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四处游荡的艾小柯

四处游荡的艾小柯

My Little Travel World


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结婚纪念之灵异之旅(上)


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 结婚纪念之灵异之旅

2005年7月 

 

话说小柯和大伟结婚转眼两年了,结婚纪念偏偏赶上正忙的时候。于是两个夜猫子半夜嘀嘀咕咕,又上网搜寻了一番,终于决定干脆奔着新奥尔良周边的这些大种植园去好了,充分体会一下南部浪漫闲适的仲夏时光。
 

新奥尔良附近最著名的种植园豪宅当属Oak Alley Plantation,庭院豪华,景色绝美,门口一条300年老橡树枝蔓错落布成的林阴大道气势宏伟,实属一日游的绝佳去处;可惜我们打算过夜,而豪宅里面的房间只供游览,不对外出租。Oak Alley Plantation旁边的Laurel Creole Plantation是附近唯一详细介绍南部奴隶工作生活历史的种植园,只有白天的带解说游览,没有房间出租。这样一来,新奥尔良附近一个小时车程内看来是没有合适我们的庄园了。

Oak Alley Plantation:

 

Laura Plantation:

 

小柯痴心不改,大伟也是不撞南墙不回头的硬脾气。两人翻箱倒柜找出路易斯安那州周边旅游指南(Off the Beaten Path)详细搜索,厚厚的书也没个什么头绪。两个人大眼对小眼正发呆呢,小柯突然灵机一动想起来两年前我们去过的Angola Prison Rodeo,也就是安哥拉囚犯斗牛大会的附近好像有不少庄园,包括一个著名的闹鬼庄园。斗牛本来普通,隔壁的德州牛仔牛妹满大街;可说起来这个囚犯斗牛大会,那可真是美国一景,有机会在每年4月和10月来路易斯安那旅游的游客一定不要错过这场盛事。小柯在开讲鬼故事之前不妨先介绍介绍这个疯狂的斗牛大会,反正七拐八绕的也能和后面的闹鬼庄园扯上点关系。

这个斗牛大会每年两次在路易斯安那首府Baton Rouge(巴吞鲁日)西北边不到一个小时车程的安哥拉镇举行。小小的安哥拉镇名不见经传,也没什么历史人文景观,来路易斯安那旅游的人大都冲着灯红酒绿歌舞升平的新奥尔良市去,本来谁也想不到去这个鸟不生蛋的乡村小镇去逛。唯一可能吸引游人的卖点那就是安哥拉镇地处61号公路尽头,而61号公路上有很多著名的大庄园豪宅,距离安哥拉镇小镇没多远的St. Francisville(圣佛朗西斯郡)更有200多年的历史,每年倒也吸引了不少美国人去“考古”。

正因为安哥拉镇处于61号公路尽头,再往下就是汹涌的密西西比河,州政府决定在这里修建一个州立重犯监狱,关进来的都是死刑或其他终身监禁的重刑囚犯。进出只有一条窄窄的61号公路,量他们越狱也跑不了多远。囚犯们的日子也很枯燥,被关在这个信息闭塞的南方小镇上,跑也没的跑,待着也无聊,平时除了养养牛啊马啊的也没什么好干。于是不知道哪位英勇的狱长决定让囚犯们自娱自乐:在监狱里举办斗牛大会。第一界斗牛大会始办于1965年,囚犯们和狱卒都空前兴奋,大会超级成功!

再说回这安哥拉镇。小镇看着只有几步之隔的圣佛朗西斯郡每年开无数大大小小的节日召集游客来聚会赶集自己也很不甘心,可又没啥自然资源,心里这个急啊。正在没辙之际,囚犯们的斗牛大会吸引了镇长的注意。小柯认为,这镇长一定是个绝顶聪明的人,用时髦的话说,就是大刀阔斧的新时代的改革者啊,果断的决定将囚犯斗牛大会公开变成旅游项目。斗牛于1967年公开,两年内吸引了周边无数游客,于是镇长进一步决定投资修建拥有4500个座位的大斗牛场,专门为囚犯斗牛大会服务。大斗牛场从1969年投入使用,每年都吸引大批游客,不仅是路易斯安那人和周边的南方人,很多美国各地的游客大老远的专门飞到新奥尔良再开车过来看呢!安哥拉囚犯斗牛大会迅速超越圣佛朗西斯郡成为61号公路上最著名的景点之一。

说了半天,这囚犯斗牛大会到底跟一般的斗牛有什么不同?一般的斗牛规规矩矩的,无非是一群勇猛或自认勇猛的青年男女骑到野牛或野马背上看谁待得时间最长。这个囚犯斗牛大会除了前面开场的儿童马术表演外,所有的参加着都是囚犯,他们穿着跟动画片里一模一样的白底黑色横条纹的囚犯服,坐在场地边缘跃跃欲试。斗牛项目也跟一般的大不相同,最著名的是“囚犯扑克牌大赛”。四个囚犯坐在一张牌桌四边假装在玩牌,但桌子上半张牌都没有。没一会,牛栏里放出一头长着锋利尖角的凶猛公牛。因为桌子和椅子都被漆成红色,所以牛会没命的向玩牌的四个人顶去。谁最坐得住,最后一个逃跑或者被顶飞谁就赢,奖品是现金。除此之外还有很多滑稽疯狂的类似项目,什么滚木桶,救同伴,疯牛挤奶等等,绝对让人看得目瞪口呆,佩服美国人的想像力,同时也感慨这些无聊透顶的囚犯们。反正小柯是头一次看到这么多兴高采烈喜气洋洋的囚犯,真比过春节还热闹那! 

小柯跟大伟旅行的日子在7月,跟这个斗牛大会暂时扯不上关系。不过当年从斗牛大会回家的路上看到著名的闹鬼庄园,Myrtle Plantation,一直都想来看看究竟是怎么回事。小柯巴巴的打电话去,满怀希望的问价格,一晚上$250!而且闹鬼的屋子还都租出去了,只剩下豪宅后面的客房(Carriage House)。没辙,还得重新琢磨地儿!

7月天又湿又潮,小柯踅摸要是去个有水的地方估计会比较凉爽,晚上在水边唱唱《在水一方》也挺浪漫,反正美国鬼子们也听不懂小柯唱什么。正巧和一个朋友谈及此事,她强烈向小柯推荐她曾经去过的一个Bed & Breakfast(早餐旅馆)。这个Bed & Breakfast是美国一种比较特别的旅馆,一般都是住在房东家里,房间不多,房子一般都属豪宅,按天收费,租一周的话有折扣。每天早晨房东提供早点,所有房客围桌而坐,边吃边聊,是个了解美国人生活起居的绝佳方式。

朋友推荐的这家叫Rosemond Lake Bed and Breakfast,坐落在圣佛朗西斯郡和安哥拉镇之间的丛林小径深处,紧邻玫瑰丘湖(Rosemond Lake),最近的地方离湖边也就不到20米,湖光林色,风景优美;到了夜晚更是人烟稀少,静谧安详。后院备有鱼竿,脚踏船和划浆船供房客免费使用。房子旁还有摇椅,吊床供游人作浪漫幸福状自拍。秋季时候房子四围和湖边的树会燃起熊熊的红叶之火,衬着房前的绿草黄花,活脱脱就是明信片里的世外桃源。

玫瑰丘湖早餐旅馆总共有四间房出租:两间大的,卫生间里带双人按摩浴缸,每晚$125;两间稍微小点的自带普通浴缸,价格便宜许多,$75。房间有限,去之前一定记得先打电话预约(225- 635-3176)。每个房间都至少有一面窗户直接面对着玫瑰丘湖。夜半十分两个半醉的人坐在窗边喝着红酒看窗外仲夏夜里湖水泛起微微鳞波,倒映着半圆的清月,再执手相看笑眼那么眉来眼去一下,哈哈,估计就连琼瑶奶奶也要陶醉了……

玫瑰丘湖早餐旅馆的位置

 

 

玫瑰丘湖早餐旅馆的秋天

我们住的“日出房间”:

从房间窗户里看日落

 

小柯的浪漫幻想在到达玫瑰丘湖早餐旅馆后迅速破灭。不是景色不美,也不是房间不好;事实上正是因为房子里的游戏太多设施太好让大伟眼睛迅速冒出狼一般的绿光,仿佛饿了三年第一次看到猎物的野兽,眼睛死死盯着游戏室里的Brunswick台球桌,嘴里发出怪兽般的呓语。新奥尔良一般酒吧里的台球案子都比较破,球也轻,怎么都玩不出在国内时那种球球撞击的清脆声响和爽脆质感。这个7成新的球桌立刻成了大伟两天的新宠,小柯只好无奈的舍命陪君子了。啊,我的浪漫计划…… 星光、月夜、湖水、呢喃……全都通通泡汤了,替代的是小柯撞球技术的显著提高。

房东Ms Jeane是个健谈的白人老太太,十分好客,尤其做得一手美味早餐。早餐在9点,过时不候。小柯和大伟都非常喜欢加了辣椒奶酪(Pepper Jack Cheese)的烤蛋饼,配以浇上正宗槭枫糖浆抹上黄油的爱心薄烤饼和两条口味浓重猪肉小煎肠,再喝一口新鲜的橙汁,感受沐浴在南方清晨略带湖水湿气的阳光——原来两个夜猫子久违了的早晨竟然这么美好!

当然,这次旅行的目的可不仅仅是来享受一下南方的悠闲生活,虽然在整个过程中小柯一直固执的幻想自己在体验《简.爱》或者《飘》里描述的庄园主门农闲时腐朽的资产阶级生活,虽然书里的太太小姐们每天不仅要打扮的象去赶集,还要读书、唱歌、跳舞;绅士们还要玩牌、打猎、骑马。而这个玫瑰丘湖早餐旅馆甚至不是真正的庄园!它始建于1963年,当时作为玫瑰丘湖周围居民的私人会所,后来改为餐馆。Ms Jeane的儿子Jon 1992年买下了这幢占地近3顷的房产作为母亲的养老场所,当年10月早餐旅馆开张。和真正的种植园豪宅相比,玫瑰丘湖早餐旅馆实在算不上有特色,但这是直接坐落在湖边的唯一一家早餐旅馆。即使小柯马上就要说到的Myrtle庄园在景色上也无法和其媲美。大伟早对小柯希奇古怪的白日梦和莫名其妙的怪想法习以为常了,什么《飘》啊,贵族们的社交啊到了他耳朵里不过是Blah,Blah,Blah;他更高兴在经历了一个半小时的湖上泛脚踏船的体力活之后我不再逼他去划手划浆船,于是无比兴奋的答应陪我去小柯向往以久的闹鬼庄园。

Ms Jeane和儿子Jon

 

这个闹鬼的Myrtle庄园距离玫瑰丘湖早餐旅馆15分钟车程,就坐落在61号公路边。这个庄园在美国可是大名鼎鼎啊,据说是整个南方第一灵异鬼屋,全美第十三怪异场所。FOX和Discovery频道都对它有专门报道和纪录片(Unsolved Mystery 系列),至今仍无法解释频繁发生在这幢房子里的怪事。当然Myrtle庄园还是很美的,加上名气又大,自然吸引了不少电影公司来这里取景。很多演员都亲身撞鬼,吓的半夜跑掉再也不敢回来。包括全美妇女偶像Oprah Winfrey,一次包下了整个楼上的四间房,却在午夜匆匆迁出,一直拒绝向任何媒体或者庄园人员解释是什么原因。敢在这里过夜的人绝对称得上勇敢者,原因听完小柯讲下面的鬼故事们就清楚了。


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Houston二日行


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Houston二日行——2004年7月

 

艾小柯
 

 

2004年7月,美国的国庆节要放假三天。我和大伟打算用这点时间出去转转,但是又不想去远的地方,于是两个人半夜琢磨了半天打算去新奥尔良旁边最近的大城市休斯敦去逛逛,说不定还能在某个注定的时间偶遇姚明呢。

计划已定,我们7月2号礼拜五中午出发,开车向休斯敦前进。Houston总体说来就是“大”。晚上10点开始进城,从I-10转45号路,立刻就要在100米内马上要穿过5条车道下高速,我紧张得手心冒汗,拼命抓着车门上的扶手。在downtown连单行路都有4个车道,我和大伟这种小城市的乡下人一开始都不会拐弯了。那天晚上的月亮是又大又圆,低低的,黄黄的,透过点点灯光的林立高楼,在深蓝的夜幕下窄窄的露出半个脸来,让人觉得这个城市那么的不真实。

休斯敦 downtown

 

按照计划,我们7月3号一早去了Johnson Space Center。Johnson Space Center是NASA三个航天中心之一,主要致力于宇航飞船遥控和太空站的研发。整个航天中心面积非常大,接待游客的只是一小部分。总体感觉是展览主要面向孩子和青少年,以航天知识的教育为主。展厅里有各种各样的机器人动物,各式各样的宇航服,模拟宇航飞船推进器,和每半小时一次的介绍宇航员太空生活的模拟太空舱。这里还有一个IMAX电影,放映四场不同的介绍人类太空探索发展和太空站知识的大屏幕电影。我和大伟最感兴趣的是参观NASA的航天设施和宇航飞船的主控制站。这两个项目都是包括在门票里的,就是需要排很长时间的队。小火车带着我们在巨大无比的航天中心里穿梭,我们参观了真正的火箭(退役后的),仍在使用中的模拟太空站和宇航飞船,飞船救生舱等。

NASA Johnson Space Center

 

退役的 Saturn V 火箭

 

展厅里悬挂的宇航服

离Space Center不远有一个海边小城叫Kemah,沿海的Board Walk遍布了各种Boutique小店:玻璃制品,装饰品,首饰,衣服,帽子店… 看得我眼花缭乱。在一家叫Lost Iquana的店里竟然看到了卖地道中国纸扇的,还有古董食盒,各式的古董梳妆台,木头衣箱,每一样都让我爱不释手,就是可惜没银子买。 大伟挑了一把“难得糊涂”的纸扇作纪念,得意洋洋的假扮楚留香。逛完了小店,站在海边的游乐园边看小孩子坐超级翻转海盗船大头向下的吱吱尖叫,远处有星星点点的帆船。

Kemah的摩天轮

 

中午饭是在著名的Aquarium Restaurant吃的。这家店在休斯敦共有两家分店,其实在我们住的Hyatt附近就有,不过据说Kemah在海边的这家味道更好。餐馆共有三层,里面有三个巨型鱼缸, 其中一个圆柱型的更是从一层直通到三层。每个鱼缸里都有各式各样的闪闪发光的热带鱼。最大的鱼缸有500加仑水,三条鲨鱼,两条sting ray,一只海龟和无数叫不出名字的巨型鱼。每天上午11点和下午5点半的喂鱼时间所有的鱼都会出来,场面煞是壮观。客人吃饭的时候就坐在这些巨大鱼缸的旁边,边吃边看这些闪闪发光的水中精灵。天气好的时候客人还可以坐在二楼的平台上眺望不远处大海和帆船。当然restaurant最重要的还是吃啦!我要了一个香煎雪鱼,大伟点了fried shrimp sandwich。这个三明治比较特别,不是一般的面包夹心,而是用类似墨西哥卷饼的软薄饼把馅卷起来吃,里面不知道放了什么调味酱,香而不腻,好味的很。加上fried calameri(炸鱿鱼圈)作开胃,两个人吃了个沟满壕平外加打包:味道真是呱呱叫。下次来Houston这个地方我一定忘不了!吃饱喝足去看广场上的小孩和地面喷泉玩,一个个的都被淋得透湿,阳光下的笑容那么灿烂。旁边有很多carnival游戏,我和大伟去玩喷水游戏,每人一把水枪,面前有一个旋转的圆盘,圆盘中间有一个小孔,圆盘连着一个可以活动的柱子,柱子上有一个毛绒玩具。游戏的目的是把水射进这个小孔里,谁射得多,谁的玩具就上升的快,最快的一个人赢得自己柱子上的玩具。大伟一举夺魁,给我赢了个打拳击的Scooby Doo。我是满载而归,不过大伟就有些郁闷:跟我们一起玩的都是小孩子,他很不好意思赢了人家小孩,于是拉着我就跑。

水族馆餐厅内部

 

晚上自然是去泡吧,我们这两个不夜城来的人怎么能放过这样的机会好好比较两个城市的夜生活呢!在downtown走了一路,穿过无数条街,基本没有看到有现场表演的酒吧,看来休斯敦的夜生活跟New Orleans完全不是一个风格。后来倒是在一家餐厅的院子里看到有人在拉小提琴,我和大伟进去喝了个Martini, 烛光摇曳,微风习习,倒也很浪漫。逛逛走走,大部分的地方都是比较强劲的DJ音乐,看来也只能跳舞了。可惜跳舞的地方不是teenager聚集,就是需要加收门票并需super dress up的地方,大伟没穿皮鞋,进不去。 唉,休斯敦downtown的夜生活和我们这种习惯了现场爵士乐表演的休闲风格比较不吻合,一点都不来电。不过也许uptown会好些吧。

7月4号过得比较没有计划。上午去了百利大街的中国城买了一堆馒头,然后去老四川吃饭。地道的水煮肉和辣子鸡把我的胃都快烧化了。下午去看博物馆区的Menil collection。Menil collection是John and Dominique de Menil的私家珍藏,于1987年6月向大众开放。馆藏几乎一万五千件艺术品,大部分是现代艺术品,尤其是20世纪以后的超现实主义作品,比如毕加索的真迹。同时另外三区同时展出史前文物,拜震廷与中世纪作品,和种族部落艺术。只可惜我们来的时间不对,假日不开门。但是透过巨大的玻璃门还是能看到两幅巨大的花草油画,我一下子就被迷住了,以致后来回想起来心中还全是那斑斓的色块,遗憾了好久。博物馆所处的小区非常漂亮幽静,鸟语花香。大部分的房子都是single house,每栋都有自己的特色,很多是砖石结构的老房子,漂亮的雕花玻璃门们仿佛在诉说着房子里的秘密故事。偶尔会看到金发美女趴在树荫下的草坪上看书。如果将来住在Houston的话这个地方肯定是首选。没看成著名的Menil Collection, 我们去了第二个地方作代替:Museum of Fine Arts,不过没看到太多的让我心动的艺术品,可能是因为正在举办Latin American Inverted Utopia展览的缘故,雕塑品比较多,而我更喜欢看画。不过在二楼有玛雅文化的展览,很多早期雕塑的风格非常写实,真实到让人大吃一惊的程度。比如说一对裸体男女的小陶像,整体形象非常可爱,圆滚滚的好像动画片里一样,但是跟一般裸体雕塑的点到即至不同,裸女的下体被特意做出一道凹陷。我是头一次看到这么大胆写实的雕塑,又是快1000 年前的东西,很是意外呢。

Menil Collection

 

Menil Collection 大门

 

 

玛雅陶艺

 

晚上Houston Symphony在Miller Outdoor Theatre举办露天音乐会,之后燃放焰火。Miller Outdoor Theatre 位于休斯敦市中心的Herman Park中,近邻Rice University,环境十分优美。这里经常会举办免费的露天音乐会,是休斯敦人休闲的一个好去处。我们傍晚早早的就到了,在草地上占了个好位置,边吃边听。很多家庭也是全员出动,领着小孩,带着小狗,全家席地而坐。第一部分的交响乐大部分是爱国主义教育的传统曲目,中间也上来一个本地电台的知名主持人朗诵了一段歌颂独立战争中英勇捐躯战士的诗篇,看来爱国主义教育的形式真是世界大同啊。第二部分是脍炙人口的流行歌曲,我们旁边的大人小孩都是边听边唱,气氛十分热烈。最后一曲是柴可夫斯基的18进行曲,两边的15个炮台轮流发炮,场面十分壮观。礼炮也揭开了国庆焰火的序幕,所有的人都抬头望天,看美丽的礼花在夏日夜空绽放。空气里弥漫着淡淡的火药气味,混合着若有若无的青草味道和浓郁的烤热狗的香气。

露天音乐会

 

礼炮

 

在漫天的焰火中,我们起程开夜车回家。一路上,在5个车道的高速路最高处,无数的车都打着紧急灯停在路边欣赏美丽的焰火(大伟对美国的焰火十分失望,说还不如中国一个县城的规模,我就冲他吐舌头)。我们这两个小城市的小人物飞快的经过,努力追赶这个不属于我们的大城市的速度。大伟叹了口气说“回家啦!” 嗯,回家,真好。

 


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Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 22

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 24

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Warning: mktime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 11

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 20

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 22

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 24

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Warning: mktime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 11

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 20

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 22

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 24

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Warning: mktime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 11

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 20

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 22

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 24

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25
December 31st, 2006
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