Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jaguar Paw Resort Welcomes You To The Jungle

Well, I'm back! And I've come across a really interesting resort. Jaguar Paw resort in Belize gives you a place to rest your head right next to the jungle. Named after a reknowned Mayan leader, they offer many activities nearby, such as jungle walks, cave tubing, an aerial canopy tour, and visit to nearby Mayan ruins.

With 215 acres of jungle preserve at their disposal, they really allow you to "get away from it all". Their website (see the link on the left) offers a virtual tour of the resort and lots more information.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Cedar Point

Hello everyone!

If you're looking for a different kind of vacation, maybe closer to home for those (like me) who live in the Midwest, and you're looking for some major thrills, check out Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.

I made a visit last Thursday to ride their newest roller coaster, Maverick, which just opened this Spring, and I have to say it is a truly great ride! It's not the "highest" or "fastest" like the recent amusement park trends have been, which is just fine with me (I'm not particularly enthralled with heights). It's just 2 1/2 minutes of pure (and intense) FUN! If you want an online preview, see the link in my links list.

If you are looking for tons of rides, Cedar Point is pretty much the ultimate amusement park. They boast the most rides (69) and more famously, the most roller coasters (17) of any other amusement park in the world. Pretty impressive! If you're more than a couple hour drive away, there are many hotels and campgrounds in the area. Information is available on their main web site (again, see my links list).

Have Fun!

Monday, May 14, 2007

University of Akron Steel Drum Band

Wow! That's all I can say! We've been attending the annual Spring Concert for the University of Akron Steel Drum Band for the past few years, and they have been fantastic every time!

They play a wide variety of music to demonstrate the versatility of the pan. Very successfully, I might add!

They have CDs available on their website, as well as photos and general band information. And you can even hire them! Be sure to visit their website (see my links list).

As always - Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

St. Thomas

Hello everyone! Just sifting through my emails and was surprised to see a "blast from the past" from a family member who just recently returned from a Carribbean cruise. On our honeymoon a number of years ago, we were lucky enough to visit St. Thomas, USVI. While we were there, we ate at a restaurant called "The Greenhouse". It was a fun restaurant/bar with a live band and awesome food. So what did I see in my email today, but a photo of that restaurant!

When we visited, they used to have a dish called "Greenhouse Scampi". It was simply awesome! It doesn't appear to be on the menu any longer, but if you are able to visit, please ask them about it and let me know if they still can make it.

So if you want little taste of the tropics, I've put a link to their website in my links list.

Have fun on vacation!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Cruise Calendars

Ever wonder where your favorite cruise ship is headed next? Or maybe you know of family or friends that are lucky enough to be away on a cruise and you just wanted to check out their ports of call?

Well, there's a site out there that helps you do all that and more. It's called This site has links to many cruise lines and individual ships, as well as calendars for each. You can view the schedule by ship or by port of call.

They also have links to a number of webcams, so you can even watch the ship pull out of port! (And, of course, wish you were on it too!). I checked it out yesterday, and it worked very well. I just followed the links to the appropriate webcam based on the port I was interested in and the webcam came right up. I was able to zoom in pretty close too, even though it was a hazy day.

Here is a sample of one of the ships headed for the channel in Miami:

Quite a few of the ships also have "bridge cams", so you can either see the ocean when they are at sea or even the port when they are docked.

Here is a view from the Coral Princess bridgecam, currently in Cozumel:

Check out the Cruise Cal link in my links section and have fun!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Tiki-Fest 2007

For my first post actually talking about vacation, and not just talking about talking about vacation, I thought I'd tell you about a really cool event: Tiki-Fest 2007!

Steve Seifert (aka Tikiman) is hosting this event at Walt Disney World in Florida in late July 2007. There will be a dinner, as well as other activities, at Epcot's Living Seas Salon. If you're interested in attending, the details can be found in my link list under "Tikiman's Links.

Tikiman also has a very comprehensive overview of Disney's Polynesian Resort, covering the history of the resort, descriptions of the accomodations, amenities, reviews, and lots of other great information. I love this site! See the Polynesian Resort link, under "Tikiman's Links" to visit.

And if any of you are able to make it down there, please post a comment and let us know how your vacation went!


Friday, April 6, 2007

Welcome to the Ready For Vacation blog!

How many times have you used the words "I am so ready for vacation!" ?

I know I have, more times than I can count. So, I decided to start a new blog to share some of my web search finds and ramblings with other like-minded people. I'll be posting links, pictures, and plain old discussions about anything vacation related.

Posts could be about fishing reports from North Carolina, surf conditions in Hawaii, favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World, or even steel pan music. Basically whatever I come across is fair game, as long as it has to do with vacationing in some way.

So, check back soon and join in on the fun!