Texas Travel

21 Jul 19
Archy news nety

The night Millicent Cooley celebrated her 58th birthday and Anthony Duncan dropped to one knee and pulled a small box out of his pocket, partygoers caught their breath. "This was in May 2013 and Tony and I were only dating for six months," said Mrs. Cooley, who was currently in Morristown, N.J. lived. "I remember […]

21 Jul 19
يوم أون لاين

The mystery of Bigfoot has puzzled rural residents and scientists for decades. Reports of these tall, hairy forest dwellers have been met with everything from adamant disbelief to rigorous research. Leaning into the mystery, we’ve sifted through news reports, sasquatch archives, and local legends to find the best towns for encountering Bigfoot. Whether you’re just […]

21 Jul 19
Adventure. Travel. Fitness.

[ad_1] Gardening might not be high on your list of priorities this season but if your mental, physical and emotional health are important to you, it should be. But, there are many gardening benefits that assist with a healthy lifestyle. From boosting your immune system to cutting your risk of heart attack and stroke, a […]

21 Jul 19
AlamQalam

Assalamualaikum Hi all!Atiq baru lepas join Trip Day ke Singapore semalam, 20 Julai. Travelmate kali ni Wani & Ena. Kali ni lain sikit la rasanya sebab pergi ramai. Naik bas. Campur dengan orang lain yang join trip ni jugak. Atiq pilih Travel Agency Caravan Serai. Familiar kan? Serious tip top servis dorang. Jom Atiq share […]

21 Jul 19
TOKIDOKI (NOMAD)

JULY 20, 2019 Week 140 Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. This list is from: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-140/ and the art is either pics taken by me, or found on social media during the week. “Nothing about the platforms or the characters of the four members […]

21 Jul 19
Daily Republic

Retail and real estate entrepreneurs are turning former big box stores into places where cottage industries can find customers. It’s a physical world response to what Etsy.com has done for home-based businesses nationwide since it launched in 2005 with a focus on handmade and vintage items. These general merchandise stores sell the same types of […]

21 Jul 19
urbanexplorerblog

My bike team travel roommate and I are becoming pickier and choosier about where we decide to ride in the annual rallies. They all have unique appeals, but those appeals change over the years, depending on goals. We’ve now entered an era when our goal is not to test our stamina or strength; we got […]

21 Jul 19
Americans-in-Africa.com

A team of veterinarians from the Dallas Zoo is back in north Texas after a remarkable mission to save thousands of flamingos in South Africa. The flamingos still hatching were abandoned by their parents during extreme drought conditions. So why did Texans help lead the charge to save the animals?

21 Jul 19
Archy Worldys

Sports Test match in USA Bayern celebrate prestige success against Real Madrid Stand: 07:34 clock | Reading time: 2 minutes Serge Gnabry (22) scored the 3: 1 Source: USA TODAY Sports / Thomas Shea In the second and most important game on the US tour Bayern played in Houston against Real Madrid. Coach and players […]

21 Jul 19
blonde in blockchain

April 1: Official first day in my new role at IBM (not kidding!). This was a wildly positive step forward in my career/life for many reasons, especially: Remote Work. My day-to-day work life is now completely remote. 40% Raise. Perks of working for a big company that wants to keep young talent! Client Travel. If a client wants […]

21 Jul 19
Englishdiary英文日記百科雲端

Mark Felt Wiki: William Mark Felt Sr. (August 17, 1913 – December 18, 2008) was an American law enforcement officer who worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) from 1942 to 1973 and was known for his role in the Watergate scandal. Felt was an FBI special agent who eventually rose to the position of […]

21 Jul 19
atmtx photo blog

Quarter Pounder Deluxe, McDonald’s – Austin, Texas I’ve been frugal all my life. Sometimes, too much so, I suppose. But, I’ve had a change in financial perspective recently, both from life experience and a book I read. What does this have to do with photography? I’ll explain a little later. My older son is half-way […]

21 Jul 19
Boston Herald
There I found myself, in the jungle, in a situation I never thought I’d find myself in: Surrounded by signs of impending danger, sitting in control of a 17-ton tank and covered from head to toe in brown, gooey mud. But it was by my own free will that I put myself in this situation at Tank America in Melbourne, Fla. Although it’s not far from the family-friendly theme parks of Orlando, this experience appeals to a different kind of audience — you can probably leave the kids at home for this one. Co-owner John Kinney said Tank America allows visitors to cross an item off their bucket list. “Tank America is the only place outside the Army or Marine Corps that you can come and drive one of these tanks around our three-quarter mile tank trail here,” Kinney said. “You get a chance to run through some mud, go over some obstacles, navigate over a 15-foot hill and have a whole bunch of fun.”   Reporter Patrick Connolly gets a face full of muddy water as he drives a tank at Tank America in Melbourne, Fla., on June 27, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) Tank America isn’t the only place to have such an experience, but it is one of the few in the United States. You’d have to travel to Georgia, Minnesota or Texas to have an adventure anywhere close to what you get at the 35-acre Melbourne park. The idea first came from Kinney’s business partner, Troy Lotane. “He said, ‘John, did you know that we can buy some tanks?’ ” Kinney said, recalling a fateful phone conversation with Lotane. “I said, ‘Troy, I did not know that. But you’ve got my attention.’ ” Three of the tanks they purchased are a British FV433 Abbot model, which all Tank America participants get to drive for two laps starting with the $349 “basic tank training” package. For $649, visitors can take an additional lap with one of two APCs (armored personnel carrier) “locked up” with the hatch closed, driving while looking through a periscope. The $999 “advanced tank” package includes a car crush with the FV433 and a $1,519 “elite package” includes all of the tank driving experiences, car crush and a shooting experience at Machine Gun America. Those looking to spend a little less while still fulfilling their need for adrenaline can opt for a $25 tactical laser tag session, featuring guns that make a “pop pop” sound and recoil like the real deal. Most Tank America visitors receive a 45-minute safety briefing before entering the belly of the beast. A Tank America employee named Collin gave me an abbreviated rundown before heading onto the trail. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Abbot was somewhat intuitive to drive. Basically, you have a large throttle pedal and two sticks that represent the left and right brakes. Those took some muscle to really pull, but otherwise I felt ready for battle. Or for at least my few laps out on the Melbourne site’s trail. During my half-hour trip around the course, I encountered large tires that I ran over with ease, a daunting ascent up Peacock Hill, a four-foot trench and plenty of muddy ruts. The Rolls Royce engine powering my 17-ton beast roared as I conquered obstacle after obstacle. Reporter Patrick Connolly drives a tank at Tank America on June 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) This is the perfect experience for an army enthusiast or anyone looking for a thrilling encounter that differs from what you find on International Drive in Orlando — or most other places, for that matter. And by thrilling, I don’t mean that the tank ever travels that fast. No, you can’t shoot it. But nothing beats the rush of plunging into a deep mud puddle while in control of the FV433 Abbot tank at full throttle. After that part, make sure you have a spare change of clothes and a towel. The cockpit of the Abbot is very exposed as you plunge into the mud pit. (To be fair, my instructor Collin did ask me beforehand, “How much do you like that shirt?”) Although I was filthy for my drive back to Orlando, I couldn’t wipe the smile (or the dirt) off my face. My trip to Tank America felt like a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tank America (9150 Ellis Road, Melbourne, Fla.) is about an hour’s drive from Orlando. Tank driving sessions start at $349 and begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Tactical laser tag starts at $25 and takes place Wednesday-Sunday (check times online). For more information, call 321-241-1122 or go to tankamerica.com. McClatchy-Tribune News Service