Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-22-2012, 10:56 AM   #721
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 61
No worldly travels for us (yet). Mr. D and I are headed from the homestead here in Oregon next month to Norfolk, VA to greet our one and only child as his Navy ship pulls in from a 7 month deployment. Son's wife deserves the first big hug and I will get the next. Mr. D will have spent the last 3 days of the deployment with our Navy Nuke son aboard this great ship, experiencing a "tiger cruise" as it heads up the east coast to Norfolk...what an adventure for Mr. D! He jokingly says he'll show them how to run the ship (yeah, and manage the 4,000+ crew members!) Son's apartment is just a 3.5 hour drive to Wash DC, so a nice side trip to DC for us all. Will be staying at a hotel in Arlington and taking the metro daily to see the sights/be tourists in DC for 3-4 days.....Airfare/hotels taking a big chunk of our travel money.....so welcome any suggestions on awesome free/low cost things to experience....Smithsonian is on our list and many of the government buildings/landmarks. Beyond that, not sure. Metro to/fro Arlington and DC. Not into fancy restaurants....so suggestions for pubs/great food elsewhere would be appreciated!
__________________

__________________
infoseeker is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-22-2012, 05:19 PM   #722
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,830
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gotadimple View Post
On my way to northern Italy!

-- Rita
Buon Viaggio!
__________________

__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 05:33 PM   #723
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,830
On Veterans Day weekend, the young wife and I are going up to Ballston Spa, NY for a "romantic getaway" special. It includes a couples mineral bath and couples massage for Sunday morning (and champagne and chocolate, of course). I'm looking forward to it, although I have never had a massage before, so I'm not up on the etiquette. Does one tip the masseur? How much? And the logistics of how and when to tip seem daunting. I presuming that I won't be wearing much more than a towel, so it could be a bit awkward.

I was stationed in Ballston Spa 30 years ago in the Navy and I have not been back since. It will be interesting to see what has changed.

Any restaurant suggestions in that area would be greatly appreciated.
__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 06:13 PM   #724
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
travelover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,494
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gumby View Post
....... Does one tip the masseur? How much? And the logistics of how and when to tip seem daunting. I presuming that I won't be wearing much more than a towel, so it could be a bit awkward.
..........
I usually tip about 10 - 15%. They will leave you to undress and dress. I get out a tip when I dress and leave it on a table. Some have envelopes conveniently placed for your use.
__________________
Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
travelover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 06:38 PM   #725
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,830
Thank you. I always feel more comfortable when I know what to do in advance.
__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 12:26 AM   #726
Full time employment: Posting here.
Moscyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 728
Quote:
Originally Posted by ronocnikral View Post
Leaving next month for HK, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. Confirming travel plans within Burma is a PITA. DW and I may be sleeping in the street. All other plans are confirmed. The grandparents are uber excited to get to spend time with their (favorite) granddaughter as well.

Planning next trip - Can't decide between Pakistan, Northern India, Nepal or Tanzania, Zambia, SA.
Wow! Very exotic. Only been to a few countries from your list.
__________________
Moscyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 10:04 AM   #727
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
kcowan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pacific latitude 20/49
Posts: 5,293
Send a message via Skype™ to kcowan
We have now relocated to our home in PV for the winter. So far so good. Some of the roads have large potholes but we don't drive much anyway. Prices are holding to last year.
__________________
For the fun of it...Keith
kcowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 12:46 PM   #728
Moderator
Alan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Eee Bah Gum
Posts: 20,384
Going to Death Valley on Tuesday, meeting up with some friends who are driving from L.A., then onto Vegas. First time ever to both places.
__________________
Retired in Jan, 2010 at 55
Now it's adventure before dementia
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 02:33 PM   #729
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
braumeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 7,830
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alan View Post
Going to Death Valley on Tuesday, meeting up with some friends who are driving from L.A., then onto Vegas. First time ever to both places.
Don't miss Scotty's Castle. Well worth the visit, IMHO.

Last time I was in DV, I used my handheld GPS to walk out to the exact spot that was the lowest point (below sea level). It was less than a five minute walk from the road, so no big deal. I scooped up a small handful of sand/salt and put it in a little ziplock bag. I'm trying to collect bits (dirt or pebbles) from various extreme points like that (easternmost, westernmost, etc.)
__________________
Pas de lieu Rhône que nous.
braumeister is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 03:11 PM   #730
Moderator
Alan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Eee Bah Gum
Posts: 20,384
Quote:
Originally Posted by braumeister View Post
Don't miss Scotty's Castle. Well worth the visit, IMHO.

Last time I was in DV, I used my handheld GPS to walk out to the exact spot that was the lowest point (below sea level). It was less than a five minute walk from the road, so no big deal. I scooped up a small handful of sand/salt and put it in a little ziplock bag. I'm trying to collect bits (dirt or pebbles) from various extreme points like that (easternmost, westernmost, etc.)
Great tip - thanks.
__________________
Retired in Jan, 2010 at 55
Now it's adventure before dementia
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 04:28 PM   #731
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
RonBoyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by braumeister View Post
I'm trying to collect bits (dirt or pebbles) from various extreme points like that (easternmost, westernmost, etc.)
We have only been to three geographical points along those elines. Both Southernmost points of the U.S. -- Key West, Florida and the Big Island, Hawaii. And the geographical center of the U.S. -- about a 1/2 mile from a dirt road road in some farm land outside Belle Fourche, South Dakota. All we took were pictures. I didn't think of actual souveniers.
__________________
"It's tough to make predictions, especially when it involves the future." ~Attributed to many
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is." ~(perhaps by) Yogi Berra
"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge."~ Lau tzu
RonBoyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 07:03 PM   #732
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 18,659
Talk about unique geographic points, most of us know of the Continental Divide Line. But I did not know about a Triple Divide Peak until I visited Glacier NP in Montana. Of course I did not climb up to that peak, but only took pictures. Water falling on that peak may flow to the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Arctic Oceans.

How did surveyors find this out? Interesting!
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 05:46 AM   #733
Moderator
Ronstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Somewhere between Chicago and Phoenix
Posts: 8,754
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound View Post
Talk about unique geographic points, most of us know of the Continental Divide Line. But I did not know about a Triple Divide Peak until I visited Glacier NP in Montana. Of course I did not climb up to that peak, but only took pictures. Water falling on that peak may flow to the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Arctic Oceans.

How did surveyors find this out? Interesting!
Very cool! - I have to start combining travel with more geographic exploration.

How did the surveyors find this out? - probably from early USGS maps

The National Map: 125 Years of Topographic Mapping
__________________
Ronstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 08:37 AM   #734
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7,423
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound View Post
Talk about unique geographic points, most of us know of the Continental Divide Line. But I did not know about a Triple Divide Peak until I visited Glacier NP in Montana. Of course I did not climb up to that peak, but only took pictures. Water falling on that peak may flow to the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Arctic Oceans.
On someone's bucket list somewhere is to climb the Triple Divide Peak, improvise a wilderness latrine right there at the summit, and allow their morning coffee to flow out naturally and eventually run into three different oceans. Amazing!
__________________
Retired in 2013 at age 33. Keeping busy reading, blogging, relaxing, gaming, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and 3 kids (5, 10, and 12).
FUEGO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 08:42 AM   #735
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
HFWR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Lawn chair in Texas
Posts: 12,887
Quote:
Originally Posted by FUEGO View Post
On someone's bucket list somewhere is to climb the Triple Divide Peak, improvise a wilderness latrine right there at the summit, and allow their morning coffee to flow out naturally and eventually run into three different oceans. Amazing!
We are urine stardust, we are golden..."
__________________
Have Funds, Will Retire

...not doing anything of true substance...
HFWR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2012, 09:56 AM   #736
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
kcowan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pacific latitude 20/49
Posts: 5,293
Send a message via Skype™ to kcowan
Does flowing into Hudson's Bay count? I always lumped that in with east.
__________________
For the fun of it...Keith
kcowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2012, 02:32 PM   #737
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 18,659
The northeastern slope of the Triple Divide Peak in Glacier NP, USA, drains into the Hudson Bay, and some consider that to be part of the Atlantic instead of the Arctic Ocean. The southeastern slope drains into the Missouri River, which then joins the Mississippi River to flow south. The western side flows into the Columbia River. So, the 3 paths are quite distinct and almost 120 degrees apart. It looks like a Triple Divide to me.

The other similar point is Snow Dome in Jasper NP, Canada. I visited it on the same trip earlier this summer, when we stopped by Glacier NP. The Snow Dome drains into the Arctic Ocean in the north, the Hudson Bay in the east, and to the Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River in the west. These 3 paths are also 120-deg apart, and certainly make the Snow Dome a Triple Divide too.

I have linked in a map from Wikipedia. Note that the colored lines are the Divide Lines, and not the rivers that flow from these points.

__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2012, 10:15 PM   #738
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,019
I'm going to Sackets Harbor, NY tomorrow to visit a good friend.
I may stay until Wed, while Mr B studies Sun-Mon and goes to classes Tues-Wed. This may be my last trip up north for the year

Panoramio - Photo of Sackets Harbor, NY

Sackets Harbor, New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sackets Harbor has a microbrewery, a small marina, a brick oven pizzeria, several boutique type artsy shops, and a brick church with real stained glass windows. I may go visit the historic cemetery and the Old Barracks complex.

Oh, almost forgot...and pick the last crop of tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse. I do free weeding and get free veggies in return.
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2012, 04:34 AM   #739
Moderator
Ronstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Somewhere between Chicago and Phoenix
Posts: 8,754
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound View Post
The northeastern slope of the Triple Divide Peak in Glacier NP, USA, drains into the Hudson Bay, and some consider that to be part of the Atlantic instead of the Arctic Ocean. The southeastern slope drains into the Missouri River, which then joins the Mississippi River to flow south. The western side flows into the Columbia River. So, the 3 paths are quite distinct and almost 120 degrees apart. It looks like a Triple Divide to me.

The other similar point is Snow Dome in Jasper NP, Canada. I visited it on the same trip earlier this summer, when we stopped by Glacier NP. The Snow Dome drains into the Arctic Ocean in the north, the Hudson Bay in the east, and to the Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River in the west. These 3 paths are also 120-deg apart, and certainly make the Snow Dome a Triple Divide too.

I have linked in a map from Wikipedia. Note that the colored lines are the Divide Lines, and not the rivers that flow from these points.

Interesting. The purple "continental divide" drawn through Chicago may actually cross the southern tip of Lake Michigan since the south part of the lake flows south to the Gulf of Mexico, and the north part through the St. Lawrence seaway.
__________________
Ronstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2012, 08:17 PM   #740
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kerrville,Tx
Posts: 2,457
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ronstar View Post
Interesting. The purple "continental divide" drawn through Chicago may actually cross the southern tip of Lake Michigan since the south part of the lake flows south to the Gulf of Mexico, and the north part through the St. Lawrence seaway.
The map likley reflects the natural situation where the divide was about 5 miles inland up the chicago river when it flowed into the lake.
__________________

__________________
meierlde is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone have any stories about ERing earlier than you had planned? glen12 Life after FIRE 39 08-12-2012 01:34 PM
Planned Age at Retirement kyounge1956 FIRE and Money 41 07-07-2010 09:31 PM
Planned Medical Expenses smjsl FIRE and Money 21 11-02-2009 09:59 AM
Earlier than I'd planned! piano13 Hi, I am... 15 06-10-2008 07:08 AM
Return more than planned bobbee25 FIRE and Money 65 12-11-2006 02:42 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:44 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.