Kibuka Falls – Adventure Into One of Kenya’s Hidden Allures

When people hear of Kenya, they think of lions and elephants and the wildebeest migration. Then they think of the Maasai, the sunny beaches and Mt. Kenya. After that they can think of whatever the media has made them believe to be great about Kenya, but few, if any, have had the pleasure of knowing about, let alone visiting the hidden wonder called Kibuka Falls. From what I learnt from a hydro-mechanical engineer, one of the basic elements about water is that it always finds it level.

The Chinese, with their unending philosophies about nature have found a clever way of expressing this, by stating that even though water is soft, it overcomes any barrier not by fighting it but by going over it. The Latin phrase gutta cavat lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo translates to “a drop makes a hole into a rock, not by force but by constant falling”. These are some of water’s great yet simple attributes, but beyond these there is the issue of cohesive forces and gravitational flow that dictates the flow of water, and here is where my interest lies. This is because Kibuka Falls is one of the places where you will be treated to a natural spectacle of water flowing from almost opposite sides, and then merging and flowing as one.

I remember very well the evening when I was told that I should travel to Kibuka Falls and document it, but as is man’s usual habit, having not heard of it before, and because it is in a very remote area with zero communication network, I gave the issue little thought and digressed to other matters. But the man pressed onto his point, and when I realized how serious he was, I decided to give it a try, and try I did – what I saw, especially that it was during the rainy season left me immersed in wonder and immeasurable pleasure. I will now try to explain the sight, though I certainly deplore my inability to describe it: before draining into River Tana, most of the rivers flowing from Mt. Kenya converge at Kibuka Falls, with multiple waterfalls draining in simultaneously from various directions, the most preeminent stretch bearing over five channels of varying size and volume. The Congo River, which is the deepest and second longest in Africa is also among the most difficult to navigate, most remarkably along the rapids at Inga, but even the difficult navigation at these rapids falls short of that posed by the rocks at Kibuka Falls.

Unlike the conventional tourist attractions of wildlife and mountains which can well be found in many areas, this magnificent river formation bears two waterfalls on almost directly opposite sides, which is in itself an unparalleled fascination, roughly defying the laws of science from a far-off look, but upon closer inspection you find that entropy is very much at play here. The water flows on two levels, at the top of the valley and at the bottom after it has cascaded a perilous bed of rocks, of course by following the path of least resistance. Accessing the water at the top is easy since it is at the same level with the road, but to get to the bottom of the valley you should be prepared to descend an almost endless array of jagged rocks similar to those marking the water’s course, upon which great bodily balance is necessary to make any progress.

Most of our team members, having had enough of accelerated palpitations developed cold feet, but the rest, courting the outrageous and motivated by challenge, advanced on all fours up to a point where our bodies, by impulsive decisiveness refused to move, even though we wanted to get closer to the deafening tumult of abrasion and attrition below the rock which we had so fearfully clambered. With the spray of water droplets reaching me up from twenty feet below, I was within inches of the edge of the precipice when with trembling hands I took only one photo and made my way back, not by turning around but by retreating in a backward manner.

There have been investment talks about the installation of cable cars in the hills surrounding the area, which is a clear indication of the huge tourism potential of this area that is yet to be discovered. It could be that the place has remained unexploited due to its remoteness, but as is with new horizons begetting new frontiers, this is about to change.

Kibuka Falls is an amazing sight to the painter, a fascinating reality to the poet and an enchantment to the free-spirited individual, and one looking for an unusual adventure or family getaway might consider giving it a try. It is reached after extensive travel through ‘stone country’, a natural seamless blend of rock and shrub, comparing almost directly to the artificially established Zen gardens of Japan.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Space Needle

The Space Needle in Seattle is one of the most famous American landmarks, and is the most recognizable building in the State of Washington. Although it is not as tall as other legendary buildings, such as The Empire State Building in New York or Willis Tower in Chicago, the Space Needle sure does inspire awe. In was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair to symbolize the future and technology, and soon became an icon. The first thing you think about when you hear the word “Seattle” is probably the skyline of the city with the Space Needle in the center of it.

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While the Space Needle is known all over the world, there are facts that many don’t know and will probably find quite interesting. Let’s take a look at them!

1. The Needle could be a balloon

The first designs of the building looked like a huge balloon tethered to the ground. It was John Graham, the architect, who introduced the idea of the flying saucer that would become the Space Needle as we see it now.

2. It used to be environmentally unfriendly

During the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the flame burned at the head of the tower to make it look even more spectacular. The natural gas torch was producing ‘the needle of flame’ around 40-50 feet tall. It was using so much fuel it would be enough to heat over a hundred homes. It turned on every 15 minutes serving as a colossal clock for the Fair. After the Fair they decided to use this energy in a better way.

3. It was dirty for 46 years

It was only in 2008 when the Needle was professionally cleaned. It was scrubbed with water with a temperature of 194F degrees and a pressure of 2900 pounds per square inch.

4. Parachutists love it

In 1996 the city authorities allowed the first parachute jump from the Space Needle. But it was long before that when a couple of adrenaline seekers went for an illegal jump in 1975.

5. It gets bigger

It is not a joke. The building actually expands about an inch in a hot weather.

6. Another city tried to buy it

The businessmen of Fife, another Washington city, wanted to buy the Space Needle from its owners, offering them a million dollars, which is not even a quarter of the cost of the project. No wonder, the Space Needle is still in Seattle.

7. Everyone once thought it had fallen

But it was just an April Fool’s Day joke by a local comedy show called Almost Live! They created false photos of the Needle in ruins, and many people in Seattle believed it was true. The NBC had to apologize for this prank and the confusion it had brought.

There are probably a lot more to tell about the Space Needle, but the main fact it is always good just to visit this spectacular building, just like many other interesting places in Seattle.

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Advantages Of A Package Tour

Planning a holiday is a difficult task. A lot of things like money, flights, hotels and itinerary have to be kept in mind to make sure that you have a good and enjoyable trip. Booking a package tour is the best for people who want to have a memorable holiday with little stress. Such tours include a variety of services put together for a single trip. These packages can be booked for both long and short duration. Once you have found the right deal from a reputed tour operator, you can be sure that your trip will be well organized right from the beginning till the end.

Package tour offers a lot of advantages to the customer as well as the tour operator. Some of the benefits for customers include:

Pocket Friendly– The biggest advantage that package tour offers is that it saves money.Travel agencies buy their package deals in bulk which costs them less. They then offer these deals to consumers at a lower and more competitive rate than individual bookings. These packages usually come with meals, transportation, sight-seeing and other facilities, which reduce a lot of uncertainties about the additional costs during the trip. For instance, if you have pre-booked and paid cabs, you need not worry about any extra cost.

Saves time– Booking a package tour not only saves money but also time. You don’t have to sit for hours to find flights and hotels and call them individually to enquire and make bookings. The tour operator or the travel agency deals with everything and in your budget.

Peace of Mind– When you book a package tour, you buy peace of mind. There is no headache to find about places to visit, book a cab and think about where to eat. You only have to pay the money and everything will be arranged for by the tour operator. There is also a lack of responsibility on your part. For instance, if a flight is delayed or you miss a connecting flight, the responsibility lies on the tour operator to alternate flight. In case anything goes wrong with the bookings, you can sit back and relax till things are fixed.

Quality Services– By booking an all-inclusive package tour you enjoy best facilities throughout the trip. Travel agencies and tour operators spend a lot of time in assessing all the aspects of a package tour to deliver high standard services to its customers. They choose best hotels and cover most frequented areas of a particular place for customers to visit.

A package tour ensures safe travelling for its users. They plan your complete holiday so that you can enjoy with a free mind

There are several travel agencies that offer Sundarban package tour at an affordable price. All information about Sundarban tour is available online.

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A Fun Night: Carol’s Comedy Night at Max’s Restaurant & Cucina

Good food, good times, good laughs, and a good cause…that’s what’s coming to Max’s Restaurant & Cucina on Monday, November 7th.  Show starts at 7:30pm, join us for dinner and enjoy Carol’s Comedy Night.

Get out the Joke!!! Have fun the night before the election !  

Good food, good times, good laughs, and a good cause…that’s what’s coming to Max’s Restaurant & Cucina on Monday, November 7th.  Show starts at 7:30pm, join us for dinner and enjoy Carol’s Comedy Night.

Monday night’s show will feature the fabulous Carol Metcalf and friends for a night of hysterical laughs.  Monday’s lineup includes special guest Karen Rontowski, MC Paul Clay, along with a hilarious cast of the areas finest comics; Mary Alice Spaulding, Justine Sutton, Cat Alvarado and Jim Eaton.

This is an ALL AGES show.  Doors open at 6p.m. with the comedy kicking off at 7:30p.m. Come early and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner and hear these funny comedians share perspectives on the election.

If you haven’t made your reservation yet, what are you waiting for? This event is selling out fast. Call 805-898-9121 today to reserve your table. Admission is $10 per person. Grab a group of friends and make a night of it! When dining in Santa Barbara, you can’t go wrong with Max’s. Add in some fabulous entertainment and Monday night never looked better!

Please note that normally we are closed on Monday nights for dinner, this is a special event!

Enter our Facebook contest for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Comedy Show. Share your funniest political joke on Max’s facebook wall.  Winner will be announced Monday afternoon!

#‎ContestAlert‬! How would you like to win a complimentary dinner for 2 on Comedy night Monday Nov 7th!?

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Here’s how to enter the contest: 
1. LIKE Max’s Restaurant on Facebook. (  https://www.facebook.com/maxsrestaurantsb
2. SHARE your favorite political joke on Max’s Facebook wall.
3. Winner will be announced Monday afternoon.

Contest closes 11/7/2016. Good luck!  

About Max’s Restaurant & Cucina: Max’s Restaurant is located at 3514 State Street, Santa Barbara, in the Upper State St. area. The Santa Barbara family restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Fine Italian cuisine and home-made Italian pasta are served Tuesday through Saturday evenings, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. Visit the website at http://www.maxsrestaurantsb.com for complete menu selections. “Like” the Facebook page for news on upcoming dinner specials. Call 805-898-9121 to make reservations.

Special Deals by Santa Barbara Luxury Spa

Give yourself the gift of relaxation this holiday season or treat someone else with a gift certificate. ONE DAY SALE: Buy a $300 Christmas Gift Card and get $100 F-R-E-E

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Qui Si Bella Spa in Santa Barbara is a luxury eco-wellness spa that offers a variety of massages, facials, scrubs and wraps. Those services as well as serenity rituals, manicures, and pedicures are why Qui Si Bella Spa is often called “Santa Barbara’s Most Comprehensive Spa”. Give yourself the gift of relaxation this holiday season or treat someone else with a gift certificate.

ONE DAY SALE: Buy a $300 Christmas Gift Card and get $100 F-R-E-E   

Take a look at some of the services offered at Qui Si Bella Spa:

MASSAGES: Massages are among the most popular spa services because of the health benefits they provide. Massages help relieve anxiety and headaches. They also aid in easing digestive disorders. Highly trained therapists at Qui Si Bella Spa offer several types of massages. Swedish massages, hot stone massages, and deep tissue massages are among the services provided. These massages and the others can be done in different increments of time to suit your needs.

FACIALS: Facials rejuvenate the skin and help to increase blood flow. This can help skin look younger. The Mediterranean Facial at Qui Si Bella Spa gently exfoliates and hydrates the skin. This facial is good for all skin types, but is especially recommended for mature skin. If you are striving for a youthful glow, The Rainforest Herbs Anti-Aging Facial will help you get it. This facial uses wild plants harvested from the Amazon Rainforest.

GETAWAY PACKAGES: If you’re looking to enjoy more than one service during a visit, then you’ll want to consider a getaway package. Packages consist of massages, wraps, scrubs, and facials. The Famous Coastal Escape includes a relaxing 80 minute Swedish massage and a slimming marine mud wrap. You will also relax in a hydrotherapy bath and aromatherapy crème application. Light spa cuisine is served during this four-hour appointment. Different combinations of treatments are available with other packages.

Qui Si Bella Spa is also a popular place to hold spa parties. Get a group of people together for a birthday, anniversary, or bachelorette party. Qui Si Bella Spa can accommodate up to 25 people. For more information on booking an event, call 805-682-0003 or e-mail info@quisibellaspa.com.

Come visit the staff at Qui Si Bella Spa this holiday season when relaxation is on your wish list.

Happy Holidays from Qui Si Bella Spa!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – December 23, 2016 – The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters at the Dolby Theatre.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 29, 2016 – For a quarter of a century, Mannheim Steamroller has been entertaining audiences for the holiday season. This year The Granada Theatre hosts this Grammy-award winning sensation. Ticket prices range from $34-$93.

New Year’s Eve Brazilian Carnival Party – December 31, 2016: Inspired by the most iconic carnival celebration in the world, Bacara is pleased to present our take on Brazilian carnival. This festive evening includes samba dancers, a DJ, Chef action stations, party favors, a cash bar and a champagne toast. Tickets are $150 per person (includes dinner).

Sammy’s wine tours are the perfect choice for a great wine tasting tour this Christmas.  Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez are home to some of the best wineries in California.

Blush Christmas Dinner Downtown: This year why not try something different and have a Blush Christmas Dinner?  Blush is a cozy restaurant and lounge that will be open on Christmas from noon until 10:00 p.m. You and your guests can sit back and relax while their chefs do all the cooking.

Max’s Restaurant: Treat your Holiday guests to the best breakfast in Santa Barbara! For over 30 years, Max’s Restaurant, located at 3514 State Street, Santa Barbara, in the Upper State St. area, has earned a reputation for the best breakfast in town.

 

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Have you heard about our new SPA MEMBERSHIPS?

NO yearly commitment required.

Monthly Fee of $70, includes a one-hour massage for the month or upgrade to a facial. Miss a month? No problem the massage credits roll-over so you never lose the opportunity to feel great.

A monthly fee of $85 for facial membership.

  • Membership credit applicable for 50-minute massages
  • Swedish Massage
  • Couple’s Massage

Upgrade to a specialty massage or facial for only $10 more

  • Mediterranean Facial
  • Rainforest Anti-Aging Facial
  • Hot stone massage
  • Sports / Deep Tissue Massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Reflexology

Other great benefits

  • Choose your own monthly payment day to work best with your busy schedule.
  • Spa members receive an additional 15% off all products.

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Qui Si Bella is located inside the LORETO Plaza Shopping Center on the corner of State Street and LAS Positas Road.

3311 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: 805.682.0003
Email: info@quisibella.com

About Qui Si Bella: Qui Si Bella, located at 3311 State Street, is Santa Barbara’s most comprehensive day spa. Personal care services available at the luxury, eco-wellness spa include holistic treatmentsmassageswrapsanti-aging facialsbody detox programs, and Thai massage. Hours are Monday: noon-7p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: 10a.m.-7p.m., and Sunday: 10a.m.-5p.m. Visit the website at http://www.quisibella.com“Like” the Facebook page for more information on Santa Barbara spa services. Call 805-682-0003

New Year in the Santa Ynez Valley


The New Year is a time for hope, happiness and celebrations. Visit the Santa Ynez Valley invites you to celebrate the good life in our charming communities. With New Year’s Day on a Sunday this year, we encourage you to take a relaxing weekend vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley. Explore our quaint towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, take in a Santa Ynez Valley wine tour, and festively celebrate the New Year.

 Happy New Year from Visit the Santa Ynez Valley!

New Year’s Eve Activities in the Santa Ynez Valley

  • New Year’s Eve Dance Party: Saturday, December 31 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez. Ring in the New Year with a fun and funky New Year’s Eve Dance Party! Boogie down and count down to 2017 during a fun-filled flashback concert, featuring 70s disco tribute band “Boogie Knights” and totally awesome 80s band “The Spazmatics.” It’s the perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve and it’s all free with a Club Indulge Card.
  • New Year’s Eve Festivities: Saturday, December 31, celebrate New Year’s across the country at The Good Life in Solvang, a retail shop and bar specializing in California Craft Beer and small production wines from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. They will be open from noon until 11:00 p.m., beginning with “East Coast” New Year’s Festivities at 7 pm. The cost is $40/person.
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner at Ballard Inn and Restaurant: Ballard Inn and Restaurant will be serving a five-course dinner at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Call ahead of time at 800-638-2466 to guarantee a table!
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner at S.Y. Kitchen: S.Y. Kitchen will also be serving a special New Year’s Eve menu from 5pm to closing. Pricing ranges from $18 – $40 for specials with optional wine pairings curated by Sommelier Emily Johnston available by the glass or bottle. The holiday menu items will be offered à la carte and are meant to be enjoyed alongside other seasonal offerings and signature dishes from S.Y. Kitchen’s dinner menu. Call ahead for reservations at (805) 691-9794 and preview the menu here.
  • New Year’s at the Maverick Saloon: The Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, established in 1963, is one of the last original, thriving California honky-tonk saloons. Tucked away in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, the Maverick gives locals and visitors a taste of the Old West and makes everyone feel at home. The minute you step on the front porch you will see the history in the walls constructed from old barns, hear the live music coming from the stage, and feel the spirit of the people who’ve been welcomed through its doors by the signed dollar bills left on the ceiling – proof they were once lucky enough to have been there! Stop in New Year’s Eve for the fabulous Soul Cats, complimentary champagne, party hats and more. $10/per person or $15/per couple.
  • New Year’s Eve Champagne Party: December 31 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on east coast time before heading out for your west coast party! Countdown at 9pm with Champagne toast. Party goes until 10pm with drink specials and lots of fun!
  • New Years’ Eve at Rideau Vineyards: Visit this charming tasting room and winery in Solvang for a singular wine tasting experience. Surrounded by vineyards planted in 1998, lush grounds, beautiful gardens, and majestic oak trees, the bucolic site immediately transports you back to feelings of old world French Victorian New Orleans. Party Saturday, December 31 at 1:00 p.m. Includes BBQ pop-up and live music featuring The Burning James Trio.

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New Year’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley 

After the partying, start off the New Year on the right foot with a stop at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos. They’re open on New Year’s Day, but visit early in the day for the absolute best selection and lovely aromas of bread and pastry fresh from the oven. Pastries are out by 7am.  Breads start at 7am, and continue to come out until mid-morning. It’s well worth the drive – or the post-celebratory crawl – Travel + Leisure Magazine recently named Bob’s as one of the Top 15 Amazing Small Town Bakeries in the United States.

Interested in brunch?  The Vineyard House in Santa Ynez will ring in the New Year with a brunch menu and dinner on New Year’s Day. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott and Root 246 are also open for breakfast on New Year’s Day.

Wine making is an art in the Santa Ynez Valley, and wine tasting makes the perfect way to continue your New Year’s celebrations. Take advantage of The Winter Pass through January 31, 2017, and enjoy 14 Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association winery tasting rooms for just $40.

These Santa Ynez Valley wineries will be open on New Year’s Day:

You can also click here to view Holiday Hours for tasting rooms throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country.

If shrub cocktails are more your style, head over to Mad & Vin at The Landsby in Solvang. The Mad & Vin bar will be open at noon New Year’s Day for lunch and cocktails and will serve dinner in the restaurant from 5 pm – 9 pm.

Looking for a little adventure on the first day of the new year? Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding is open New Year’s Day and will have a s’mores bar for riders to enjoy by the fire after their ride. Call (805) 944-0493 to book your appointment.

Once you’ve experienced a New Year in the Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll want to keep coming back again and again. We have plenty of restaurants, hotels, things to do and outdoor activities to keep you and your family entertained year-round. Check back with Visit Santa Ynez Valley frequently for great ideas on restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley, special wine tasting opportunities, and hotel discounts and packages, or sign up for our newsletter and we will notify you as soon as we have details of upcoming events.

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Make the Santa Ynez Valley your destination choice for family weekends, romantic weekends, and year-round fun. We look forward to showing you just big our small towns can be.

Stop by our website at VisitSYV.com to review our complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, and Santa Ynez hotels and inns, or check out our suggestions below for special New Year events. We are thrilled to share the spirit of the holiday season with visitors to our area.

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