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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.5: Newport Pier, Newport Beach, California

PHeymont ·
Hey, everybody: Check in tomorrow for a new Where in the World! It will be on display at 5 am EST. Hope that doesn't put the West Coast at a disadvantage...but I don't think anyone is going to get it right away!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

PHeymont ·
Hey, everybody: Check in tomorrow for a new Where in the World! It will be on display at 5 am EST. Hope that doesn't put the West Coast at a disadvantage...but I don't think anyone is going to get it right away!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

Theodore Behr ·
Wish I hadn't been away last week. I actually knew this one!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

PHeymont ·
Don't get left out again! You can follow Gumbo on your mobile device...it comes up formatted for tiny-screen use, but if you have enough screen (most smartphones do) click on settings and choose "standard view," or use the menu to select "Desktop view."
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

DrFumblefinger ·
I didn't even know that, PHeymont! About the cell phone view, I mean.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 1, 2014: A Bird on the Beach

PortMoresby ·
I think updates of this picture should be a recurring reminder of the seasons. Add coats to the chair, take them away. Add hot beverages, change to cold. And in fits of summer euphoria, add bathing suits, take them away... I'll be watching!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 1, 2014: A Bird on the Beach

PHeymont ·
I'd volunteer for the assignment, but the picture dates to 2008, and I'm sure the owner of the chair has moved it....
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 1, 2014: A Bird on the Beach

PortMoresby ·
I think we'd all accept a re-creation then, Backyard Beach Babylon. A truckload of sand, a backdrop, stuffed birds that could change with the seasons to simulate migration for more interest. Your fans await. Or, your fan awaits?
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Re: Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
I found the dinosaurs in Alberta, and the Wooly Mammoths in the Yukon, but more on that sometime in the future....
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

DrFumblefinger ·
I live in Calgary now and people often have the impression it's a cowboy town -- which it is, but it's really a modern oil-economy based city as well. A view of the city's skyline. How far away are those beaches from Liverpool itself, Garry? What I most like about them is how uncrowded they are. Is the water warm enough to swim in or only for those with a strong constitution?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
The Temperatures for Liverpool rely on the strength of the Gulf Stream which sends warm water up from the Caribbean to the West of the UK. It follows the Jet Stream. It means that we can grow Palm Trees in the West - right up to Scotland ! Without this we would freeze in winter because we're that far North. Near to the Latitude of Alaska. But we don't !
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

Former Member ·
Does the Gulf Stream also bring a harvest of tasty fish with it ? Does the pattern of currents vary so that the Gulf Stream brings warmer waters closer to shore at some times than at other times ?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
No - no more Fish. Fish like Cod and Haddock like the colder waters of the UK. Too much heat and they go further North to Iceland. The Gulf Stream often gets caught in a pattern. Its been stuck for months now, bringing us warm water to raise temperatures. At this time of year we get an overnight frost and cool days. But we've had 50f at night and over 60f during the day. My outdoor Tomato's are still healthy and near ready for picking! Thanks to the Gulf stream ! The warmer waters hit the...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

arion ·
Thank you, thank you, for this, Dr. F. This is an excellent time (November 11, Remembrance Day tomorrow) to be reminded of the D-Day assault. We were in Normandy in 1994, when they were marking the 50th anniversary of D Day, and one night we were having dinner in a restaurant and struck up a conversation with a young couple. They were a bit rough looking, a couple of Brits who were starting on a tour of France on their motorcycle but they had stopped off in Normandy at the beaches to "pay...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comment, Arion. It's hard not to be moved by D-Day. The vastness of the assault, the staggering loss of life (civilian and military). What most impressed me is that the local people remember. Not French people away from the coast, but those whose relatives went through the assault make a point of teaching their children and grandchildren the price paid to liberate them from the Nazi fascists. The Juno Beach Center, built by the Canadian Beach, really did a great job of...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

Travel Rob ·
Thanks DrFumblefinger, It's been way too many years since I've seen the Normandy beaches. Your photos are very moving .
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
My Father received this from Dwight D Eisenhower at the start of D-Day:
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
That's an interesting and historic document, GarryRF. Many of those who landed on the D-Day beaches never spoke of this with anyone -- so horrible was the experience, so many wounded and killed among them. I'm curious --did your dad ever share these experiences with you?
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
Yes - my Dad and lots of other guys told me their stories! My Dad was in the Royal Navy and was taking landing craft full of soldiers from ship to shore - several times - under heavy fire! A guy I was doing work for had lots of photos and souvenirs on the walls of his house. Medals and maps. Newspaper cuttings and Badges. All in frames. I asked him how much he remembered of D-Day. "Every minute of every hour. Me and my mate had been together since the outbreak of war. Nearly 5 years. We were...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
Several vets I know say that the Normandy beach landings as portrayed in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" are the way they remember it. Madness, chaos, noise, death, fear, adrenaline, more fear. And yet they ran into the madness. It takes a type of courage that's hard for us to imagine in the 21st century. Thanks for sharing that story, Garry.
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
When I was a little nipper and hadn't started school we would visit family at the weekend. No TV. No money. 1950's -you get the picture. So socialising with Dad's 9 brothers and sisters was as good as it got ! If you mentioned the War in some homes you'd be out the front door quicker than a Rat up a Drain pipe ! Others would tell you tales to make your hair curl. Tails of unbelievable bravery, absurdity and stupidity. The Ladies would tell the tale of how the American and Canadian GI's would...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

Former Member ·
Thank you mr fumblefinger for your poignant description and photos. Our family lost my uncle at Omaha Beach. He was one of those young men caught up in the drama of war who did his best in a very bad situation. Several times during the 1980s and early 1990s, I made my way to northwestern France to visit the D-Day landing sites. At that time, I was struck by three things - the immaculate grounds and air of respect, the gratefulness of the French people and the fact that there were very few...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 10, 2013: African Penguins, Boulders Beach, South Africa.

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, think about what items would fit well for thumbnail images that people could use as avatars. We can create a bunch, and I do have a number of penguin photos that fit the bill.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 28, 2015: Kinbrook Island Provincial Park

GarryRF ·
I've seen so many beautiful lakes in Canada. Mostly on photos. Does this lake ever become cool or warm enough for a skinny dip ? Not that shorts keep you much warmer anyway ! I've not found one yet.
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Re: June 8, 2016: Dockweiler State Beach and Park, CA

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! One of my favorite things in California was taking a bike ride along the beach and seeing that side of LAX. The best part is it's pretty empty!
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Re: Mar. 21, 2016: St. Augustine Beach

GarryRF ·
An undiscovered gem of Florida.
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Re: Mar. 21, 2016: St. Augustine Beach

Travel Rob ·
The recession really hit Anastasia Island hard. There were lots of foreclosures and empty hotels, restaurants and stores. But the last couple of years has seen a total transformation and the island is crowded and businesses are packed like never before.
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

DrFumblefinger ·
Makes me want to go out, buy an RV and go see all the lighthouses in the world! I love lighthouses, and to have so many in one place, even if they're "just" replicas, is great! Thanks, Samantha.
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

RoadWorrier ·
Cool idea, lighthouses all over. Do boaters on the lake count on them, or just for fun?
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

Samantha ·
They are cool to see. Some are just for fun, but many of them do actually light up to help the boaters.
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Re: Spanish town gets tough on beach hogs

The Grey Traveller ·
This selfish attitude is what we travellers hate, it brings out the worst in people. Ban this behaviour I say!
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Re: Butterflies Everywhere at the Butterfly Farm in St. Martin

DrFumblefinger ·
I love watching butterflies fly about and land on everyone -- especially children. It's such a simple pleasure! Never knew about this place, and it's always good to add another stop to one's (evergrowing) bucketlist. Thanks, Samantha!
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Re: Butterflies Everywhere at the Butterfly Farm in St. Martin

Samantha ·
Thanks for the message DrFumblefinger. You are right. I really enjoyed watching the kids get so excited when one would land on them. Of course that scared them off, but it was still fun. Glad you enjoyed the post and was able to add to your bucket list. I know mine is huge and keeps getting longer and longer, lol.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 5, 2014: Tossa de Mar, Spain

IslandMan ·
I love fortified towns and this one is exceptional...thanks PH
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

DrFumblefinger ·
A truly beautiful place! I imagine the kayaking and fishing are quite good. Are there any alligators about/ Is it a first come, first serve campground, or are reservations allowed?
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

Travel Rob ·
Thanks!What an excellent beach GutterPup!
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

GutterPup ·
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: Thanks!What an excellent beach GutterPup! You're welcome! My little secret
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

GutterPup ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: A truly beautiful place! I imagine the kayaking and fishing are quite good. Are there any alligators about/ Is it a first come, first serve campground, or are reservations allowed? The kayaking and fishing are out of this world! No worries about running across any gators, they like fresh water and Ft. DeSoto is salt water, but there are sharks! Reservations are recommended at the campground, especially during the winter and spring months. The summer...
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

Jessica Meddows ·
This is a beautiful beach. Is it a daft question to ask if there are alligators around? I'm Australian, and our more northern beaches get huge crocodiles as well as sharks, so I'm not quite sure if the same goes for alligators in Florida!
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

GutterPup ·
Hi Jessica! While it is not impossible, it is quite rare to see a gator at this beach, I only know of one time that a gator was ever spotted there, and that was only a 3.5 ft long one. It is much more likely that you'll see a shark before seeing a gator
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 23, 2014: Maracas Beach on a hot day, Trinidad

Travel Rob ·
Maracas beach looks great!I think of summer looking at those photos. Thanks for adding it to my ever expanding bucket list!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 23, 2014: Maracas Beach on a hot day, Trinidad

DrFumblefinger ·
It looks like an exotic and unspoiled tropical paradise... Agree with Rob. Another place to add to the future travel list! Thanks MTD.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 13, 2014: Statue of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

Travel Luver ·
So there really was a "Big Kahuna". I thought it was just a slang expression.
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Re: Gallery: Signs of Waikiki

GarryRF ·
A taste of "Modern Culture" - but how long will it stand the test of time ? I found it hard to find examples of Hawaiian culture - pre American influence.
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Re: Gallery: Signs of Waikiki

DrFumblefinger ·
Signs of the Modern Culture, indeed, Garry. Waikiki is about as new a neighborhood as you'll find in any major city. There are no old man-made artifacts or structures here. How long will it last? Like most modern culture, it likely will keep evolving trying to keep up with the times. Old places torn down to be replaced with newer structures. But Hawaii certainly does have places built by the early civilizations that inhabited it. It's not clear when man settled these islands but let's say...
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
Some beautiful photos, Ottoman! I'm fond of black sand beaches because you only find them in places with active volcanoes, and I love volcanoes. White sand beaches are generally formed from the breakdown of coral (often by parrotfish, who eat it and clear the fine particles out the other end). This beach isn't that large, but the black sand is striking. And the turtles -- how lovely they are. They look soooo relaxed. Makes me want to take a nap in that warm sand, too!
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

GarryRF ·
You'd love the Canary Isles. Volcanic islands off the north west cost of Africa. Its a winter hotspot where the islands belong to Spain. Its party time all year and a favourite with the younger set. Its famous on Tenerife for young men to drive up Mount Teide in winter and collect snow from the peak in Cooler Boxes. Drive back down to the 77'f / 25'c beaches and throw snowballs at the topless sunbathers. Might be a bit too much for non-Europeans !!
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
GarryRF -- I think non-Europeans can also enjoy the sight of sunbathers being pegged by snowballs! The first hit, especially, must be quite enjoyable as the injured party wonders "where did that cold hard thing come from"?
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
Hi DrFumblefinger and Garry RF Thanks for the feedback. DrFumblefinger, you are so right about the relaxed turtles. If time would have permitted, I would've joined them for a nice nap. GarryRF, I have copied and pasted your comment into my "things to do" folder. I think I'll fit in quite nicely at Tenerife, for living in the Great White North (aka Canada) has given me a lot of practice at becoming a snowball sharpshooter.
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