operate two drilling rigs and drill two exploratory wells this summer in Alaskas remote Chukchi Sea.

The Shell drilling ship Noble Discoverer drifts near shore near Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island in the summer of 2012 after losing its moorings. Its due back this summer. Photo: Capt. Kristjan B. Laxfoss / AP

The Polar Pioneer occupied at sea last week by six Greenpeace activists is due soon in Washington waters, but will stop in Port Angeles, as first reported Monday by The Stranger.

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Apr 032015

The New York Liberty are such a franchise. But the re-hiring of Bill Laimbeer as coach less than three months after he was fired by the organization is head-scratching even by Liberty standards.

Oh, wait a minute. Not really. This is the Liberty we’re talking about.

Let me make haste to say, though, I actually don’t think this is a bad decision at all. It’s correcting a bad decision, which was firing Laimbeer back in October without a really strong idea of whom the franchise could get to replace him.

From what I gather from sources around the league, Madison Square Garden Company chair James Dolan had some candidates in mind. But they didn’t work out. Now with the Knicks being the primo disaster of this NBA season, Dolan probably just wanted to get the Liberty job filled. And ultimately decided to go back to Laimbeer.

Who, apparently, wasn’t exactly stunned to get the call to return. Laimbeer was spending the winter fishing and playing golf. And while he wasn’t expecting to coach again in the WNBA this summer, he’s glad to be doing it.

“My passion is still there for the New York team,” Laimbeer said Thursday. “I’d like to accomplish more for this franchise.”

The Liberty were 11-23 and then 15-19 in Laimbeer’s two seasons, missing the playoffs both years. But Thursday, he repeated something he had also told me back in October when he was let go: That while he didn’t always enjoy his first season with the Liberty, this past season he really did like the job and working with the team. (Having a world-class center such as Tina Charles, whom the Liberty got in a trade before the 2014 season, undoubtedly helps in that regard.)

Laimbeer also said something else in October that seems pertinent to the Liberty’s reversal in course this week. He talked about the difference in working for the Detroit Shock, where he answered primarily to one person, then-owner Tom Wilson. As compared to working for a public corporation like MSG.

“They’ve got a lot of moving pieces,” Laimbeer said in October about MSG.

Indeed, they do. But from the Liberty’s inception in 1997 to 2010, Carol Blazejowski was the team’s general manager and front-office point person for the franchise. And while she took her share of barbs (including from me), at least you always knew whose hands were on the Liberty’s steering wheel.

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NATO military drill in Latvia targets Russia? – Video

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Apr 022015

NATO military drill in Latvia targets Russia?
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Apr 012015

RAW: NATO artillery sends warning to adversaries
NATO troops wrapped up the final day of their Summer Shield drills in Latvia with a round of artillery fire. Multinational teams of soldiers fired a barrage of 155 mm projectiles using…

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Photos: Nation's 10 Best Family Beaches Revealed

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Apr 012015

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, has announced the winners of its annual Best Beaches for Families list, naming the top family-friendly beaches of the year, along with fun, insider tips for each destination. Pictured here, Cape May, New Jersey.

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Lincoln City Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon. Insider Tip: “Search the sand for glass floats – they’re part of a program called Finders Keepers, in which ‘Float Fairies’ disperse beautiful ornaments on the beach for vacationers to find and take home.”

Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau

Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia . Insider Tip: “Don’t leave Virginia Beach without a photo in front of King Neptune, a 34-foot-tall statue of the mythological sea god. Families can also enjoy free concerts and live entertainment across the boardwalk in the summer. ”

Virginia Beach CVB

Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit, Maine. Insider Tip: “Use the Ogunquit Trolley to get to the beach and around town – fare is just $2.00 per adult and $1.50 per child (ages 10 and under).”

Audrey Gottlieb

Manatee County Beach , Holmes Beach, Florida. Insider Tip: “Reserve a Nesting Beach Tour at the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch to join federally permitted volunteers as they analyze nests and hatched (and unhatched) shells during turtle nesting season.”

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Top 7 Uncrowded Beaches Near Metro Manila to Beat the Summer Heat

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Mar 282015

Top 7 BeautifulBeaches Near Metro Manila to Beat the Summer Heat

People in Metro Manila feel the summer heat coming. And, it is a perfect time of the year to go to the beach. Yes, you want to enjoy the white sand, plunge yourself into the crystal clear water and witness the beautiful sunrise and sunset but do you know where to go to beat the heat?

Cagbalete Island (photo by 10nisboy via Flickr)

Well, let me give you these top 7 unspoiled beaches near the metro. Read on:

Cagbalete Island photo by Pansacola Beach Resort FB

Boasts of white sand, Cagbalete Island is a perfect place to go to if you dont want to go to overrated beaches. Exciting activities you can do in this not-so-commercialized island include swimming, kayaking, snorkeling as well as trekking. To get there: You can ride a bus at Jac Liner Buendia Terminal going to the city of Lucena. Upon getting off, take a mini-bus ride to Mauban then walk towards Pantalan port to take a public boat going to Cagbalete Island. Estimated expenses is around P1000 pesos, including entrance fee, food and miscellaneous.

Nagsasa Cove photo by Nagsasa Cove FB

Seated in San Antonio, Zambales, Nagsasa Cove is a new-found paradise. You can reach the place from Manila in approximately five hours. This perfect summer getaway destination can be reached via a boat or you may choose to do mountain trekking going to the Nagsasa Cove. Unlike other beaches, this place has a grayish sand. But of course, it boasts of crystal blue water. Apart from it being serene and picturesque, Nagsasa Cove also houses waterfalls. This place is also near to other scenic destinations: Capones Island and Anawangin Cove.

Malagawa Island photo courtesy of

Magalawa, located in Palauig, Zambales, is a place to unwind your tired limbs and soul. Here, you and your family can enjoy exciting activities, such as bamboo rafting as well as snorkeling. Its charm: its white sand, picturesque landscape as well as blue clear waters. To avoid the scorching heat of the sun, you can rent your own tent in the place. One can avail tour packages from the Magalawa Island Resort, Ruiz or Armada, which include transportation, meal, and fun activities.

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Freedom Rider tells of 60s push for civil rights in South – Sat, 21 Mar 2015 PST

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Mar 212015

Max Pavesic wasnt sure what awaited him as the train rolled into the station in Jackson,Mississippi.

During the summer of 1961, Pavesic was a 21-year-old college student and one of 436 Freedom Riders activists committed to ending segregation on public transit in theSouth.

He was part of a group of 15 blacks and whites who had boarded the train together in New Orleans, in defiance of local segregation laws. They knew theyd be arrested in Jackson and possibly beaten. They expected an angry mob and police withdogs.

We were considered outside agitators, Pavesic recalled. I

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Max Pavesic, a retired Boise State University professor who shares his 1961 experience as a Freedom Rider, speaks Friday at the Human Rights Education Institute inCoeurdAlene. (Full-size photo)(All photos)

Max Pavesic will speak at 2 p.m. today at the Sandpoint Community Center, 204 S. FirstAve.

Max Pavesic wasnt sure what awaited him as the train rolled into the station in Jackson,Mississippi.

During the summer of 1961, Pavesic was a 21-year-old college student and one of 436 Freedom Riders activists committed to ending segregation on public transit in theSouth.

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Mild winter spares San Diego beaches

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Mar 182015

San Diego beaches are 33-50 feet wider than normal due to a lack of strong winter storms, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography says in a report released Tuesday.

The region usually gets large waves out of the north-northwest that cut into the coastline and carry sand offshore, producing bars that are pushed back to the beach in the summer months. But that was mostly missing this winter, which ends on Friday.

“Wave heights at the Scripps Torrey Pines offshore buoy never exceeded 10 feet and only two seven feet for about 40 hours, compared with 190 hours an average winter,” Scripps graduate student Sean Crosby said in a statement. “The few high waves that did occur coincided with lower-range neap tides, minimizing shoreline erosion.”

Adam Wright, founder and chief forecaster at, noticed the same thing.

“We’ve been missing that steady north-northwest wind we get in the winter,” Wright said. “We’ve had a lot of Santa Anas, which has sent the winds offshore. And the storms we got in December produced a lot of rain but not a lot of winds that would have moved sand off the beaches.”

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