Archive for August, 2011

 Crayola Factory

OK, let’s play a game. If I say crayons, what’s the first word that comes to mind? Did you say Crayola? Of course you did. The Crayola brand is pretty much synonymous when it comes to any art supplies like crayons and markers. As a former teacher, and now mom, it’s one of my most beloved brands. As a matter of fact, my daughter and I were out drawing with Crayola sidewalk chalk just yesterday.

In case you can’t tell, I am a big Crayola fan. So you can imagine how excited I was to learn that the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA, was just a short drive from our vacation destination of Lake Harmony, PA. A trip there was definitely in order.  I could go on and on about my visit, but instead, let me share with you the top 10 highlights. READ MORE

MLK Memorial
Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of people lined up today to be the first to visit MLK Memorial, a national landmark dedicated Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King is the first non-president and first African-American to be memorialized on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The Memorial includes a 30-foot statue of the civil rights leader, and 14 quotes from his speeches hand-carved into a 450-foot granite wall.

President Obama is scheduled to speak at the memorial’s formal dedication on Sunday, Aug. 28. Organizers believe more than a half million people will attend the dedication ceremony this weekend.

Plan your next vacation to see other historic sites in the US. Check out Travel Channel’s History USA travel ideas.

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Electric Pod Cars
Photo: ULTra PRT

Driverless pod cars may be coming to a city near you. The automated pods are already ferrying passengers to and from Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London. The 22 new, electric-power pods can carry up to 4 travelers and their bags. They travel up to 25 mph on a 2.4 mile-stretch at the airport, and instead of a railway, lines that can be used for optical navigation.

The pods can even run during light snowfall, according to their manufacturer, ULTra PRT. Officials say the pods are cheaper than high-speed rail, and they come to you, rather than you waiting for them. They systems are already under review by airports in California, New York, Oregon, Calgary, Mountain View, CA, and Tyson’s Corner, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Take a virtual ride in one of these new pods. Do you think these new pods will be a growing trend at US airports?

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