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  • Star Tours 2 preview photos

    Posted on May 24th, 2011 Jeff Keller No comments

    I was one of the lucky annual passholders who “won” the opportunity to ride Star Tours 2 (that’s what I’m calling it) prior to its official opening. I chose every possible date/time, so the odds of winning were pretty high!

    Anyhow, I got five rides in over 4 hours, and got to experience virtually all of the variations.  When you get the best combination of sequences, the ride is fantastic. There are some weaker sequences, like pod racing on Tatooine or driving through traffic on Coruscant.  The best sequence, in my opinion, would be Darth Vadar beginning + Hoth middle + Naboo or Death Star ending.

    And now, the photos:

  • Big Island 2011: Everything else

    Posted on May 14th, 2011 Jeff Keller No comments

    Rounding out my trip photos are those that didn’t fit in anywhere else. These were taken in various places around the island, mostly on the Hilo side.  Hope you enjoyed these galleries!

  • Big Island 2011: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Posted on May 14th, 2011 Jeff Keller No comments

    One of the days during my trip was spent taking the long drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. I explored Kilauea — which has no lava flowing at the moment — and also took a guided hike of a rainforest on the slopes of Mauna Loa.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

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  • Big Island 2011: Kealakekua Bay

    Posted on May 13th, 2011 Jeff Keller No comments

    One of the mornings on my trip I took a catamaran ride to lovely Kealakekua Bay, which is a 45 minute “sail” from Keauhou Bay (south of Kona). The water was crystal clear and I saw some pretty cool fish!

  • Big Island 2011: Four Seasons Hualalai

    Posted on May 13th, 2011 Jeff Keller No comments

    I just got back from a week on the Big Island of Hawaii.  I splurged a bit (okay, a lot) and stayed at the Four Seasons Hualalai, which is easily one of the best resorts I’ve ever been to. Service was amazing, the property was beautiful, and even the food was good. And my room!  I got upgraded from a regular oceanview room to a $2300/night suite!

    Unfortunately, the weather left something to be desired. It was wet for the first few days and pretty much overcast for the others.  Those breaks of sunshine were welcomed, though.

    Here’s the first set of trip photos, which I took around the Four Seasons resort:

  • Happy birthday Zoe & Flame!

    Posted on April 18th, 2011 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    My, how time goes by! Zoe is now six years old (!), and Flame is a big four! Happy birthday to my “kids”!

  • The next adventure

    Posted on January 23rd, 2011 Jeff Keller No comments

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog, and I don’t think I’ll be doing a lot of regular posting anytime soon. That said, I did want to mention my next big vacation. It’s still a year away, but I’m thinking that it’s going to be the biggest adventure yet. If all goes as planned, I’ll be taking the second-to-last “big ship” cruise to Antarctica:

    Credit: Holland America Line

    As you can see, the cruise goes around the bottom of South America, with several days spent cruising along the edges of Antarctica. You don’t actually set foot on land.

    Why is this the last cruise? New regulations that start in mid-2012 essential ban large ships from getting near Antarctica. Only ships that hold under 500 people will be allowed, and given the notoriously rough seas down there, I don’t think I want to go on one.  We will be sailing on the ms Veendam, which holds about 1250 passengers.

    There is one problem, though. This trip is during the Consumer Electronics Show, which is a new camera bonanza.  If this was a trip to anywhere else I wouldn’t go, but seeing how it’s the second-to-last big ship cruise down there, I’m doign it.  So, I need to find some way to getting the news updated in my absence, probably by hiring a freelancer.

    Naturally,  I’ll be taking a ton of pictures on this trip, and they’ll be posted on this very blog.  But it’s still a year away, so it’s a big early to get excited.  Here are some photos taken by some other folks:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

    The Prinsendam (different ship, same cruise line) in Antarctica / Photo credit: http://picasaweb.google.com/marko.stefancic/AntarcticaAndTheChilleanFjords

    These last two were taken on the very same cruise, last week:

    Lemaire Channel / Photo credit: bescotti.blogspot.com

    Huge iceberg / Photo credit: bescotti.blogspot.com

  • Gems from the SkyMall catalog, 2010 edition

    Posted on December 20th, 2010 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Two-and-a-half years ago I picked out the dumbest products from the SkyMall catalog that you’ll find in the seatback pocket of most airplanes.  Here are my new favorite dumb products that I found while flying to Denver and back a few weeks ago: