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Fort Story Lighthouse. /US Navy photo, public domain

Up for a bike ride? How about a really long bike ride?

If so, you might want to check out circumnavigating the Chesapeake Bay, like this group of cyclists did recently. The trip, as outlined in this article, took them to 13 lighthouses, four ferry boats, across two bridges that didn’t allow cyclists, on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and in many a small town. Crab cakes were a common fuel (yum!).

The group made a “clockwise circle around the bay, traveling west and north initially, through Surry and Jamestown and Gloucester, before reaching Maryland. They crossed the Bay Bridge and headed south down the Eastern Shore, stopping at their lone hotel in St. Michaels before camping on the beaches of Assateague and Chincoteague. They ended the trek at Cape Henry and the Fort Story Lighthouse in Virginia Beach.

Photo by kamila turton via stock.xchng

A recent kite flight on Clearwater Beach in Florida wasn’t what it seemed.

It may have looked like a group of college kids having fun. And perhaps it was.

But it also was some kind of experiment in social networking.

Photo in public domain

You think you’re cold? Sea turtles in Florida, used to more tropical conditions, had to be saved due to the shock recent cold caused to their systems.

Related books:

Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation

Sea Turtles: An Extraordinary Natural History of Some Uncommon Turtles

Photo by Erik Christensen under GNU documentation license via WikiMedia Commons

This was not your typical beach vacation. But when dozens of beached whales are seemingly calling for your help, how can you not help? As one tourist, said:

We’ve just been digging them up out of the sand and wetting them down. I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve only ever seen it on TV. It’s been going really well though. I’m not leaving until I see them swim away.”

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New Zealand (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

NZ Frenzy, a Travel Guide to New Zealand (North Island) Featuring Waterfalls, Beaches, Hot Springs, and Trails

New Zealand: Bays And Beaches (Pictorial Series – New Zealand)

Vanishing volcanoes: A guide to the landforms and rock formations of Coromandel Peninsula

As this column on New Year’s resolutions points out, beach reading is one reason ebook readers won’t likely take over the old-fashioned kind any time soon.

Become an eBook convert? I don’t think so. I’d rather wait until we have colour E-Ink (so I can read magazines and newspapers, too) and there’s a well-designed product that doesn’t mind a bit of sand at the beach or a quick dip in the bathtub.”

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As a beach fan, you’re likely already wise to the rules of swimming in large bodies of water with currents. But if not you can check out this story for a refresher on sea swimming safety. Luckily, it had a happy ending.

Open Water Swimming