It felt like a hairdryer at low speed blowing on my arm, but it was an exhalation from the trunk of a 6-month-old elephant at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. The baby had a soft, fuzzy appearance but its hair felt wiry as it eagerly accepted a bottle of milk from an attendant.
Q: My husband and I rented an economy car with Avis in Kona, Hawaii, and we’re having a problem with the rental company. We paid $196 for the car, and we returned it with a full tank of gas. But we didn’t speak with anyone at Avis, since we had an early flight to catch.
A crumbling motel along Route 66 will get a $16million upgrade as part of an ongoing plan to revitalize a section of the iconic highway as it winds through Albuquerque. Under the renovation proposal, the Pueblo-style El Vado Motel will be redeveloped into a boutique motel with an amphitheater and restaurants. It also will have dozens of apartment units. Other Route 66 projects in the works include the renovation of the Sundowner Motel, where Bill Gates and Paul Allen lived while launching Microsoft, and the De Anza Motor Lodge, which features Tony Edaakie murals depicting a Native American ceremonial procession. El Vado, built in 1937, sits on a stretch of cultural sites that extend up the Paseo del Bosque from the National Hispanic Cultural Center to Old Town and the museum district.
Black Diamond makes hands-free headlamps with multiple choices of brightness and focus. The new Spot Headlamp ramps up the maximum glow to a blazing 130 lumens, which can be adjusted from full to dimmed power with a finger tap to the side of the Spot’s touch-sensitive housing. You get a central triple-power LED light for intense focus, flanked by two single-power white LED’s for a wider-angle view, and two single-power red LED's for night vision. The red lights can be switched from a solid beam to strobe mode (great for cycling at night) with the touch of a button. The headlamp can be put in lock mode so it doesn't get turned on accidentally, wasting battery life. The Spot Headlamp comes in a choice of colors, from bright red to basic black, white, or a muted green. It has a wide adjustable elastic head strap, and runs on three AAA batteries. A three-level power meter displays remaining battery life for three seconds after the headlamp is switched on.
Picking out the visitors who have labored their way to the top of one of the two volcanoes on this tiny island in Lake Nicaragua is not difficult. Just look for the people relaxing as aggressively as possible.
SEATTLE-Lee Lauckhart carries all the printed news that'll fit into his little stand, First & Pike News, at Pike Place Market. One of his big sellers? The raw components of the Seattle's nearby Gum Wall.