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  • Try Staying at a Bed and Breakfast

    We always have options when looking for a place to stay. But many people overlook one of the most interesting options, Bed and Breakfast Inns. These properties are usually formerly single family homes in the 4-5-room range. When dealing with B&Bs it is very important that you ask questions. Unlike chain hotels were rooms meet certain fixed expectations, B&B accommodations can vary greatly as can their location. A properties website can't tell you everything. Be sure you contact the innkeeper directly before making reservations and ask any questions you might have. Bed & Breakfast lodgings around the world can be found by using the Bed and Breakfast Search Engine

    Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers are a great resource of information for travelers. They often help their guests make plans regarding what to see and do in their area. They also can direct their guests to local restaurants and events that the casual visitor may never be able to find.

    NOTE: If you have ever considered operating a B&B contact their association PAII, or try Start and Run a Profitable Bed and Breakfast or Complete Idiot's Guide to Running a Bed and Breakfast.

    I repeat, don't make your reservation online without having some contact with the Innkeeper. In most cases this means, don't book online. Not only can you ask the Innkeeper questions, but don't be surprised if the Innkeeper asks you a few questions. For example you may be booking a ski trip, staying in a town with a large ski resort. While discussing your expectations with the property, you may discover that you will need your own car to reach the resort from their location and you were not planning on that. Or that the B&B is located 10 blocks from the main street of town that you know you will want to walk into. To find these options online use B&B Search .

  • The Last Battleship

    The Battleship Missouri is an Iowa-class battleship designed for speed and firepower. Four Iowa-class ships were built during World War II including the USS Missouri, the keel of which was laid on January 6, 1941 at the New York Naval Shipyard. Its armament included the main battery of nine 16-inch guns and twelve 5-inch anti-aircraft guns. The USS Missouri was launched on January 29, 1944 and commissioned on June 11, 1944.

    It was assigned to the Pacific Third Fleet and cruised into Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1944. The Missouri was part of the force that carried out bombing raids over Tokyo and provided firepower in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. During the war’s final month the “Mighty Mo” served as Admiral William “Bull” Halsey’s flagship for the Pacific Third Fleet. The USS Missouri secured its place in history as the site of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces on September 2, 1945, ending World War II. The ceremony for the signing of the Formal Instrument of Surrender was conducted by General Douglas MacArthur.

    In August 1996, the Navy selected the USS Missouri Memorial Association as caretaker for the battleship and Pearl Harbor as its permanent home. On May 4, 1998, the Navy made it official, transferring the Mighty Mo’s care to the Association. Visit the official website. Also don't miss the KH6BB USS Missouri site, this group is restoring the radio room and getting it back on the air.