Monday, May 30, 2011

BBQ Tips....................


Use Reusable Settings: If you are hosting your BBQ at home or in a local park, remember to use re-usable plates and silverware. There really is not reason to use disposable plastic or paper settings, as its just as easy to wash the dishes. However, if you are hosting a large shindig and you are not the dish washing type, we suggest you use biodegradable or recyclable dishes, plates, and forks.

Happy Memorial Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day...............

It's that time of the year again, the unofficial Summer Kick Off!!!



Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

Friday, May 20, 2011

ECO Summer...............

I know it is not quite summer yet, but we want to get an early start..........



5 Eco-Friendly Vacation Destinations



El Coco Loco – El Manzano Uno, Nicaragua

Offering surf and yoga packages, El Coco Loco is a community driven resort that aims to build awareness surrounding poverty in Nicaragua. They’re driven to be leaders in environmental sustainability and with a volunteer program that benefits local communities, they’re enhancing employment in Nicaragua with every tourist they meet!

Jean-Michel Cousteau Island Resort – Fiji

Five star luxury and award winning Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Resort is a taste of paradise. Named the World’s top eco-friendly resort, it combines the indulgences and relaxation of travel, with an education program dedicated to sustaining the Fijian ecosystem.

Kw’o:kw’e:hala Eco-Retreat – British Columbia, Canada

Nestled in the giant cedar forest of Hope, B.C. off the Coquihala River, this eco philosophy resort is the quintessential rustic retreat. Equipped with a self-sufficient organic garden and comprehensive (environmentally harmless) waste system, Kw’o:kw’e:hala is the perfect destination for a wilderness enthusiast!

Kalmar, Sweden

With a population of approximately 35,000 people, Kalmar has become one of Sweden’s most sustainable cities. On the coast of the Baltic Sea, Kalmar has adapted with green living and sustainable lifestyle by eliminating the need for fossil fuels, hoping to run completely on renewable energy by 2030.

Villa Pape – Trigor, Croatia

For years Croatia has been a hotspot travel destination. In the heart of the Mediterranean, Villa Pape is shaping ecotourism with some of the best organizations in Europe. From a commitment to decreasing waste, utilizing energy effectively, and promoting local business, this resort is eco-friendly and fit for the whole family to enjoy.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Careful Planning...........


Careful planning is a key when trying to save money. We planned out our trip to visit many great places with little cost and travel expenses. We went to places that we had memberships, did you know joining local museums provides access to free or discounted museums. Having a family member over 62 travel with you that has a Parks Pass provides great places to visit for free.

We visited the Las Vegas Natural History Museum for $8.00 for six people.

The LIED Children Museum for $9.50 for six people

M&M World is free

MGM Lion Habitat for free

Fountains free

Volcano Eruption free

Pirate Show free

Caesars Fall of Atlantis free

Lake Mead

Hoover Dam

Plus many many more for free


Our car only moved once in 5 days and it was very brief.

Stay tuned for more updates.....



Driving


Another reason to drive is for all the great things you can see along the way.

Driving from Arizona to Las Vegas Nevada.

Rt 66 and the Historic Museums in Kingman Arizona

The Hoover Dam

Lake Mead were just a few.

Flying Vs Driving..................


In assessing the impact of a trip (about 300 miles each way), the environmental news website Grist.org calculates that driving would generate about 104 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2)—a leading greenhouse gas—per typical medium-sized car, regardless of the number of passengers, while flying on a commercial jet would produce some 184 kilograms of CO2 per passenger. Since there are 6 of us traveling driving is definitely better for the environment. Being on a budget the cost flying is much greater than driving even with the high gas prices. Flying 6 round trip with great air fare would cost at least $600 and driving cost $100 or a tank of gas.