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Neglected Graves Household to ‘Invisible Dead’

Duncan Shropshire stops by the edge next to the tree line, exactly where the meadow will become a forest. His yellow linen shirt is mis-buttoned and crooked, leaving the bottom of his stomach somewhat uncovered.

His 8-year-old daughter, Mia-Grace, stands a foot or so behind him, wiping her runny nose together with the sleeve of her blue sweatshirt. Right after about a moment, she lets out a sigh of boredom.

Shropshire, 51, clasps his daughter’s hand and starts talking…stop her in to the Northwest Georgia forest.

“This is exactly where your ancestors are buried, again right here,” Shropshire says. “C’mon, I am going to show you.”

And having a loving tug, Duncan Shropshire shares along with his daughter a crucial bit of their family’s background.

Nonetheless keeping fingers, the pair weaves by means of the maze of skinny pines, stepping more than fallen oaks and basketball-sized sinkholes. Mia-Grace stays silent though her father appears singularly targeted on transferring ahead. Immediately after 5 minutes, they visit a mass clearing exactly where rows of fist-sized rocks bulge out from the floor.

Each and every rock sits atop modest depressions inside the floor.

“You see these humps inside the floor?” Shropshire asks.

“Uh-huh,” Mia-Grace replies.

“Those are rows of graves. They are stacked like spoons right here,” Shropshire says. “There was a good deal of people today right here. People today with the 1800s are buried right here. And I am attempting to maintain it inside your memory the way in which granddaddy held it in mine so it will not be forgotten.”

The 2 crouch down getting closing to the ground, flat rock with all the phrases “Lewis Dickson, 4? scratched into it. For the left with the marker is often a row of twelve rocks. Towards the entrance, you’ll find 4 other rows of stones, various in range.

“How long did they bury our kin right here?” Mia-Grace asks.

“They began within the early 1800s, child,” Shropshire solutions. “They labored our individuals to die right here. They had been slaves. And most likely by about 1905 is the time they stopped burying in this particular region. Your great-great-great grandfather, a (slave-owning) gentleman named Wesley, he had 5 youngsters by this slave lady, your great-great-great grandmother. She is buried more than right here on this facet. Her title is Molly.”

Mia-Grace’s mild green eyes get massive. “I’m anxious may I possibly plan on them,” she says.

“Oh, child,” Shropshire says having a chuckle, “they’re gone. They are gone! They are sleeping now, awaiting the Lord to arrive.”

A “rare” and “special” location this is.

The Shropshire gravesite is inside the Appalachian foothills exterior Gore, Georgia. About 1,000 ft from your clearing. It is definitely an outdated abandoned church on the dusty dirt street. Specialists say that if slaves or previous slaves are buried in the are it could be a exceptional archeological find.

“In Appalachia, it could be incredibly uncommon to possess a black or slave graveyard,” explained Ruth Small, co-author of “Sticks and Stones: 3 Centuries of North Carolina Grave markers.” “The farms in Appalachia had been modest, and there had been less slaves.”

Small says slave cemeteries within the region would already be marked with area stones, such as the rocks in the site, or wood stakes that burned down.

“It’s incredibly regional and extremely nearby,” Small continued. “I’ve observed within the coastal location with graves marked with seashells.”

Other grave markers utilized in black burial cites all through the Southeast incorporate iron pipes, damaged dishes, cups, bottles and reside cedar trees, based on Chicora Basis Executive Director Michael Trinkley. He focuses on cemetery preservation.

“The difficulty with preserving these kinds of sites is the fact that African-American cemeteries are challenging to uncover,” Trinkley mentioned. “You can believe the folks buried there because of the invisible dead. Instead of understanding exactly where they’re, or how a lot of you can find, helps make them prone to be hard to find.”

Even when gravesites are acknowledged, they nevertheless could be destroyed for improvement. Trinkley factors towards the very low nation of South Carolina.

“The regions that had been employed for burial grounds,” Trinkley explained, “those locations had been near to h2o. They had been regarded as waste locations, locations exactly where burying slaves was not a considerable reduction for the planter. These places currently are amongst probably the most sought-after for actual estate.”

Officials in Chattooga County, exactly where the web page is situated, say that they’re unaware of any grave websites within the hills close to Gore and the web-site requirements to become registered with all the library being a cemetery prior to it could be regarded as for safety via nearby ordinances.

Trinkley and Small each say the possible historical significance of grave websites warrant investigation by nearby or state officials.

“What if in that grave was your mom or your youngster?” Trinkley asked. “It’s an concern of respect and an concern of dignity. It is the final choice culture as well as the person make with each other.”

“There are not numerous traceable slave graveyards, and every single 1 is unique in it is personal way,” Small additional. She says the Shropshire family members can position to that spot and say, “This is exactly where we’re from; this can be exactly where our roots are.”

Two cemeteries for two ancestors

Shortly prior to sunset, Mia-Grace and Duncan Shropshire head more than to an previous white cemetery about a mile in the forest gravesite. The dates about the gravestones recommend that it absolutely was utilized across the very same time because the forest cemetery.

There, Shropshire and Mia-Grace stroll more than to some marble headstone that tops ten ft. Before it really is a modest plastic Confederate flag flapping inside the breeze.

“This is Wesley Weatherspoon Shropshire. … He was 1 from the colonels within the Civil War for your Confederacy,” Shropshire says. “He had 5 young children by means of a slave he owned through the identify of Molly.”

“My great-great grandmother?” Mia-Grace asks.

“Your great-great-great grandmother,” Shropshire corrects her. He turns to level towards yet another grave site when Mia-Grace notices her father’s misbuttoned shirt. She stops him mid-sentence and starts to repair the crooked buttons.

“Why is Molly buried more than there and Wesley more than right here?” she asks.

“Because that is the way in which it absolutely was, Mia,” Shropshire solutions.

Mia-Grace’s confront is filled up with intensive focus as she tries to undo the bottom button on her father’s shirt.

Lastly, she pries the button absolutely free. She seems up at her father and says assuredly, “But people today are individuals. It does not issue what they’re. They are all of the very same.”

“That’s a great factor to believe, but back again then it was not like that, Mia,” Shropshire tells her. “The dark-skinned men and women had been buried way back again more than yonder, as well as the light-skinned folks had been buried right here.”

Mia-Grace lastly fixes her father’s shirt, leaving it straight. Then, she skips more than towards the other finish with the cemetery. Shropshire watches her race throughout the whole lot.

“You cannot do effectively in existence in the event you do not know your background. Without having your background, you are absolutely nothing,” he says.

Mia-Grace playfully hides behind a massive headstone, calling for her daddy to chase her. A quarter-way towards her, he stops, turns about and yells back again, “I reckon she’ll be buried wherever she desires to.”

Internet-Savvy ‘Firefly’ Followers Fly Again in to the Battle


Accurate Browncoats, such as the fictional flexibility fighters they named on their own right after, do not quit simply.

These diehard followers of “Firefly,” the 2002 cult Television hit, possess a background of turning to the net to buck improbable odds in protection of their preferred demonstrate.

Now, they are at it once more.

Just days soon after an apparently offhand comment from Nathan Fillion, who played Capt. Malcolm Reynolds within the short-lived Fox sequence, the Internet has as soon as once more lit up with efforts to revive the sci-fi franchise.

Final week, Fillion, who now stars in ABC’s “Castle,” instructed Amusement Weekly he’d adore to play Mal once more. Then, he ratcheted points up a notch.

“If I received $300 million in the California Lottery, the very first factor I’d do is purchase the rights to “Firefly,” allow it to be on my personal, and distribute it online,” Fillion informed EW, a Tech News Blog companion.

Then, some probably shocking on the internet reactions began rolling in.

The following day, previous “Firefly” author Jose Molina wrote on Twitter: “For what it is well worth, I’ve informed him I’d drop what I used to be performing and adhere to.”

Then, Jane Espenson, who wrote an episode, chimed in: “I’m there, if required,” she tweeted.

Jewel Staite, who played ace mechanic Kaylee about the display, had a easy solution whenever a Twitter follower asked if she’d be on board: “Is the Pope Catholic?”

Which was additional than sufficient for enthusiasts (whose “Browncoat” nickname, from the way, arrives through the Western-style dusters worn by Fillion and other people around the demonstrate).

A web page, “Help Nathan Acquire Firefly,” popped up, below the title “Let’s obtain the Captain his income.”

The objective? To create a indicates of accumulating pledges that may flip into donations if a revived “Firefly” seems like it could turn into a fact.

The pledge program hadn’t been formally developed as of Tuesday, but followers had been currently composing within the site’s comment segment that they are prepared to pony up.

In 5 days, the site’s Facebook group had picked up far more than 33,000 members — about ten,000 of them within the previous 24 several hours.

The 2 creators from the web-site are remaining publicly anonymous for now. In an e-mail to a Tech News Blog (which arrived from an tackle connected for the website and was talked about within the group’s Facebook page), they mentioned they function inside the nonprofit area but “have no credentials to communicate of” within the TV/film market or “Firefly” neighborhood.

They acknowledged the odds that Fillion was significant about acquiring the show’s rights are “pretty very low,” but wish the community’s willingness to assistance some kind of revamped “Firefly” will motivate creator Joss Whedon or somebody else together with the appropriate clout to create a transfer.

“Joss compensated from pocket to create [Web series] ‘Dr. Horrible,’ and it is not merely compensated him back again, it is compensated the people concerned,” they stated within the e-mail. “We’d prefer to see him be prepared to allow enthusiasts grow to be his pocket and revisit [‘Firefly’].”

They say they “won’t get a penny” from everyone till an individual like Whedon or Fillion will get involved with an work to revive the display and would search to setup a not-for-profit basis or some thing with the type if that occurs.

Other devotees from the cult preferred say they are not shocked from the fast Internet motion.

“I could not think it when I initial study the tale,” stated Brian Harvard, co-creator from the twenty five,000-member-strong “Bring Back again Firefly” Facebook page. “Then, all of the sudden, everyone’s posting these hyperlinks for the ‘Help Nathan Purchase Firefly’ page and I mentioned, ‘We’ve acquired to assist obtain the term out about this.’ ”

Even just before “Firefly” was formally sacked in 2002, supporters had used for the Internet to attempt to help save it. Employing the on the net instruments from the early 2000s — concept boards, fan web-sites, chat rooms and LiveJournal weblogs — they organized. Contact it an early instance of crowd-sourcing.

They collected income for an advert in Selection, organized a postcard-writing marketing campaign to Universal Images and, once the DVD box set was launched, elevated $14,000 to place copies on 250 Navy ships for your crews to look at.

The fan base’s self-styled guerrilla advertising is extensively regarded as to get served Whedon get funding for 2005’s “Serenity,” a characteristic movie that attracts with each other a few of the loose stops in the collection.

“On the net, which was 1 of the very first instances you have observed like a drive to provide some thing back again,” Harvard stated. “Now, using the introduction of Facebook? My goodness — that is most likely probably the most valuable instrument, subsequent to the world wide web alone, to truly carry some fire underneath this motion.”

Harvard acknowledges that Fillion’s comment seems like an off-the-cuff quip. (And twentieth Century Fox, which owns the rights to “Firefly,” has not expressed any wish to offer them.)

But he says that does not imply absolutely nothing will arrive from the web response to it.

“Even if this venture goes nowhere, a minimum of it is some thing to point out the powers-that-be that there is a item there that might be creating them some cash,” he stated.

Feminine College Wrestler Loses in Iowa State Quarterfinals


An Iowa superior college wrestler who grew to become the very first lady to win a state tournament match when her opponent refused to compete in opposition to her for religious factors misplaced her quarterfinals match Friday.

Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman misplaced 5-1 on factors to Indianola’s Matt Victor within their 112-pound matchup. In spite of the controversy Herkelman was thrust into when her first-round opponent defaulted as opposed to deal with her Thursday, there was small response in the approximately 6,000 Wells Fargo Arena spectators when she misplaced to Victor. There had been many other matches taking location in the time.

Herkelman had a 20-13 document coming into the tournament, but was deprived from the opportunity to point out her abilities when her favored opponent, sophomore Joel Northrup, defaulted as opposed to wrestle her. Northrup, who’s home-schooled but competes for Linn-Mar Significant College, stated wrestling a woman would conflict along with his religious beliefs.

Herkelman and Ottumwa Superior College sophomore Megan Black had been the very first two women to qualify for that tournament in its 85-year historical past.

Herkelman was anticipated to compete inside a consolation spherical match later on Friday.

Black was removed Thursday right after dropping each her matches.

Tournament organizers did not make Herkelman or Victor out there for the media following their match. They stated Herkelman would not talk about the tournament until finally she is completed competing.

On Thursday, Northrup stated he revered Herkelman and Black but did not feel ladies ought to compete towards boys in wrestling. Inside a assertion issued via his college, he known as wrestling a fight activity and mentioned “it can get violent at occasions.”

Herkelman’s father, Bill Herkelman, instructed The Related Press that he revered Northrup’s choice and wished Northrup effectively.

Higher college and school wrestling draw big crowds in Iowa, along with the yearly tournament in Des Moines is adopted carefully all through the state.

The Great American Road Trip: Digital Nomad Style

RV Road Trip Across America

In 2000, I packed up everything, said my goodbyes and drove cross country with my then boyfriend (now husband). We made the trip from Massachusetts to Seattle in early December, so we decided to take the southern route, and still got caught in an ice storm that stranded us in Tennessee for three days. There was a guy in our Motel Six lobby wearing overalls, buckled on one shoulder, no shirt and no shoes. He was muddied up like he just came back from an afternoon wrestling pigs. It was my first time in the south. It was awesome.

Driving across the US is one of those epic trips that everyone has to take at least once. This summer we decided to make that twice. This time we upped the ante a bit and made the drive from Massachusetts to Seattle, then north through British Columbia, Canada, all the way up and across to Alaska.

In nine years, a lot has changed. Now we’re traveling nomads, working as we go. In 2000, I didn’t have a laptop, never mind a wireless card. Back then a trip like ours meant quitting your job and having a fat savings account. This time we worked and traveled for over two months, taking client calls outside of Yellowstone, checking email in the Yukon.

The New American Road Trip:
Cell phone coverage hasn’t surpassed Wifi availability. Even in the most remote areas, where my cell phone had lost coverage days earlier, we were still able to find free wifi.

Camping and RVing is still better than budget motels. At $25-$40/night it’s hard to beat some of these luxury campgrounds that offer cabins, game rooms, swimming pools, and free golf carts to drive around their property. We visited over 20 of them and the internet was always free.

Throw out your maps. We spent a good amount of our pre-trip time planning our stops because we were concerned about always having access to wifi. It was never an issue. There were plenty of options, signs from the highways and sometimes even ‘free internet’ flashing in neon.

We’re not alone. You’d be surprised how many travelers stick stateside to enjoy the vast empty spaces. There will always be the weekender, but on this trip we found many more long term travelers.

It’s still amazing. If you ever get the chance to take a long road trip, take it! It’s the only way to truly understand the size and magnitude of North America. Driving through BC, the Canadian Rockies and the Yukon goes down as one of my top five travel experiences… ever.

The barrier to becoming a digital nomad is shrinking everyday.

Having been driving for the last two months, I’d say that cell coverage is much better than wifi. I can get at least Edge coverage on my iPhone on most sections of interstate, and 3G can be found in some surprising areas.

I’m using my iPhone for most of my causal Twitter/email access and for all of my mapping. GPS+mapping data on the iphone is a godsend.

That being said, you can find wifi at almost every chain motel and campground now. The trick is finding places that aren’t too busy so their connection isn’t swamped at night.

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All About Seattle

Learn More About Seattle

Seattle has it all. Warm sunny summers and mild winters offer just about anything you are looking for in a vacation spot.. You have the ocean close by for sailing, cruises, and guided tours. Great sights and attractions are here for your entertainment including: the Space Needle and The Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. If you are coming alone on business or with the whole family on vacation, you will have a great time.

Seattle has many local activities & attractions. Amusement parks, deep-sea fishing, boat rides, sightseeing, fine dining, AAA basketball, marine museums, and that is not all. You can spend hours, days, or weeks entertaining yourselves and your family without having to travel more than a few minutes in any direction. Nighttime entertainment includes: music and dance clubs with music ranging from smooth sounding jazz to lively disco, comedy clubs, concerts, theater, opera, symphony and movies. Even with all that to do, virtually no one comes to Seattle without visiting the Space Needle. Come, have fun, and enjoy.

Whether you’re on budget or not, you should be able to find affordable accommodations in Seattle anytime of the year. Expedia’s reservations system offers many hotels & resorts to choose from with discounted rates. You can view individual hotel web pages with pictures and information. Check rates, availability and make secure online reservations. If you would prefer a little more space, then you’ll want to check out the vacation rentals that we offer. We’ve learned Expedia also offers some of the lowest rates on car rentals anywhere in the city of Seattle from major companies like Enterprise and Thrifty car rentals.

While visiting Seattle you’ll never go hungry for quality food or shopping. Seattle offers lots of great restaurants that will please anyone’s appetite. You can eat everything from seafood to sushi and do it with a fantastic ocean view. Restaurants serving Italian, French, American, and Seafood can all be found close by. If shopping is what you are looking for you are in luck. Seattle has everything from your department store chain to local gift shops. Shopping here is great for everyday items as well as the special gift items you are looking for.

What to See and Do in Seattle:
Seattle is packed with things to see and do. There is everything from scenic walks on nature trails to fast moving rides at exciting amusement parks. Try the view from the top of the Space Needle or take a cruise down the coast and view gorgeous seascapes. Whatever you reason for visiting Seattle we are sure you will find what you are looking for. Below we have put together a sample of what Seattle has to offer. Please feel free to look around and don’t forget to browse our site for all of the other information about Seattle we have assembled just for you.

Attractions and Activities:
Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute – Chat with a chimpanzee. With sign language, you might do just that at CWU’s Chimposiums. Meet Washoe and her family. The first animal in history to acquire language. Experience this one of a kind project first hand. Groups welcome. MC, VISA. Central Washington University 400 E 8th Ave Ellensburg, WA 98926-7573 (509) 963-2244

Family Fun Center – Open year round 9am-11pm. Go karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, laser tag, arcade. Fun for families, birthdays & groups. VISA MC and company checks. Handicapped accessible. 7300 Fun Center Way Tukwila, WA 98188 (425) 228-7300

Funtasia Family Fun Park – is a family-oriented community based amusement park providing an exciting place for enjoyment without alcohol, drugs or tobacco. We welcome your business, school and church groups for indoor private parties or outdoor picnics. 7212 220th St SW Edmonds, WA 98026 (425) 775-2174

Gameworks – Gameworks is a unique place where people can connect and play the hottest games available. 1511 7th Ave Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 521-0952

Grand Prix Raceway – Grand Prix Raceway is a state of the art, 45,000 square foot facility which offers European style Grand Prix racing INDOORS! 2105 Frank Albert Rd E. Fife, WA 98424 (253) 922-7722

Icicle Junction Family Fun Center – A visit to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth would not be complete without a visit to Icicle Junction Family Fun Center! Bumperboats & Excursion Train Rides, Miniature Golf, Arcade, Remote Controlled Boats. Open year round. MC VISA 565 Highway 2 Leavenworth, WA 98826 (509) 548-2400

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park – Explore over 600 acres of native wildlife in natural surroundings during a guided tram tour and along nature trails. Gift shop and cafe. 11610 Trek Drive East Eatonville, WA 98328 (360) 832-6117

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – Experience icy white beluga whales, intriguing sharks, playful pachyderms. Over 5,000 animals overlooking Puget Sound. 5400 N Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407 (253) 591-5337

Seafair – Summer-long festival with over 50 events for spectators and participants: Milk Carton Derby, Torchlight Parade and Run, Hydroplane Race, Air Show featuring the Blue Angels and more! 2200 6th Ave, Ste 400 Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 728-0123

Woodland Park Zoo – Reconnect with nature at this top award-winning zoo and see why it’s hailed as among the finest in the world. 5500 Phinney Ave N. Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 684-4800

Sights to See:
The Bay Pavilion – Refurbished 1890’s Gold Rush pier with N.W. dining, panoramic views, gifts and apparel, vintage carousel. Entertainment. Open daily from 11am. Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 623-8600

Gig Harbor Peninsula Area – Escape the ordinary-visit picturesque Gig Harbor only 60 min. from Seattle. Inviting shops, galleries, waterfront restaurants, charming accommodations. 3302 Harborview Dr, #2 Gig Harbor, WA 98332 (253) 851-6865

Space Needle – Revolving restaurant, Observation Deck, banquet level and gift shops. Elevator ride complimentary when dining. Parking is available or ride the Monorail. Open daily. 219 Fourth Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 443-2111

Where to Eat in Seattle:
Time for dinner? Seattle has plenty to offer, ranging from seafood to steaks and from Cajun to Deli. Make no mistake Seattle has more to offer than just dinner. Look for great restaurants serving outstanding breakfasts, great lunches as well as savory dinners. Please look below for some of Seattle’s various types of restaurants, cafes and pubs. You will surely find something you like.

American || Pan-Asian || Indian || French || Japanese || Italian || Southwestern || Seafood

2576 Aurora Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/283-3313

2505 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/728-1337

1502 Queen Anne Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/285-7768

Sorrento, 900 E. Madison
Seattle, WA,
Phone: 206/622-6400
19 W. Harrison St.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/298-0123

818 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/624-3287

722 Pine St.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/467-7777

2228 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/728-0463
616 Broadway
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/324-0892

1400 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/623-4450

605 15th Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/726-1000
Queen Anne: 519 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/284-6799

Inn at the Market, 86 Pine St.
Seattle, WA,
Phone: 206/728-2800
2808 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/325-7442

Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/322-4641
2401 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/443-9844


2305 24th Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/329-8005
Pink Door

1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/443-3241

4220 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/324-4140
Fe Cafe

2255 N.E. 65th St.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/524-7736

2001 Western Ave.,
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/448-4884

202 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/443-6000
2601 W. Marina Pl.,
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/285-1000
3014 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA, USA
Phone: 206/284-3000

Where to Stay:
Seattle offers hotels, resorts, motels and inns for almost any budget. Whether you need a room downtown or on the beach, the selection is enormous. You can also find great savings on car rentals and airfare by looking online on Expedia or other booking websites. You should always compare the rates to save the most money. Seattle’s hotel rates can be very expensive!

Local Sports:
Seattle has a spectator sport or recreational activity for everyone. Baseball, basketball, hockey, and football are all on the menu for the sports enthusiast. If you would like to get outside and enjoy the sea air we recommend Safeco Field where the air is fresh and the hot dogs taste great. Below we have listed the sports and recreational activities in the Seattle area.

Professional Sports:
Seattle Seahawks – Professional Football.
Seattle Mariners – Professional Baseball.
Seattle Sounders – Professional Soccer.
Seattle Mist – Women’s Professional Football.
Seattle Storm – Women’s Professional Basketball.

Recreational Activities:
AAAA – River rafting trips around Washington State includes wetsuits, booties and BBQs. Hassle free convenient rafting rides for families, singles and groups. PO Box 666 Leavenworth, WA 98826 Phone (509) 548-4575 (800) 448-7238

AdventureXpress Mountain Outfitters – Complete guided outdoor adventures: Hiking, mountain-biking, whitewater rafting, fishing, skiing, snow shoeing and sleigh rides. Custom tours. Transportation available. P.O. Box 1163 North Bend, WA 98045 Phone (888) 874-8602

Bicycle Adventures – Regional experts offering the best bicycle and multi-sport vacations in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, Utah, Hawaii. Free brochure. PO Box 11219 Olympia, WA 98508 Phone (360) 786-0989 (800) 443-6060

Crystal Mountain – Washington’s favorite ski area. Lessons, rental equipment, child area and lodging available. Call for more information. Summer chairlift rides. 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd. Crystal Mountain, WA 98022 Phone (360) 663-2265

Emerald Downs – Live Thoroughbred racing thunders on in Western Washington, Thursday-Sunday, April-September. Special summer activities include concerts and Family Sundays. 15th Street NW Exit off Highway 167 Auburn, WA 98071 Phone (253) 288-7700 (888) 931-8400

King County Park System – The King County Park System provides parks, open space, aquatics, recreation. Highlights include Marymoor Park, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, King County fairgrounds, and one of the largest regional trails system in the US. 2040 84th Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 98040 Phone (206) 296-4232

River Recreation, Inc. – Enjoy whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking on Washington’s incredible rivers. Friendly guides, satisfying meals and all equipment provided. Package options available. PO Box 55488 Seattle, WA 98155 Phone (206) 417-4695 (800) 464-5899

Nightlife in Seattle:

Night Clubs
Art Bar
1516 2d
Seattle, WA 98101-1543
(206) 622-4344

Baltic Room The
1207 Pine
Seattle, WA 98101-1931
(206) 625-4444

Club FX
333 Elliott
Seattle, WA 98119-4101
(206) 285-6698

Club Zasu
608 1st Ave
Seattle, WA
(206) 682-1200

Neighbors Night Club
1509 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-5358

1114 Howell St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 233-9873

Romper Room
106 1st
Seattle, WA 98109-4901
(206) 284-5003

Showbox Music Club
1426 1st
Seattle, WA 98101-2004
(206) 628-3151

423 2d
Seattle, WA 98119-4012
(206) 903-0870

Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard
Seattle, WA 98107-4809
(206) 789-3599

Comedy Clubs
Barbies Brews & Cues
5050 S Tacoma Way
Tacoma WA 98409-4449
(253) 472-2940

Giggles Comedy Nite Club
5220 Roosevelt Way
Seattle, WA 98105-3627
(206) 526-5653

The 5th Avenue Theatre
1308 Fifth Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-1418

ACT- A Contemporary Theatre
700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 292-7676-Box Office

Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-9411

The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-5510

Golf Courses:
Looking for a game of golf? Seattle has many courses to choose from. These courses designed by some of the greatest minds in golf today are sure to offer everything for every skill level. If you are a beginner or an advanced player you will enjoy your golf vacation at Seattle. Below we have outlined some of the local courses for you to browse through.

Classic Country Club
(253) 847-4440
Spanaway, Washington

Druids Glen
(253) 638-1200
Kent, Washington

Gold Mountain
(360) 415-5432
Gorst, Washington

Harbour Pointe Golf Club
(206) 355-6060
Mukilteo, Washington

Kayak Point Golf Course
(360) 652-9676
Stanwood, Washington

Meadow Park Golf Course
(253) 473-3033
Tacoma, Washington

Port Ludlow Golf Course
(800) 455-0272
Port Ludlow, Washington

The Golf Club at Newcastle
(425) 793-5566
Newcastle, Washington

Parks & Guided Tours in Seattle:
Seattle has it all for the nature lover. Guided boat tours and nature parks and gardens for all to enjoy are just part of the beautiful sights Seattle has to offer. You can hike, bike, boat or take a motor coach to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of some of Americas best seascapes and landscapes. Whatever your pleasure Seattle is sure to please. Below we have highlighted some of the main scenic gardens and tours available in Seattle.

Nature Parks & Gardens:
Elandan Gardens, Ltd. – Ancient Bonsai trees in an elegant waterfront garden. Admission-$5. Extraordinary antique gallery. Sculpture garden. Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. 3050 W State Hwy 16 Bremerton, WA 98312 (360) 373-8260

Lakewold Gardens – Beautiful ten-acre public garden showcasing stunning formal gardens and naturalistic displays…a must see! MC, VISA. P.O. Box 98092 Lakewood, WA 98498 (253) 584-4106

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden – Enjoy over 10,000 rhododendrons growing in a beautiful 22-acre woodland garden. Group Tours available. Unique gifts and plants for sale. Weyerhaeuser Headquarters Campus 2525 S 336th St. Federal Way, WA 98003 (253) 661-9377

Guided Tours:
Argosy Cruises – How May We Help You on the Water? Argosy Cruises offers everything from speedboat rides to fine dining. Seize the day and join Argosy on the water. We can accommodate individuals and groups up to 600. 13 vessels and over 50 years of service. Pier 55, Ste 201 Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 623-1445

Beamers Hells Canyon Tours – Scenic jet boat tours through Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge. It’s fun and safe for people of all ages. Discover, MC, VISA. 1451 Bridge St. Clarkston, WA 99403 (800) 522-6966

Chinatown Discovery Tours – DISCOVER SEATTLE’S CHINATOWN! An Asian cultural experience-unique, historical, fun! Escorted tours with presentations, leisurely walks, with/without food. Reservations required. P.O. Box 3406 Seattle, WA 98114 (425) 885-3085

Discover Houseboating – Cruise through Seattle’s floating homes community with a local houseboater who reveals the famous “Sleepless” home, former bunk houses and brothels, and the relevance of sewer connections. PMB 258, Lake Union Mail 117 East Louisa St. Seattle, WA 98102 (206) 322-9157

Kitsap Harbor Tours – Hourly harbor tours of Bremerton Navy Shipyard and Mothball Fleet. Group tours to other Kitsap Maritime attractions. 833 Bay St. Port Orchard, WA 98366 (360) 377-8924

Spirit of Puget Sound Harbor Cruises – Located at Pier 70. Elegant harbor cruise ship offering dining, dancing, bar service, live entertainment and narrated sightseeing. VISA, MC, AMEX. 2819 Elliott Ave, Ste 204 Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 674-3499

Spirit of Washington Dinner Train – Experience the nostalgia of a bygone era as we travel along the shores of Lake Washington to the beautiful Columbia Winery in Woodinville. Enjoy Northwest cuisine as you dine in comfort aboard our luxurious, vintage rail cars. Departing year round from the Renton Depot just 20 minutes from Seattle. 625 S 4th St. P.O. Box 835 Renton, WA 98057 (425) 227-7245

Underground Tour, Bill Speidel’s – Seattle’s hidden treasure-only in Pioneer Square. Historic, tongue-in-cheek narrated walking tour. The tour begins in a restored 1890’s saloon, with a 20-minute introduction. The walk lasts 1 hour. Daily. Reservations recommended. 608 First Ave Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 682-4646

We hope you enjoy reading all about Seattle, Washington. Contact us if you’d like your details added.

The Road To Affordable Zero Downtime For Exchange

Microsoft Exchange Downtime Photo

In today’s world of mobile computing, global business and electronic commerce, businesses have grown to rely 24×7 on Microsoft’s Exchange to facilitate critical business communication and processes through e-mail, group scheduling and calendars. Microsoft has made great strides in improving the availability of its highly popular Exchange messaging system, but now there is the promise of a technology that can eliminate Exchange downtime altogether.

Nearly 45 percent of business-critical information is housed in messaging applications such as Exchange, thanks to the volume of traffic generated by increasingly large attachments such as multimedia files and the integration of voice messages and faxes. Furthermore, messaging systems increasingly support vital applications such as workflow and knowledge management, making the data they store even more voluminous and incredibly valuable. E-mail is a particularly popular application with a typical end-user spending nearly 26 percent of his or her day on e-mail management.

Clearly, Exchange is the kind of technology that organizations cannot afford to lose. However, even the best systems fail sometimes. While Microsoft and its partners have done much to increase the reliability and availability of Exchange in recent years, the average uptime of the system, high though it is at around 99.78 percent, no longer reflects business’ increasing dependence on Exchange for their very survival.

Any failure of Exchange inevitably results in unacceptable operational, functional, or financial harm to the company or project. Every minute of downtime, planned or unplanned, can mean thousands of pounds lost, annoyed customers, a negative impact on the business’ reputation and even litigation. We have reached the point where, whether we like it or not, companies can no more afford e-mail downtime than they can afford to be without telephones.

All system downtime is costly in time and money. Exchange downtime can be even more so given that it can have many causes because of the breadth of the systems’ influence in IT terms. This can mean that it takes many hours to identify the source of the problem which then takes as much time again to fix. In some cases it is not unusual for Exchange to be offline for 1-2 days. With messaging downtime affecting other enterprise applications, the pressure on the IT department for a fast recovery is immense.

When downtime occurs, the state of the business is frozen in time at the point the system failed, leaving staff to operate on out-of-date information, if at all. People outside the company are unaware of any problem, but this brings its own troubles. For example, customers may e-mail the company with queries, orders or complaints, but get no response. Time-critical documents such as trading instructions or new versions of legal contracts may arrive but no-one inside the company is aware of them and they go unacknowledged and unseen. In all cases the sender will make their own assumptions from the lack of reaction of the company, compounding the negative impact of the downtime.

We know this happens, and we also know that companies live with this situation – not because they like it but because they believe that a solution for guaranteeing uptime of Exchange either does not exist or will be prohibitively expensive. This is confirmed by research. While 76 percent of IT managers who responded to a survey by The Continuity Forum acknowledge that bug fixes are the bane of their lives and they would welcome an automated process for server recovery and protection, nearly three quarters shy away from continuity planning because they think it is too expensive, and over two thirds also think it lacks a return on investment.

Instead, those Exchange users that can afford it seek to minimize downtime by implementing some form of redundancy in their configurations. Typical methods are clustering, where several computers are connected together so the failure of one does not render all services running on that computer inoperable, and installing one or more backup servers. However, clusters are expensive to deploy and complicated to configure. They require substantial planning, medium to high-end external shared storage solutions, and often leave standby servers under-used. It is true that clusters provide the most cost-effective level of hardware availability, but the complexity and capital cost limits deployment to relatively few installations. Backup servers are also a costly option.

As an additional general fallback, companies also spend five and six-figure numbers on disaster recovery plans in the event that a catastrophe of mega proportions should befall their systems, wiping out all the business’ IT as well as Exchange. Ironically, none of these options actually increases Exchange uptime much, but they certainly cost an arm and a leg for the privilege of trying to do so.

What users need is a solution that guarantees the uptime of Exchange, which costs less than the total private medical insurance of a single company’s IT staff in a year – a mere four-figure number. At this price, it becomes affordable for both enterprise and medium-sized users to insure themselves against an event that they know will happen – Exchange downtime – in comparison to paying out shed loads of cash on clustering or a disaster recovery plan which will only be needed when the moon turns blue.

Workspace recovery at affordable pricing and more commercial benefit from investment is definitely high up on IT managers’ wish lists, according to the Continuity Forum research. Over two thirds of IT managers say they would consider buying a solution that could deliver zero downtime – if it cost only around $10K. It is easy to understand why.

Messaging downtime costs an average of $564 an hour, according to research by the Standish Group. In the case of Exchange, those tiny, point percentage figures that deny the system 100 per cent uptime equate to thousands of lost pounds a year to enterprise users. Using standard models for measuring the cost of downtime of a variety of messaging systems, research by Creative Networks (CNI) reveals that a typical organization using Exchange experiences 84 minutes of unscheduled, unplanned downtime each month. This affects nearly 48 percent of staff and lessens their productivity by 20 percent.

In addition, Exchange users also experience 124 minutes of scheduled, planned downtime during which time staff are 10 percent less productive. This totals 3 hours and 28 minutes of downtime each month. CNI estimates that unplanned Exchange downtime costs an average company employing 3,000 staff over $89,000 a year. Increasing uptime by just 0.12 percent could therefore save nearly $55,279 annually.

But financial claw backs are only one part of the equation when it comes to assessing the impact of Exchange downtime. What price can you put on loss of sales, customer goodwill, productivity, and competitiveness, along with missed contractual obligations and additional costs required to correct these losses? If all of these losses could be avoided, as well as tens of thousands of pounds saved by implementing one solution bought out of petty cash, who wouldn’t buy it in a heartbeat?

This year will see the launch of a technology that can deliver zero downtime as an affordable option for Microsoft Exchange today. Is it worth buying? That depends on what you are using Exchange for as a tool. Ask yourself who uses Exchange to communicate with your business – maybe customers, suppliers and so on? What business processes are driven by those incoming e-mails which would cease to function if Exchange went down? What are the productivity implications inside your company of such a situation? What are the payroll costs for staff standing idle when Exchange goes offline?

If the combined cost of Exchange downtime in all these guises totals more than five grand, this solution is guaranteed to save you money. In times of recession when IT managers are under immense pressure to squeeze the maximum performance out of existing systems, it makes sense to spend on IT where the cost is more than justifiable in returned benefits to the business. Where that expenditure also removes a significant risk to the very survival of the business, it must surely be a necessity.

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