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International Ballistics Society

Friday, August 27th, 2010

CallForJAM_Papers

The International Ballistics Society, in cooperation with the National Defense Industrial Association, has issued a call for papers.  There are two aspects to this call.  Papers can be published in the conference proceedings or a paper can be submitted for possible inclusion in an issue of the Journal of Applied Mechanics.  In both cases, the paper may be presented at the Symposium, but the application process is different.  Refer to the attached pdf or go to www.ballistics.org for more information.

Cabo San Lucas – Villa del Palmar

Monday, July 19th, 2010

We checked into the Villa del Palmar early January after spending a week at the Casa Dorada (I’ll put up a separate post on that one.)  Cabo San Lucas is Mexico’s premier destination at the tip of the Baja peninsula.   If you have never been there and you expect to be able to swim in the Sea of Cortez, be sure and do your homework.  Very few of the resorts are actually located on swimmable beaches.   With maybe a couple of exceptions, about the only resorts that are truly on swimmable beaches are very near the harbor, where they are protected by the peninsula that runs out to the famous arch.

People swim at the Villa del Palmar, but you will find warning flags up almost every day.  So, your best bet is to either enjoy the pools or walk towards the harbor area.  It is hard to recommend a perfect answer.  If you head to the swimmable areas near the harbor you will find more people, more water sports, etc.  If you stay on the beach at the Villa del Mar you will have a great view of the arch and won’t have to contend with quite as much traffic.  We have stayed at several locations in Cabo that don’t have swimmable beaches and we have stayed closer to the harbor.  We enjoyed all of them. 

If you stay at the Villa del Palmar, you can relax on a lounge chair or partake in exciting activities at the beach or at the pool featuring ‘Willy the Whale’.  Amenities include private white sand beach, large pool, gourmet restaurants, deli, market, ice cream corner, private chef for in-suite dining, room service, spa, fully equipped large fitness center, daily activities, fishing and diving trips.  In the evening enjoy the fantastic shows or take a short walk (15 minutes)  to downtown Cabo for lots of shopping, dining, or dancing into the wee hours of the night. 

Our timeshare options at the Villa del Palmar are pretty flexible.  The floor plans options include studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom with complete kitchen, dining area, and living room with pullout couch.

Price: $800 – $2500 depending on size and time of year (i.e., $800 for studio May-Oct) and based on availability.  Cabo San Lucas is a high demand destination.  The quality of the Villa del Palmar and its proximty to the harbor area means it is in higher demand than the average resort in Cabo San Lucas.   It is best to try booking 10-24  months prior to arrival date. 

If you are interested, send us a reply to this blog or visit www.jriegel.com to see more info and submit a form with your request for information.

 ”Sing Loudly.  Dance Wildly.  Enjoy Life!”

Jack & Roxy

Riviera Maya – Mayan Palace

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

The Riviera Maya is filled with tropical foliage, exotic native fauna, white sandy beach, clear turquoise water, and lots of things to do.  You can take tours, use public transportation, taxis, or rent a car.  We normally like to have the freedom to explore on our terms so we normally rent a car.

There are many resorts to choose from in the area of Riviera Maya.  You can take a trek through the jungles, dive the cenotes or excellent ocean locations, swim with the sperm whales, enjoy the nightlife in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, visit historical wonders such as Chichen Itza, take a day trip to Cozumel or Isla Mujeres, and visit numerous natural attractions and parks.

Here are a few pictures from some of the areas near the Riviera Maya as well as the rooms, pool, and beach at the Mayan Palace.

The Mayan Palace is our favorite place to stay in the Cancun – Playa del Carmen area.  This beachfront resort has elegant accommodations, breathtaking views, warm waters, many activities, and clear oceans.  Amenities & services include restaurants, bars, concierge & travel agency, boutiques, internet service, supermarket, money exchange, entertainment center & video games, car rental, laundry service, airport pickup, and much more.  The Mayan Palace has a spectacular pool that covers over 2 acres.  It is one of the largest pools in Latin America.  It is only yards from the ocean, with a nice beach area between the pool and the ocean.

 Mayan Palace Timeshares - We have several timeshare weeks at the Mayan Palace.  We try to go every year, but sometimes other events take precedence.  This year we had a new grandbaby and we spent about 3 weeks in China.  We simply can’t use all of our weeks.

Here is what we have at the Mayan Palace:  1-bedroom or 2-bedroom suites with kitchenette, dining area, and living room with pullout couch.

Price: 1 bedroom = $1000, 2 bedroom = $1500; not available 2 weeks around Easter and 2 weeks around Christmas and New Years; and based on availability (best if booked 6 months prior to arrival date).  However, we just booked a week less than one month in advance.  So, don’t give up because it is last minute. 

If you are interested in more information about this and other timeshares, please go to www.jriegel.com.

“Sing Loudly and Dance Wildly.  Enjoy Life!”

Jack and Roxy

Hello world!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

This is the first posting to this blog.  Just testing things out.

About

Friday, July 16th, 2010

This blog is presented by Jack and Roxy.  We describe a number of things here, including our adventures with two Harley Davidson Motorcycles; trips both domestic and international, including the resorts where we have time shares.  We try to use our weeks ourselves, but sometimes situations don’t work out.  This year we spend 3 weeks in China, which cut down some of the weeks we might have used to go to our timeshares.   So, when that happens, we rent them.  You can probably get a good deal.  Check out entries on this blog or go to www.jriegel.com for more info.

For you motorcycle enthusiasts – “Keep the  Shiny Side up!
For the resort minded – “Sing Loudly, Dance Wildly.  Enjoy Life!”

Jack & Roxy