| Jul 31, 2009
A day in a theme park isn't usually a bargain. Frugal visitors may find admission deals or resist souvenir stands, but we've gotta eat, right? When a soft drink price is twice what you'd pay at a 7-Eleven, you've got to swallow hard.
Ah, but there are...
| Feb 11, 2010
| 3:28 AM
Even though he studies biology and lives on campus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Nick Flanders often visits his mother's home in Newport News where he maintains bird feeders filled with sunflower, mixed and thistle seeds and suet.
| Aug 31, 2011
| 12:19 PM
How could the oil bust of the early 80's indirectly be responsible for the marsh fire burning in New Orleans East that has caused our air quality to suffer immensely?
If the original plans for the East were implemented there wouldn't be any marsh fire...
| Dec 29, 2011
Welcome to random ramblings about the year in theme parks and attractions.
•Legoland Florida is a big deal. It's the area's first new full-blown theme park since Universal's Islands of Adventure went up in 1999. But it's going to take some...
| May 1, 2012
If it's spring, then you know the Hokendauqua Chapter of Trout Unlimited is going to start a period of activity in conservation and education that is second to none among local conservation sporting groups.
The Hokey chapter held its first-ever banquet...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 11:03 AM
A twice-rescued sea lion is a long way from his old home at the Indianapolis Zoo.
The sea lion, named Ray, arrived in Indianapolis Thursday from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif.
Ray first visited the California center on Nov. 15, 2011,...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 3:08 PM
The people, mostly from the partnering Lincoln Park Zoo and Lake County Forest Preserve District, were scientists, public-relations specialists, photojournalists, even an intern, all of them, at times, watching the reptiles like hawks, though with the...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 7:06 AM
From a safe distance at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I watched a momma and her three cubs snack on something fowl. They tore into the meat, chewing down to the bone, maneuvering around cartilage to get at every morsel.
Nearby, the poppa removed the skin from...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 6:07 PM
A sea lion who survived two gunshot wounds is now ready to meet his fans.
The Indianapolis Zoo announced Wednesday that Ray is officially out of quarantine and now on exhibit.
Ray came to the Indianapolis Zoo from the Marine Mammal Center in...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 6:57 AM
I hate it when I park my car at a Disney World theme park and move directly to the waiting tram, only to hear the "no further boarding" call.
As if that weren't irritating enough, it also means that I'll be the first passenger on the next tram, which...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 4:21 PM
Disney finally admitted the Magic Kingdom is better than its other theme parks.
Everybody knew it.
It's just one of those things I didn't expect to hear from Disney.
Kind of like how Dwight Howard will never confess that leaving Orlando was a...