Collector's TAP CAFE XV everyone is welcome here !!!

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  1. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

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    @PadmeLeiaJaina Trip sounds awesome! Have fun :D. I'm heading to Mexico (Tulum) on my next vacation, but that's not until September. My friend that I'm going with (who has been there several times) says that you burn there within minutes, which for me would be seconds.
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  2. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Yeah, that'd be the best time to come, actually! XD The tourist season kicks into high gear during June-July, as that's when the reenactments occur (and anniversary). Spring can be a bit busy at times, but not as bad as during the summer, and the ghost tours usually start up in the spring. Fall can get a bit busy around November, but for the most part, it's relatively quiet. Off-season is definitely the best time to come, and if it's cold enough, Ski Liberty might have the slopes open (usually November-December).
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  3. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

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    A friend of mine moved to Eastern Pennsylvania last year for his job and as a result he's hit the sights in the area, including going to the Gettysburg reenactment. He said it was amazing.
  4. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    Our cruise this time is going to the Eastern Caribbean, we'll be going to Puerto Rico, St Maartan, St Thomas, and Carnival's private island. Last year we did 2 cruises that went to the West. We visited a lot of Mayan Ruins when we were there - no ruins on the Eastern side though. I went to Tulum on a cruise I did back in April last year. Here are tips for going there. Tulum itself is on the water, once you get to the ruins you are blessed w/ this wonderful sea breeze that helps to cool things down. You can also trek down to the water and take a dip to further cool down.

    To get TO the ruins, you are dropped off in a shopping area and then are expected to walk 1/4 of a mile to the ruins entrance. You can pay $1-2 to hop on a tram that will go that distance for you. I'm disabled so of course I chose that option...it is WORTH the money, particularly if it's muggy. When you're dropped off you're in low land and there aren't any ocean breezes, so it's sticky and hot. When you get to the actual gate, you have about a 1/4 of a mile walk straight UP to get to the ruins. They have stairs and handicapped ramps (that are WAY steep,) the paths are nicely maintained, and they are filled w/ foliage and you can usually spot iguanas chilling and soaking up the sun. (They're everywhere inside the ruins also.) They have a few benches along the way for resting if need be (I needed to stop at each of them - the hike up was a bear for me.)

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    Once you get into the ruins, everything is bleached WHITE. The sandy paths are bright white. The ruins are bleached white from the sun. All of this white takes the sun from above and blasts heat right up to your face. So even though there are sea breezes, the blinding light sucks the energy right out of you. Bring a hat - and not just a baseball hat. Larger brimmed hats will give you more shade to hide under. Seriously, if need be, I might even suggest if you are really sensitive to the sun, bring an umbrella that can help give you more shade to hide under, the light up there is FIERCE. Wear lots of sunblock. Dark, dark sunglasses and bring water (remember never drink water in Mexico.)

    Here's an example of how freaking bright it is - I took this before I readjusted my camera's light settings - I kid you not - it's that bright and obnoxious up there in person:

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    As you can tell - the ruins are spectacular! Have fun!

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    I do admit I'd probably want to check out ghost tours, but my sister is a big Civil War junkie so regular tours would work also. I've been all over to historical places on the East Coast - went on a lot of East Coast trips when I was in Jr High and High School - plus I lived back there. The tours never made it to any of the Civil War battle grounds though. I don't necessarily need to see re-enactments, I'm not a crowd lover so I like going off-peak times to visit places. Plus that means I get better photos w/o a lot of people to interfere and get in the way. Once upon a time I skied, sadly that's not an option now thanks to balance problems :(
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  5. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    I have bad knees and have only skied twice. It's too pricy for me to do often enough.

    The tours tend to be seasonal, but during the off-season, the Battlefield is open from sunrise to sunset, and the Visitor's Center has options for casual walking tours. Some places, like Howard Avenue, are used by locals as shortcuts to grocery stores, so I'm sometimes cutting through while walking into town. There's the Old Alms House cemetery on that ridge just north of town, and you can get some nice views of the sunset.

    What tends to trip tourists up, though, is the Square. If you're not used to a roundabout, it can be intimidating. There are ways to bypass it while driving, and the Square and downtown are best experienced on foot.

    ...And I just had to chase my cat off the kitchen table.
  6. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    Haha - oh yes the horrors of round abouts ("Look! There's Big Ben! Look! There's Big Ben!") we actually have some here around Phoenix and they were all over in Mass so they're not a problem. Even further - we had bike circles all over my college campus that I had to navigate, that was always fun.

    Late April or early May might be when I'd like to go. My Aunt and Uncle really want to go back east - we should still be able to see the the cherry blossoms in bloom in DC around then.
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  7. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Awesome pics! Love 'em :D. I'm going to look up that Iguana(?) when I get there :p.
  8. JED1 Force Ghost

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    Hello everyone, remember me? Hope those who do are doing good! Au revoir!
  9. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    Hey JED1 - glad to see you're still around! How's life?
  10. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    I hope all our US friends have a good Fourth of July! And condolences to those on the east coast that might have Arthur at their door..
  11. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    Happy Fourth of July - East Coasters stay safe!

    Here in AZ Monsoon/Dust Storm season has begun - this was our first big Haboob of the season that swept across the valley last night:

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    This was the view from my back yard while it rolled over us (w/ the sunset coloring - it looked like what I always pictured a nuclear bomb blast would look like)

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  12. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    Wow! I think I'd rather have Arthur - easier to clean up after rain..
  13. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    Same sorts of storm damage - trees fell over across the valley - western part got some rain and flooding (not us.) It's just a bit of dust. I don't have a pool so it's not like I have that much to worry about.
  14. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    I guess Arthur was more of a rain event for the east coast US. I have a friend in coastal CT and he said it was mostly rain rather than wind in his area.
  15. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    Well that's good to hear.
  16. Gamma626 Jedi Master

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    So which version would you guys say is the definitive Bespin Luke 3.75"?
  17. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    Cleaned up your double post, Gamma626. If it happens again you can use the 'Report' feature to request a clean-up.
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  18. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

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    I'd say the 2010 "Vintage" style release. Great detailing on the fatigues.
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  19. Gamma626 Jedi Master

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    Yeah, that's what I was thinking! Ok, I'll have to order him. Thinking about making dioramas!
  20. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Sweet! I had plans to do that once my self. Aborted when I realized I have no artistic talent.
  21. Gamma626 Jedi Master

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    Hehe, that's the other problem I have. Good with words, bad with art. Maybe my fiancé can help!

    Either way, Bespin Luke is best Luke!
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