We're continuing our Lighthouse week today with the top west coast lighthouses. (Earlier, we featured our top east coast lighthouses.) The West Coast is home to some of the most scenic lighthouses, offering stunning Pacific Ocean views and foggy, windswept coastal bluffs. These 10 longtime favorites of lighthouse fans span the west coast and are well worth a visit.
A Lighthouse Quote
"A good book is a lighthouse; a wise man is a lighthouse; conscience is a lighthouse; compassion is a lighthouse; science is a lighthouse! They all show us the true path! Keep them in your life to remain safe in the rocky and dark waters of life!"
We've continued with lighthouse theme with a lighthouse quote this week. See more of our lighthouse coverage on our blog.
Gazing at a picturesque lighthouse on a stormy coast, we don’t always think of the human stories embedded in the beams, stones, and storm panes. These days, active lights tend to be automated, kept functioning through remote maintenance and the occasional repair visit. For hundreds of years, however, those lighthouses—and the security of all the vessels they faithfully guided—depended on the lonely, committed service of lighthouse keepers. Their office was remote and harsh (but with a great view); their responsibilities were immense.
The lighthouse is a timeless and iconic feature of seaside landscapes. Their initial purpose makes them stand out. Many of them are in locations with brutal weather and hard to get locations. All of them stand as a beacon reminding us of a different time and allowing an instant view into the past. There are so many beautiful lighthouses from around the world. We have started a Pinterest board called Lighthouses. Take a look and follow the board to get ongoing views of lighthouses from around the world. In this post we feature some great lighthouses - including the top east coast lighthouses. Although all of the lighthouses up and down the coast are charming, these stand out as having extra appeal. Some due to the lighthouse itself and others for the classic location. Continue reading
"It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication" -Herb Elliott (Australian Olympian)
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Nantucket's own AJ Mleczko will once again proudly represent the island in the Winter Olympics, this year in Sochi. This will be the fifth Olympics she has had an opportunity to have a role in. AJ has enjoyed a storied hockey career and is now sought after as a commentator. Her ties to the island remain strong as she supports local budding hockey players and figure skaters. Perhaps her support will result in another Nantucket Olympian in the future. Until that day, Nantucket will celebrate AJ and her impressive career.
College and Olympic Career
As an All-American hockey player at Harvard she won the USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award in 1999. That same year, she made history as she went on to win the esteemed Patty Kazmaier Award, being only the second woman to ever do so. As a result of her illustrious college career, Mleczko was inducted into the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame in 2011.
After graduating from Harvard, Mleczko became the driving force behind the USA's 1998 Olympic gold metal hockey team. She was once again the centerpiece of the USA Women's Hockey team when the USA took silver in 2002 in Salt Lake.
After one of the most prolific careers in US hockey history, AJ Mleczko -- a Nantucket Island Native -- has become the face of women's hockey broadcasting. This year, she will represent us as one of the broadcast center-pieces as she has for the past two Winter Olympics.
While Mleczko's hockey career was nothing less than historic in significance, Mleczko is probably equally recognized for the work as a commentator and color analyst at the last two Olympics.
In addition to her busy schedule as a broadcaster, Mleczko finds ways to support her hometown. In an effort to help Nantucket pay off the business loan it took out for the island's only hockey rink, she organized and has run ''Charity on Ice'' for the last seven years, an event that brings in professional hockey players for a fun game in front of what is generally a sell-out crowd.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are just a few days old and there's already been a major malfunction during the opening ceremony, a U.S. figure skater - Ashley Wagner - doing her own "McKayla is not impressed face" and plenty of medals handed out to boot. And the great news is that amid all the storylines and events that have already taken place in Sochi, Russia, there are plenty more notable ones on tap as these Olympic games roll along. Here's a look at the top 11 story lines still ahead in the games:
Curling has passionate participants and fans in colder climates but is still virtually unknown outside those areas. With the sport's inclusion in the Olympics and increasing pop culture mentions in television and films, that is starting to change. Is curling new to you? Here's our Introduction to Curling to tell you what you need to know.
Long ago men lived in boats and caves. Somehow we have never forgotten. What happens when the man cave meets the sailboat? Nautical man cave. This post explores the nautical man cave providing inspiration should you want to create your own.
Nautical Man Cave Essentials
A man cave according to Google is defined as "a room or other part of a home regarded as a refuge for the man or men of a household." Consider household another term for friends and you get the idea. A nautical man cave mixes in love of sailing and all things nautical, the ocean, the sandy beaches, everything. The essentials of any good man cave are space, drinks, food, entertainment, and fitting decorations. Variations on these essentials provide the style of man cave. For the nautical man cave here are some specific essentials.
Man Cave Space
Every man needs his own space, an area of the home where only his rules apply. This usually ends up being in the garage or basement area initially setup to throw under-appreciated things. The man is left to design this area and so the man cave is born. Although natural lighting is nice, consider having some adjustable lighting in case you need to reorganize any of your stuff from unannounced visits. Really a man cave is born anywhere there is enough space to hang out, drink, and be merry.
Man Cave Drinks, Food, and Entertainment
As a sailor or anyone nautically inclined you should always have enough rum on hand for 20 people just in case. All that rum means you better have some good snacks on hand and although beer-candied bacon certainly sounds pretty good, most of the time you won't have time to get or make beer-candied bacon.
Food in a man cave is much like having food on a sailboat, it is all about access and portability. Think about if you were to ever go on a long sailing voyage, what food would you bring? Take that list and keep only those things you can eat without cooking. Bread, crackers, cereal, fruit, dried meat, and lots and lots of snacks. When in doubt add more beer or rum.
For entertainment most consider a good sized TV essential. Beyond that you need to have some cards and other games that are easy to play. Anything with complicated rules should be used for display only.
Man Cave Nautical Decorations
Of course you need the regular man cave essentials like a comfortable couch and some easy chairs. Beyond the usual mixture you need some things to create a nautical look and feel. You need a ship's wheel, one or two model sailboats, and some signs. That's it!
Want some more inspiration? Check out our Man Cave for Sailors Pinterest board with over 50 pins.