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2017

REVIEW: Zombie Farm Paintball Hayride

October 27, 2017 |

Our first Halloween in Florida and about 30 miles from home, we found a Zombie Paintball Hayride on the Smith Family Ranch, in Lakeland. The first time I heard about such an activity was on the Travel Channel. I don’t know if the episode was talking about Millers Thrillers (Spring Hill, TN), Night of Terror (New Jersey), or ScareFest (St. Louis, MO). Read More

REVIEW: Tampa Lowry Park Zoo

September 20, 2017 |

If you’re patient enough to stay in one place and observe the animals, you typically can witness some different behaviors on every visit… especially for any newborns (i.e. on our visit – the orangutan newborns) at the zoo. We have an annual pass… only $129 / 2-person and there’s so much to see still after only two(2) visits so far this season. There hasn’t been a crowd yet as we’ve visited on weekdays. Read More

Review: Croc Encounters – Reptile Park and Wildlife Center (Tampa, Florida)

June 3, 2017 |

Croc Encounters is a non-profit conservation and educational facility that provides a sanctuary to unwanted reptiles. On a Saturday morning, we drove 25-minutes from home to enjoy some time with the reptile world. It was a self-guided tour where we were given some turtle food and the opportunity to take a picture with a 3-ft to 4-ft baby gator. Read More

Solution: Get your Photos off your iPad without iTunes or Image Capture

April 13, 2017 |

I still have my iPad 2 (Model: A1396) and have had such headaches with iTunes and Image Capture not recognizing that I do indeed have GBs worth of photos and videos on my iPad. Yes – All my software is up-to-date: Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iTunes 12.6.0.100, and Image Capture 6.7… yet, these applications don’t recognize the photos or videos on the iPad. So what’s the solution? Read More

Explore Hawaii: DJI Mavic Drone Footage – Surfing Our Home Break

February 17, 2017 |

Only my 5th time playing around with my new DJI Mavic mustering up the courage to fly it over water. The Mavic isn’t waterproof. Before this day, I’ve been immersing myself watching drone video how-to’s on YouTube. Read More

Explore Hawaii: Hiking in West Oahu from the DJI Mavic Drone’s Perspective

February 16, 2017 |

My 4th go with the drone, as I learn to fly the DJI Mavic. This time, we set off on a short hike up the beautiful mountains of Oahu where we had shelter from the sun in a shallow cave. … Read More

Boating: First Time Snorkeling around the Underwater Pipe at Electric Beach

January 3, 2017 |

Having a cousin who grew up in Oahu but currently lives in Washington, he showed us one of his favorite places to snorkel in West Oahu. Jumping aboard our 20-foot motorized Mako 204cc, we head out exploring for spinner dolphins and humpback whales to allow the sun comes up and warm us all up. We arrived where the local power plant was visible about 100 yards from the beach area. But what lies beneath… underneath the water are two giant cooling pipes that pump warm water out. The flowing water is more than strong enough send you doing underwater cartwheels but I called it the “Underwater Pipe Elevator.” Enjoy the video.

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