Tag Archives: Recreation

WORLD’S FASTEST AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE! WOW!

WATER CAR

 “It’s a car!  It’s a boat!  It’s fast, and babes seem to love it!”

Now here’s the ultimate wish list item for any sports car/water enthusiast who is into amphibious vehicles!

WaterCar‘s Panther is the world’s fastest amphibious off road vehicle.

The machine looks like a Jeep but has the soul of a high performance speed boat, which translates to roughly 80 mph on land and 44 mph on the water, powered by a Honda V6 engine.  

Check out the YouTube video, “Fast Amphibious Car – WaterCar Panther”, published on Jun 20, 2013


Weighing in at less than 3000 pounds, this newest amphibious vehicle is not only the fastest, but also the lightest. Unlike previous attempts at a boat/car hybrid (including the Gibbs Aquada which Richard Branson drove to set the record for fastest “car on water” crossing of the English Channel), WaterCar claims their PantherJet propulsion system combined with the 15 second shift from car to boat mode makes the transition almost seamless.

The Panther will only cost you $135,000.

Only $135K stands between you and (if the video above is to be believed) scores of women just clamoring to board your WaterCar and go fishing.

FRIDAY FUN WITH WORDS ~ THE IDIOSYNCRASIES OF ENGLISH

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FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE PHILOSOPHY OF AMBIGUITY, 

AS WELL AS THE IDIOSYNCRASIES OF ENGLISH:

Some chuckles for you that I received in a recent e-mail about just how peculiar our English language can be ~

TEQUILAOne tequila, two tequila, three tequila…… Floor.

 

MONKEYIf man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

BOOKSTOREI went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “where’s the self- help section?” she said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

QUESTIONWhat if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

 FOREST RANGERWhere do forest rangers go to “get away from it all?”

 

FLYWould a fly without wings be called a walk?

GAS STATIONWhy do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will break-in and clean them?

PARSLEYIf a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?

TURTLEIf a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?

ANIMAL CRACKERS2Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?

 

ATM MACHINEWhy do they put braille on the drive-through bank machines?

DEER CROSSINGHow do they get deer to cross the road only at those yellow road signs?

SOUR CREAM BESTWhy is there an expiration date on sour cream?

SLICED BREADWhat was the best thing before sliced bread?

 

MERMAIDDoes the little mermaid wear an algebra?(tricky)

 

SWIMMERCROPPEDIf one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown too?

PASTAIf you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDHave a great weekend
from your friends at Rainsoft Ottawa,
Eternally Pure Water Systems, Inc
.

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CANADIAN ROMANCING THE WIND ~ VIDEO GONE VIRAL!!!

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When I began work on this blog I had a link to an absolutely fantastic YouTube video that I received in an e-mail, but unfortunately I can’t use it in this blog in Canada.  I hope that some of you in other countries may be more fortunate and will be able to watch it ~

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nr9KrqN_lIg

The second video features the World Multiple Kite Flying Champion – Canadian Vancouverite Ray Bethell.
You will be amazed by his mesmerizing and seemingly impossible art of bringing life to his kites.

In the following video Ray Bethell shares a very personal insight into his life from approximately 60 years to the present.

Life in a DayBob and Ray in Vancouver – Ray’s favorite practice park

 

DEAR SANTA, I’VE BEEN A VERY GOOD BOY!…

WATER CANNON1

… NOW, PLEASE CAN I HAVE THIS TOY???

You know the old saying, “Boys MUST have their toys”…

WATER CANNON HELICOPTER GIMP

This is the V319, a water gun equipped rc helicopter. Yup it’s one of those awesome toys you must have or want. Simply full of fun in every way. Did we mention it has a fully automated water gun that shoots 10ft. at the click of a button!?

Guys (or gals who need a gift suggestion for the ‘big’ boy in your life) ~ watch this short YouTube video published on Aug 3, 2012.

Are they kidding???  Yeah, like anyone would really fill the water cannon helicopter with Windex to wash windows – get real!!!  Zapping a fellow worker or training a pet ~ now that I can see – ha!ha!

How’s this measurement for developmental stages
of a boy’s life through adulthood?

WATER CANNON

And of course we know that there are always going to be boys who must have BIGGER & BETTER – right?

So . . . . . . .   BLAST AWAY BOYS !!!

www.richard-seaman.com

ZAP!!!  ~  GOT’CHA!!!   Here’s the  RC helicopter video posted to YouTube by thinkgeek ~

INCREDIBLE!!! ~ LIVE BIRTH OF THREE STINGRAYS

STING RAYS

AWESOME LIVE BIRTH VIDEO !!!

N.B. ~ This is a follow-up to my blog, “Magical Place ~ Stingray City in Grand Cayman“, posted December 13, 2012. 

I’m reposting the 2nd half of my blog because I feel that some may have missed this amazing event because:  1) it wasn’t mentioned in the title and; 2)it wasn’t the foremost part of the blog.  I hope you find this as amazing as I did.

If you’re interested in seeing a stingray give birth on a dock, watch the following YouTube video, “Stingray Gives Birth On Land After Being Caught By Fishman posted by 718DJNOBODY

One comment posted about this video – ” People! Watch the whole video. He does put them back in the water. I am so glad my kids could see a stingray give birth and then watch as the guy carefully helped them get back in the water. Thank you for video taping this, but also for responsibly putting them back in the water.”

CANADA’S LARGEST WATER THEME PARK ~ CALYPSO

Continuing on with our “Cool Down” series, our next visit is to the Calypso Water Park near Ottawa, in Limoges, Ontario ~ practically in our own back yard!

There’s still lots of time left for you to plan a summer outing of fabulous fun-filled water recreation.

Interesting facts about the park ~ excerpt from Calypso’s web site ~

~ Calypso is Canada’s biggest theme water park, now encompassing 100 acres of water fun for all ages – toddlers to grandparents. 
~ Calypso Park has 100 different water adventures. humongous state-of-the-art slides, a river run, Canada’s largest wave pool, thrilling rides – even a whitewater experience! You won’t have time to be bored.
~ You wanted a wave pool that eclipses all others – we’ve got it. We’ve captured over an acre of ocean and set it free in our park. The enormous wave pool has 10 different types of waves. Calypso Palace wave pool is where people gather to ride the good times.

Calypso Theme Water Park is the summertime place to be, just east of Ottawa off Highway 417 and 75 minutes from Montreal. So pack your swimwear and come on over. Some amenities include restaurants, dairy bar, cafeteria, landscaped picnic areas, souvenir shop, Vip Zone,  Hawaiian Beach Bar, and lounge chairs – plenty of room to enjoy a good laugh and of course, excitement galore. Every inch of this place is injected with fun. No, we haven’t forgotten our smallest friends, toddlers; we have a safe heaven for you, too. Share the best summer moments ever; bring a friend and soak up the fun.

It looks as if the rafts are going to capsize ~ but, amazingly enough they never do!

Martin, the owner of Eternally Pure Water Systems, Inc., had a great time at the park with his young family this past weekend and gives a ‘thumbs up’ for Calypso Park.  Here are a few photos he took at the park ~

This looks like the ideal water park for all you water sport ‘thrill seekers’!   I’m sure that you will have a fabulous time.

~ For water park recreation next year you might consider buying a season ticket – great to have if you live within a short travelling distance.

HOVER CAR ~ CHINA ~ NO WAY! ~ YES, WAY! ~ AWESOME!

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE ULTIMATE in the ‘MOST AMAZING THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN’ CATEGORY!!!

Volkswagen gathers ideas from the people of China to help innovate future cars. We took one girl’s idea for a hover car and made it into reality ~ uploaded May 7, 2012 by

Click link below and choose the FIRST OPTION on this web site for a short video with background info of the life of a young Chinese girl, Wang Jia, living in Chengdu, China and her dream come true.
http://www.zaoche.cn

THIS IS ONE VIDEO,Volkswagen’s The People’s Car Project: Hover Car, Part 2″  YOU WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE “FULL SCREEN”

Volkswagen takes ideas from the people of China to innovate future cars. We secretly took one girl’s idea for a hover car and made it into reality. Watch how Volkswagen – with the help of her friends and family – reveals the surprise to Wang Jia in the following YouTube video ~ “Volkswagen’s The People’s Car Project: Hover Car, Part 2”

I don’t know how any of our viewers feel about this car, but I KNOW that I DEFINITELY WANT ONE!!! 

Ottawa had better have the prerequisite underground minerals to enable me to ‘fly’ around this wonderful city of ours ~ no more traffic gridlocks ~ YAHOO!!!

Let us know what you think.

WIN 5 FABULOUS ‘DREAM GETAWAY’ PRIZES!!!

Ontario’s Highlands boast some of the most scenic rivers, lakes and forests in the province of Ontario. It’s all so close, and yet so far away from it all. Ontario’s Highlands is nestled in an area 30 minutes west of Ottawa and just 2.5 hours traveling from town to town along our scenic roadways from Toronto. Many people visit us to relax and enjoy our down to earth hospitality, while others seek the outdoor adventure of their choosing.

“FAB 5 OF SUMMER SWEEPSTAKES”

1 OF 5 DREAM GETAWAYS THIS SUMMER.

SWEEPSTAKES CLOSING DATE  ~ deadline for entering the Sweepstakes is Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

GETAWAY ONE ~ THE ADRENALINE SEEKER

 

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at RiverRun Rafting and Wilderness Resort; full day of High Adventure Rafting; passes for the Mustang Experience at Calabogie Motorsports Park; 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner and 1 lunch at the resort; dinner for two at Calabogie Peaks Resort AND MORE!

GETAWAY TWO ~ SCENES OF ART & NATURE

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Heather Lodge; full day “A Natural Work of Art” guided tour presented by Yours Outdoors, including a hands-on pottery work shop; day passes to Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, including passes to the Wolf Centre and a Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour; 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the lodge; lunch provided by Gravity Coffee House during the art tour; dinner for two at Sir Sam’s Inn AND MORE!

GETAWAY THREE ~ CULTURALLY CONNECTED

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Code’s Mill Inn and Spa in Perth; tickets to a show at Classic Theatre Festival; tickets for a Rideau Canal Boat Tour; “Fun in the Falls” museum passport; breakfasts at the Inn; dinner for at The Stone Cellar; dinner at Fiddleheads Bar and Grill AND MORE!

GETAWAY FOUR ~ WELLNESS & WILDERNESS

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Marmora Inn, including access to their heated pool and sauna; full day wellness retreat at Grail Springs Wellness Retreat and Health Spa, including yoga, spa treatment, guided hike and access to meditation gardens; treatments for two at the Evergreen Acres Holistic Wellness Centre; 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the Inn.

GETAWAY FIVE ~ LEISURE ON THE LAKE

Quick Breakdown ~ 3 night stay including meals at Land O’ Lake Lodge; Friends of Bon Echo Park interpretive boat tour of Mazinaw Lake; Full day 21’ Vectra Pontoon Boat rental from Smart’s Marina.

CLICK LINK BELOW TO ENTER CONTEST ~

http://www.ontarioshighlands.ca/win/

We wish all entrants the  best of luck and

“HAPPY DREAM GETAWAY”

to the winner!

 

CANADIAN SHARKS THREATENED PLUS AWESOME VIDEO

Please read, “Help Save Canada‘s Sharks” Posted by staffblogger By Jarrett Corke, Shark Project Coordinator, WWF-Canada May 14, 2012

http://blog.wwf.ca/blog/2012/05/14/dear-general-shark-scientists-of-the-world/?utm_source=panda_mail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=panda_mail_June_2012

At the end of this topic I’ve included Jonathan Bird‘s video,Shark Biology” (Webisode 45) as I’m utterly amazed to learn so many astonishing facts, as Jonathan swims among the sharks.  What an incredible insight into this endangered species!   This is a 10 minute video and is definitely worth watching – A MUST SEE!!
 – Jonathan swims with blue sharks and tries to pet one – will he get bitten?…
 – an underwater cave hold a deep surprise…
 – Jonathan swims with the largest toother animal on earth, the sperm whale…

       PROTECTING CANADIAN SHARK POPULATIONS

http://www.wwf.ca/conservation/species/sharks/

Most sharks are vulnerable to overexploitation due to their slow growth, late maturity, low reproductive rates, and long life. Globally, sharks…are among the most threatened marine vertebrates on Earth. Large open-water or ‘pelagic’ sharks, such as great whites, are among the most threatened. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, it is estimated that 60% of pelagic sharks are currently threatened with extinction. As many of these species are wide-ranging top predators, their loss may have far-reaching consequences for marine ecosystems.

Twenty-eight species of shark have been reported in Canadian waters … Close to half of these species are considered to be globally threatened; still most Canadians remain unaware that sharks regularly occur in our waters…

 
 

WHAT ARE THE MAIN THREATS TO SHARKS IN CANADIAN WATERS?

In Canada, unsustainable fishing practices, in particular the unintentional capture of sharks in fisheries targeting tunas, swordfish or groundfish have caused shark populations to drastically decline.

Bycatch – ‘Bycatch’, or the unintentional capture of non-target species in commercial fisheries, is perhaps the single most significant threat to sharks in Canadian waters. Little is known about the distribution of sharks in Canadian waters and ways to minimize the incidence of bycatch and overall shark mortality…

Demand for shark fins – Shark ‘finning’, the removal of only the fins from sharks and dumping the remainder while at sea, is illegal in Canada; however, Canada is importing unsustainable shark products, including fins, for consumption and, globally, the growing trade of shark fins has become a threat to many shark species. The fin trade today is considered to be a primary driver in shark exploitation.

Changes in the marine environment – Destructive fishing activities, marine waste and coastal developments can have serious impacts on marine habitats which sharks depend on. Climate change impacts on the marine ecosystem can also be a cause of concern for sharks, particularly in terms of how population distributions and habitats for sharks, as well as their prey, may be affected.

VIDEO OUTLINE of Jonathan Bird’s, “Blue Sharks“:

Jonathan joins Charlie Donilon on his shark charter boat in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and learns about how shark tagging has shed light on the biology of and behavior of Blue sharks. Tagging has shown that these incredible swimmers actually migrate completely across the Atlantic ocean. Jonathan tries his hand at tagging a shark and then swims with Blue sharks. We also learn that Blue sharks are not nearly as vicious as they have been reputed to be, and the divers are actually able to pet the sharks!

AMERICA’S PROTECTED WATERWAYS

We highly recommend “AMERICA’S WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS” – a National Geographic article, published November, 2011 by Joel K. Bourne, Jr., and the associated Gallery of Photos of the Rivers photographed by Michael Melford (stunning!)

Links to the article, Photo Gallery and Michael Melford’s web site are listed at end of blog.

America‘s Spectacular Wild Rivers

These Scenic Waterways Thrive Under Federal Protection
in the United States


More than four decades after it became law, a little-known federal act safeguards hundreds of primordial waterways.

Photographs by Michael Melford

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River gorge is not so much a river as an exuberant expression of water at play… Today it is one of the ultimate white-water experiences in the United States, drawing thousands of visitors each year.

John Craighead, now 95, is legendary in the field of wildlife biology, … Yet the proudest achievement of John Craighead’s long and storied life, he says, is the passage of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

 … “It took a decade of reports, lectures, and political wrangling, but when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968, much of its language came from the Craigheads. The initial act spared eight rivers and narrow buffer zones around them from dams and development. Today the list has grown to more than 200 rivers in 39 states and Puerto Rico.”

Article link –

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/11/americas-wild-rivers/bourne-text

      Photo Gallery link –

http://bit.ly/rL1Ng4

       Michael Melford’s web site –

http://www.michaelmelford.com/