March 31, 2013

Provisions: A guide for what you need

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience


iRideInside app


Davis-based triathlon coach Jamima Wolk, who has produced two triathlon-training apps, has released a mobile indoor cycling workout that is custom-izable to all fitness levels, has full audio of the instructor's commands and features a few video clips of instructors as well. The app also includes tips on bike fit, hand positions, equipment, nutrition and stretching tips.


Roadside Heritage 395 Audio Stories


If you find yourself driving on Highway 395's Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway, and you're tired of cycling through the same songs on your iPod, consider learning about the area you are traversing by downloading audio stories, courtesy of a nonprofit multimedia project. You can pick up the CDs at visitor centers and museums along 395 or go online and download the stories, which include the history of the Paiute Indians, stories of mining camps and mule teams and tales of the Carson and Colorado Railroad.


Insect Shield Technology Blanket


Mosquitoes, bane of any camping trip, can find their way through your clothes and bedding. But a new blanket, 56 by 74 inches, is said to offer built-in, odorless and effective protection from mosquitoes and other pesky critters such as ticks.


Travel Channel's annual Beach Awards

Best Beach Party: South Beach, Miami, Fla.

Best Family Beach: Destin, Fla.

Best Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Best Beach Bars: Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica

Best Beach You Haven't Heard Of: Nevis, Caribbean

Best Beach for Adventure: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Best Beach Boardwalks: Venice Beach

Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti


@Demian Ebert: "Early morning flight to Sacramento for an all-day meeting. Forget my headphones and my earplugs. #travelfail. But I have a book."

– Compiled by Sam McManis,

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