Legoland reopens, the first big theme park in Central Florida to come back after coronavirus shutdowns
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. ? For likely the first time in Legoland Florida’s history, the park was more popular than Walt Disney World.The Winter Haven attraction on Monday became the only major theme park in the state open for business, ending its coronavirus pandemic shutdown.“As a theme park junkie myself, I could not be more excited,” said Tyler Pellerin, a Legoland employee who helped customers whose vacations were disrupted by the shutdowns. “Two and a half months of my life have been working toward this.”Just before 10 a.m., a crowd of about 100 people lined up, spaced 6 feet apart. First, a bu...
Will adventure travel lead the way back to travel? Knowmad Adventures and Wilderness Inquiry weigh in
“In a post-COVID world, we’ll be seeking purpose and growth and connection more than ever, and travel is about connection at a basic human level,” said Jordan Harvey, co-founder of Minneapolis-based Knowmad Adventures.Adventure travel specialists discern a silver lining to the current pause in travel. Theirs may be one of the first tourism sectors to rebound — and some of their practices could be adopted more widely when the world opens to travel again.Adventure trips tend to bring people to out-of-the-way destinations. They also often require travelers to be self-reliant, from carrying their ...
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Family travel five: Where the horses roam free
If wide open spaces are on your radar, when the time is right, consider these destinations where horses run wild and free.Here are five ideas that may appeal to your family.———1. Wind River Horse Sanctuary, Lander, Wyo.Located on the Oldham family’s 900-acre Double D Ranch, the sanctuary is one of three BLM eco-sanctuaries that has historically been open for public tours (children under 12 are free) and the only one on a Native American reservation. The family cares for approximately 130 wild horses or mustangs in Wind River country east of Yellowstone National Park. Stop in to the free Visito...
A paramedic's 7 essentials for a COVID-19 travel kit
An increasing number of states are easing the pandemic restrictions and travel is beginning to reemerge. Travelers looking to get back on the road are reexamining what precautions and protections they need in the current environment. What does a travel kit look like since the pandemic? I’ve consulted with experts and compiled suggestions to reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure.These items are a must-have on any trip in today’s coronavirus world:1. Masks. You and your traveling party will be wearing one and you all should carry a few spares. Make certain it covers your nose and mouth.2. Hand...
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: Name the river that forms part of the border between Illinois and Indiana.Answer: Wabash River. It begins in Ohio and flows roughly 500 miles before spilling into the Ohio River at the southwest tip of Indiana.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
Preparing your car for travel in the age of COVID-19
Every fall, after that one last drive, my old Corvette goes into the garage for its long winter nap. I rarely intend for it to be the last drive, but the weather changes, battery dies, and it’s in for the count. A similar phenomenon happened during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Cars were parked much longer than planned. With restrictions easing, it’s time to reawaken our rides and prepare them for the new normal in summer vacations.AAA predicts more of a desire to travel to U.S. destinations, mostly local and regional attractions, and a renewal of the great American road trip.“Americans are ta...
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Delta Air Lines upgrades health, safety guidelines
As travel restrictions are lifted, Delta Air Lines has implemented a series of health protocols to keep passengers safe as they fly again during the coronavirus outbreak and moving forward.From the time customers check in for their flights until they collect their bags at the final destination, Delta officials claim the company’s main focus has shifted to the health and safety of passengers.In the airport, travelers will notice check-in lobbies, self-service kiosks, gate counters and baggage claim are thoroughly wiped down throughout the day, while electrostatic spraying will take place in the...
Bryce Miller: Del Mar racetrack moves opener to July 10, adjusts racing and safety protocols
SAN DIEGO — You think the logistics of a normal opening day at Del Mar racetrack are tricky? Try putting it on … without fans … during a chilling, unprecedented health crisis … in an industry still squirming in the public-relations spotlight.Judging hats the size of apartment buildings and pouring an ocean’s worth of Del Margaritas hardly matter when you’re simply trying to open the gates.The track will open its iconic summer meet July 10, eight days earlier than planned. Horses will race three days each week, instead of five. Only essential workers will be allowed, which — coupled with no fan...
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Minnesota state parks slowly get ready to reopen to campers
IN AFTON STATE PARK, Minn. — On Tuesday, May 19, while hiking in this oak-laden expanse of bluffs, ravines and grassy ridgetops that adjoin the St. Croix River, Erika Rivers was uncertain when Minnesota state parks would again be open to overnight camping.The second oldest state park system in the nation, Minnesota’s latticework of 66 state parks and nine recreation areas, encompassing nearly 4,400 campsites and a cascade of archaeological wonders and spectacular vistas, is arguably the crown jewel of all such nature-based destinations.Each year, nearly 10 million people visit Minnesota state ...
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Review: 'Swimming in the Dark,' by Tomasz Jedrowski
“Swimming in the Dark” by Tomasz Jedrowski; William Morrow (208 pages, $25.99)———This lovely debut, weighing in at around 200 pages, has the hallmarks of a restrained mini-classic: In simple, heartfelt prose, Jedrowski sketches a powerfully erotic first love transformed by politics into a romance roiled by risk and ethical ambiguity.Set in 1980s Poland, when the Soviet-controlled Communist regime faced an existential challenge by the pro-democracy Solidarity movement, the story centers on Ludwik. As a 22-year-old, he crushes on Janusz, a handsome free spirit he meets at a summer camp that feat...
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