Discoveries

Sam McManis roams the region to find where you want to go

Provisions: Travel stuff you need

08/24/2014 12:00 AM

08/20/2014 5:23 PM

BUY

•  Project Rudy Proflow Sunglasses

$350

Really, now: $350 for a pair of sunglasses? Really? Yes. Any cyclist or runner can tell you that these aren’t your ordinary sports sunglasses. In addition to the wraparound lenses, they are so lightweight you barely feel like you’re wearing anything on your face. There are adjustable nose pads and temple tips to secure the fit on bumpy terrain.

BUY

• ClipSee (hands-free phone device)

$19.99; acousticgadgets.com

When you’re on the road and a call comes in, how many times have you fumbled to put an ear bud in place or sync the phone with your Bluetooth, almost resulting in a swerving freeway accident? Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, this iPhone amplification device, which promises three times the loudness of car-synced systems, clips onto your seat belt and its speakerphone is built to snuff out ambient sounds. It requires no batteries, wire or headset.

READ

• “ The Science of Running: How to Find Your Limit and Train to Maximize Your Performance,” by Steve Magness

$24.99

Hard-core runners will learn a lot from this book, which marries exercise science with practical ways to get faster. Not meant for novices, “The Science of Running” nonetheless can help dedicated age-group runners as well as elites and sub-elites. Magness is an exercise physiologist and cross country and track coach at the University of Houston with the ability to present information on subjects like VO2 Max in an understandable manner. And what is VO2 Max? Buy the book.

THE LIST

• “The 25 Best Beaches in the World

www.aluxurytravelblog.com

A luxury travel blog called, aluxurytravelblog.com, has selected the top beaches, and only two from the U.S. (both in Hawaii) made the list. Here’s the top 10:

1. Baia do Sancho: Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

2. Grace Bay: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

3. Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco): Culebra, Puerto Rico

4. Rabbit Beach: Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily

5. Whitehaven Beach: Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands

6. Playa de ses Illetes: Formentera, Balearic Islands

7. Anse Lazio: Praslin Island, Seychelles

8. Lanikai Beach: Kailua, Hawaii

9. Rhossili Bay: Swansea, United Kingdom

10. Playa Norte: Isla Mujeres

THE TWEET

Teresa Delfin (@expectadventure): “Airport security in flip-flops. What was I thinking? I literally just slathered my feet with anti-bacterial gel. #travelfail or #travelsave?”

Compiled by Sam McManis, smcmanis@sacbee.com

About This Blog

Sam McManis has covered travel and recreation at The Sacramento Bee since 2011, criss-crossing California to report on interesting, humorous, unexpected and sometimes truly strange stories. When he's not driving all over the state for work, Sam likes to run on the many mountain trails California boasts. Reach him at smcmanis@sacbee.com or 916-321-1145. Twitter: @SamMcManis https://twitter.com/SamMcManis
 

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