Two Things for Travelers

Hawaiian Airlines hosts a ‘window activation’ in Austin

Hawaiian Airlines operates three times-weekly flights between Austin and Honolulu and to sell the service the airline is website hosting a contest with a grand prize of enough HawaiianMiles to fly First Class roundtrip among Austin and Honolulu. Plus a five-night time live at The Prince Waikiki Hotel.

The contest runs September 30 and October 1. To take part, entrants need to visit Austin out of doors buying middle The Domain, peer into a sequence of virtual airplane windows with a purpose to give the phantasm of touchdown in Honolulu, after which complete a scavenger hunt to locate other aircraft home windows.

One grand prize winner of The Window Seat activation will win the equal miles for two First Class roundtrip tickets and a live at The Prince Waikiki Hotel. Other prizes consist of sparkling flower lei, Hawaiian Airlines travel swag, and a hundred and twenty,000 HawaiianMiles. And all and sundry giving the scavenger hunt a strive could be presented complimentary shave ice. See contest details right here.

Make an Origami Maple Leaf

Courtesy National Archives

Getting geared up for some leaf peeping? Get within the temper with this 39-step maple leaf origami assignment from the pages of Origami Odyssey, through Peter Engel.

SXSW-certain? Start with song at Austin’s airport

If you’re headed to Austin for this yr’s SXSW pageant – lucky you!

If you’re flying to Austin for this 12 months’s SXSW competition you’ll be able to get started out on hearing notable stay, nearby tune right away.

In addition to the 21 frequently-scheduled stay track performances offered weekly in diverse spots in the terminal, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has added a few more indicates to welcome arriving fans on March thirteen and 14 and ship them off on March 20.

Here are the more indicates:

Mon., March 13:
Akina Adderley (Classic-Soul) – 1 p.m. to three p.m.
Jeff Plankenhorn (Blues/Soul/Rock/Roots) – three:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tues., March 14:
Miss Lavelle White (Austin Queen of the Blues) – 1 p.m. to a few p.m.
Barbara Nesbitt (Folk/Rock/Americana/Country) – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Mon., March 20:
Jackie Venson (Soulful Indie Blues) – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cornerstone (Reggae/Soul/Jazz) – three:30 p.m. to five:30 p.m.

And right here’s the link to the complete song schedule at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. 

(Photo above courtesy: Sandy Stevens; Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)

Austin airport revs up for US Formula 1 Grand Prix

Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States of America. Sunday 18th November 2012. World Copyright:Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic  ref: Digital Image _79P7324

Austin is web hosting america Formula 1 Grand Prix once more this yr and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is revved up and ready to cope with the crowds that will begin arriving on Wednesday, November 13.

On deck: the whole thing from more customer support representatives in “Feel the Rush” t-shirts to important submit-race stay song ship-offs and a race-particular website.

Oval Office audio tapes highlight of re-designed LBJ Presidential Library


A storytelling, life-length, animatronic LBJ is back on responsibility on the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. Photo courtesy LBJ library.


When the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas reopens to the public this Saturday – on what could have been Lady Bird Johnson’s 100th birthday – traffic will be able to pay attention to extra than sixty history-making, poignant and amusing oval workplace smartphone calls and get reacquainted with an animatronic, life-length version of one of the u . s . a .’s maximum colourful presidents.

The library has passed through a year-long, $10 million upkeep and now has “a completely new appearance and sense,” Mark Updegrove, LBJ Library director informed NBC News, “We’re the use of state of the art technology to now not handiest inform the tale of what LBJ turned into doing at some stage in his presidency however additionally the story of the sort of factors that come across a president’s table and what a president does daily.”

Updegrove considers the 643 recorded hours of the 36th president’s phone conversations to be the crown jewel of the gathering and said alternatives playing on eleven stations in the library museum permit site visitors to listen the president doing everything from persuading contributors of Congress to skip laws to placing a very unique order for informal pants to wear after paintings and both in search of – and getting – recommendation from his spouse, Lady Bird Johnson.

Here’s a link to LBJ ordering pants

Johnson, who hailed from Stonewall, Texas and served as president from November 22, 1963 until January 20, 1969, became recognised for the use of very colorful language. But the audio selections in the new show off are neither beeped-out nor censored. “There’s a belief that LBJ used worse profanity and did it greater often than he simply did,” stated Updegrove. “Yes, he used scatological references and barnyard language, however he became not profane within the manner a few might assume. He never used especially image language.”

In addition to the audio recordings, other new features at the LBJ Presidential Library characteristic a downloadable app giving visitors the selection of five themed excursions, which includes one in Spanish and one providing Lady Bird Johnson chatting approximately diverse components of the White House, and several interactive famous that have a look at how law exceeded underneath LBJ, along with the ones related to Medicare, balloting rights, gun manage and seat belts, have an effect on site visitors’ lives today. And, in keeping with Johnson’s desire that the library tell the story of his presidency “with the bark off” and proportion information that reflect “no longer simply the joy and triumphs, however the sorrow and screw ups too,” historians and experts which include de Michael Beschloss, Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, Doris Kearns Goodwin and previous Johnson Administration officers weighed in at the content of the brand new well-knownshows.

“We’re not trying to direct records,” stated library director Updegrove, “We’re just laying out the information. We think humans can be surprised to learn how a lot this president did and how it has impacted their lives; whether they suppose it changed into right or wrong,” he stated.

Not the entirety in the re-designed LBJ Presidential Library is latest. The reproduction of the Oval Office, which duplicates President Johnson’s office in the White House at 7/eightth scale, is unchanged.  And the very famous storytelling, animatronic LBJ continues to be here, but in new garments and in a new vicinity. “He used to be in ranching clothes with a Stetson,” leaning on a fence, said LBJ library spokeswoman Anne Wheeler, “But he additionally informed those tales at dinners, so we have put him at the back of a podium, in a fit in an showcase on LBJ Humor which includes political cartoons and caricatures from his presidential period.”

There’s an extra factor with the intention to be a chunk one-of-a-kind at the library after the re-commencing: until now, the LBJ Library has been the handiest one of the 13 presidential libraries administered the National Archives and Records Administration to offer loose admission. Admission to the library may be unfastened on December 22, but after that the admission rate will be $8 for adults, $five for seniors and $three for kids thirteen-17. For greater information see:

(My tale about the re-starting of the LBJ Library first regarded on NBC News Travel)