Posted by Adam
on September 29, 2008
Posted by Adam
on September 27, 2008
, CJU 2008
As part of the Captain Jacks Santa Barbara tour company tour I took before CJU 2008 started, Chris (the tour guide) and I went to the Circle Bar B Stable in Goleta, California for a 1.5 hour horse back ride. On the road up to the stable, it is a beautiful ride. There are great sights, lemon and avacado trees all over the place and views of the ocean and the Channel Islands.
I had a nice mellow horse by the name of Leroy. He was a little pokey and I had to give him some encouragement to keep up with the guide, Danny ahead of me. The hour and a half ride was on a windy trail that was fairly rocky and crosed a few streams. Athough he was a little slow, Leroy was a great horse. He didn’t stop to eat along the way, didn’t toss me off at any time during the ride, never got spooked and handles the somewhat rugged terain like a champ.
Circle B Stables offers various lengths of horse back rides ranging from an hour and a half to half day rides that go for four hours. There are group and private rides as well as sunset and sunrise rides as well. The tour I took included the 1.5 hour ride. Since no one else was booked at the time, I had a private guide (normally $65.00) but still paid the group rate of $37.00.
The tour was absolutely beautiful, very relaxing, and the guides and whole staff were wonderful and made sure the equipment and the orse were well suited for me. If you are looking for more than just a horseback ride, you can also check out the Circle B Stables packages. While that was not something I did while there, it would be a great way to get away for a couple days. When you are out in Santa Barbara and want to do something unique, be sure to head over to Circle B Stables and do some horseback riding. You might not be able to walk after being on the horse for even an hour and a half (it took me a while to feel like my legs were back to normal after the ride) but you’ll have a good time, see some beautiful sights and have a chance to take some great pictures and relax away from everything.
It’s time to start thinking snow! The dates for the 2009 PSIA National Academy in Snowbird Utah will be April 18 – 24, 2009. The event is limited to 200 people level 1-3 PSIA certification. The cost for Full Academy Registration is $1,095 and includes six nights lodging at the Cliff Lodge (double occupancy), all ski clinics lift tickets and educational seminars, opening and closing receptions, five breakfasts (great buffet breakfasts!), five lunches (it didn’t include lunches last year!), and two buffet dinners and lots of FUN!
The resident academy registration fee is $645.00 and includes all the above except for the lodging. The registration deadline is March 10, 2009 but if people cancel, sometimes you’ll be able to go from the waitlist to actual participation in the event after March 10th.
For the 2008 PSIA National Academy in Snowbird (which was my first), I was waitlisted at first and then made it out there. The plan is to go every year from now till I can no longer ski. It is really a great event.
Since the Academy ends on the Thursday morning, it makes sense to extend your stay for three nights till the Sunday after the Academy is over. You’ll get a good deal on a room at the Cliff lodge and the slopes will be fairly empty, though many of them will be closed. Last year there ws no fresh snow during the Academy but the skies let loose the Thursday the event was over and everyone ws driving back down the mountain.
If you plan to register, the 2009 PSIA National Academy Registration form is now available. It is a .PDF file so you can print it out and fax it back to PSIA. If you are going, I’ll see you there!
Posted by Adam
on September 22, 2008
When was the last time you went into a corporate office that screamed FUN and CREATIVITY? For me it had been a while. The folks at Zappos take it seriously! This is a recent picture from a tour of Zappos of me sitting in on the VIP throne. More cool stuff from Zappos to come!
Posted by Adam
on September 21, 2008
Treasure Island - Las Vegas
I think I’ve found my new favorite hotel in Las Vegas – Treasure Island Hotel and Casino! The rooms are great (got a Petite Suite on the 12th floor), the casino is nice and the location is great with the Mirage connected by a little tram type thing that goes back and forth between the two hotels. More later on Treasure Island but lets just say Treasure island will be a GREAT place to have as the official hotel for PubCon Vegas 2008 this year.