Thursday, October 29, 2009

World's Scariest Runways

Hold your breath if you're flying into one of these airports.

I've flown into #3 (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) twice. As soon as the wheels touch the ground, the pilots are slamming on the brakes to avoid tumbling over the edge of the cliff. The first time I flew down there a plane had slid down the hill just two weeks before I got there.

There's some great videos on these pages.

Did the editors miss any? Where have you had a "scary" landing?

Friday, October 09, 2009

Indiana War Memorial

So, I've lived in Indianapolis more than 15 years and had never been to the Indiana War Memorial. War Memorial - to me the words mean a statue and some plaques. I had no idea.

The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District contains two museums, three parks and 24 acres of monuments, statues, sculptures and fountains in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, making the state's capital second only to Washington D.C. in acreage and number of monuments dedicated to veterans.

The War Memorial Museum actually has three floors, several meeting rooms and an auditorium. I had the pleasure of experiencing it first hand recently while attending a conference at the site.

On the upper level is a massive "Shrine" room, dedicated to the end of World War I, which of course was to be the war to end all wars. The room is 60' x 60' and 110' tall. Portraits of the commanders of the six armies flank the room, which features a large U.S. flag suspended from the ceiling under a large light fixture made of Swedish crystal. A large marble altar sits in the middle of the room.

The building also contains a military musuem.

Admission is free.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Vacation Photo Contest

Got a great vacation photo?

Harmony Travel has just launched a Vacation Photo Contest at

Submit your favorite photo and then come back to vote once per day. Every week one entrant will win $25 gift certificates from Harmony Travel and My Car Doc. Weekly winners will be eligible to win $100 gift certificates from Harmony Travel, My Car Doc and a free family portrait session from J. Scott Photography.

Enter your photo today.