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John Steinbeck Literary Mystery

John Steinbeck included this inscription in a friend's copy of Cannery Row: Kahn ni melm Sarat Twini Sener Ni Melm Siri Here is a copy. Any ideas on what it could mean are much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by JCMFD on Feb 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Specific recommendations: Car camping on the central California coast?

Five of us from San Francisco and Los Angeles like to meet in the middle along the coast once a year and car-camp for a long weekend. The past few years we've had a blast at Limekiln State Park campground, but it's under new management now and they won't allow us to reserve a specific ('our') campsite. In case we can't get one of the spots we want there, we'd like some backups to make reservations with somewhere between the southern end of Monterey Bay and San Luis Obispo—any suggestions? Hang on, let me tell you what we liked about Limekiln. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Pacific Northwest Frog (Toad?) ID needed

A poorly-maintained ex Ornamental Carp Pond in Kenmore, Washington has unexpectedly become home to three lovely amphibians, 3-4 inches long. Brownish bodies, greenish heads (the green could be due to algae and weeds.) The most distinguishing feature of these little guys is a sound I have never heard a frog make: a "yowp" or "yelp" noise, which they make when they are startled into jumping back into the pond. Any clues?
posted by dorgla on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Discuss together, watch alone.

I *just* finished watching the series finale of ABC's "Lost", and I would like to know what still needs solving. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Oct 24, 2011 - 18 answers

I need a hotel or resort in Oregon or northern California with an ocean view

So we're driving down the Oregon/California coast in September and we're looking for a hotel room with an unobstructed ocean view. Yes, this is a followup to last week's question. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 3, 2011 - 13 answers

What all inclusive resorts are there on the Pacific Coast?

All Inclusive Tropical Resorts on the Pacific Coast [more inside]
posted by HenryGale on Jul 13, 2011 - 6 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

Tips for Vanuatu/general Pacific island life?

Opinions on Vanuatu/general pacific life? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Apr 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Arena in the Pacific?

Does anyone know of a movie similar to Fredric Brown's short story "Arena," (or the Star Trek episode of the same name) that takes place on a Pacific island, with an American and a Japanese soldier pitted against each other? Note: I just watched Boorman's Hell in the Pacific, and it's not that. [more inside]
posted by stargell on Apr 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Finding a volunteer position related to cleaning up the oceans

I would like to volunteer at an organization that is committed to cleaning up the Pacific Gyre. I live in Vancouver. I am not interested in "awareness" or eco-tour style ventures, only organizations that are doing concrete, actual things that might need a hand. [more inside]
posted by dobie on Apr 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find a resort!

I need a hotel or a resort, a very special resort. Within a 5 hour drive of Seattle (but not on the ocean itself -- we're going there later in the summer), a big comfortable lobby/lounge to play games, read, talk. Something nice outside, but really, in the Pacific Northwest, that's pretty much a given. Old and funky is fine, new and posh also fine. I'm looking for something memorable. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jul 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Red Robin, Red Robin...

How can I convince the local robins to nest in my trees? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on Jun 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Bait-and-Switch or ineptitude?... WTF Travelocity!?

Buying a ticket to Bangkok—is there a dependable online ticket-searching service that is all about getting the truly cheapest fare? Skinflint-In-Coach.com? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Help me find some books on the history of radical politics in the NW!

Help me find some good books on this history of radical labor movements in the US (specifically dealing with the NW if possible)! [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Jul 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Strange plant at Montaña de Oro

I found a strange ocean plant at Montaña de Oro. Can you help identify it? [more inside]
posted by Korou on Feb 24, 2009 - 2 answers

vocabulary question: African and Australia/Pacific languages

Do you know any African language or any Australia/Pacific native language? If so, I have a vocabulary question. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Dec 21, 2008 - 10 answers

Vacation to Washington state

10 days in and around Olympia, WA. What to do? [more inside]
posted by abee on Nov 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Where to go to do research on a specific soldier in WWII?

My brother is doing research on his brother in law who was a staff sergeant in the Paciifc in WWII. After the war he came back to the States, got married and had 8 kids and died at the age of 50. He was in many of the horrific battle zones of that time, Guadalcanal, etc and we would like to present his children with a narrative of his experiences or, at least, places of warfare. The question is - where would a person go to obtain this information on a specific soldier? Thanks very much.
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Sep 1, 2008 - 5 answers

What's the deal with outrageously cheap airlines?

Air Pacific: too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Mystery fish

Please help me identify a fish that washed up on a Pacific Ocean beach in Oregon. [more inside]
posted by efalk on Apr 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Best beach on the Washington state Pacific Coastline?

Best beach on the Washington state Pacific Coastline? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Apr 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Pacific (New Zealand) living and travel

What links New Zealand (University of Auckland), Surfing, Diving, Engineering and island hopping together? more inside [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Nov 3, 2007 - 11 answers

Fares to Japan

I have a year to plan for a flight to Tokyo from the U.S. west coast or central U.S. (preferably DFW) in Sept or Oct 2007. All the fares I'm pulling up as far out as I can go are $800-1050 roundtrip. Is this as good a deal as I can expect to get?
posted by zek on Jul 12, 2006 - 11 answers

1st anniversary

Unique 1st anniversary destinations in the Pacific Northwest? [more inside]
posted by delladlux on Feb 8, 2006 - 18 answers

Like the movie Road Trip, but with less Tom Green.

So we're thinking about a road trip south from Vancouver to (maybe) LA... [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Feb 7, 2006 - 17 answers

Unconventional transportation

Help me get myself across the Atlantic or Pacific without using an airplane. [more inside]
posted by lorrer on Sep 14, 2005 - 19 answers

Seattle Trip #2

You all were a great help last week. My trip to the Pacific Northwest has been bumped up to next week (Sun-Sun). I am looking for three things listed after the jump. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on May 2, 2005 - 13 answers

I am sailing...

I am running away to sea. What should I take for my personal comfort and entertainment (project ideas)? Any other tips for a first timer? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Apr 12, 2005 - 29 answers

I'm looking for a good inn/hotel within three hours drive of San Francisco.

I'm looking for a good inn/hotel within three hours drive of San Francisco where I can have a room with a private hot tub on a deck with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Winter storm vacation!
posted by Nelson on Jan 11, 2005 - 9 answers

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