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California has long been celebrated for its music, food and laid-back culture. Closely tied to all these elements are the state’s hundreds of miles of gorgeous coastline, presenting a seemingly endless array of beach experiences.
While the saltwater gets most the love, California is also home to thousands of freshwater lakes and reservoirs. Some are small mountain gems, while others sprawl for miles through historic river gorges.
The common denominator for these ocean hotspots and their lesser-known freshwater cousins is that they are great for paddleboarding. And many of the state’s best SUP destinations are in the southern half of the state, where the sun shines brightest (allowing for year-round paddling) and time moves the slowest.
Here’s a quick look at some of the greatest SUP destinations that Southern California has to offer.
Paddleboarding Near San Diego
La Jolla Cove
This cove is truly a wonder, combining impressive cliffs, hidden caves and gorgeous water. And you’ll find lots of businesses in town that rent boards if you don’t bring your own, so it’s never difficult to get out on the water and take it all in.
What really sets this place apart is the abundant sea life. You’ll likely see seals along the shore, as well as turtles, jellyfish, rays and sharks. Best of all, the clear water makes it easy to enjoy this outdoor aquarium.
This man-made saltwater bay, one of the largest of its kind in the world, is the perfect place to relax. It may not match the ruggedness of La Jolla Cove or Big Bear Lake, but it offers a protected cove that’s perfect for on-board yoga and other technical pursuits that are difficult on unpredictable water.
The bay is also full of fish, making it a perfect spot to catch dinner from your board. If you’re lucky, you may spot a passing whale. Even on the windiest of days, Mission Bay is a calm oasis that epitomizes the laid-back culture of Southern California.
Other Spots in Southern California
If the sea life of La Jolla Cove sounds appealing, you may also want to check out Dana Point. This fishing hotspot is one of the best whale watching locations in the area. From fall to spring, you can see gray whales on their way to northern waters. In the summer, they’ll pass through again as they migrate south. And from June to October, you may get lucky and see a mighty Blue Whale.
The whales of Dana Point aren’t afraid of paddle boards, so don’t be surprised if they come quite near to you. At these times, it’s best to keep your cool and simply appreciate the amazing opportunity to see them up close and personal.
Big Bear Lake
If you want mountain solitude, you can’t beat Big Bear Lake. Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, it’s the largest freshwater lake in the area and offers pleasantly flat water and stunning scenery.
With more than 20 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty to explore at Big Bear. With its varied terrain, your route could take you past scenic beaches, jagged cliffs and seldom-visited coves. Along the way, you might also encounter some of the forest creatures that frequent the area.What are you favorite spots? Comment below or let us know on Facebook!
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The moon is far away from Earth — very, very far away.
But don’t take our word for it: Scroll from the moon to the Earth yourself in a new interactive graphic.
The graphic also reveals interesting satellites, historical events, and natural phenomena found along the way.
Sitting low on the horizon, a full moon sometimes look close enough to reach out and grab. But our worldly perceptions deceive us.
The airless chasm between Earth and the moon is so vast, stretching an average of 239,200 miles wide, that it’d take a 747 jet airplane flying at top speed more than 14 days to arrive. Even traveling at several thousand miles per hour, it took Apollo astronauts three days to arrive after launch. (Driving a car would take about a year.)See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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For discerning travelers, the question is always where to go next. We’ve searched the world for the best itineraries that offer unparalleled access in places both close to home or farther afield.
Go on safari in Chile
In the mountains and grasslands of Patagonia, track the largest puma in the world.
For six days with Quasar Expeditions, wildlife and photography fans focus on the largest land carnivore in Chile: the Patagonian puma. In Torres del Paine National Park, these mountain lions stake out home ranges of 100 miles that stretch from deep within forests to mountain caves. A pair of experienced trackers helps guests observe these magnificent predators. You won’t waste any time waiting around, either — a dedicated tracker will radio in when a puma is spotted.
Daily game drives usually lead to many other animal sightings. You might see guanacos — mammals related to the Andean llama and the African camel that are among the puma’s food sources; other notable species include gray foxes, red foxes, hairy armadillos, hog-nosed skunks, and birds such as Andean condors, Chilean flamingos, Austral parakeets, and crested caracaras.
The best times to lay eyes on pumas — dawn and dusk — are also optimal times to admire some of the park’s best features. Watch the sun hit the granite towers of the Torres del Paine, make a halo of a guanaco’s furry coat, or illuminate Sarmiento Lake’s otherworldly blue.
Tracking the World’s Largest Mountain Lion: The Patagonian Puma From $6,250. Departures year-round.
Pick up a paddle in Oregon
Go with the flow through river rapids in the Pacific Northwest.
Fifty years ago, when the Rogue River became one of eight rivers in the United States protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the surrounding rugged, complex canyon landscape in southwestern Oregon was protected, too. ROW Adventures makes the region accessible to voyagers of all levels with three- or four-day rafting excursions that don’t even require you to sleep in a tent. Splash through white water during the day and unwind at riverside inns every night.
The adrenaline flows as you pass through no fewer than 80 rapids over the course of more than 40 miles, looking out for wildlife such as black bears and river otters along the way. Rare plants, including the endemic Rogue River stonecrop, a flowering succulent, bloom on the slopes of the surrounding Siskiyou and Klamath mountains, and trail hikes and walks to historic homesteads break up your time on the water.
Rogue River Rafting From $895. Regular departures through October 2018.
Venture to Eastern Greenland
Discover the glacial beauty and customs of the world’s largest island.
Natural Habitat Adventures leans on more than thirty years of Greenland expertise, and it shows: It runs the only luxury base camp (outfitted with safari-style tent cabins that have private verandas) in East Greenland, and its expedition leaders are among the most experienced in the business.
During the nine-day summer excursion, a helicopter or boat delivers travelers to the camp on the shores of East Greenland’s Sermilik Fjord. By then, the snow has melted, giving way to plentiful berries and Arctic wildflowers. The views — of icebergs as large as buildings, of the Greenland ice sheet (which stretches over 1,500 miles from north to south), and of seals at play in the frigid waters — are unparalleled. Guided kayak excursions allow visitors to take an even closer look.
Despite harsh conditions most of the year, traditional living still thrives. Meet artisans who make handicrafts of stone and bone in Tasiilaq, drink tea with a local and learn about traditional beadwork in the village of Tinit, and watch a traditional drum dance in Kulusuk. A final perk: Natural Habitat Adventures offsets 100 percent of the carbon emissions from its trips.
Discover Greenland: The Natural Habitat ExperienceFrom $10,995. Seasonal departures begin in July 2018 and July 2019.
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Google’s self-driving subsidiary, Waymo, is easily the leader when it comes to self-driving cars.
The company has driven more miles than any other company, and could be worth $135 billion, UBS says.
Waymo, the self-driving car unit Google-parent Alphabet announced back in 2016, is miles ahead of its closest competitors — literally.
“After conducting 22 industry expert interviews and forecasting the landscape, we see Waymo as the early leader (by a solid margin) in the emerging field of autonomous driving,” UBS analyst Eric Sheridan wrote in a note to clients this week.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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