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Due to a change in website platforms, a necessary step to enhance and update the CAT FANCY magazine website, it will no longer be possible to host Club Cat. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, Club Cat will close and members will no longer be able to accrue points. Members with sufficient reward points have until Jan. 10, 2014, to redeem their points for any of the cat products currently available in the Club Cat Rewards Catalog. On Jan. 15, 2014, Club Cat members with 25 reward points or higher will be automatically entered into a raffle to win special prizes. Raffle prize winners will be notified after Jan. 31, 2014. Points for the final Cat of the Day will be awarded on Jan. 1, 2014. New programs similar to Cat of the Day will be announced with the launch of the new website, so look for further announcements. Thank you to everyone who joined Club Cat! 01/31/2014 12:00.00 AM
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We will be temporarily disabling the ability to redeem reward items from the Club Rewards catalog from Sunday, December 22, 2013 to Sunday, January 5, 2014. Many of our team members who are in charge of processing the rewards redemptions will be out of the office for the holidays. You will be able to begin redeeming rewards again on Monday, January 6, 2014. 12/20/2013 01:47.27 PM
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MISS TALLULAH (TALLEY)
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♥ ARE GETTING MARRIED ♥
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♥ ♥ JANUARY 5, 2014 ♥ ♥
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Place and Page # to come…
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My sweet heart Talley and I have some wonderful news. We’ve finally chosen a date for our wedding day. Talley did some research and discovered January 6th (which is a Monday next year) was considered Christmas before the reform of the calendar. It is the feast of the Epiphany, which is when the Wise Men reached Jesus and announced his birth to the world. It is still called “Old Christmas” by orthodox Christians. The celebration is held on the Sunday that falls between January 2nd and January 8th. We chose Sunday, the fifth of January 2014 to exchange our vows.

We still have a lot of planning to do dear furiends. We will soon let you know where and on what page our wedding will take place. Until then, we hope you can set aside the date to share in the celebration of our love.

I left a vote with soft purrs and warm hugs.
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"As our story continues to unfold, we've decided to have and to hold. So we're gathering together with open hearts, for a day we no longer will live apart. January 5th we'll share our love so true, with you as our guests as we say our "I do's."
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Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

11/03/2013 10:24.08 AM Report This Comment
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May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond.

— An Irish Blessing

Thanks for helping me celebrate my Cat of the Day! A vote, catnip hugs & sandpaper kisses to you, and may your furends outnumber all the stars in the skies!

Tipper – COTD 8/18/13
Santa Cruz, CA

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08/18/2013 09:02.15 PM Report This Comment
K. Whiskers gets every kitty’s attention –
The trumpets play, announcing it’s time for the reception to begin.

The Coronation banquet room looks exquisite, with crystal chandeliers suspended from the ceiling, casting prismatic colors around the room. The tables are covered with beautiful white linen tablecloths, hemstitched with delicate white lace. Raven, Ms. Murphy and Angel Lucy-Fur and Angel Sylvia Seville had created colorful floral centerpieces for every table, making the room look like a festive rainbow.

The palace florists had decorated the entrance to the banquet room with thousands of flowers and brilliant pink satin ribbons & bows. The Castle waiters are all dressed sharply in tuxedos with pink carnation corsages and all are carrying trays of champagne and glasses for toasting.

The Feline Castle Coronation Banquet Menu is going to be an extravaganza of culinary delights. Angel Maggie and Callie had been working with the excellent feline chefs for days to make sure everything was just right for this very special day. The buffet tables are all strategically placed, allowing the guests to work their way through the food on all sides of the tables.

The menu is dazzling and includes something to satisfy every cat’s palate. If something isn’t on the menu that you desire, you simply have to close your eyes and conjure it up in your mind, and just like magic, it will appear! Castle magic is wonderful!

Silver & pewter Champagne Fountains featuring Dom Perignon are flowing in every corner of the room.

Sample menus of the banquet cuisine are placed at the entrance for all the kitties to read…

Hors d’oeuvres: Shrimp and Calamari, Buffalo Chicken Wings and Creamy Blue Cheese Dip, Coconut Breaded Shrimp with Citrus Ginger Sauce Vegetable Spring Rolls, Lobster Wontons with Toasted Sesame Seeds, Mouse Meat Balls in a Jerk BBQ Sauce, Prosciutto Ham, Salami and Provolone Cheese, Fresh Oysters on the half shell, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Grilled Pita Points, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, Artisan Bread Display

Entrees: Petite Tender Medallions of Beef, Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Chicken Parmigiana, Mustard Crusted Salmon, Fettuccine Alfredo, Baked Clams, Roasted Chicken Breast, Mesquite Grilled Lamb Chops, Grilled Mahi Mahi, Turkey Breast w/Mango Sauce, Sugar & Spice Crusted Pork Loin

Sides: Vesuvio Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Rosemary Potatoes, Cheese Polenta, Sautéed Green Beans, Maple Glazed Baby Carrots, Fresh Vegetable Medley, Red Onion and Roasted Corn, Corn On The Cob, Spicy Potato Wedges, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Peas & Basmati Rice, Macaroni Pasta Salad

Desserts: Almond Macaroon, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Lemon–Hazelnut Mousse, Coconut Cake, Chocolate Shots with Chocolate Pop Rocks, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cakes, Pineapple, Melon and Watermelon Fruit Prisms, Home Baked Cookies and Brownies, Strawberry Shortcake, Graham Cracker Key Lime Pie, Homemade Apple Pie w/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

AND ON AND ON… Enjoy furiends! =^.^=

Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/30/2013 11:57.10 AM Report This Comment
CORONATION –JULY 2013
“One of the special perks of being King is having the honor to recognize a few special kitties for their invaluable support & guidance, and their immeasurable display of the CC Spirit. Today I would like to call up the following kitties before me: Callie, Talley, Ms. Murphy, Raven, Angel Maggie, Angel Lucy-Fur & Angel Sylvia Seville.”

K. Whiskers takes his Royal Spectre and gently touches each of them on their shoulder. “I hereby name you Dames of the Realm, in the Spirit of CC and the Feline Empire.” The room is filled with mews and applause.

“It has been the most rewarding two months of my life, serving as your King. I owe each and every one of you my sincerest gratitude for giving me this stellar opportunity. But I have to admit, though it has been fulfilling beyond my wildest dreams, it has also been demanding. We have all been through some tragic and trying times together with the loss of close friends, but we have managed to band together and weather the storms, with each other to lean on. I told my Mom, when it comes time for me to cross over to that big light in the sky, I feel better knowing she has somewhere to go for comfort and support. She can come here, to CC.”

“I have experienced the happiest times of my life here with all of you, and also the saddest times. But that is exactly what makes this place so special. We’re all here for each other at a moments notice and I can’t begin to tell you how much that has helped me and kept me motivated to keep on going. CC and its magical Castle is our very own eternal Camelot for Cats, for happily-ever-afterings, always and furever. Thank you for letting me be such a big part of this most unique and magical place.”

“And now, with out further ado, the moment we have all been anticipating. It is time to crown our beautiful, new Queen Lady Dolly!” K. Whiskers bows to his new Queen, steps up and gently places the glimmering jeweled crown on her head and the royal spectre in her paws. “I present to you, Queen Lady Dolly – long may she reign!” The trumpets blare as the kitties all stand, clapping and meowing proudly for their new leader.

K. Whiskers kisses Queen Lady Dolly and whispers in her ear, “I know you will be a wonderful, kind and compassionate July Queen for CC.”

Talley joins K. Whiskers as they walk back to be with their family.
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Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/30/2013 11:56.22 AM Report This Comment
CORONATION BEGINNING
K. Whiskers steps up to the podium and takes a sip of water, looking out at the enormous assembly of furiends.

“I’d like to begin with a moment of silent prayer for our dear furiends who made the journey across the Rainbow Bridge and for the human family members who also made the ultimate crossing into heaven, this month of June 2013. God bless our dear furiends and their families.”

“I tried to send my message of thanks to all my loyal furiends yesterday, but if I left anyone out, please accept my abject apologizes. You all deserve my sincerest thanks and gratitude and I will be visiting each and every one of you in the following days to come. But I did leave out the most important thank you sentiments for today…”

“Thank you to my fursister Callie and my Mom Mandy for all their hard work to keep my reign going and almost always on schedule. I want to thank my fiancée Talley, her brother K. Pete and their sisters. Without them, I simply wouldn’t be up here today in one piece. Family REALLY IS EVERYTHING!”

“I’d also like to express my sincere thanks to the Hairballz Riders and the pilots of the Royal Feline Squadron for always making the Coronation Flight and Motorcade a magical event.”

“I’d like to add a special thank you to Boo Kitty and her Mom Jane for making me look the part of royalty. Your photography is amazing!”

K. Whiskers clears his throat and continues…
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Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/30/2013 11:55.44 AM Report This Comment
CORONATION AT THE CASTLE BEGINS SOON
The Royal Feline Castle is the stage for today’s ceremony and the excitement in the air is electric. King Whiskers and Talley stand back in awe and watch the crowd of kitties growing. You can hear the mews of anticipation for the crowning of their beautiful, new Queen Lady Dolly. The podium is richly decorated with flowers in every shade of pink imaginable and jewels to give it an iridescent fiery glow. The front row seats are cordoned off in reserve for Lady Dolly’s family and K. Whisker’s family. Behind the podium are special seats facing the main audience, reserved for all the past King and Queens who will be attendance today. The orchestra is playing music softly in the background, awaiting the arrival of our new Queen. K. Whiskers is ready to begin promptly at one o’clock, knowing when he hears the trumpets play, the new queen will have arrived.

K. Whiskers takes one last minute with his beloved Talley before entering the Coronation room. Talley straightens his robe and crown one last time. Talley knows K. Whiskers is nervous and tells him he’ll do fine. Talley looks deep into K. Whiskers eyes and says, “Just speak from the heart, as you always have, and everything will turn out fine.” With that, Talley kisses her king once more and he feels ready for anything. Ah, the magic of his sweet Talley!

The ruby crown of June, worn by King Whiskers, will be packed up in its velvet case and returned to the Palace Vault for a later King. Talley hands K. Whiskers a small, gold and jeweled-tone case, containing the Queen’s crown. Specially made of precious rubies, diamonds and sapphires, the brilliant, delicate gold crown was created to represent July and Independence Day, and specifically tailored to fit our petite, new royal majesty.
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Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/30/2013 11:47.02 AM Report This Comment
A Solemn Word With Whiskers – June 29 ♥
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ANGEL SYLVESTER KNIGHT
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We hope everyone can plan to attend a Memorial Service today for our newest Angel Sylvester Knight (#11567).
His dear family was by his side to help him cross the Rainbow Bridge into his FOREVER SLEEP.
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- ANGEL SYLVESTER KNIGHT –

~ Crossed Over The Rainbow Bridge on June 28, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. PDT ~

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"The honor of your presence is requested at a memorial service
to celebrate the life of Angel Sylvester Knight."

The memorial service will be held today on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM (PDT) [6:00 PM - EDT] in the Royal Chapel of the Castle.

PLEASE JOIN US ON THE CMR PAGE (#46883).

We ask our furiends to feel free to speak of any memories you may have of our dear Angel Sylvester Knight.
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THINK OF ME –

Remember Me:
To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea - remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty - remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity - remember me.
Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, and your memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will have never gone.
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“If life becomes too much to bear, remember your Angel is always there.”

Purrs and hugs dear furiends.

Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/28/2013 09:16.11 PM Report This Comment
A Final Word With Whiskers – June 29
LOYAL FURIENDS & SUPPORTERS -
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The Coronation Of Lady Dolly Will Be Held On:

~ SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 at one o’clock p.m. (PDT), four o’clock p.m. (EDT) at the Royal Feline Castle on CMR page #46883 ~

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I want to take a moment today to thank every one of my dear furiends for supporting me throughout the months of May & June. Thank you to those who put me in their tagline & visited me every day. I couldn’t have done it without you.

I’d like to give all my loyal furiends a small token of my thanks for your encouragement these past two months. I created a “Loyal Furiend” trophy to present to you, so when you look at it, you’ll laugh at my big, furry head & hopefully remember the good times we had during my reign as your honored king. I appreciated your support, kindness & most importantly, your furiendship. Please pick up your trophy from my page at your leisure.

Know that every one of you is special to me & accept my abject apologizes if I overlooked any furiend’s name. You all deserve my sincerest thanks & gratitude, and I love you all.

Thanks to my Loyal Furiends and Supporters –

Angel Queen Gracie family; K. Mike & Angel Mallow family; Lady Dolly family; Q. Lily; K. Steve; K. SpongeBob family; K. Sammy family; Mama & NH5 family; Angel Q. Miss Millie family; Angel Rhuby family; Angel Wilson; Mischief family; Engine family; Artemis; Sir Malachi & Ana; Mimi; The NICE Crew; Boo Kitty; Sienna & Angel Winslow family; Eddie family; Brina; Dot & Dame Mouse family; Bella & Button; Puzzle; The Big Apple Gang; Meeko family; Ginger Spicegirl; Maggie & Ginger; Sir Thunderfoot family; K. Rhoamin Knight family; Hedley, Neelix & Jakar; Dean & Anderson; Gir family; Mittens; Sandy & Haley family; K. Bennie family; Zoe Monique family; Monty family; Angel Marley; Angel Wan-Lea Wendy family; K. Indie family; K. Easy; Chyna family; Tom; Charlie & Bart family; K.Thomas family

K. Whiskers clears his throat & continues with a big smile. He never thought he would ever have so many furiends! Thank you to –
Princess Oreo; Q. Cherish; Priscilla; Q. Sabrina Anne; Commish Casey; K. Barney family; Angel Q. Sugar family; Spanky Jack; K. Winston family; Duchess Sassy; Q. Lola family; Ammie family; K. Casper Todd family; Smokey & sisters; Sir Pushkin; Angel K. Sparky family; Angel Tinker family; Charger; Sabrina; Armani; Daisy; Peaches family; Snuggles family; Pandy; Peanut Lee family; Sir Oscar Jon; Kaomi; Priscilla; Stormy; Sandra family; Neptune

I hope our furiendships continue furever.
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MAGIC CALLED FURIEND –

A bond of love,
A medal of trust.
A shoulder in sadness,
A hand in darkness.
A special relation to hold,
An ear where secrets can be told.
An appreciator for
encouragement,
Something that doesn't cost.
A jewel never to be lost.
Is the magic called
F U R I E N D
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Hugs & a vote. =^.^=

Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/28/2013 06:23.10 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 28- San Jose
Do you Know The Way To San Jose?
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Well it seems most people have indeed found the way. San Jose is well known as “The Capital of Silicon Valley", and is the largest city in the Bay Area and Northern California. True to its location in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is now home to the headquarters of many "tech" companies such as Cisco Systems, eBay, and Adobe Systems. San Jose is a mix of offices, shopping, hotels, numerous restaurants and you'll always find a wealth of cultural events at theaters, art galleries, and museums.

Our final train ride will end in San Jose. Detraining here, our Feline Motor Coaches await us, to take us to our hotel, the spectacular Fairmont San Jose. The Fairmont San Jose opened its doors as the first luxury hotel in the Silicon Valley in October 1987 and it remains the jewel of the city's thriving downtown today. A distinctive presence in Silicon Valley, The Fairmont San Jose downtown hotel is a testament to extraordinary service & luxurious lodging. Dining is exceptional here, from the legendary Lobby Lounge to fine American cuisine at the Fountain Restaurant. Opulence is redefined in the luxurious Lobby Lounge. The stellar room features a grand piano with a pianist playing classical and contemporary music to dance the night away or quietly sip cocktails with that special someone. Let’s check-into our rooms and begin our tour of the city.

We’ll visit the Winchester Mystery House, an extravagant maze of Victorian craftsmanship – marvelous, baffling, and eerily eccentric, to say the least. The legend is that Sarah Winchester, Winchester Rifle heiress, was afraid of being cursed by the ghosts of those who had been killed by Winchester guns. She thought that as long as construction of her house continued, the ghosts would be kept at bay. Construction did continue (for 38 years!), resulting in a fantastic house full of mazes, stairs that go nowhere and other odd architecture. Letters were recently discovered that show that she kept remodeling the house as an excuse to keep relatives from visiting. Beware: visitors have reported seeing paranormal objects in the house, and the only way you can confirm their claims is to see them yourself!

Back aboard the Feline Motor Coaches, we'll end our tour of San Jose with a quick trip to "Los Gatos", a Spanish name meaning "The Cats". This quaint town is noted for its small, pedestrian- friendly downtown, boutique shops, upscale restaurants & antique/art shopping. Let’s stop for lunch at the Los Gatos Gardino Fresco, sit outside and enjoy Los Gatos small town charm.

It’s time to head back to our hotel. I hope you will all have fond memories of our trip to California and perhaps you will think about coming back to pay a visit to me and my family.
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Purrs, hugs & a vote.

Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/27/2013 06:39.50 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 27- San Francisco
San Francisco –Day 3
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Few places in the world buzz with the excitement and electricity of San Francisco's Union Square. Shoppers bustle in and out of brash boutiques and stately shopping palaces with names like Kenneth Cole, Prada and Tiffany. Union Square boasts an extensive collection of boutiques, art galleries, cafes & theatres, all surrounding a beautiful urban park.

Union Square is the heartbeat of San Francisco itself -- ever changing, eternally celebrating. After the great earthquake of 1906, Union Square became San Francisco's premier shopping district, and, by the 1930s, the site of the world's first underground parking structure.

As a result of an international design competition and a $25 million renewal, Union Square was reborn. It's the obvious place to meet, enjoy coffee, or just let the world go by. Featured are a large central plaza with a terraced performance state and lawn seating...four grand entrance corners bordered by signature palms...a café pavilion with outdoor seating...visitor information and ticketing services...and four magnificent light sculptures.

After shopping, let’s hop onboard the cable cars once again and take a ride over the hill to see China Town. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. A gloriously decorated gate marks the entry to Grant Avenue's Chinatown. It was unveiled in 1970, and helped secure the street's status as the neighborhood's center. Once we're past the gate, we'll see elaborate 1920s streetlights sculpted to resemble golden dragons lighting the way. The streets are ornamented with colorful Chinese motifs and very narrow sidewalks. It is filled with many souvenir shops, eateries and herbal shops.

You don't need an itinerary to tackle Chinatown. Wandering aimlessly, weaving between locals and ducking into shops is enough of a plan. Main Street for tourists is Grant Avenue, which is more about cheap and kitschy plastic Buddhas than the long heritage of Chinatown. It should definitely be seen, but moving on to the next block can be more rewarding.

For deep immersion into Chinatown, we’ll examine the many produce and live markets that line Stockton Street. This is where the locals do their shopping. Untrained Cats’ eyes may find the sight of live turtles, chickens and other animals peculiar, but the markets are definitely interesting. Coupled with the clogged streets and the shouting matches over bok choy, they make for an all-day attraction.

Our time in SF is almost over. We’ll have another relaxing evening at our hotel where you are free to roam wherever you please. Tomorrow morning we’ll board the Castle Train to our final destination of San Jose.

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I posted some pictures on my page.

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Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/26/2013 07:18.14 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 26-San Francisco
San Francisco – Day 2
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Part of the joy of San Francisco is simply being in the city & its close proximity to so much. Our Motor Coaches will drop us off at the Golden Gate Bridge where we will take the walking tour across the bridge & learn the history of the bridge. The Feline Motorcade will meet us on the other side for our return trip.

The Bridge connects San Francisco to California's northern counties. With its tremendous 746-foot tall towers, sweeping main cables, signature International Orange color, and Art Deco styling, it is a sensory experience featuring color, light, and sound. The bridge's vaulting orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay is a breathtaking view! The kitties all stopped halfway across the bridge to take in the sights. The views of the Marin headlands are great & we can see Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the entire skyline of downtown SF.

Driving back across the bridge, next stop is Fisherman's Wharf. Fisherman's Wharf is arguably the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. It's located along the city's northeastern waterfront, facing Alcatraz Island & the bay. The Wharf consists of a long, coast side row of seafood restaurants, street vendors, souvenir stores, and beautiful ocean scenery. Fisherman's Wharf was originally a major fishing pier, and although the fishing industry is still alive today, the main focus of this specific coastal area is its historic tourist attractions.

Walking over to Pier 39, we can glimpse the sea lions. Did you know a male sea lion can grow up to 800 lbs?! Although they are loud (imagine a massive dog bark), and a little stinky, they are definitely a sight to see!

A food lover's haven, Fisherman's Wharf boasts some of the best dining in the world. Let’s have lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., located at the end of PIER 39 with a breathtaking view of the Bay Bridge.

Before we head back to our hotel, our Feline Motor Coaches will drive us to the top of Lombard Street, where we can take pictures of this novel roadway. Lombard Street is best known for the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde & Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being the crookedest (most winding) street in the world. Our Motor Coaches are much too big to drive along this crooked street, but it’s fun to see anyway.

Time to head back to our hotel. Tonight we will relax in our hotel & dine at one its award winning restaurants, the Bourbon Steakhouse. As the only hotel located on Union Square, we’ll find ourselves surrounded by world-class shopping, restaurants & theatres just outside our door. Our tour tomorrow will be of Union Square, a shop-a-holic’s delight!
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Purrs & a vote.

Come visit me, K.Whiskers ♥ Talley•VOTE SPANKY JACK #38743, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/25/2013 06:08.50 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 25- San Francisco
San Francisco – Day 1
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After a good night’s sleep onboard the train, the breakfast bell chimes, signaling our journey is about to commence. With its soothing, almost therapeutic motion, we’ll travel for about an hour, while gazing out on our ocean-view train ride. Our next stop is San Francisco, where our Feline Motor Coaches will take us to our hotel in the city. More than just a hotel, The Westin St. Francis is a destination where we can unwind and be pampered by attentive, world-class service. The hotel is like a city in itself with shops and restaurants galore. The marble columns, ornate balconies and intricate woodwork transport guests back to the elegance of yesteryear. This legendary hotel is celebrated for its historic Magneta Grandfather Clock, known for the timeless refrain “Meet me under the clock!” The clock has served as the official gathering place for families, friends, lovers and international adventurers.

So let’s settle into our rooms, relax a bit and meet downstairs in the lobby to begin exploring “the City by the Bay.”

San Francisco is renowned for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and its Chinatown district.

Exiting our hotel onto Union Square, we find a cable car stop right outside our front door. Let’s hop on the cable cars for a ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz. The cable car ride starts with a steep climb up Nob Hill, and then passes through Chinatown and Russian Hill before plummeting down Hyde Street to Fisherman's Wharf. For a real thrill, lets stand on the cable car running boards during the ride and held on Doris Day style!

When we reach Fisherman's Wharf (which we’ll be visiting tomorrow), our Motor Coaches will pick us up and take us to the Alcatraz Tour. To tour "the Rock," the Bay Area's famous abandoned prison on its own island, you must first get there, and that's half the fun. The brief but beautiful ferry ride offers captivating views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, and the city. The infamous and notorious former federal prison, Alcatraz was once home to the likes of Al Capone and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud. Once inside, we can take an excellent audio tour guide through cellblocks and witness a colorful look at the prison's historic past as well as its most infamous inmates. Hang on tightly to each other, as it is a rather spooky place to tour!

Afterwards we’ll stop for an Irish coffee and a light lunch at a cafe in the Ferry Building Marketplace. It’s time to board the Feline Motor Coaches and head back to our hotel. We’ll be walking across the Golden Gate Bridge tomorrow, so enjoy the hotel & get some rest furiends!
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06/24/2013 06:37.37 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 24- Santa Cruz
Next Stop-Santa Cruz
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We must make one more stop before San Francisco. Back onboard the Feline Castle Train, we’ll be leaving Monterey, traveling along the shore of the Pacific Ocean, passing agricultural areas famous for growing artichokes, pumpkins & strawberries, until we reach our next destination of Santa Cruz. Let’s enjoy our first-class breakfast service on the train as we watch the world pass by. There are many interesting sights along the way such as the famous surfing location “Mavericks”, a winter destination for some of the world's best big wave surfers. Upon arrival, our Feline Motor Coaches await us.

Santa Cruz is best known for its majestic redwood forests, beaches & the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, since 1907 a popular seaside amusement park. We’ll start with the beach & the Boardwalk. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a half-mile long amusement park with more than 30 other rides & attractions. It blends old-time nostalgia with modern thrills. You can buy a bag of salt-water taffy, get your fortune told in the old-style arcade, take a road rage-releasing ride on the bumper cars, or test your mettle on the Giant Dipper, a classic wooden roller coaster & National Historic Landmark, whose unforgettable dips rival any extreme adventure in new theme parks. Ready? Grip your sweetie’s sweaty paw as your car clickety-clacks up the hill, then throw your arms in the air & scream your lungs out as you fly down the other side, salt air stinging your eyes as you laugh & whoop! Afterward, share a puff of cotton candy as we ride the hand-carved merry-go-round that was built in 1911!

Let’s wander the wharf to the end of the pier & peek below at the harbor seals lounging around the decks. We can have lunch here at Gilberts on the Wharf. This scenic restaurant serves fresh fish specials everyday with a glorious view of the ocean.

A trip to Santa Cruz isn’t complete without seeing the giant redwoods. We are going to hop aboard the Santa Cruz Beach-Roaring Camp Steam Train. The open-air steam locomotive travels over trestles, through towering redwood groves & up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp Railroad & the redwood forest. In the 1880s, narrow-gauge steam locomotives were used to haul giant redwood logs out of the mountains. Roaring Camp's steam engines date from 1890 & are among the oldest & most authentically preserved narrow-gauge steam engines providing regularly scheduled passenger service in America.

The 19th century steam train brings us right back to the Boardwalk. Last chance for souvenirs, as we get ready to continue our journey, with the next stop San Francisco!
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06/24/2013 06:15.14 PM Report This Comment
To Angel Dame Mallow
“We dedicate this poem to you beautiful Angel. Until we meet again..."

DEATH IS NOTHING AT ALL

I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I, and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed
At the little games we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was

There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

~ Henry Scott-Holland
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Rest in peace beloved furiend.

We ask our furiends to feel free to speak of any memories you may have of our beloved Angel Dame Mallow.
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06/23/2013 12:57.06 PM Report This Comment
Angel Dame Mallow - Forever In Our Hearts…
Holding paws, K. Whiskers shares a few thoughts about Dame Mallow.

“We're here today to share in mourning the loss of our dear furiend Angel Dame Mallow and to celebrate the joy that her life brought to us and to this world.”

K. Whiskers speaks softly from the heart...

"Dame Mallow was a role model for me in living life to the fullest. There was never a dull moment in that girl's life. Her very strong and extremely bright spirit was infectious and I always looked forward to reading her blogs because I knew I would be smiling and laughing afterwards. Dame Mallow was never one to mince words. She was a headstrong kitty and let you know it from the moment you met her. She also had her kind and compassionate side. She was always there when a furiend needed help and always ready to lend a helping paw. She was also an extremely talented pilot, with a bit of daredevil in her whenever she flew. Dame Mallow will be greatly missed, but she will never, ever be forgotten."

“It was only just this past Friday night at the hockey game, after her induction into the MHL–Hall Of Fame, all the kitties were concatulating each other and saying good-night. This is one of K. Mike, Evie & Mallow’s last good night blogs from that exceptional evening and now hearing it again, I thought how fortuitous it truly was…”

[“Good night, Thomas & family!
Mike says, missed you coming in!

Mallow & Evie are ready to head to Pinto Island, too. Mallow has a boat to sail.”]

K. Whiskers and the family all hold their candles up towards the sky.

"Heaven is a brighter place now, dear Angel Mallow, as your star lights up the sky. May eternal light shine on your sweet face, and may God hold you in his arms where you will find comfort, peace, and joy."
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K. Whiskers ends with a poem to their beloved furiend…
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06/23/2013 12:54.41 PM Report This Comment
IN LOVING MEMORY OF ANGEL DAME MALLOW
K. Whiskers, Talley, Callie, Angel Maggie, K. Pete, Ms. Murphy, Raven, Charlie, Angel Sylvia Seville and Angel Lucy-Fur all board their royal ship, The Luz De Luna, afloat in Pinto Island Bay. The harbor is filled with boats, all glimmering with lighted candles, a ceremony to help bring peace, acceptance and the hope of eternal reunion someday over the place "just this side of Heaven" we call the Rainbow Bridge.

All eyes are filled with tears as K. Whiskers mews from the top deck of the royal ship so he can be heard across the whole island. "Let's bow our heads together in a Viking prayer for Angel Dame Mallow."

ONLY THE FAITHFUL

Lo, there do I see my Father..
Lo, there do I see my Mother
And my Sisters and my Brothers..
Lo, there do I see the line
Of my ancestors back to the beginning..
Thay do bid me to take my place among them..
In the Halls of Valhalla,
Over the Rainbow Bridge,
Where the Brave may live forever.

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K. Whiskers pauses for a moment of silence and then continues…
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06/23/2013 12:53.36 PM Report This Comment
A Sad Word With Whiskers – June 22 ♥
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ANGEL DAME MALLOW
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We hope everyone can plan to attend a Memorial Service tomorrow for our dear furiend Angel Dame Mallow (#161233).
The information is below. If you have any questions, you can direct them to me, King Whiskers.
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"In Memoriam"

- ANGEL DAME MALLOW -

~ Crossed Over The Rainbow Bridge on June 21, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. PST ~
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"The honor of your presence is requested at a Memorial Service
to celebrate the life of Angel Dame Mallow."

“In keeping with Dame Mallow’s adventuress spirit,
a Memorial Service will be celebrated on Pinto Island (#46883).”

The Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EST) [1:00 PM - PST] on Pinto Island (#46883).

~ PLEASE JOIN US ON PINTO ISLAND (#46883). ~

Afterwards, you are all invited to attend the continuation of the Supermoon Party and Beer Can Boat Regatta on Angel Queen Gracie’s page (#173246), in loving memory of Angel Dame Mallow.

:¦: The Royal Squadron will be flying a missing man formation, the ultimate honor for a lost fellow comrade and accomplished pilot. :¦:

*** Pinto Island harbor boats will be glimmering with lighted candles as we help Angel Dame Mallow over the Rainbow Bridge in the Viking warrior spirit she epitomized. ***

We ask our furiends to feel free to speak of any memories you may have of our dear Angel Dame Mallow.
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LOVE LIVES ON -

Those we love remain with us
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one’s gone.
Those we love can never be
More than a thought apart,
For as long as there is memory,
They’ll live on in the heart.
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“Pay attention to those little whispers in your heart - they could be your own Angels speaking to you, and only those of us who will listen quietly with our hearts can hear them.” ~ Sue K

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06/22/2013 01:25.16 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 21-Monterey
Welcome to Monterey
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Perched dramatically over the Monterey Bay, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa combines elegant European architecture, sweeping coastal views & sophisticated style to create the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the gentle sounds of the surf, the fresh scent of sea air & the sight of otters, seals & dolphins at play. The Monterey Plaza's central location on Cannery Row makes it easy to enjoy the area's many attractions & activities, including the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium just 3 blocks away. Let’s all check in & meet for breakfast downstairs at the hotel’s Café La Strada.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we’ll experience the ocean in all its beauty & wonder in a thrilling way that few other aquariums can match. The Monterey Bay Aquarium holds thousands of plants & animals, representing 623 separate named species on display. The aquarium benefits by a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes that pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay. The main 1,200,000-US-gallon tank is the largest in the aquarium, and features one of the world's largest single-pane windows. This was the home to the first great white shark ever successfully kept on exhibit.

Let’s explore the observation deck that allows you to spot sea otters in the wild! We can also do some whale sighting from these decks. Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies & thousands of other marine animals & plants. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Seeing the aquarium was exciting for the kitties. Walking from area to area, seeing the different types of fish & creatures is jaw dropping. When the kitties finished the tour, walking back outside into the open air was a bit disconcerting. From the depths of the deep, dark ocean to the blue, sunny skies of Monterey made us all feel a little dizzy.

Leaving the Monterey Bay Aquarium we are right in the middle of historic Cannery Row. In the early 1900's, Cannery Row was the bustling center of the area's sardine canning industry. However, a deadly fire in 1924 & over fishing eventually lead to Cannery Row's decline by the end of World War II. Inspired by the publication of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, restoration efforts on the historic row increased. Cannery Row itself is now a tourist attraction with many restaurants & hotels, many of which are located in former cannery buildings, & a few historic attractions.

Let’s have lunch at the Sardine Factory restaurant & then do some souvenir shopping.

Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at the Plaza’s Schooners Restaurant, suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay with an elegant Piano Lounge. Next week – San Francisco!
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06/20/2013 08:15.00 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 20-Carmel
Carmel - Point Lobos - Pebble Beach
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Today we are going to explore a little of Carmel by foot and by motor coach. Let’s drive to Point Lobos, for an easy walk through dense groves of Cypress forest leading to hidden coves, beaches, and overlooks where the many shades of Pacific blues and greens will dazzle our senses. We will check out one of the majestic hiking trails at Pfeiffer State Park and take in the breathtaking panoramic ocean views.

I know you must all be hungry by now, but we are going to board our Feline Motor Coaches once again and take a little trip, stopping for lunch half way through. Next stop is Pebble Beach, a small coastal resort destination, home to the famous golf course, Pebble Beach Golf Links.

No trip to Carmel would be complete without an excursion along the Pebble Beach 17 Mile Drive. Perhaps the most famous drive in the world, this 17-mile trip will take us past the centuries-old Lone Cypress, a gorgeous inspiration for artists and photographers through the years, all along the Pacific Coast, with its heavily forested areas and crashing waves. We’ll stop along the way to see the Cypress Point Lookout and Seal and Bird Rocks. This leisurely road winds its way through pristine Del Monte Forest and quietly luxurious Pebble Beach, where we’ll dine at the Pebble Beach Resort.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of Carmel. Let’s take the rest of the day for “Chillin’ at the Beach”. We can stock up on picnic stuff at Nielsen Brothers Market, and devote the rest of the day to Carmel Beach. Later, we can head back to our hotel rooms, clean up and walk back to the hotel restaurant for a fat steak dinner. Tomorrow we will be boarding the train again for a short ride to Monterey. Once there, we will check in to our fine accommodations and get ready to see what Monterey has to offer. The Royal Feline Castle Train leaves at 9 a.m. - so don’t be late!

Let’s take a peek at what tomorrow holds in store. An absolute “must-see” for all who come to this area is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, located along Cannery Row, the street made famous through the writings of John Steinbeck. This is the aquarium by which all others are measured. Sitting on the border of one of the largest underwater canyons on earth, it is home to more than 350,000 animals and plants representing over 550 species of fishes found in Monterey Bay and other parts of the world.

A continental breakfast will be served on the train. Getting to Monterey is a short trip, so keep your bags packed for an easy exit from the train to our next hotel.
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06/19/2013 06:55.51 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 19-Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea
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We’ll be disembarking our train and checking into the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Hotel, a picturesque retreat overlooking the Big Sur coast with epic views of the Pacific Ocean. Let’s check in, unpack, relax and then meet for dinner in the hotel’s Pacific’s Edge Restaurant, an award winning establishment built with glass walls, showcasing sweeping ocean vistas. We will all meet in the hotel lobby tomorrow morning to begin our tour of Carmel.

Carmel-by-the-Sea was, in the eyes of Devendorf and developer Frank H. Powers, a real estate development in waiting. The two established the Carmel Development Company, which filed its map of the city in 1903 and began to market the haven to the poets and writers, artists and academicians, who would create Bohemia-by-the-Sea and launch the art colony renowned today.

Today, seasoned celebrities come to Carmel to blend like chameleons into this community by the sea. It’s where movie stars can have a romantic getaway. It’s a place with charm and sophistication that makes everyone feel like a celebrity.

Apply some sunscreen, pack a jacket and we’ll take an early morning stroll along pristine Carmel Beach. We’ll continue along Ocean Avenue and experience the finest shopping this side of The Riviera or Rodeo Drive. Hungry yet? Let’s people-watch at famed Hog’s Breath Inn, the popular restaurant and bar once owned by Clint Eastwood & enjoy lunch on the outdoor patio.

We can treat ourselves to a visit to the Cottage of Sweets, voted America’s No. 1 candy shop in a 2009 USA Today poll. Its curlicued roof and storybook architecture make this a quintessentially sweet Carmel spot.

We’ll visit Carmel-by-the-Sea’s City Hall, originally built in 1921 as All Saints Church. It was here that Mayor Eastwood served his term. We can experience the charming history of this famed art colony with a self guided walking tour that starts at Carmel Heritage Society’s First Murphy House, a 1902 legacy of Carmel’s charming history, and Comstock House. Hugh Comstock is accredited with creating the Comstock “Dollhouse Tudor” homes, 300-square-foot quaint cottages, particularly the iconographic Hansel House. In the 1920’s these sold for about $100. Today they sell for over 8 million dollars with their front-row ocean views from Point Lobos to Pebble Beach!

We can enjoy a casually exquisite dinner at one of Carmel’s dozens of top-drawer restaurants and top off the evening with a beach fire and s’mores on captivating Carmel Beach, rated one of America’s cleanest and prettiest.

Tomorrow we will be doing a little bit of walking and driving. So rest up and enjoy your stay at the hotel.
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06/18/2013 06:06.06 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 18: Big Sur to Carmel
Big Sur Coast Highway to Carmel
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The Royal Feline Castle Train will be our guide through the Big Sur Coast Highway. We want to enjoy the spectacular scenery during the day, so after dinner on the train, we can all relax onboard for the night. Sip a cocktail in the lounge car, read in the library, gain a tree-top perspective of the landscape from the dome car or join furiends around the piano. Or simply relax in your cabin in the comfort of our sleeping cars until morning, when the breakfast bell chimes, signaling our journey is about to commence.

The stunning views of the Pacific Ocean right outside our windows make the perfect companion to our breakfast meal. Tables are set with crisp starched linens and fine china and glassware reminiscent of the glory days of rail travel.

Timing is perfect to enjoy a spectacular view of the California coastline as our train travels to our next destination of Carmel. We will be traveling the route that hugs the California coast, providing access to austere, windswept cypress trees, fog-shrouded cliffs and the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean. Views include rugged canyons, towering redwoods, sea lions, and other marine life.

Big Sur's beaches are subject to generally cool weather. Sunny days are sporadic as a blanket of seasonal fog often hugs the coastline, dropping the temperature in the process. Private property and Big Sur's steep terrain make most of its coastline inaccessible to the public. However, several State Park and U.S. Forest Service beaches are open to the public all year. These beaches are recommended due to easy access and spine-tingling scenery.

The actual town of Big Sur has been a fertile area for artistic advancements. A variety of authors have immortalized the region with the written word. In the late 19th century, Robert Louis Stevenson lived briefly in the area, followed by John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, and Jack Kerouac, among others. Unlike many areas honored in literature, Big Sur remains relatively unchanged over the years.

John Steinbeck wrote, "Here at Big Sur, at a certain time of the year and a certain time of the day only, a pale blue-green hue pervades the distant hills; it is an old, nostalgic hue, it is a mystical phenomenon, or so I like to think, born of a certain way of looking at the world."

John Steinbeck's legacy is now synonymous with the Big Sur area. Known as Steinbeck Country, the cities of Monterey, Carmel and Salinas on the northern end of the byway brim with memories of John Steinbeck's legacy.

Our journey for now is almost over as we arrive to the city of Carmel.
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06/17/2013 05:56.25 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 17-Hearst Castle
San Luis Obispo to Cambria
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Check out time at the Madonna Inn is later than the usual hotel. But then the Madonna Inn has been anything but usual! We’ll have time for breakfast & a game of tennis on the pink tennis courts, or just relax & stroll the grounds.

Back aboard the Royal Train to continue up the coast of CA. We’ll enjoy brunch as our train glides out of the depot & begins its journey to the town of Cambria. Here we will detrain to the waiting Feline Motor Coaches & head to San Simeon, home of Hearst Castle. If we’re lucky, we might catch an odd glimpse of a herd of zebras grazing alongside the highway. These are descendants of animals brought to California for William R. Hearst’s personal zoo. But don’t worry; they are well cared for by the Hearst Castle grounds men.

William Randolph Hearst, an American newspaper publisher who built the nation’s largest newspaper chain, told architect Julia Morgan that he wanted to built "a little something" on the CA coast. Three decades later, Casa Grande (commonly called Hearst Castle) crowned La Cuesta Encantada, Hearst's "Enchanted Hill" above tiny San Simeon. It's a 165-room Moorish castle with 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools & walkways, furnished with Spanish & Italian antiques & art, flanked by three large guesthouses. In its heyday, Hearst Castle had a zoo, tennis courts & two magnificent swimming pools.

With a personal collection of ancient art, sculptures, furniture, relics & more, William Randolph Hearst amassed a collection that still rivals museums today, and used almost every square inch of the hilltop California estate to showcase it all.

Today Hearst Castle is a State Historical Monument, and we can all enjoy a glimpse into the Hearst's opulent lifestyle.

We’ll be taking the Hearst Castle Twilight Tour where costumed docents literally bring the Castle to life! Warm lighting & staff in 1930s costumes - women sipping martinis over their card game, reporters typing their days' stories in their bedrooms & lovers strolling the grounds - bring the massive house alive. We’ll wind our way through the Casa Grande’s social rooms, guest accommodations, the Office & Mr. Hearst’s own private Gothic Suite.

Hearst lived & entertained at San Simeon with his long-time girlfriend, actress Marion Davies. Their guests included Hollywood stars, politicians & dignitaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Charles Lindbergh & Winston Churchill. On the Hearst Castle night tour, as visitors, we can pretend we've received an invitation to come to "the ranch."

Unfortunately, there’s no restaurant at the Hearst Castle. We have snacks onboard the Feline Motor coaches to tide us over until we’re back on the train, where our exceptional fine dining awaits us.
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06/16/2013 07:18.03 PM Report This Comment
King Whiskers Steps Up To The Podium
The Royal Castle Chapel is filled with an outpouring of loved ones and furiends to celebrate the life of one of their own, dear Angel King Winslow. Decorated with long stem white roses throughout, the glimmering burning candles light up the Castle Chapel with peace, love, faith and hope.

K. Whiskers steps up to the podium to address his dear furiends. "It's an honor and privilege to be be here to celebrate the life of our beloved furiend King Winslow. I'd like to thank K. Pete & his family for arranging this wonderful gathering and bringing us all together to share our feelings on this very special day. And a very special thanks to the Royal Squadron for their spectacular Flyover Formation Tribute to a fellow pilot "

"We mourn the loss of a furiend who had to leave us too soon, but we're here to celebrate the joy and happiness he brought to this world and how he touched our lives. CC is always a place where we can share sadness as well as joy, and try to bring comfort to the families who are suffering from the loss."

(K. Whiskers continues below...)

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06/16/2013 08:53.53 AM Report This Comment
(Continued from above)
HEAVEN GAINED A BRIGHT NEW STAR ★

“I had the pleasure of flying once with King Winslow during the Coronation Flight of Queen Lily. I flew to the Tucson International Airport to pick up Winslow and then on to Castle Airfield for the festivities. I was still a novice pilot back then, but flying with such an accomplished pilot as King Winslow, made me feel much more at ease as we flew across the country together. He was one very cool and confident cat.”

“Only recently, during my nomination as COTM, did I get to know King Winslow much better. He was a devoted supporter of my COTM catpaign. He never missed a day to leave me a vote of furiendship and he always had a kind word of encouragement. I can’t believe he isn’t going to be around to finish our tour of California. I know he was enjoying the good times spent with the love of his life, sweet Boo Kitty. Our hearts are breaking for you dear furiend. We know your love for each other will last beyond eternity.”

“I will never forget you Angel King Winslow. I know I am a better cat having had the privilege to know you and call you my furiend.”

“I dedicate this poem to you buddy. Until we see each other again, Godspeed my dear furiend.”

I AM FREE…

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,

I'm following paths God made for me

I took his hand, I heard him call

Then turned, and bid farewell to all



I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to sing, to play

Tasks left undone must stay that way

I found my peace ... at close of play



And if my parting left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss

Ah yes, these things I too will miss.



Be not burdened... deep with sorrow

I wish you sunshine of tomorrow

My life's been full I've savoured much

Good friends, good times

A loved one's touch ♡



Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don't lengthen it now with grief

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wants me now ... He set me free.
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06/16/2013 08:53.22 AM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 14 –San Luis Obispo
Another Day In San Luis Obispo
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After a great breakfast at the Madonna Inn, the female kitties all wanted to take a peek at the famous (top ten in the world) tom’s restroom. The girls had heard a trip to San Luis Obispo wouldn’t be complete without visiting the tom’s room at the Madonna Inn! In it, the urinals look like caves with waterfalls, which is activated when you break a beam of light. Yep, that's it!

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There’s no better way to spend the day than out on the incredible estuary in beautiful Morro Bay. Strolling the bayfront, fishing, kayaking or simply sitting on the dock…it’s all here waiting for us. Morro Bay, along California’s Central Coast, is among the most visually spectacular communities in America. This is where we will start. It has a rich early history that stretches back to the adventures of the Chumash & Salinian Native Americans & visits by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo & the Manila Galleons of the 16th Century. Here we can see the famous “Morro Rock.” Morro Rock is also sometimes called the “Gibraltar of the Pacific.” It is the last of a line of long-extinct volcanoes formed about 23 million years ago, which include nine peaks ranging from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay. Morro Rock is a State Historic Landmark, a bird sanctuary & home to nesting Peregrine Falcons. It is therefore closed to any climbing or disturbance.

Now let’s go on a driving tour. Our motor coaches will pick us up at Morro Bay. The uncrowded roads & stunning views in & around San Luis Obispo make for incredible scenic drives. We’ll get a mixture of vineyards, curving mountain roads, and coastal views driving up US 101 & loop back to San Luis Obispo via Highway 1 through cattle pastures & farmland. We’ll travel the scenic back roads into downtown Arroyo Grande. Stroll the historic Village, discover turn-of-the-century Victorians surrounding Santa Manuela Schoolhouse, and cross the suspended swinging bridge — the only one of its kind in California.

Let’s end our day with a visit to some wineries. Wine tasting should be a perfect blend of a great experience & great wine, and that’s just what we’ll get as we enjoy the hand-crafted bottlings of San Luis Obispo’s wine region. The moderate climate of the verdant, sunlit Edna Valley just outside town allows for an extended growing season, which give local wines lush, distinct flavors sure to please any palate. My particular favorite winery is called Talley Vineyard Wines! Enjoy sweeping views of the Rincon Vineyard & the fields of Talley Farms from the tasting room. The vineyard is just minutes away from Lopez Lake, a great place for an evening picnic. An ideal setting for tasting great Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.

Time to head back to The Inn.
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06/15/2013 05:31.50 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 13 –San Luis Obispo
Welcome To San Luis Obispo
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The Feline Castle Train takes us to the charming old city of San Luis Obispo. Founded in 1772, the city boasts numerous historic inns and theaters, and even a rare commercial building designed by Frank Llyod Wright. Whether to soak in the ambience or some of the delicious wines produced in nearby Edna Valley, we'll find that San Luis Obispo is a perfect place to end the southern part of our California Coast journey.

San Luis Obispo was named the happiest city in America by author and researcher Dan Buettner. A weekend in this charming and scenic town, situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, can be whatever you want it to be: a relaxing getaway or a buzz of activity. For serenity, pack a lunch and head north or south to picnic at one of the dozens of picturesque wineries. Head west for great beaches, perfect for a leisurely swim. For a dose of history, visit the birthplace and heart of this quaint town: the beautiful adobe-brick Mission San Luis Obispo. Kittens will revel in the plentiful fun activities, such as the Charles Paddock Zoo & the Morro Bay Aquarium. For a laugh or a gasp, stop in at the outrageously decorated Madonna Inn, where nothing in the garish décor is consistent except for an abundance of the color pink. (Lady Dolly will love this place!) All are welcome for a peek inside the lobby's men's room for more interior design surprises. Don’t laugh too hard because this is the hotel where we will be staying!

For over 50 years the charm of the Madonna Inn has been one of California’s landmark attractions and this will be our home for 2 nights. The Inn offers very unique rooms, each decorated differently to suit many individual tastes...rock rooms, waterfall showers, rock fireplaces, European fixtures, and fine furnishings to name a few. Last year they added horseback riding, two pink tennis courts and a winter ice skating rink. The owner of the Inn said, "Anybody can build one room and a thousand like it. It's more economical. I want visitors to come in with a smile and leave with a smile. It's fun." Aiming to cater to a range of tastes, rooms were given unusual names such as the Love Nest, Old Mill, Kona Rock, Irish Hills, Cloud Nine, Just Heaven, Hearts & Flowers, Rock Bottom, Austrian Suite, Cabin Still, Old World Suite, Caveman Room, Elegance, Daisy Mae, Safari Room, Highway Suite, Jungle Rock, American Home & Bridal Falls to name a few. This should be a lot of fun!

So let’s settle into our rooms & meet for a nice dinner at the Madonna Inn’s Gold Rush Steak House. Tomorrow we’ll explore what San Luis Obispo has to offer.
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06/12/2013 05:43.44 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 12–Queen Mary
Aboard the Queen Mary -
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Before we leave, we must tour this fabulous floating hotel. Let’s all grab some pastry from the Starboard Bakery and enjoy our coffee while strolling the Promenade Deck before we begin.

On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage. The Queen Mary had set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel, which the rich and famous considered as the only civilized way to travel. She quickly seized the hearts and imaginations of the public on both sides of the Atlantic, representing the spirit of an era known for its elegance, class and style. The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. By 1965 the entire Cunard fleet was operating at a loss and they decided to retire and sell the legendary Queen Mary.

Let’s go on the “Her Finest Hour: A WWII Tour,” for an in-depth look at the role the Queen Mary played in helping the Allied Forces win the Great War. Nicknamed the “Grey Ghost” after receiving a hauntingly stark paint job, the ship’s impressive speed and size made it an ideal troop hauler often carrying as many as 15,000 men in a single voyage.

With such a varied and intriguing past it’s not surprising that the Queen Mary has been voted one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America. In fact, some say the Queen Mary is one of the most haunted places in the world with as many as 150 known spirits lurking upon the ship. Over the past 60 years, the Queen Mary has been the site of at least 49 reported deaths, not to mention having gone through the terrors of war, so it comes as no surprise that spectral spirits of her vivid past continue to walk within her rooms and hallways. Among the ghosts reportedly still hanging around are a sailor who died in the ship's engine room, a "lady in white," and children who drowned in the ship's pool. Other phenomenon occurring throughout the ship, are the sounds of distinct knocks, doors slamming and high pitched squeals, drastic temperature changes, and the aromas of smells long past. These are but a few of the many reports of apparitions and strange events occurring at this luxury liner turned hotel. There’s no doubt the Queen Mary is full of mystery and lore.

Let’s unwind our adventure-filled day with dinner at the Chelsea Chowder House & Bar. There’s nothing better than a juicy steak or fresh fish after a day at sea (or at port). We can watch the sunset and revisit the memories of our exciting stay aboard the legendary Queen Mary.
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Wander With Whiskers – June 11 – Los Angeles
Welcome to Hollywood!
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Let’s all climb aboard our Feline Motor Coaches & head for Hollywood. Our first stop will be to see the famous Hollywood Sign. You can see the Hollywood Sign from many places around Los Angeles, but a quick drive up Mulholland Drive or above the Hollywood Reservoir will reward us with a glimpse of living in the Hollywood Hills & some great city views, too.

Next stop, the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We start the day by spending the morning on Hollywood Boulevard, following the path of bronze-and-marble stars along the Walk of Fame. Since 1960 more than 2,400 celebrities have been honored along the world's most famous sidewalk, but you'll need an old-timer to explain who a lot of the now-long-dead entertainers were.

Along the Hollywood Walk of Fame we’ll see Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It's sort of a tourist rite of passage to compare your hands and feet with the famous prints set in cement at the entrance court to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, a tradition started when silent-film star Norma Talmadge "accidentally" stepped in wet cement during the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings. Go ahead -- compare your shoes to footprints left by Humphrey Bogart or Marilyn Monroe.

We’ll take a lunch break & walk down the street to Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood's oldest restaurant (since 1919). Part restaurant, part museum, this is where Faulkner, Hemingway, and Orson Welles derived liquid inspiration during their screenwriting days. After lunch, we can all waddle back to our motor coach, put in a ‘Best of the Beach Boys’ CD and slowly cruise the legendary Sunset Boulevard and The Sunset Strip.

This 1-hour drive takes us from sorta-seedy Hollywood to flamboyant West Hollywood, past the moneyed minimansions of Beverly Hills, winding our way into the secluded enclave of Pacific Palisades toward Malibu, and finally the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

We soon arrive at the Santa Monica Pier. Built in 1908 for passenger & cargo ships, the pier does a pretty good job of recapturing the glory days of Southern California. Buy an ice-cream cone at one of the snack shacks & stroll seaward past the wooden carousel, roller coaster, and arcades, then buy a ticket to ride the Ferris wheel.

From the pier, we’ll walk to the carnival-like stretch known as Venice Beach. For first-timers, this pseudo-bohemian scene is a bit of a shock to the senses: a surreal assemblage of street performers, musicians, musclemen pumping serious iron, apocalyptic evangelists, break dancers, stoned drummers, outlandish clothing—or lack of, and endless schlock shops. We haven’t seen it all until we’ve seen Venice! MOL!

Our paws should be tired by now. We’ll board our motor coaches & head back to our hotel for a leisurely dinner.
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06/10/2013 05:25.54 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 10 –Long Beach
Welcome to the Queen Mary -
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Relax on board the Castle Train after your sleeping rooms are assigned. Watch the scenery go by & listen to the rhythm of the rails. Keep a bag packed, because we won’t be sleeping here overnight yet.

We arrive to Long Beach CA in about 3 hours where we will be checking into the Queen Marry, our hotel destination for 3 days.

Once a world-class ocean liner, the Queen Mary Hotel offers guests unique accommodations & a wide array of attractions that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality & offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. On Oct. 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on Dec. 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction & Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants & an icon in Southern California. With an impressive history & tradition of excellence, the Queen Mary Hotel is more than a place to rest one’s head – it’s an entire experience. There’s a wide variety of things to do on the ship, but we’ll save that for our last day.

Let’s Visit Catalina Island -
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California's only coastal island retreat is a short trip away from Los Angeles & part of the same county, but it's surprisingly different from its mainland counterpart. Most of its land is preserved as a nature conservancy, surrounding the small town of Avalon where about 3,000 people live. Avalon is a small, walkable town centered on the small boat harbor & waterfront, with enough hotels, restaurants & activities to keep visitors happy.

The most common way to get to Catalina Island from the mainland is to take a ferry, but we’ll take the glass bottom boat. These large, comfortable vessels bring the undersea world right to you. During our trip we’ll visit the Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve, where colorful fish & marine plants thrive among the kelp forests.

Upon arrival, we’ll walk along the waterfront from Casino Point to Lover's Point. Along the way, we'll see orange garibaldi fish swimming in the kelp beds & boats in the harbor, pass through the center of town & out again, to where the beaches are less busy & the views unobstructed.

Catalina residents drive golf carts because it's difficult to get permission to bring an automobile onto the island, but most visitors do it just for fun. We'll find rental places along the waterfront. While we've got wheels, let’s head up the hill to take in the vista from just below the Inn on Mt. Ada, run out to the Botanical Garden, then go across town toward the Zane Grey Hotel for a different point of view.

Time to head back to our hotel!
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06/09/2013 07:14.41 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 7 –San Diego
LA JOLLA & TIJUANA
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In Spanish, La Jolla means "the jewel," an apt name for a beautiful town ringed with blue waters. It's one of California's prettiest oceanside towns, and home to several of the state's best beaches.

La Jolla is popular with shoppers, romantics & outdoor adventurers who can surf, kayak, scuba dive & bicycle here. It's also a great foodie destination with some of San Diego's best-rated restaurants & a good place to go just to relax.

Beaches: When people say San Diego has great beaches, they really mean La Jolla has great beaches. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores & Windandsea are not only the best in San Diego but perhaps the best in the state & La Jolla Shores may be California's most beautiful beach, with a wide, gently-sloping beach & panoramic views. A morning or sunset walk here is enough to relax the most stressed-out among us, and it's even better when the tide is going out, coating the sand with a mirror-like water layer.

We’ll go for a window-shopping stroll along Prospect Avenue & the side streets that run into it. With few chain stores in sight, we might just find something we can't leave without. To enjoy La Jolla at its scenic best, we’ll check the low tide times before we go, when the tide pools are revealed.

We only have a day, so let’s get back on the Feline Motor Coaches & head for Mexico!
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It's only a short drive from San Diego, but we'll feel that we've entered another world when we leave the United States behind & enter Tijuana, Mexico. This tour is a must for bargain shoppers & lovers of Mexican cuisine. All visitors to Mexico will be required to present a passport upon re-entry into the United States.
REMEMBER – Let’s all stay together while we are here!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
Tijuana Cultural Center: The center is a multimillion-dollar showcase displaying exhibits about Mexico's people, events & culture, and is well worth a visit for the Mexican cuisine alone.

Shopping: The Tijuana terminal located on Avenida Revolucion makes it convenient to shop the many Bazaars & Boutiques. This is where we wheel & deal for shopping bargains. There are also ample opportunities to get your souvenir photograph taken with a Tijuana zebra (a donkey with black stripes) and cart. Good luck & be careful!

I hope you are all looking forward to riding the Royal Feline Castle Train next week, as we begin our journey up the CA Coast. My family & I will be returning to the Castle this weekend for some rest & relaxation. You are welcome to join us or continue your stay at the Hotel Del Coronadao. Either way, we’ll see you back here on Monday!
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06/07/2013 07:16.56 AM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 6 –San Diego
The “Royal Feline Castle Train” -
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Our time is almost over in San Diego. I hope you have enjoyed its beauty & hospitality. Tomorrow we visit the picturesque town of La Jolla & its famous beaches. Lastly, we will cross over the border into Tijuana, Mexico, for some serious bargain shopping. This will give us one full day to enjoy our hotel stay on Coronado before we hop aboard the Royal Feline Castle Train to our next destination, L.A.! Let me tell you a little bit about the train.

Connecting San Diego through Los Angeles to San Francisco, the Castle Train offers a unique vantage on the California seascape. To get a closer look, you'd have to be on a surfboard! We can admire the Pacific views as we curl along the California coast. Our first stop will be in Long Beach where we will check into our hotel for 3 days on the Queen Mary.

The Feline Castle Train is 1st class, with exquisite fine dining & deluxe accommodations. The train's signature blue-and-gold rail carriages feature elegant lounge & dining cars, a dome observation car, and comfortable sleeping cabins. The interior is furnished in mahogany & brass, with rich upholstery. Our vintage train cars are an authentic slice of Americana, gliding over bridges & through tunnels in comfort & style.

Reminiscent of a scene from a glamorous 1940s Hollywood movie, the Feline Castle Train Dining Cars set the stage for exceptional fine dining experiences. Softly lit & intimate, the romantic atmosphere is elegant, yet relaxed. Your table, graced with fine china & fresh flowers, presents a personal view of the breathtaking vistas unfolding outside the window — a natural backdrop to complement every meal.

Best of all, our cuisine, prepared daily aboard the train, is truly superb. Essentially, the dining cars are regional restaurants on steel wheels. Hand-selected vegetables, herbs, seafood, meats & other ingredients are the freshest & finest available. The chef selects wines to complement the nuances of the evening's fare. The creative pastries served at Afternoon Tea & for dessert are freshly baked in the train's galley oven.

The Dome Car: Soak up the sun's rays or the starry velvet night in the dome car. The glass-enclosed dome car offers 360-degree viewing of the surrounding countryside & is equipped with a bar & library.

The 1940s-era Lounge Car is lavish with fresh floral arrangements, comfortable seating, and a full, professionally tended bar. Cocktails & light hors d'oeuvres are served here. Gather around the baby grand, where our kitty pianist plays your favorites.

Premier sleeping quarters are available to us on board the train & all cabins feature picture windows. So now you know what lies ahead for us next week.
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06/06/2013 03:40.36 AM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 5 –San Diego
Wonders Of Wildlife At The San Diego Zoo –
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Founded in 1916, the San Diego Zoo located in Balboa Park, is an urban paradise for all ages. The Zoo is 100 acres in size and is home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the world. It is also one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda. We’ll spend 2 days monkeying around in the tropical oasis as we visit amazing habitats for animals such as gorillas, tigers, sun bears, flamingos, mandrills, polar bears, birds of paradise, giant tortoises, leopards and more. The observant visitor may notice that the zoo is also a botanical garden with more than 6,500 plant species, and some of its plants are more exotic than the animals.

It is viewed in several ways, first and foremost by walking along pathways, into aviaries, and through bioclimatic zones, but we'd have to walk about 3 to 4 miles to see everything, and some of the paths are steep. We can avoid the steepest climbs by using the moving sidewalks or take the Skyfari aerial sky ride to get up to the Polar Rim entrance and then walk downhill. Another option is a 35-minute Guided Bus Tour that gives a good overview of the Zoo. I chose the bus tour for all of us, in order to acquaint ourselves with the various areas where we would like to spend additional time.

Once our bus tour is over, we can grab some maps at the Visitor’s Center. It will be up to you to decide what you would like to see. Take a Panda Trek to visit the giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and to see a herd of Asian elephants. Enjoy an aerial view from Skyfari or take the kittens to see animals up close in the Children's Zoo.

When is the best time to see the animals? There really isn’t any special time that more animals are in view, although many of the animals are “early risers” and may be a bit more active in the morning. In concern for the many endangered species that the Zoo houses at their facilities, they have built exhibits that mimic natural environments. Like natural environments, these areas give the animals plenty of room to hide. The ability to hide is important in the well being of many species, as we all well know!

We will meet back at the entrance at closing time. Have fun exploring!
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Visit the adorable Giant Panda's "pandacam" at http://www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam/index.html.
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06/05/2013 03:56.42 AM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 4 –San Diego
“I Was Strolling Through Balboa Park One Day ...”
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Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West," Balboa Park is the largest urban park with cultural institutions in the United States. Encompassing 1,200 acres, Balboa Park exceeds even New York’s Central Park in size. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens & the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful & timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction. The museums cover topics including anthropology, art, aviation, natural science & technology.

Most of the buildings throughout the park are built in a richly ornamented Spanish-Renaissance style. The buildings here are beautiful enough to be considered attractions in themselves, but the real draw is the culture, history, science & arts held within their walls. We will be spending two days here & will try to explore as much of the park as time allows.

We’ll start by visiting a few museums. Our first stop will be at the Museum of Man, exploring the history of man through artifacts, folk art, and archaeological finds. Next, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, a science museum, but with a very cool state-of-the-art planetarium. Later, a brief tour of the Air & Space Museum, where we can journey through the history of flight, celebrating aviation & space flight history & technology. And finally a visit of the Model Railroad Museum, housing the largest indoor model railroad displays in the world! All aboard!

Before lunch, we will spend time wandering the Botanical Gardens so we can have a picnic outside on the grass in front of the Reflecting Pool. If you look closely into the Reflecting Pool (or Lily Pond), you can see the tranquil waters move slightly from the movement of the Koi that fill the pond. Absolutely NO FISHING allowed! MOL! The view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park.

Let’s all stop by to see the antique carousel after lunch before we all part to explore the park on our own. The 1910 Park Carousel is a menagerie of animals & is one of the few in the world still offering the brass ring game for everyone taking the 5-minute ride.

We’ll stop at the Park’s Visitor Center & pick up some event schedules & maps. We won’t be visiting the San Diego Zoo until tomorrow, so let’s try to see as much of the park as we can today. We’ll all meet back for dinner at the Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality Center around 6 p.m. Keep your cell phones handy (just in case) and enjoy yourselves!
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06/04/2013 03:53.05 AM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 3 –San Diego
Let’s Explore The Beauty Of The Hotel Del Coronado -
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During our visit to San Diego, we will continue our stay at the fabulous Hotel del Coronado. Our rooms for the week have oceanfront views & are mere steps from the Pacific Ocean. Let’s revisit the hotel & let me tell you a little bit about this National Historic Landmark that turns 125 yrs old this year.

With its iconic red turrets piercing an azure California skyline, Hotel del Coronado radiates with a confidence of gracious Victorian splendor that is without equal.

Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite on the charming island of Coronado has long been heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. The hotel is ideal for those who yearn for a memorable vacation getaway. The resort’s enchanting island setting & classic architecture form the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape.

The Hotel Del has served over half of the U.S. Presidents who have held the office since 1891. It has also served dignitaries from around the world, including King Edward VIII of England who relinquished his crown so he could marry Coronado resident Wallis Simpson.

Hollywood has been making movies at The Del since 1901. In 1958, The Del was the backdrop for the comedy classic "Some Like It Hot," starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon. The resort has also seen a steady stream of celebrity visitors - from Charlie Chaplin & Humphrey Bogart to Brad Pitt & Madonna.

What Victorian resort would be complete without a resident ghost? Kate Morgan checked into the resort on November 24, 1892, & never checked out. Reports of ghostly happenings, all thought to be connected to the death of this beautiful young woman, have been circulating at The Del ever since.

The Crown Room, where we had the Coronation, is the same room where Charles Lindbergh & the San Diegans who built his Spirit of St. Louis celebrated the historic achievement of being the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. To the left of the lobby is the Ballroom with Ocean Views (for those of us who want to go ballroom dancing!). We can head downstairs to see a gallery of pictures & stories outlining the history of the Hotel del Coronado.

Finally, we can walk outdoors to the Windsor Lawn to enjoy views of the ocean & take some time strolling around the outside of this grand hotel. You can also take a walk along the nearly mile-long Coronado Beach, which you can access behind the Hotel Del.

We’ll be touring San Diego on our Feline Motor Coach tour buses, so let’s all meet in the hotel lobby at 9 a.m. sharp. Your new room keys are at the front desk. Enjoy dear furiends!
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06/02/2013 07:38.37 PM Report This Comment
Coronation Banquet
A lavish banquet awaits us in the Ballroom of the Hotel Del. Entering the Ballroom for the Coronation banquet, guests are greeted by long tables decorated with graceful bouquets of calla lilies and orchids, filled with elevated trays of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. The banquet tables draped in white linens circle the room with varied selections of delicacies to entice every kitty’s palate. The crystal chandeliers suspended from the ceiling, cast prismatic colors around the room, illuminating the ceiling with a rainbow-like colors. The room features tapestry draperies and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The dining room tables are covered with white linen brocade tablecloths, and a large centerpiece of fresh orchids is in the center of every table. The flatware is sterling silver, and the plates set at each table are Lenox China. Throughout the room, Silver Champagne fountains are flowing alongside several beverage tables.

The banquet menu is dazzling, listing cuisine from Wild Mushroom Bisque, Caesar Salads, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, White Corn Polenta, Chicken Picatta with Rock Shrimp, Sliced Beef Tenderloin, Glazed Ahi Tuna, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Jumbo Prawns, Prime Rib to desserts featuring Grasshopper Parfaits, Lemon Chiffon Cake, Chocolate Covered Cherries and Strawberries, Bavarian Chocolate Cakes, and the list goes on and on.

Dancing to contemporary and soft jazz sounds will be featured in the Ballroom, on an asymmetrical dance floor, cornered with lounge furniture for the dancing kitties. Later into the evening, a Feline DJ will get the dance party rockin’!

Enjoy yourselves dear furiends.

Whiskers gently takes Talley’s delicate paw into his paw, asking her to accompany him onto the dance floor. Talley stands and falls into Whisker’s arms, as if they had been waltzing together their whole lives.

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06/02/2013 11:21.20 AM Report This Comment
Whisker’s COTM Coronation- Ending
“Since my family is from San Jose, California, I thought I would take my furiends on a tour of the California Coast, a sort of continuation of Queen Spunky’s fabulous tour. I believe one can never get enough of The Golden State.”

“San Diego just happens to be where my tour begins, where we will be revisiting the Hotel Del Coronado. Since we are all gathered at the Hotel Del for the Coronation already, you are all invited to stay the weekend here. Our means of transportation on the tour will be by train & motor coach. We’ll travel via the Royal Feline Castle Train, so we can all admire the Pacific views as we curl along the California coast. Our journey will begin in San Diego, traveling up the CA coastline to our final destination of my hometown, San Jose.”

“My dream of being King included enjoying the Royal Castle Grounds, so I can’t pass up the opportunity of a lifetime! My family & I, along with Talley and her family, will be returning to the Castle on weekends for rest & recreation. You are all more than welcome to continue your stay wherever our CA travels leave us. The hotels have been kind enough to extend our overnight accommodations for any interested kitties.”

“Of course you are all invited to join us at the Castle too. We will be flying back to the Castle courtesy of the Royal Feline Squadron, and if necessary, via Angel Air, returning promptly on Monday to continue our CA tour.”

“I’d like to end the ceremony on a solemn note. Let’s all bow our heads in a moment of silent prayer for all our furiends and their families who are ill or have crossed the Rainbow Bridge during the month of May. Also for all those affected by the recent severe weather storms.”

“Thank you again my dear furiends. Let’s enjoy the food and festivities Queen Spunky has planned for us.”

The loyal kitties stand and applause fills the room. King Whiskers bows to all his furiends, as Talley comes to his side with the family following. Confetti and catnip bubbles fill the air! The Coronation party has begun.
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06/02/2013 11:20.51 AM Report This Comment
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