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CURAÇAO TRAVEL GUIDE: WHERE TO STAY, EAT & DRINK

HOW DID WE CHOOSE CURAÇAO?

Neither Travis or I had visited the island before, nor did we know anyone else who had, so we were both excited to explore somewhere new. Travel is something that we love doing together, and we were fortunate enough to have built up a solid pool of credit card points from both our big Europe trip and honeymoon last year, which we were able to apply towards this trip. We knew we wanted to go somewhere tropical, as our most recent trips were predominantly focused around sightseeing, so we researched various hotels in warm climates with which we would be able to use our reward points.

For reference: Curaçao is owned by the Dutch, and it is part of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao). It is further south than most other Caribbean islands, and very close to Venezuela. And something particularly interesting to Travis: Curaçao, despite its small population of just 160,000, actually produces some top Major League Baseball players, including one of Trav’s favorites, Didi Gregorius on the New York Yankees.

 WHERE DID WE STAY?

After extensive research (I like using TripAdvisor, and I read a lot of reviews before making a decision), we selected the Avila Beach Hotel, located towards the south of the island, in the capital, Willemstad. We booked an Ocean Front Blues Wing room, that had an incredible balcony overlooking the ocean. And by overlooking I literally mean on top of the water! No photo can really do it justice. I highly, highly ..(click to read more)

 

 

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You've Probably Never Heard of This Delicious Shrimp (It Tastes Like Lobster)

If you have, you know what the fuss is about. If you haven’t, it’s time to try these succulent shrimp.

All hail Royal Reds, the huge crimson shrimp that taste like lobster and scallops, the crown jewel of Gulf shrimp.

Fishermen must venture far and deep to find the prize shrimp known as Royal Reds. Their range stretches from Massachusetts all the way to French Guiana, but sweet spots run along the Gulf from the Florida Panhandle to the Mississippi coast, in deep cool waters between 800 and 1,500 feet down.

Royal Red season lasts from late summer to late fall, peaking in September. However, because the shrimp are found up to 60 miles offshore, fisherman (the select few that are licensed to harvest Royal Reds) often flash-freeze their catches immediately, which captures the fresh-off-the-boat flavor and texture in peak form. It also makes them available year round.

You can use Reds in any shrimp recipe, but they deserve to be featured in ways that showcase their naturally briny flavor and rich, buttery meat that’s comparable to lobster and bay scallops. Connoisseurs say that the best way to enjoy these robust shrimp is steamed or grilled in their shells, accompanied by nothing more than melted butter (OK, maybe garlic butter), a big stack of napkins, and icy cold beverages.

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B-52 bomber crew searching for 'Moana' boat finds six missing traditional canoe paddlers

A B-52 bomber crew instructed to look out for the 'boat from "Moana"' during a search and rescue mission are being hailed as heroes after locating six canoe paddlers who had been lost at sea for days.

On the morning of June 25, members of the US Air Force's 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed at Guam's Andersen Air Force Base, were on a routine flight in their B-52H Stratofortress bomber when they received a call from base asking them to help the US Coast Guard carry out a search mission.

The crew, airborne over Guam at the time, were asked to track down a historic, Pacific Island-style canoe that had been missing since June 19, according to an USAF news release. 

A US Air Force B-52 bomber crew deployed were asked to help find six paddlers who had been missing at sea in their traditional Pacific Island-style canoe for six days

The B-52 crew spotted the missing passengers (pictured) from 19,000 feet in the air

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Three YouTubers Died in a Waterfall Swimming Accident in Canada

Three travel YouTubers died on Tuesday in what appears to be a waterfall swim gone wrong.

Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper, three vloggers from the High On Life YouTube travel channel, died in an accident at Canada’s Shannon Falls, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Gamble and Lyakh, both 30, were apparently trying to rescue Scraper, 29, who had slipped and was drawn into fast-moving water.

It’s not clear whether the trio was filming at the time of the accident.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed Thursday that three people were swimming in one of the pools at the top of Shannon Falls when they slipped and fell into a pool about 100 feet below. Police confirmed that three bodies were recovered from Shannon Falls, but did not release victims’ identities. Authorities did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment.

On Friday, however, High On Life posted a tearful tribute video that identified the vloggers by name.

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Basic and Advanced Kayak Rigging – How to Rig a Kayak for Fishing

« Here are the two extremes of Kayak Rigging. It doesn’t get anymore basic than the first one and sky is the limit on the advanced kayak. Here is how I would rig my kayak for fishing if I were in the tournament world. « 

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