Category Archives: Leisure

Innovations: “Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1” Bike Rides On Water (Video)

Jan.06 — At CES in Las Vegas, a New Zealand company is showing off a new way to get moving on water. The Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 is a bike with an electric engine that lets the user pedal around on water.

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Top Destination Travel: “Blackberry Mountain” Resort, TN – 5200 Acres In Great Smoky Mountains

Spanning 5,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Mountain continues a legacy of world-renowned hospitality and unwavering dedication and appreciation for the land. Rising above Miller’s Cove in Walland, TN, Blackberry Mountain has dedicated 2,800 acres of land to conservation.

Every adventure needs a home base, and the luxury accommodations on the Mountain offer equal parts modern design, natural charm and refined comfort. Choose from a ridgetop cabin, a stone cottage nestled into the hillside near The Lodge, or a multi-bedroom home. You’ll find each to be well-appointed, thoughtfully furnished and, of course, tastefully stocked.

This effort to preserve the natural wonder of the mountains offers breathtaking views and a serene escape from the stresses of modern life in a private national park setting. A commitment to land conservation and a passion for sharing the wonders of life in the Smokies shapes the unprecedented experience that awaits on Blackberry Mountain. Outfitted for adventure and designed for comfort, this estate takes the Blackberry State of Mind to new heights.

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Hotels: “Waldhaus Sils” In Sils Maria, Switzerland – In A Venue Called “Heroic And Idyllic” By Nietzsche

111 Years Hotel Waldhaus Sils – History and Stories for an Unreasonable Family Dream Book111 Years of Waldhaus Sils ranges across the hotel’s life and history. Founders Josef and Amalie Giger and their descendants, by now in the fifth generation, have guided the “house in the woods” with skill and fortitude through good times and bad through the twentieth century and into the present. The owners and their exceptionally diverse guests—lively families side-by-side with intellectuals and artists of world renown—have created a unique blend of luxury and modesty, historic grandeur and playful fun, smooth professionalism and unexpected idiosyncrasies.

Those in the know are aware that Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel has a real-life counterpart in the Swiss Alps: The Waldhaus Sils, which has pleased and puzzled visitors for 111 years and become an icon of Swiss hospitality. Located above the small village of Sils Maria near St. Moritz, it overlooks a striking landscape of forests, lakes and mountains and offers a combination of Belle Epoque flair and modern comfort. Its distinctive charm comes from the fact that the Waldhaus has been family-owned and operated since its grand opening on June 15, 1908.

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Top Events: “To Sail Beyond The Sunset – Central Coast Airfest 2019” (Video)

Edited and Directed by: Henry Behel

Produced by: Henry Behel and Carl Indriago
EP: Chris Kunkle
Airboss: Owen Ashurst
Narrated by: Vicky Benzing
AD: Katie Sanderson
Director of Photography: Gus Bendinelli

Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
–from “Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson

2020 SHOW: October 17-18, 2020

Central Coast Airfest Short Film

Flying is about freedom. Freedom to move, to travel, to savor all three dimensions we’re capable of experiencing. The wheels leave the ground and everything just melts away. Airshows give us an opportunity to look skyward at the people who fly and say… “I want to do that.”

This film celebrates the performers of the Central Coast Airfest. These are aviators who have pushed their love for flying to the edge. Stunt pilots who roll and tumble mere feet from the ground. A fighter pilot who blasts through walls of fire with 30,000 lbs of thrust at his back. A rodeo clown who lands airplanes on top of ambulances.

For thousands of years, flying was an impossible dream. Now, flying is more accessible than ever before, but it’s no less a dream. Look up, and dream.

Website: http://centralcoastairfest.com/

Innovations: “ExoLung” Tankless Underwater Diving System (Video)

ExoLung logoExolung is a new and unique approach to shallow water diving for recreational and utility purposes. It is also enjoyable to use in the pool for training, or as a form of underwater gymnastics and yoga. The idea was to create a simple extension to the usual ABC kit (fins, mask, snorkel), being simple, robust and affordable whilst not requiring a lot of maintenance or care, and absolutely no recharge or refill required. ​ 

ExoLung Diving System features

It is lightweight (3,5kg) and compact (40x30x20cm pack size) making it super portable, flexible and functional. There is a high degree of safety, due to the inflatable dive buoy, which the diver is attached to at all times. There is no need for diving certification, though a basic knowledge of compressed air diving is required before use. This can be learned by attending a beginner diving course at your local centre.

Website: https://www.exolung.com/

New Camper Vans: 2020 “VanDOit LIV” Built Into All-Wheel Drive Ford Transit

From a New Atlas online review:

Now VanDoIt has capitalized on the launch of the 2020 Transit AWD to make its modular vans even more capable and versatile, letting owners option right up to a full-blown off-road, off-grid adventure vessel. It received a pre-production prototype from Ford and got to work rejiggering its modular conversion around the updated van, bearing fruit in the all-new LIV.

Earlier this year, Ford announced plans to launch an all-wheel-drive Transit as part of its updated 2020 US van lineup. That might seem like small product news, but it means that the US market will finally get a second factory AWD van to compete with the Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 that came over the Atlantic in 2015. It also means we can expect to see camper vans that look more like this one. The masters of modularity at VanDoIt become the first Americans to offer a camper van on the all-new Transit AWD, adding the LIV van as the second model in their lineup of super-flexible adventure vans. With a full selection of plug-and-play equipment, the LIV can flex between eight-seat, toy-hauling sleeper van and fully equipped multi-bed camper.

To read more: https://newatlas.com/automotive/vandoit-liv-camper-van/?utm_source=New+Atlas+Subscribers&utm_campaign=330e6a3cf7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_11_26_02_39&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-330e6a3cf7-93002753