Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More Snow in California Ski Resorts

It was just in the nick of time, as warm temperatures had been threatening mountain resorts' snow conditions for two weeks. The weather let up Monday (for an amazing powder day, I might add) with just a few snow flurries and is expected to return to crisp, sunny skies Tuesday. Here's how some west coast resorts stacked up on Monday:

  • Mountain High reported two inches of natural snowfall matched with overnight temperatures in the teens, which enabled the resort to make more snow.

  • Over the hill at Bear Mountain natural accumulation was four inches. Snowmaking is expected to continue for several days.

  • Mammoth Mountain reported five feet of fresh snow accumulated over the last four days.

  • Northstar-at-Tahoe reports a seven-day snowfall total of two feet at the summit.

  • There was plenty of shredding to be had at Sierra-at-Tahoe, too, where 34 inches were recorded at the summit over the weekend.

  • Nearby Kirkwood Mountain Resort was graced with up to 39 inches of snow, reporting that the top foot of snow is lighter than the snow underneath it.
  • Fiscal Aid to California

    An economic stimulus package working its way through Congress could provide $10 billion in federal relief over the next two years for California's public schools, raising optimism among educators that it might ease cutbacks caused by the state's budget crisis.

    The money is part of an $825 billion stimulus package the House of Representatives is expected to vote on today. It contains about $140 billion for schools nationwide.

    The package would provide millions of dollars to most school districts in the Bay Area and across the state for construction, special education and help for low-income students.

    "This does not solve the fiscal crisis, but it does throw us a lifeline," state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said Tuesday.

    Although no package has been approved, California educators are salivating over what could be the largest infusion of one-time federal cash for schools in the state's history.

    California is facing a $42 billion budget gap over the next 18 months, and state lawmakers have yet to agree on how to close it. With the state on the brink of running out of cash, California hopes to borrow money to keep short-term cash flowing.

    Friday, January 9, 2009

    Stay in Crescent City


    Crescent City Comfort Inn

    100 Walton St, Crescent City, CA 95531;

    Location: Southside near Crescent City Harbor

    This 100 percent non-smoking hotel is located at Gateway to the Redwood Forest and offers large rooms, some with partial ocean views.
    Many of the rooms and suites have a balcony and a large whirlpool bath.
    Guestroom Amenities at the Comfort Inn include in-room coffee service, 25-inch TV, microwave, refrigerator, ironing board,
    iron, clock radio, hair dryer, cable and HBO.

    Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    Ski Season is Booming

    Big Bear Mountain Tour

    Wrightwood, CA - Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood is reporting a record-breaking holiday season, with skier visits up more than 40% over last year for the two-week Christmas period.

    Whale Watching is Back

    California Whale Watching Tours : Jan-Mar

    From January through March, some 28,000 Pacific Gray Whales make their annual migration up along
    the coast to their summer Alaska feeding grounds. During the summer Blue and Humpback Whales also
    come to visit the local waters delighting visitors with upclose encounters.

    California has several major world class aquarium exhibits and a number of lessor ones with a major emphasis on exploring life and habitat of the California Coastline.

    The several major aquariums can provide a lot more info about guided VIP whale watching tours.

    Tour Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey CA

    Since it first opened in 1984, this facility has quickly evolved into one of the most unique and most popular attractions in America. It features many award-winning exhibits that are rich in information about the many animals, plants and natural habitats of our oceans with a special emphasis on the Pacific Ocean.

    Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach CA

    It takes more than an ordinary aquarium to lead you on journey of discovery of the world's largest ocean. Special exhibits let your dive into a unique exploration of sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.

    California Coastal National Monument

    Established in 2000, the California Coastal National Monument runs the entire length of the California coast (1,100 miles) between Oregon and Mexico, extends 12 nautical miles from the shoreline, and encompasses thousands of BLM administered islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide.

    Cooperatively managed with other federal, state, local overnment, universities, and private interests, the primary purpose of the Monument is to protect important biological and geological values. The islands, rocks, reefs, and pinnacles provide forage and breeding grounds for significant populations of birds and sea mammals.

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    Joshua Tree in Wintertime

    Joshua Tree National Park

    I went out with the Boy Scouts to visit Joshua Tree last week. They love the place with all the abundance of its giant rock formations. Never mind that the temperature dropped by 25 degrees right at sunset.

    Standing nearly 40 feet tall, the Joshua Tree is not really a tree at all but the largest member of the Yucca family of plants. It was so name by early Mormon pioneers crossing the desert who found the angular branches to resemble the outstretched arms of Joshua leading the Israelites into the Promise Land.

    Of particular note are the many unusual plants found here including Joshua trees, cactus,
    ocotillo, smoke treess, palo verdes, pinon pins, yucca plants. The best
    time to visit is early spring when a big array of desert wildflowers
    reach full bloom.

    San Diego Chargers Advance

    AFC Divisional Game Tickets

    11-Jan-2009 : San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers

    Sunday / 4:45 PM @ Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA,

    Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s status for Sunday’s Divisional Playoff game in Pittsburgh is uncertain due to his sore groin,
    but Darren Sproles and Michael Bennett will be prepared to carry the load if needed just as they did against the Colts on Saturday.
    But the weather in Pittsburgh is going to be oh so cold!

    Monday, January 5, 2009

    La Jolla Classic Car Show

    Tour La Jolla Classic Car Show - Jan 11, 2009

    Over 140 classic vintage automobiles will be on display at the 5th Annual La Jolla Motor Car Classic on January 11th. Come admire the breathtaking views of La Jolla Cove and the coastline as you view the range of fine cars, and make sure to stroll up to La Jolla Village for a taste of the exceptional dining and stylish shopping on offer.