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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Recommendations for a quiet, budget-conscious solo vacation consisting of staring at the Atlantic Ocean? [more inside]
posted by pavane
on Jul 15, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What two obscure books am I thinking of? One about ships, one about an outsider. [more inside]
posted by esereth
on Oct 27, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
The seas are rising. Climate change has made it inevitable
. I have a strange question... Assuming that world sea-level rises by 1 metre over the next hundred years - Would it be possible to cordon off a section of land, somewhere in the centre of a continent, and flood it to create an artificial ocean, thus reducing the consequences of the sea rise? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Sep 18, 2009 -
Is there any way of determining what percentage of ships arrived safely at their destinations - or did not - during a given period in history? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy
on Jul 16, 2009 -
My sister and I want to take a cheap cruise over the summer. I'm 22, but she's 19. Are there cruise lines that let you drink at 19 in international waters? Also, does anyone have any recommendations for cheap-ish (doesn't have to be dirt cheap, just reasonable) and fun cruises?
posted by slowcat
on May 10, 2009 -
Is there a book or museum or resource that specifically lists the stories of people who survived in Lifeboats? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000
on Apr 21, 2009 -
Are there any areas of the coastal United States where one can live on the oceanfront relatively cheaply? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Mar 3, 2009 -
Can anyone identify this mysterious sea creature
? My sister saw four of them swimming at the surface in Boca Raton, FL. They were undulating like squids; when contracted they look like black slugs, when stretched they look like that fellow in the photo. An entire crowd formed to watch, as they were so very weird.
posted by miffed
on Jan 22, 2009 -
I need to find a freight forwarder that can arrange all of the details for door-to-door shipping of a 20' x 8'6" ISO standard cargo container from the west coast of the USA to Pakistan. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Nov 20, 2008 -