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The Story Behind Santa Cruz's Mountain Route
"Today. Reporter peter cooney and i are taking you on the journey of how a cutting edge railroad became mostly rumbling tunnels to nowhere support for bay. Curious comes from sierra. Nevada brewing company family owned operated and argued over since one thousand nine hundred eighty proud supporter of independent thought whether that's online over the air or in a bottle more at sierra nevada dot com so peter. Were not the only ones intrigued by these tunnels right. Nope turns out. There are a lot of folks obsessed with old railroads local historian. Derek really is one of them. His obsession began in two thousand twelve when he stumbled on a piece of lost history. A southern pacific station book which is literally what sounds like. It's just a book that lists all the stations dated from eighteen ninety nine it just fascinated me because it had all these stops at before towns like oma rights laurel that despite growing up in santa cruz county he never knew existed. Anti just started looking for them. Derek two books about the twenty five mile stretch of track known as the mountain route align that once connected los gatos. And what's now silicon valley to santa cruz by traversing the rocky peaks and lush forests of the santa cruz mountains. So those are the same crumbling. Tunnels that we visited earlier. Exactly here's how author h s need ler described the journey and his eighteen ninety-five book through story land to sunset seeds. The ride is one which rivals anything up the chester division or over the sierras. For though the mountain groups are not so massive. The effects are equally fine. How did this beautiful ride come about. We need to go back a little and introduce you to a wealthy entrepreneur named james graham fair.
Nolan Mast on Roadmaster Active Suspension
"Today. We have no mass from roadmaster. Active suspension known tells us about the history of roadmaster active suspension. And how it was an idea that was originally created while the owners were driving on the rough roads of south africa. The system is designed to add strength and stability to your vehicle at all times towing or not without needing to make any adjustments after the initial install which by the way is very easy and a good project for any diy. Her nolan also talks about how the system has changed throughout the years and how they are keeping an eye on the automotive industry for changes. So before i tell you the whole story. Let's get nolan on here and get this episode started. I nolan welcome to the show. Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself. And your role at roadmaster active suspension. I'm currently the lead marketing at roadmaster actress suspension and been with the company for for about ten years originally from a small town in northeastern ohio. And my dad was a was a farmer that kind of led me into the direction of going to automative and looking focusing on sports and that kind of thing so but what about union. College up in northeast. Ohio with a with a major sports business intern with a few minor league and major league teams ended up down in north carolina interviewed with roadmaster active suspension primarily. Because kind of automotive industry would almost a call cousins with the sports and outdoors type industry so if there was the company the owners of the company klabin injure chevy's great people and really working for a company with great people at the top of my list when i was interviewing with several different companies. They hired me on in two thousand ten. June of two thousand and ten being account management position in the account management position really we focusing on working with the dealers over the eight years that was in the account management position. A really got to talk to and kind of learned from the dealers and primarily their mom and pop
Giant Statues of US Presidents' Heads Are Crumbling in Virginia
"If you're wondering who has both the patience and the skills to sculpt giant busts of every president. I'd like you to meet david aspects. Okay i was in world war two. Remember that one so all the papers. David's originally from texas but he served in the army air corps during world war two and that brought them to france he always been artistic kid who doodling in the margins of notebooks. But it'd be embarrassed in seeing it all as a young man said man. This is where. I want to be. So i finish service and then took my gi bill to do two years embarrassed. David addicts was primarily a painter. But over time he started to work in sculpture as well and in nineteen ninety-four four. He got his biggest commission to sculpt a sixty seven foot. Tall statue. Of sam houston. The city's namesake and former governor and president of texas in one of the things that david loved about sculpting sam houston was working on the head and specifically the is head is about twelve feet tall and i get looking in his eyes and i love the way it's gone looks right at you. It was a big job so in the middle of it. David decided to take a little break. Go on a road trip. Take a quick vacation to visit friends in canada and driving. Back home decided mount rushmore. Everybody knows what it is. But i've never seen it but man i was well by that in the sixty feet tall but disappointed that you couldn't get closer to them. Look in their eyes. The is to david. The is were what helped him make the sculpture more than just a piece of stone. And so as you looked up at the president's carved into mount rushmore. He got an idea. Wouldn't it be great to do the president. Not just the four of those but all of them were forty three hundred that and not that big sixty feet but the about twenty. So that's what they the idea of building a whole set of the president's heads
Walt Disney World in the Summer: What to Expect
"Summers approaching and maybe were coming towards the end of this pandemic people. People from outside of florida are starting to plan. Walt disney world vacations. And if there's any luck we may be there once again in the summer and if you have never been in these seen if you have never been to walt disneyworld in the summer before recommends you bring a water bottle. Well we're gonna talk about a lot of things that make different than any time of year. Now we go with the exception of last summer. Twenty twenty every single summer at least once sometimes more than once so we are walt disneyworld. Summer experienced yes. We are veteran experts as vacationers not as locals although that would be nice someday but for now going there on vacation. The summer is quite different than any other season for of the year. So in this episode. We'll be sharing some of those differences and some of our tips as disney summer travellers first of all and most obvious is it is hot. I think that's quite an understatement. It is very hot. You're on the face of the sun robert that you know i'm going to start this by saying a couple of years ago. Maybe three or four now can't remember exactly tie five. We were there for record-setting heat so it was hundred and twenty five or something like that. I'll have to look back. It was scorching hot. It was so hot that the orlando sentinel front. Page said power grids strains under pressure of air conditioners. Which you know it's florida. You don't expect that to be happening a lot. They said it was hot even for them. Cast member said this is hard even for us and i remember walking. We were staying at animal kingdom lodge at that time and i remember walking. We had to rent a car because it was the summer and we do barrel beach to along with disneyworld on that big. So i remember walking out of animal kingdom lodge to the parking lot and as soon as you stepped out the front doors it literally felt like asana
The Island Investor - Douglon TSE
"I'm here with douglas dc. Douglas and you are a friend of october. That's who introduced you. So let me play you the introduction. That octo said about you. From the last series i'm recommending. Very good guy called declan and he's from an interesting family. He's doing a very cool. Business is a small island next to shanghai with october. First of all tell me. How do you know actor. She designed my suit and my wife's dress either wedding through the contradiction for my father. Well there you go and she said that you come from an interesting unsure. We will discuss that as part of our discussion today. But before we do that the first thing i would ask anyone in that chair is what object did you bring that in some way represents your life in china I brought a very humble rock from sin silent. This rock is something that we try to incorporate in design for shops on silent and We try to use as much local stuff as possible and so local fishermen would use these rocks to way down the nets when fishing. So it's really cool. And it's very durable and i usually give this as a gift to all my friends who visit me. Awesome sloughing excellent. Oh as a gift. So what what do they use. Ideally i tell them to use as a candle holder. This raucous for you excellent. Okay thank you so much weight so this rock here has been at. The bottom of the ocean has it. Yes what they do is they would go out to see and Depending on the seasons there were fish for different things from fishes crabs to Shrimps the entire island for the past. Couple of hundred years is based off of fishing economy until recently after they may transportation more convenient Tourism started boom.
Alaska May Sue US Over Cruise Shutdown
"Following florida's announcement last week that it's doing the cdc to lift the conditional sailing. Order alaska maybe next in line on the possibility to sue. Alaska governor said saturday quote if we don't get a positive dialogue this week. That's real possibility. Because the decision will be crushing to alaska each season. That the cruise industry is shutdown in alaska. The state loses over three billion
Sevilla April Fair - Pre-Covid
"The week. Surrounding the easter holiday are traditionally a big time to celebrate with the family and spain even while spain has to prevent the crowds of pre. Covid times a little longer. By cancelling the big april fair again this year. Let's anticipate how celebrate vs biggest social event of the again next year local guide. Concepcion delgado joined us a few years ago to describe how they normally like to pull out all the stops in her hometown. Concepcion thanks for being here thank you. What does april fair into who've grown up in severe well april her age like the explosion of life. No he's like the explosion of colour c k. Everybody happy and having party. What are you celebrating life. I mean is it a spring thing and there was no. There was a reason why the fibia was started. But it has nothing to do with that anymore. It was a livestock market to improve. The economy of the people were gathering there not clear whores on cows and old that but Because people had to spend a few days while they were selling out older animals they were taking some food and wine along on. Does the only thing that's a revised now actual industrial horse market that had affair with it and now the horse businesses nuts so important in the in the party survives. That's good and lucienne style for a way that all the warring stuff anti-subversion correct now an end lucia do different cities have a professor or is it always the same date in the in the big city. All of them have a fair. But it doesn't need to me in an spring fair anymore. seventy starts severe. Sat which has been celebrating a fairy for longer but the rest of an alluvia adopted that idea of having party in spring or fall and they do a federal. So you can come to on the luthier. From april winds heaviest starts to september up to get to a town. Where a ferry as going on.
Ngorongoro Crater (aka The Garden Of Eden) Tanzania
"We are going to the nagorno gore crater in tanzania and also. This is a pickup soda guest. Because were halfway through my trip really because it on the road about eight months and the trip in total was sixteen months. And we've con- over halfway after this episode we'll seventeen thousand five hundred and twenty miles of the thirty thousand miles. I covered on this trip as well. I'm in arusha. Which is exactly halfway between cairo in capetown. So there you go so thirty nine. Here comes a little bit about nicaragua crater. Which is absolutely amazing and i would highly recommended. I mean it's one of the only true safaris that i paid for actually like that organized safari besides the chimps and gorillas which kind of difference not a safari per se. Yes this was it and it was only a day and a half. They say today's days one night by really only spent one day in the crater absolutely brilliant. How the crater was formed but two and a half million years ago. A active volcano which was about the same size as mount kilimanjaro. They reckon around five thousand eight hundred meters basically exploded and the explosion created what's called a caldera and this is the biggest intact caldera in the world and the critters also unesco world heritage site and it's also one of the seven natural wonders of africa. If not the world. I think it should be the world to be honest. And there's about forty thousand people that still live in the crater mostly maasai mara tribe. And there's an incredible amount of animals in this crater so it's about six hundred eighty meters deep and two hundred sixty square kilometers. So it's it's quite big. There's like thirty thousand animals in there and all all sorts. Pretty much. Any animal you can find. Africa are in this crater except for russia's and
Southwest Airlines Is Bringing Back 2,700 Flight Attendants for Summer Travel
"Correspondent Jennifer Keiper explained. It's back to this guy's for more than 2700 Southwest flight attendants who went on leave as the airline tried to cut costs last year. Southwest and other airlines offered voluntary leave buyouts and early retirement to employees last year as the pandemic caused air travel to plummet. The airline is recalling the flight attendants effective June 1st. Last week, Southwest said it will recall 209 pilots from leave in time for the summer schedule. Jennifer Caper. CBS News. Okay, let's get you caught up on this hour's top national
Florida sues CDC, demanding cruise ships be allowed to sail immediately
"The lawsuit has begun with the support of florida governor. Onto santa's florida attorney general ashley moody announced thursday morning that she had filed a lawsuit debating that the centers for disease control lift be conditional sale order for the cruise lines. We have filed suit this morning. Just before meeting with you here today against the administration. Hhs and the cdc florida governor to scientists later compared the crew situation to that faced by one florida's other big businesses theme parks in both cases. He said they have every right to make sure guests have a safe and enjoyable trip. All these other places have been cruising. That's work they've been able to do it well. But here's the thing if you're worried about americans and you think you should make the decisions for them. They're still going to cruise if they want to. They're just gonna cruise off a different coast for now if us residents wanted to take a cruise vacation this summer. They can fly to nassau bahamas. Bermuda saint martin or cyprus europe cruise lines have made no official comment on the
Exploring the Controversy of Branding in Disney Parks
"Today we are going to be exploring the controversy between disney themed rides and non disney themed rides pseudo controversy. Yes zuhdi controversy. I created yes. There is some truth to that. But i'm really curious to hear what listeners. Think this week because this is something that bugs me. And i want to know if it bugs other people and i don't know why it bugs me i can't even say it bugs me when i kept a little bit in the dark because i wanted to get her opinion on some of these things that bug me and it is about disney. Themed rides versus non disney. Themed rides is too much disney theme ing bad. You added disney part. Yes or is it a good thing. And here's what i'm getting at. Over the past little. While there has been a trend among disney imagine years and the powers that be who seemed to be on some sort of relentless pursuit to tie everything in the parks to some disney movie characters et cetera et cetera. And i'll give you a couple of example nna vendors land in what you think of these things for example. Here's what i mean. Twilight zone tower of terror california adventure. No it must have a disney character theme. Let's make gardens of the garden. Gardens would have been better okay. Guardians of the galaxy mission. Breakout injury need to do that. Well let me ask you this and you have evidence that says otherwise. Don't you prefer mission breakout all right. That's if that were one. Isolated example
Living With COVID-19 as an Airline Pilot
"Talk about the challenges of living with covid nineteen as an airline pilot. There's a lot of different challenges so and some things you may not have thought of. So let's start with testing first of all testing challenges. If you're going to be working for an airline if you're working for corporate flight department no matter what one of the things that you have to take into consideration is that you really need to make sure that the results from your test r. n. Before you go to work this is really important and we try to stress. A lot of the airlines is that you don't want to get stranded if you get a test result while you're on an overnight say you're in another country say you're somewhere else in the world in the in the in wherever it may be and you're nowhere near home. Well you could easily get stranded. You don't want to have that happen so really make sure if you're going to get tested that you get the test completed and get the results before you go to work.
CDC Open to US Cruising This Summer
"By the us centers for disease control and prevention. Cdc does not provide the clarity that we need to cruising jude all to precede carnival brand ambassador john healed. They're only hours after the cruise line announced that they would be cancelling their june sailings at indicated that they might be considering sailing out four imports. A move so far resisted the. Cdc released a statement saying that the agency was committed to working with the cruise industry seaport partners to resume cruising following a face and approach outlined in the conditional sailing order while that sounds pretty much like what the cdc has been saying for months. Second part was definitely unexpected. After indicating that they were committed to working with the industry the statement ended by saying i quote this goal aligns with the desire to resume passenger operations in the united states expressed by many major cruise ship operators in travelers hopefully by mid summer with restricted revenue.
Where to Find a Truly Authentic Disney Beach Vacation
"We're going to be talking all about disney's beach resorts and we're talking about disney's i guess. Would we call them their real beach resorts all around the world. Not their photo. Beach resorts at their feet resort feats resorts like that fo- beach and we're talking about places like what disney's beach club resort would be there features are and just a little bit of background. I remember when we talked about the wave pool that was in the lagoon and outside of the polynesian and dick nunez the emad surfer who turned imagine near and when they first opened disneyworld he thought disneyworld had to compete with beach resorts in florida. And that no one would wanna go there because there wasn't a beach so they created beaches and they tried to do surfing. Didn't really work but then later. They added the pool at typhoon lagoon yet and of course they added the beach club resort and tom along they deign has a real sand bottom. But it still wasn't real and when we say beach resorts i guess. Let's put it this way in front beach resorts well all right. Well we'll get into that. So there are you may or may not know three count them three actual disney beach resorts not associated with any theme parks. And we've talked about one on this podcast in the past if you're planning summer vacation hopefully we're all going traveling this summer and you want to go to a beach resort and you love disney. We're gonna give you three amazing options for disney beach resorts and i'm putting them in my personal preference order. You're probably going to agree with my order. I would imagine start with number one. Most important will go first. Okay and that for me is alani lenny desire lani resort and spa in co alina. A wa who hawaii i do you say that. So he no or lena that. So co lena is the little town. This is a true beachfront resort in hawaii. In this episode we're going to focus on the beaches because we're talking about beach vacations. We will do more in depth on the resorts. We've already done one about our number two which will get to momentarily. But if you there's nothing really. That beats a hawaiian beach. What do you think jonah blank blank. So the beach call. Lena is you fly. Into on her lulu. And it's a really short drive right. We definitely rent a car. And i'll get into why that resort alani is right on the ocean in this really upscale town called co alina and it's a little bit of an interesting beach there because it it's very sheltered. They have storm break. So it's not very good for surfing but if you're one of those people that likes to think the ocean is a pool that has no currents at all. This might be for you. Yeah it's of funny. Because i learned somewhere along the way in my travel life that most of resort hotels on islands even barbados in that they build the hotels on the quiet side of the island. But we love waves right. We like big waves. So we'd always have to do. When i was surfing and barbados. You gotta go down to the super bowl's on the other side of the island but all the big resorts are on the calm side. If there is one and co lena's the whole point is sort of like that but actually there's four lagoons dan this strip of land in their man made so they did like you said they built breakwaters and they're sort of like a c shape. It's almost like a donut with a little cutout which is open to the ocean right. So there's water comes in. They are open to the ocean but yes. They're very calm. They're pretty large. I don't know. I don't even know how big they are. But they're big. It's not like people. Yeah and you can rent boats and sailboats. And a few things in there it can take a lot of people and then there's other upscale resorts at the neighbors of alani and there's four of these lagoons and you can walk along the waterfront the rest of the waterfront there sorta rocky so that's probably why was undeveloped in the past and then disney came along and somebody figured out. Hey we can make nice beaches here if we put these little lagoons. So it is a true. Hawaiian beachfront resort. You can swim in the beautiful pacific ocean. It faces the sunset which is really nice. But if you're going to hawaii and if you're going to alani in particular there are many other as ing beaches on oahu. Don't always need to go in a volcano. Guess you don't need to go. What is oh. Amelia wrote a song as a kid going to hawaii in volcano which would be the big island of hawaii not on oahu. But if you're going to oahu and you're going to alani it's a beautiful beach Franck resort will get into all the rest of it and another episode because es cell using storm along. Bay is a good waterpark. Alani puts it to shame. But we're going to save that for a future episode. Pure here for storm. Along is now an official disney waterpark. A resort it sort of water park for among resorts compared to any other pool. That is you know typically pool with a slide. It's pretty much a waterpark. There's a lazy river there. there's a beat anyway. we're not talking about disney's beach club resort. We're talking about disney's true beach resorts on the ocean. But if you go to alanine. You're in hawaii definitely rent a car because there are some amazing beaches around the island and we have three favorites. Yes when we were there and the one one is why of course the north shore's famous the banzai pipeline. Wia me a base of drive to that beach. Any of these things are an hour to ride real easy day trips to go to the beaches and then i call the surfing beach surfing. Beach is kylie loa beach. If that's how you pronounce it pronouncing these the lower something. It's just back on the way back towards honolulu about halfway. There may be and yet. It's it's a real true. Hawaiian bichon little campground part. If you wanna take surfing lessons there it's great. There's great lessons there. The waves are consistent. It's a true open. Beat quite amazing. Little kids surfing. Yeah amazing little kids. Maybe we'll post a picture of usurping on that beach as part of this social media for this episode so that that one's really close great spot to go surfing and then across on the other side of the island is kahlua which is a really cool little town right on the water and they have a really neat beach there too so chi loo beach the north shore and kellyanne lower beach. I think that's how you say it. I may be saying wrong but you'll find it. Those are three awesome beaches. Plus you do have a beach rate at your resort. A nice quiet beach like amelia said. The water's warm there. It's very calm tons of beach chairs. it's it's fairly large semi circle shape. Check it out on a google earth map and you'll see so that is out of ninety eleni hawaii and then another one we talked about. They will be disney's vero beach resort. And i don't know this might actually be my favorite beach if we're talking strictly about the beach hotel. I'd have to say personally. I prefer the air disney's vero beach resort beach than the alani beach lie because it is truly wide open to the ocean. You can't even serve there either. You can on windy days. We have seen people surfing there. You can definitely bougie board there quite a bit. But i'm going to get in just like we did with lonnie there's other beaches nearby but at vero beach resort the beach is you know you're just on the coast there on vero beach so it extends hundreds of miles but there's rarely it's rarely what i would call crowded. No sometimes in the mornings we go on beach walks and watch the sunrise and get bitten by no see'ums. We talked about that in our verbiage. Episode. this is what. I was alluding to earlier if you want to know. More about. The resort in the area listened to that episode a few back but the beach itself. We didn't really focus on and there is a beach house. there where you can rent watercraft sailboats. But you can bring your own boogie boards and you surf and you're within range of bringing a surfboard. It's your subject to the winds really. It's wind driven surf there. It's not nash. Natural surf break but the beach itself has filled with tons of shells and highlight to look for shark teeth. It's weather dependent so days. It's actually quite calm other days. It's very rough. So i liked that personally. I like those open
Norwegian Cruises Asks CDC to Allow Trips From the U.S.
"Norwegian cruise line has asked the cdc to allow cruises from us ports. Starting july fourth. The company will require passengers and crew to be vaccinated at least two weeks before trip. It says its plans are a sufficient precaution against covid nineteen despite on a phased return to sailing. Cdc's still recommend against cruise travel because of the very high risk of covid nineteen on
Norwegian Cruise Lines
"I'm gary obama. john. I wanna talk about seven things that i think norwegian cruise line does better or at least different to the cruise line. It competes with norwegian cruise. Line is the third largest cruise line in the world. Based on the number of passengers it operates in the valley for money cruising category so it's been competitive carnival cruise line royal caribbean cruise line. An embassy crews are the big global competitors regionally of course it is other competitors new guess probably lines like morella for example also compete with norwegian cruise line at the time of recording. They had seventeen ships in service and they range from sort of small to medium size ships. Too large ships range for example in size from the norwegian sandwich has one thousand nine hundred thirty six passengers to norwegian escape which has four thousand two hundred and sixty six passes those will based on double occupancy so they can actually carry more passengers than that when they have kids for example sharing cabins there are also the only major international cruise line that has ship that actually flagged in the united states. And that's the price of america which is based in hawaii and sells attorneys around hawaiian the hawaiian islands. So let's take a look at what i think. They do. Better and differently. First of all freestyle cruising norwegian cruise line invented the concept of style cruising. And what they mean by that is. They built an enormous amount of choice. So there's multiple dining venues loads of bars loads of entertainment venues or range of entertainment and pretty relaxed informal service and also dress code so it's very informal freestyle cut of you cater and do what you wanna do with lots of lots of choices you can pick and choose what you want to do. So that's what that actually means from a practical perspective from a dining perspective. They have huge amount of choice. Both into a fait you will have some dining included. So you'll have the main dining room option with multiple. Dining times you'll have a buffet dining option and then they'll normally be one other sort of more specialty restaurant which is included within the face. For example on my most recent norwegian cruise line cruise is on the uncle. It was actually the local so that was included within the fair
Dollywood with Amber Davis
"Impossible to talk about dollywood without mentioning dolly parton then in are both big fans. She is a prolific songwriter. I think a lot of people would be shocked to know all the songs that she's written for other entertainers on her own. She sold more than one hundred million albums worldwide. We could honestly do a show several podcasts. Just don't hurt. She butts alone. She's amazing businesswoman and humanitarian her literacy program. Which all three of my kids have taken advantage of dali pardons imagination library which is a part of the dollywood foundation males one book per month to each and roll child from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten. Currently over sixteen hundred. Local communities provide the imagination library to almost eight hundred fifty thousand children each live across the us canada uk. Australia and ireland. It's amazing she also helped to find one of the covid nineteen vaccines so i mean i could go on and on about dali yes. We absolutely could. Let's bring it back to the theme park. Dollywood was opened in one thousand nine hundred eighty six and one of the really interesting things about this. Is that for all its growth and offering of thrill rides. The park still retains a lot of history in roots. The park now known as dollywood has gone by several other names throughout the years and it still pays homage to the older parts. There are four years in the modern park river town junction. The village country fair in craftsman. Bali dollywood offers a fully functional. Gristmill where you can get incredible cinnamon bread and rolls and a fully functional chapel. That was actually named after the doctor. That delivered dolly truly. This is a part where you can ride some incredible thrill rides and get a glimpse back in time. So talk more about dollywood with us. We welcome amber. Davis publicist for dollywood amber. Welcome to the show. Thanks so much for having me and we really appreciate you coming on chatting with us. So robin our both. We're going to confess it. Where such huge fans of dolly. So can you talk about what her influence in the park. Looks like it could be major things or just simple touch here and there. Just give us a break. Yeah absolutely. I mean who doesn't love dali if you know anything else are dolly. We claim. She has a national treasure every believes she's just about as genuine as they come. We do see dolly from time to time so it's neat that the park not only bears her name. But there's there's things around that just remind you of who she is and what she means to a community here and at large but start dollywood really was her vision and so it's her. Her name is on it. She has the managing partners who know the theme. Park world but dolly. She really started this park to bring more people to the area to create jobs. And she's done both of those things so just the very welcoming nature of the park in a. We've were proud. Always tell people. Were the friendliest park. We won that award so many times that they actually retired at so now have the best park experience award from the golden ticket amusement today awards dolly wants us to be welcoming into you. See that and just the. The charm of the park itself are host week. We actually call our employees hosts because people who come our guest and so everyone who works there were hosting you so it again. In the culture in the nature of of who we are dollywood. You're going to see There's there's actually if you want to come for the dalai factor. You're gonna find dolly. There's a whole museums. Actually a fantastic museum chasing rainbows. It has things one of the things. We like to joke about dolly. Never throw anything away whether it's warehouse in nashville or if it's at dollywood we've got our hands on just really neat things. I mean her birth certificate and a replica of the coat of many colors. Actually it's a replica. Because you know. Intrigue fashion was continued to be handed down so that code is is longtime because it was down the many more kids after dolly but Her mom made another one for on us to put on display. So you're gonna see the coat of many colors. You're going to see movies threats and costumes from her movies. You're going to see you know dresses. Steve warranty to award ceremonies. You're going to see her awards museums. Fantastic there's also a replica of her. We like to call it the tennessee mountain home. So if you don't know dolly was one of or is one of twelve children so she grew in a very small home and so we need to put that in the context of walking through this house credible. You're like how limped year. The beginnings replica of the home. In what i mean by replicated. Her brother built it. Her mother decorated it. So it's not the home. She grew up in. But it is true to representations of of dali's. You're gonna say you know things like that in the park. There's there's there's smaller things like a popular. Eatery is drive in will read is actually a nod to the very first place. Dolly parton had a hamburger so easter eggs. You know the pines theater another location. That people don't know but that's where she had her first concert. So there's lots of things throughout the park that it's not in your face dali if you want that there are different areas. Not the whole. It's not all dolly all the time. So there's there's a lot but you have to kind of know where you're looking. Yeah i remember go into dollywood way back might have been the early nineties and then just recently. My daughter's chorale group went for to sing at dollywood. And i was shocked at all of the roller coasters. I mean there are rides galore. Can you talk a little bit. About what kinds of rides and attractions are dollywood. Mentioned some of it but talk about more than rides and stuff. Yeah you know. A lot of people don't realize that jolly win actually is a fantastic coaster park. You know a lot of people Thinking oh it's it's probably small little entertainment park actually does quite a few of the the big name coasters that the coaster enthusiasts talking about so yet we have our parking one hundred sixty acres. And we've got eight bay coasters so we've got lightning rod which you know we love and we're very proud to to reintroduce this year. I had lots of work in the off. Season practically brand new track thunderhead. That's a wooden coaster while eagle was the first wing coaster in the state So we liked to go. After unique rides we have fire chaser. Express which is a considered a family coaster. The reason is considered family is because it has a very low height requirements. Thirty nine inches. My actually two little boys and both of them were writing. Fire taser express when they were three. So you know on a coaster is kinda crazy but it's a fun unique ride. It launched as you out of the station forward but then by the time you're ending the ride you get launched backward. So that's it's a dual launch coaster. So that's a lot of fun so we we look for a lot of the The rides that are unique or that offer something that people haven't experienced
CDC Releases Next Phase of Conditional Sail Order for Cruise Industry
"The cdc has finally released the second phase of its framework for conditional sailing order. This phase will involve the cruise lines establishing individual agreements ports. They intend to operate and developing plans for vaccination strategies the recommending. That lines require vaccinations for all crew and passengers. But it doesn't appear that it'll be official requirement as of now notably absent from face to are the simulated test ceilings at the previously said cruise. Lines would have to conduct with volunteer passengers on board. The agency says those will be part of phase three. You can read a full breakdown of the new orders. Issued from the cdc at cruise radio dot net
Cunard reports busiest booking day for a decade
"It was a record breaking day. The launch of cunard summer cruises has driven the line's busiest booking day in a decade. The queen elizabeth will operate scenic cruises along the uk coastline. This summer round trip from southampton there will be thirteen summer at sea. Voyages in total ranging from three to twelve nights long most will not include stops but four will make ports calls such as liverpool bill fast and newcastle.
The Music of World Showcase in EPCOT
"If i say the music of epcot what's the first song that comes to mind. Probably something from future world and as we covered extensively back on show six nine six ten future world has background scores and attraction and so show themes that not only. I think resonate with us but are enjoyed by us beyond just our time in the parks. They are on our playlists and in our ears when we drive run exercise. I'm obviously like reaching and assuming those last two or whether we're just relaxing at home but why which is my favorite word. And i think it's probably because so. Many of these songs were created by disney for disney they are original themes built around the theme using the time-tested recipe of what makes disney music so memorable but for the other half of the world. Showcase much of the music is not only traditional but helps to set the stage and represents the culture of the participating nation. And these aren't songs. I think that we would normally associate with a theme park experience. Either that is like if we're talking about walt disney world But some of my favorite songs. That dizzy songs are found in many of these background. Loops of not just future world. But some of these world showcase pavilions and they always seem to bring a smile to my face as they hear them. Whenever or wherever i am and i said on the intro to the epcot show that that the music is very much a melting pot of so many cultures ideas ideals technology and different flavors. And it's a place that you can hear music that is as diverse as the pavilions and cultures and speaking of diverse. I want to continue our musical journey from future world to world showcase once again with friends who helped kick off this musical odyssey so i'd like to welcome back to the show. Lisa denote glasner from the castle. Run and core memory candles dot com to be back. Jason connect from here with the magic and the after our show on the facebooks. Hello it's good to be back with you guys and the one and only zac brown from the one and only the zac brown show. Everybody excited to be here. So i am excited for this. And i'm curious to one because i want to see if hopefully we can beat or not break record long. Our future world discussion was. But i think and i'm curious because we don't talk about this ahead of time how this may differ. Because i think again so many of those future world songs and themes are ones that we can mention by name. Papillon came up again. I think exactly you know if it was a drinking game and papillon was your word. You're in some serious trouble but so much of world showcases different because one. We can't pronounce many of the names the songs they don't necessarily roll off the tongue and they're not one that we might necessarily know by name but we know in terms of how they make us feel and they are there are some pavilions that have themes or some that. Just have background music that we enjoy very quickly. When and they'll round in the same order. When you think of world showcase when you think of world showcase music what is the first song idea pavilion. Thought that comes into your mind for me. I remember when we sat down to do or when was sitting down to prep for the future world. Show i joked that. I've never felt so prepared and so unprepared at the same time for a topic because it was like it was a topic. That's just sort of ingrained in my soul but at the same time i didn't know quite how i was going to articulate it and This show said hold by juice because like the rest of disney right is supposed to sort of insulate you from the rest of the world and i think the unique thing about showcases that it has the opposite job. It's supposed to transport you into the rest of the world. And so while you know so much of the music throughout disneyworld otherwise as supposed to sort of encapsulate you and bring you into this place. You know. the imaginary kind of didn't do their job right right if they did. If that's the result of in world showcase because the point of showcases to make you feel like you're not in central florida. It's supposed to make you feel like you're traveling around the world. As you're walking around world showcase so i don't know if i have a quick good answer to like what song first comes to mind. it i mean i could say something. Easy like golden dream of course. Which is you know sure. We'll talk about that more But now i think it's it's like background stuff. Like le vian rose and like the stuff that green and like that. The the the music that i just associate. Because i'm here. So much with walking around world showcase but at the same time you know like you said in the intro. It's not necessarily music that you're supposed to associate with a theme park. Don't you have a green sleeve. The greens leave story to which will have to get to. Because i remembered crossing the bridge an international gateway with you and i said isn't the screen sleeves using it yet and then you told me a story from your childhood is i am. I am right. I mean who doesn't have a green sleeve story like there's a green sleeve story and i want to don't jump ahead of ourselves but that really from my childhood i whistle. Inslee leaves all the time and it makes my mother crazy. Maybe i was just hoping it was from your childhood. Okay i i mean to answer the question. What's the first song pavilion jumps to mind. It's gotta be mexico and it's got to be the three cobb heroes right like that's got to be no actually. It's not that i think. The the for me world showcase had an anthem and no it can't be eliminations but it had an anthem. It would be basically the soundtrack to impress his france. Of course which. I am super excited about francine far away i know he s- t and wonderful. We'll get there For me it's kind of an unfair answer. I think about the international gateway. It's kind of this. Great little collaboration of everything that you're going to experience it's kind of the coming attractions. You know like lisa said you've got le vian rose and you've got a little bit of music piping in from like the china pavilion and everything just kind of blends and it just sets the overall tone and of prepares you for the pallet. That is in front of you whether it be musical or food you kind of preps you and gets you in the mindset that is world showcase and for me you know if i was to close my eyes and just say world showcases a couple of songs that jumped right to the top but one of them and this is actually a great way for us to begin. I think is. There is a world showcase background loop and being disney enthusiasts that you are. I'm pretty sure. It exists on your iphone or ipod your spotify playlist because this is one of the ones that i think people do have an play when their home or even in their cars or when they're working or walking or just relaxing and while you might not necessarily know the names of the songs if you were to listen through it and serbia following along this. This item list of the music yelich like. Yes inca dance by cousteau. That's my favorite song. Although you wouldn't walk into sam goody's not that there's a sam goodies but go with me here. You wouldn't walk in goodies and say i need incan dance on forty five guys have that. But i love the world showcase loop that you can hear on both entrances to where you could. We'll talk about some of the changes that came about relatively recently but those are some of the songs that i hear that like the future world entrance mentally
Cruises can begin phased return starting Nov. 1, CDC says
"The cdc has debunked rumors after numerous reports that it has denied cruise lines permission to sail on november first so far the agency has not accepted or rejected calls to change or remove the conditional sailing order that it has had in place since last october as it stands right now. The conditional sailing order is set to expire in
Cruises You Must Book Far In Advance
"I'm gary beverage. This is another by cruising tips for travelers. The first cruiser should book way in advance at fact as soon as it goes on sale is if there's a new ship or even a new cruise line entering the market i've been for example at naming ceremonies of seaborne ships and i have met people there that every single maiden voyage off a seaborne ship there are people that will absolutely go on new ships so whenever a big new ship comes along so celebrity when they launched edge. Apex that whole new class of ship in twenty twenty virgin voyagers with scarlet. Lady call launching a new cruise line so whenever this new ships is loss of interest around being the very first person to go on the same with cruise lines so absolutely if a new ship coming in it's favorite cruise line book. As soon as it goes on sale you'll have to find it gets sold out within minutes or hours. The second one is the absolute opposite and when ships are going out of service one of the most famous and hardest to get was when the queen elizabeth. The second went out of service and sold into that was chock full but also recently saga cruises as they got rid of all their old ships and put an entirely new fleet. Those cruises the final cruise ships. They were taken out of service completely. Sold out and were impossible to get on those ships. So you'll find when ships get out of service or they're being silent another lie. That's an absolute time. You want to book as soon as it goes on sale
DeSantis Presses CDC to Reopen Cruise in Florida
"During a roundtable discussion on friday. Florida governor rhonda's santa's state officials and cruise executives called on the cdc to let cruise ships resume sailing from us ports by the end of june. If you say. They can't sale in the united states. People are still going to be taking cruises. You'll have to the bahamas. Florida governor onto santa's their pressure on the cdc from cruise lines is building in the only response from the public. Health agency has been to reiterate that is conditional. Sailing order extends to november first working last year to try to get him sailing by now and for whatever reason Cdc wouldn't go there ever. Since the vaccine rollout has been ramped up cruise line executives have been asking the for updated guidance stating that the current sale order is just outdated
Iceland is open for business
"Is for business for us residents but only as far as iceland. You can't can't use it as a as a transit point still. I think it's Steven i think you were the one that the tag the story i think it's Interesting premature but a little surprising. Yeah i think i was. I was talking with the guys about this in someone who said this is already. It's already open like their areas. Yeah yeah of bloggers that we know andy from any travel blog is already. They're taking pictures of the volcanic eruption. Yeah which i mean. It's fascinating because they've they've said it wasn't gonna happen till the twenty six. I believe of this this month. so i guess they're just like you know whatever I to me. It raises some interesting questions about one. What's it take to get in. I think posted. He just used his quarantine card which doesn't match up with like saint. Hard of sight says vaccine card Which doesn't match up with what the government website says. the website is basically the who yellowcard From dr That doesn't sound like that's the case And i wonder how quickly it can become inundated. It's really hard to get there right now from the united states. Yes no one's flying nonstop from the us An icelandair isn't starting up flights from most of their west coast or central us destinations until the summer. So everything's the europe. So i don't know how andy got there but I i would be fascinated. I'm gonna be now to yeah. I wonder how we get there. I mean but don't forget. The wizz air flight landed as that volcanoes. Erupting so know. There's definitely options. What's the other thing too. Now there's a volcano and it's causing headaches for flights departing in writing and it looked. I mean you know. I heard that there was an option. And i saw some of the pictures i wouldn't say it's like massive. Mount edna style. Just shepherd seems pretty sizable. I do wonder if we're going to have some of the issues that we had too many years ago with. Obviously that's a fairly big chunk of the airspace to get from the us europe. I guess guess so few flights right now. Maybe it's not as big an issue to reroute folks. I was. I was secretly hoping we're gonna try to pronounce that old volcano on the show. No no no no no no remember. This is a scripted show. Oh wait yeah. I mean i think you know right now. It seems like it's a pretty tame volcano and so i know there's been some ash cloud kind of re routes around that southern parts of iceland. Because it's really close to reykjavik is where the volcano and so i know there's been some rewrites but i haven't seen anything major stopping traffic going to europe. So which is which is good.
The Friendliest Countries
"Is a fun episode. I'm not really sure it'll be on your list and guys this is why specifically. I'm gonna ask you to give us your list on instagram at extra packing peanuts. Let us know the from these countries because this is a term that can mean a lot of things with a lot of people and it's very dependent on your specific experiences in those countries right. Because you know everyone's going to have different experiences that was. That's what's fun about traveling. Someone could go to a country. That's there's someone aspect or i didn't. I didn't see this that friendly. It's because you're obviously having your own unique experiences. I have an honorable mention. Okay and i want this be on the list. And but i'm just gonna put on mention and then move on and maybe talk about a little later but australia. It's on my list. It's pretty high at my awesome perfect and then we can get into australia than that. Yeah we'll get into that okay. Cool well then here. We go each have five. We're gonna countdown again. We always tell you we. When we do the list episodes. I don't know how she doesn't know my so. There might be some crossover. I don't know what's on harris or where it is. She doesn't mind so and you always lead it off ladies first number five. My number five is cambodia. And i have to say that. This is because of one person individually the nicest human. We have ever met dr as. I have said this multiple times on other podcasts. that is boondi and there are other people in cambodia who are really nice too but boondi was driver the very first time that we went to cambodia and you know we have since seen him again. When we've been we've connection on social media you know we're facebook friends. He is one of the loveliest people we've ever met in the world and so therefore cambodia has to be on my list. Yeah he's the i will say. This is the nicest person i've met ever traveling. And i debate putting cambodia on the only reason i didn't was because we haven't had that much experience with a lot of other people. They're the people we have have been super friendly so again. This comes down to like. What are you considering. You know this gut reaction again. It was harder for me to make this list i think. Then he'll is the nicest human we have ever met and the gentlest soul. We've ever met and an absolutely phenomenal individual. That many of you listening. If you've been to cambodia and been to see him reap have used him as a driver before based on us recommending him and he is. Everyone has come back and said. Oh my gosh everything you say about plenty is completely true and you probably even under sell like i. I can't believe how nicest guy so if you go to see him reap. We have a post on our website. One extra peanuts take the two minutes to find it. Get his number and e-mail boondi you will be. It's the best two to three minutes you could ever because he will make your experience. Incredible and I can't wait for the day. That we get to see him and his wife and his family again because they are absolutely lovely people My number five. And i'm going to stay in that same region carry on because i put thailand on and i also have talent on my list but yeah we'll talk about it now just different cultures different people but a lot of similarities. Because you're in the same region and you know it's called the land of smiles and we have spent more time in thailand than than most other countries that we've been to and we have more people there just because the way we've traveled through. And you know everyone is just. They're just happy to to be a lot like there's a there's a happiness that permeates that culture where you could have someone who in our is you know is poor and and has job. Maybe we wouldn't want to do or something like that. And he's sitting on a boat cutting up pineapple as we're on a on a little trip out to this island and he's just smiling so big because he's just on a boat cutting pineapple and it's delicious and we're having a good time because reverend good time. This guy's having a good time. So thailand just overarching. -ly deserves its name. The land of smiles. yeah. I definitely agree with that. It's higher on my list. It's number two and every time we've been to thailand which has been quite a few times as trump said. We spent a lot of time there. One full month just in chiang mai meeting type people. They're always so friendly and we went to tie wedding. not uninterested. area was our friends hometown and we didn't know that many people there because it was her family and her friends of her family was huge. Like two hundred plus people. Everybody was so friendly than we actually went out after the wedding with some of her closest friends and it was just such an experience. Yeah we we've met so many wonderful friendly people thailand okay. So thailand's you're number two. But what's your number four my number four co stabby guy So we have been in costa rica now for two and a half months which is one of the longest times we've ever spent in another country. Of course right. I think this is the longest continuous. We've ever been in another country other than when we lived in japan. Yeah i think so and that being said everyone here is really friendly. And we don't wanna leave. I mean the eighty five and sunny and paul has to do with it. But the i mean all that's great but the people as everyone who's traveled knows. Yeah the people make the travel experience what it is and from the day we got here even actually before we got here. I was looking for a babysitter hours in like this. Tamarind facebook group like so many people are sending me. Hey this person that person you know. I was like wow. Everyone seems really really helpful. And then we got here and not only are people helpful. But they're just overly nice and same thing like heff foster her watch in the ocean and we put a thing on that facebook group again and saying. Hey we lost his watch and all these people were tagging this other guy who like two weeks before said he founded apple. Watch wasn't the same one but you know just random strangers are like trying to help us get this. And that's just the strangers. That's not even the amazing people that we've really bond with probably a lot of ex- ex- goes yeah but all the all of the local costa rican people who are called tikos yep. They are so friendly from the guard. Who is at our condo. Who the hell on how who speaks very little english but is so kind and so lovely and is so engaged with our children like it's the point where like of course we're we're walking a lot more leaving we're walking and he says hello you know like pure vida and what's up my friend but then even in the car leaving and he wants to come over to the car and we put the windows down he talks to the kids. The kids pounds. He is just wonderful. And that's just one person mean our nannies. Here are costa rica and they are lovely and so wonderful and having vitus to a birthday party and bring the kids crafts in toys for them to play on just like welcome us into their lives and it's just yet people are great. It's really nice very welcoming community and yet to the point that wit sometimes wakes up in the morning and he goes. Where's on hell is on l. out at the You know out at the entrance. Where the fords. I don't know we'll run out there to go find on l. First thing in the morning. So yeah i i'm with you. Costa rica definitely a magical place. And i think that when it don't look at my most are looking for the audio heather is blatantly. My list is off. The table have looked at his list. And so i followed and wear his vision by number four. I mean i guess at this point rica on your list and you just tell my number four interest. My number four is one. That i'm not sure i was happy to have this on the list. Because i'm not sure. It's going to make your list or nine and this and australia are very similar to me. In the way that the people like to just enjoy life and that is ireland. Okay yeah i know what. That's a good thought. That's a really is not on my list kind of forgot we went. There wasn't the first gut reaction country to be on my list. But when i looked at a map usually you and i will look at a map just to just kind of spur some inspiration and i pulled up the map when i was going through and i was looking at europe like spain. People are pretty nice. Portugal was really cool. Italy annex saw ireland and mike ireland. Yeah like to me some of the experience. We have an ireland per personify friendliness. Like they just want to have a crack right crack meaning a good time so you know irish are known for wanting to just have a good time. There was plenty of nights. We'd be sitting in pubs. Music would start flowing. People were talking like again. There is really open. Friendly and enj- enjoying life