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A room with a view

I am looking for a hotel, cabin, B&B etc. with a spectacular view of a natural landscape somewhere in the continental US around November 13-15 (somewhat flexible). It would have to be within driving distance from a major airport from which I can rent a car. I could fly out of Chicago or Milwaukee. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Oct 26, 2015 - 14 answers

Things to do in Portland, ME, in October

We will be hiking in the White Mountains starting next week, but want to take a day trip to Portland to see the ocean and do [other things you can suggest]. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Oct 6, 2015 - 10 answers

How should I feel about ocean levels rising when I live in Louisiana?

Given: I think too much. We're fixing up the bathroom and I'm considering putting some cash into fixing the driveway, but then I wonder if the house will be (literally) under water in a few years time... (Sulphur, LA - on the Texas side of Lake Charles). Am I paranoid or is this valid?
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Sep 14, 2015 - 8 answers

On a boat!

Alaska Cruise! What are your last minute tips, tricks and packing advice for someone who got a free-through-family cruise up the west coast and around a glacier and back? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Aug 4, 2015 - 13 answers

Best beaches in or within a day of Seattle?

We're new-ish to the Seattle area and we'd like to find the best beaches for us and our 14-month-old to hang out and build sand castles and stuff at in or around the Seattle area. Bonus points if they have a playground also but we'd prefer awesome beaches with no playgrounds to okay beaches with them. [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner on Jul 19, 2015 - 16 answers

you and me could have a beach romance

I am in search of beach towns where your lodging is walking distance from the beach, shops, restaurants, etc. Any climate/geography is OK. Any large body of water is OK but ocean/beach preferred. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Mar 20, 2015 - 48 answers

Where would I buy an old military submarine? And are there guys who do?

I need information on - forgive me - the subculture of private submarine enthusiasts. Specifically guys who own old military ones. Who buys and own old U571s and such? Where do they get them? Auctions? Is it legal to own one? What are the parameters on this sort of thing?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

The beach with kids. But not San Diego.

Where will the ocean be warm sometime in February or March? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Dec 4, 2014 - 20 answers

Fiction and Non-Fiction Books About Fishing

I'd like to add to my husband's very small library of books that have to do with fishing. Not limited specifically to just fishing, but more or less general maritime activities, such as crabbing, or boat-building, or mysteries of the deep....that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Oct 13, 2014 - 29 answers

Vacation! September! Two kids under three! Eastern US!

My husband and I are in the beginning stages of planning our first vacation in a few years. It'll be our first vacation with kids; our daughters are 13 months and 2.5 years. We will be going in September. I'd prefer to stay in the Eastern time zone so we don't have to mess with sleep schedules. We have to stay in the US, as neither kid has a passport. We'd prefer to drive so we can set our own pace. Budget for the whole shebang is $1,000 - $1,500. [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on Jul 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Can you identify this tiny sessile tide pool critter from Maine?

Last week the kids and I explored lots of tide pools in Maine and found all sorts of interesting things. But there were some organisms firmly attached to the underside of rocks that I am unable to identify. They looked like clear discs of tough jelly, with a star-like pattern inside, and were all about a half a centimeter in diameter. Here's a photo that you can zoom in on to see them - they are near the bottom edge of the rock in the pic - zoomit link. (Also - is that a mass of eggs next to one of them as well?)
posted by chr1sb0y on Aug 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Give me that sweet ocean view

Give me that sweet ocean view, and by "ocean view" I mean "diving board into the Pacific", not "you can see it vaguely in the background" [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jul 18, 2013 - 13 answers

What is this painting I can't get out of my head?

Help me ID a painting I have seen a few times and really want to purchase a print of. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Apr 10, 2013 - 9 answers

What gives you that tropical beach feeling?

Help me create my best happy place: I want recommendations for what gives you that all-around lazy, sun-kissed, salt water, beachy feeling. Music, books, movies, scents, art, images, anything you can think of that puts you there.
posted by dean winchester on Mar 24, 2013 - 28 answers

Please recommend poems about the beach / the sea / the ocean.

I'm looking for poems about the beach that have some nostalgia to them. I'll be pairing them with some photographs of a woman on the beach looking mostly wistfully (think prenup photos!). Quotes are also appreciated. thanks!
posted by drea on Feb 11, 2013 - 20 answers

How does the ocean biome collapse?

I have a very broad question about the expected collapse of the ocean biome, and a bunch of related detail questions. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Aug 8, 2012 - 5 answers

The ultimate vacation: starting at the ocean by myself

Recommendations for a quiet, budget-conscious solo vacation consisting of staring at the Atlantic Ocean? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Jul 15, 2012 - 23 answers

Help me find the perfect vacation spot on the Northeast US coast

The perfect east coast vacation spot? [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Jun 14, 2012 - 19 answers

How long would it take for helicopters to rescue people in the middle of the Atlantic?

Say you're on a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic and something happens and it capsizes. How long would you have to be out there until the Coast Guard rescues you? Hours? Days? How fast can those big helicopters get to you? I am talking middle of the ocean here. Thanks.
posted by Sully on Jun 5, 2012 - 20 answers

Landsat Island

How did we manage to find every island on earth without satellites? [more inside]
posted by zinon on May 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Possibly moving to the bay area?

Help an older couple move to the bay area-My parents are interested in moving to the bay area and are visiting this week to check out some possibilities. Do you have recommendations for areas/communities that might be a good fit for them? They are in their 60's and like quiet, peaceful places, natural beauty, the ocean, slower pace, and they don't have a lot of money. They are spiritual and into alternative medicine, holistic health and gardening. Thank you!
posted by tessalations999 on Feb 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me bring the ocean into my home :)

I'm really enjoying winding down to O-Shen - Salt Water Anthem, and am hoping to find other chilled out, dreamy, evocative ocean-themed music for the times I can't be in the sea :) [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Jan 17, 2012 - 4 answers

On the road. Scenic places to go along Cali coastline on a roadtrip?

I'm in the middle of a road trip and going to be in California (for the first time ever!) this week. Looking for some recommendations for places to hit along the coast, specifically beaches along the southern end, and scenic places to stop and eat/drink further north. [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Dec 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Does FLorida have swimmable beaches in December?

It turns out I'll be in The Villages, Florida for Christmas. My birthday is two days after Christmas, and I want to spend it at the beach. Is there a beach on either coast that far up Florida that'll be swimmable in late December?
posted by COBRA! on Nov 7, 2011 - 8 answers

What books am I thinking of?

What two obscure books am I thinking of? One about ships, one about an outsider. [more inside]
posted by esereth on Oct 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for a shady, quiet spot near water to relax around the SF Bay

Any SF Bay Area'ers know a good place to hang out by a little creek or by the ocean in the shade all day and just relax, have a picnic, nap or read? Maybe play some music at a low volume? [more inside]
posted by missy_b on Sep 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Any beaches with waves within 150 miles of DC?

I'm planning on driving from DC to Colonial Beach in Virginia to go to the beach. I went there once last summer and thought it was a nice beach and it's only about a two hour drive from downtown Washington. Are there any other decent beaches in the area (as in less than three hour drive from DC and beaches where you can swim)? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

WeddingFilter: Beach rentals in Massachusetts?

We're getting married! Hooray! Now, we just need to find a place to have the wedding... help us rent the waterfront venue of our dreams! [more inside]
posted by anotherthink on Aug 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Songs about California falling into the ocean.

Looking for songs about or featuring California falling into the ocean. [more inside]
posted by eyeballkid on Aug 6, 2011 - 27 answers

Stumped for vacation ideas in new england

Seeking: romantic weekend in a charming New England town. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Jul 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Float us across the ocean!

What's the best way to boat across the Pacific? What type of boat would be both effective and relatively easy to build? Human- or wind-power preferred, DIY and reuse encouraged. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jun 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Why does the water make me tired?

Why do I get so tired after going in the water? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Take me deep down

Loved Blue Planet, want more like it. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on May 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Water dissolving and water removing. There is water at the bottom of the ocean.

I have a perfectly spherical lead weight that weighs 1 kilogram. I drop it from the surface of the ocean directly into the Mariana Trench. How long does it take to hit the bottom, and how fast is it traveling when it hits? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 10, 2011 - 24 answers

Fine jewelry in saltwater / chlorinated water?

Fine jewelry: do you take yours off every time you enter a swimming pool / hot tub / ocean? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Jan 6, 2011 - 25 answers

What interesting things can I be doing at the beach and marsh while it's too cold for the usual summer activities? Sciency, educational, artsy craftsy, exercise/activity...

What unique activities could I be doing at the beach and the marsh over time to take better advantage of both while it's too cold for swimming, sunning, and the usual beach activities? Educational things, amateur science experiments/measurements, artsy craftsy things, exercise other than jogging, etc. Let your imagination run wild. [more inside]
posted by Askr on Dec 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Recommend Cold, Awesome Places for a Vacation

I'm going to be starting a little sabbatical from work around Thanksgiving time, and we want to take a vacation trip to kick it off. It'll be approaching winter, and I've always been fascinated by the idea of cold northern oceanfront places with fantastic storms and windswept beaches. Something like the setting of The Ghost Writer, beautiful and austere landscape, cozy house right on the water. Can anyone recommend a town or place to look, maybe pacific northwest or new england? My experience with VRBO-style rentals in California has been good, and dog-friendly would be a big plus.
posted by migurski on Oct 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Movies set in coastal New England.

I'm looking for movies that take place in coastal New England towns. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Sep 12, 2010 - 41 answers

Ocean-going wedding gifting!

A good friend of mine is getting married. Yay! He's also moving to St. Kitts from New Mexico, and will be living near the water for the first time in his life. Double-yay! I'd like to get him and his wife a wedding gift that will be useful for his new island life, but I've only ever visited the coast. What's the perfect couples water... thing... that will get them introduced to the joys of the ocean in an entertaining and exciting way? I'd buy them a pair of jetskis but my budget is probably only about $100 or so...
posted by TheNewWazoo on Sep 8, 2010 - 15 answers

I call him HURF DURF shark.

I baked a cake yesterday. I put a shark on top. The shark looks familiar, like he's a character from something, but since any resemblance was accidental I can't place him. Please look at it and tell me what he's from. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 14, 2010 - 23 answers

No Longer Seeing Stars

What happened to all the sea stars on the Jersey Shore? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Mystery (to me) Bird

What is this sea bird? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

What, no California sun?

Is there an ocean beach in San Francisco, or an hour or so away via public transportation, where it will be warm enough to lounge and swim the first week of July? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jun 1, 2010 - 34 answers

Best route to snorkeling for a poor swimmer

I'm not a very good swimmer. I can tread water, float on my back somewhat, and do a mediocre backstroke. But in a few months I'm going to Hawaii, and I'd like to have some fun snorkeling. What swimming skills should I focus on trying to learn? Should I start with learning finless swimming things first, such as the front crawl, or jump right into using fins and snorkel? [more inside]
posted by Hither on May 29, 2010 - 22 answers

Do changes in thermohaline circulation have immediate impact on regional climates?

Do changes in thermohaline circulation have immediate impact on regional climates? [more inside]
posted by melatonic on Mar 31, 2010 - 7 answers

How far to that horizon over there?

Imagine I'm standing on a boat in the middle of the ocean with clear skies all around and good eyesight: how far is the surrounding horizon? And, bonus question, when I look up, how far away are the furthest clouds? (I assume it would depend on how high the clouds are but I'm still completely ignorant of how much difference that would make so any help would be great.)
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Feb 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Free nature sounds/mp3s on-line?

Where have you found good long streaming/mp3 sources for nature sounds, like rainfall or oceans or crickets? This question was asked and partially answered before (in 2005 and again in 2006) but here we are almost in 2010 so I figure there must be some new stuff out there. [more inside]
posted by math on Dec 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Vacation Destination!

Topical Resortfilter! We're planning a vacation for sometime in 2010, and I have in my mind's eye the image of a every particular kind of resort in a tropical paradise. You've probably seen it before.... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 4, 2009 - 18 answers

Please name this seemingly ungooglable 80s cartoon

What is this 80s cartoon about some possibly magical woman who lived under the ocean? [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Oct 5, 2009 - 8 answers

What can you see in satellite photos?

Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 30, 2009 - 12 answers

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