A few nice Outdoor Activities images I found:
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Nestled half way between Naples and Marco Island, Florida, is a place we call paradise, Pelican Lake Motorcoach Resort. A fully resident-owned luxury resort, Pelican Lake is a tropical wonderland. Each of the 289 spacious lots are individually landscaped with lush tropical plants, stately royal palms and thick foliage for the ultimate in beauty and privacy.
Pelican Lake has all the amenities you expect in a luxury RV resort including park-wide wifi, modern fitness center, deluxe pool and spa, tennis courts, and a spacious clubhouse/ballroom that is home to the many events and activities that are the hallmark of life at Pelican Lake.
The Pelican Lake Lifestyle Pelican Lake owners and guests lead an active and diverse lifestyle. Set in the heart of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, opportunities abound for outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, boating, kayaking, biking, and motorcycle rides or a more a casual set of activities such as world-class shopping, dining, art classes and cultural events.
A People Friendly Resort
Pelican Lake is a resort with friendly outgoing people engaged in an active RV lifestyle in a beautiful setting. When the sun goes down, the fun continues. Whether a quiet dinner with friends at a local hotspot, an evening entertaining guests at your lot, a Wii bowling tournament in the clubhouse, or a fun-filled dinner/dance at one of the many Pelican Lake events, be prepared to have a great time and meet new people sharing common interests and a good time.
And Bring Your Dancing Shoes Too….
Each year, Pelican Lake holds number of special events. Beginning with a New Years Eve formal dinner/dance, fun-filled potluck theme dinners, Friday night karaoke sessions, or the raucous ThunderFest auction event; music, dancing and food combine to set the stage for a great time with life-long friends.
Luxury RV Shows
Each year Pelican Lake hosts two Luxury Class A motorcoach RV shows. This years’ events take place January 20th-22nd and February 17th-19th. Millennium Luxury Coach is a proud participant in this event, which brings owners and guests together for a weekend of the newest and best in motorcoach living. And each Saturday night during the shows, the dancing, food, conversation and camaraderie continue….an event not to be missed.
Pelican Lake Motorcoach Resort is a place blessed with spectacular weather, great facilities and amenities and a special group of fun-loving people. So if you’re looking for an ownership opportunity, seasonal rental or just a weekend, Pelican Lake is truly a place called paradise.
Pelican Lake is 9.2 miles south from I-75 exit 101 (Collier Blvd.). From I-75, drive south on Collier Blvd to our entrance on Championship Drive. Naples Beach is approximately 15 minutes west and Marco Beach is approximately 10 minutes south of our location.
Pelican Lake is close to the Marriott Golf and Country Club (a semi-private course), the new Fiddler’s creek Golf and Country Club and also a public driving range. There is a boat ramp approximately 3 miles from Pelican Lake, and they have several shopping centers within a few miles. You’ll find grocery stores, department stores, and a large plaza of factory outlets nearby.
Nagaden Shigakogen Shuttle, Shibu Onsen, Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture
Image by David McKelvey
Shibu Onsen is a historic and attractive hot spring town in Yamanouchi, which has retained a traditional atmosphere. Nestled in a small valley, Shibu Onsen is spread out on a gentle slope beside the Yokoyugawa River, with Yudanaka Onsen located below and the Jigokudani Monkey Park above.
During its long history, the area has been visited for its hot spring water by a lot of people, including priests, samurai and poets. Some of the ryokan (Japanese style inns) that line Shibu’s narrow streets, date back over 400 years, adding greatly to Shibu’s atmosphere. Guests of the ryokan are encouraged to take a stroll around town in the traditional onsen clothing of yukata robes and geta sandals.
One incentive to walk around the town is to make use of the public bath houses, of which there are nine. The public baths are locked and, except for one, only accessible to locals and overnight guests, who are provided with a master key by their ryokan. The bath houses are small buildings, divided into a women’s side and a men’s side, and the baths themselves are quite simple. The bath houses are numbered, but also have special names and cure different ailments. Source: www.japan-guide.com
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Yamanouchi is a municipality in northern Nagano Prefecture with a variety of tourist attractions. The area’s Jigokudani Monkey Park draws many visitors because of its unique wild monkeys, who bathe in the park’s natural hot springs. The monkeys are not the only ones enjoying the water, as the nearby towns of Shibu Onsen and Yudanaka Onsen are centered around the bathing experience.
The largest ski resort in Japan, Shiga Kogen, is also located within Yamanouchi. One single ticket gives skiers and snowboarders access to dozens of runs, some of which hosted events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Shiga Kogen and other parts of Yamanouchi are part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, which offers hiking and other outdoor activities when there is no snow on the hills. Source: www.japan-guide.com
terlingua ghost town # 6
Image by Jack Parrott
Terlingua (Ghost Town) is a mining district in southwestern Brewster County, Texas, United States. It is located near the Rio Grande and the Texas villages of Lajitas and Study Butte, Texas,as well as the Mexican village of Santa Elena. The discovery of cinnabar, from which the metal mercury is extracted, in the mid-1880s brought miners to the area, creating a city of 2,000 people. The only remnants of the mining days are a ghost town of the Howard Perry-owned Chisos Mining Company and several nearby capped and abandoned mines, most notably the California Hill, the Rainbow, the 248 and the Study Butte mines. The mineral terlinguaite was first found in the vicinity of California Hill.
According to the historian Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale, "Facts concerning the discovery of cinnabar in the Terlingua area are so shrouded in legend and fabrication that it is impossible to cite the date and location of the first quicksilver recovery." The cinnabar was apparently known to Native Americans, who prized its brilliant red color for body pigment. Various Mexican and American prospectors reportedly found cinnabar at Terlingua in the 1880s, but the remoteness and hostile Indians deterred mining. The population of Terlingua in 2000 was 267.
A man named Jack Dawson reportedly produced the first mercury from Terlingua in 1888, but the district got off to a slow start. It was not until the mid-1890s that the Terlingua finds began to be publicized in newspapers and mining industry magazines. By 1900, there were four mining companies operating at Terlingua.
Due to its proximity to Big Bend National Park, today Terlingua is mostly a tourist destination. Rafting on the Rio Grande, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and motorcycling are some of the outdoor activities favored by tourists.
On the first Saturday of November, over 10,000 "chiliheads" convene in Terlingua for two annual chili cookoffs: the Chili Appreciation Society International and the Frank X. Tolbert / Wick Fowler World Chili Championships. In the late 1970s the Chili Cook-Off sponsored a “Mexican Fence-Climbing Contest” to spoof the U.S. Government’s planned reinforcement of the chain-link fence separating El Paso, Tex. from Cd. Juárez, Mexico and San Ysidro, Cailf. From Tijuana, Mexico. The fence the “chili heads” used was constructed by undocumented Mexican workers who labored annually for the Cook-Off organizers at five dollars a day plus meals and rustic lodging. Among the founders of the first chili cookoff in 1967 was car manufacturer Carroll Shelby, who owned a 220,000-acre (890 km2) ranch nearby.