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Check out whales off San Diego coast



Published: Sat, January 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Check out whalesoff San Diego coast

Whale watching becomes true adventure travel from an open cockpit biplane.

Biplane, Air Combat & amp; Warbird Adventures in Carlsbad, Calif., offers aerial sightseeing along San Diego's coast.

The annual whale migration is from mid-December through March, and when watching their northbound migration, you'll see mother whales with newborn calves.

Biplane flights can accommodate two passengers.

Flights depart from Palomar Airport in Carlsbad and are available seven days a week from mid-morning until one hour before sunset. Prices start at $149 for two passengers for 20 minutes aloft.

Reservations are required.

For more information, call (800) 759-5667 or visit www.barnstorming.com.

Beat the hangoverwith dermal patch

Jet lag, different time zones and change of eating habits do not mix well with a hangover. But never fear: A new product is on the market.

Sober-X Hangover Free Topical Patch claims to have a solution for overindulgers -- an ultra-concentrated formula infused into a small dermal patch that sticks to the body.

The formula is said to provide a constant supply of high-potency antioxidant effects needed to prevent headaches, nausea and other hangover symptoms.

A box of 12 patches is $29.99, plus tax. They will soon be available in drug and convenience stores, but are currently available at www.amazon.com and www.soberxusa.com.

Texas town, club offer'Girlfriend Getaway'

Ready to let your hair down?

The East Texas town of Jefferson and the Pulpwood Queens Book Clubs think they have the perfect opportunity at the "Girlfriend Weekend Getaway" Jan. 14-16.

Participants are encouraged to get a massage and pedicure, go shopping, go out to eat, be the life of the party, stay up late and sleep late.

Friday night, the book clubs will present "The Good Ol' Girls," described as a feminist literary country music revue about "women of all types in all different places ... coming to terms with some big issues." (Incidentally, the book clubs were started in Jefferson a few years ago by Kathy L. Patrick, owner of Beauty & amp; The Book, a combination hair salon and bookstore.)

Saturday is a big day filled with book signings, a parade celebrating women and literacy, and a black-tie dinner called the "Hair Ball."

Those who are still standing Sunday morning will be served brunch before they leave for home.

For more information about the event, call (903) 665-2535.

For more information about lodging and the area, call (888) 467-3529.

Students urged to takeAAA travel challenge

NEW YORK -- Where is Crater Lake? Why is the Loire Valley famous? If you're visiting the National Cowboy Museum, what state are you in?

If you are a high school student who knows the answers to these questions, you're a good candidate for the AAA Travel High School Challenge.

The online contest, which takes place Jan. 10 to 19, is open to all U.S. students in grades 9-12. The top five scorers in each state and Washington, D.C., will then compete in a 40-question proctored, written exam, with state champions heading to a national face-off in May at Universal Orlando. Winners will earn more than $100,000 in scholarships.

To pre-register and for details, visit www.aaa.com/TravelChallenge.




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