Dog friendly accommodation

Kangaroo Island Accommodation – Long's Retreat American River

Situated between Penneshaw and Kingscote, the American River, a small community, offers a beautiful bay for magnificent fishing and is an area known to relax. A good resting place after descent from the ferry before starting your tour activities on Kangaroo Island.

This extraordinary Kangaroo Island accommodation house on the American River is close to high quality surfing and fishing beaches, so before you bring your sea fishing equipment plus your kids fishing gear and experience some great fishing. If you do not own your own boat, fish out for the pier, do some surf fishing off one of the many beaches or even hire one of the resident fishing charter companies to make sure you get home with today's catch! If you are a surfer, do not forget your table, you will find some amazing beaches with waves to match!

Being self-contained, the residence lives on full rainwater and also accommodates up to 10 people comfortably. There are 3 bedrooms in addition to an ensuite from the bedroom. The bedrooms consist of queen beds in bedrooms 1 & 2 with double / single bunk bed in bedroom 3. Linen is provided to make your trip to Kangaroo Island less complicated knowing that you do not have to worry about it. For the extended vacation you can find the laundry completely self contained with a washer and dryer if required. The living areas are open with the kitchen offering complete cooking facilities and most of all a dishwasher. The home stays cozy and warm during the winter months with heating and in the summer months there is air conditioning. There is a gas grill included as well as outdoor furniture. The property is well located just a short distance from the pier and the boat ramp, which makes the early morning fishing trips faster.

Holiday homes for families are what Long Retreat has been created for. It is well priced for families vacation together. Games are available and a cot is free on request. Not to forget about the pet family ….. Pets friendly vacations are amazing. We are animal lovers and proudly offer dog friendly accommodation. We have a wealth of wildlife visits, and in many cases you will find wallabies that stop at the front yard, native birds are usually heard and there may be extra less wildlife that is too frequent.

Long Retreat is a magnificent selection from Kangaroo Island Accommodation. At the time of booking, ask for short term stays as they are also welcome along with weekend accommodation.

National parks are prominent on Kangaroo Island, and many tourist sites fall into the class of national parks. Be sure to buy a national park pass to cover all tourist attractions on the island. (Should you bring your puppy with you, you may need to be left at home while visiting the national parks as they are usually not allowed in).

If you have a well-developed taste for wines, there are new boutique windows that appear throughout Kangaroo Island. Stay at Long Retreat and try them all out.

In particular, make sure you allow enough time on Kangaroo Island if you want to experience the many wonders at once. If your time is limited, make sure you plan your next vacation to Long Retreat to finish what you missed the first time. The more often you stay at this Kangaroo Island Accommodation hotspot, the more discounts you get. We will do our utmost to ensure that you are looked after as you will be on your vacation.

Source by Kylie Lange

Does your camping scene pack a punch?

Long ago, film directors directed the technique to create a convincing game scene. Lying crashing on the floor. Chairs are hung … viewers are treated to close-ups of dreadful or furious faces … and the blows thrown are enough to make us twist and close our eyes. (No more of the pricey battles that fooled anyone in the early movies – sneak camera angles to hide the fact that fist does not really connect; heights to propose a knockout stroke when someone could see it would not knock a bite out of its airway.)

Movie dealers are treated with multiple camera angles and sophisticated sound effects. We feel like we're right in the middle of that battle.

Authors have a lot tougher. How can you throw the reader in the middle of the scene and feel every kind? How can you show the action without falling into the trap of sounding like a schoolchild who enthusiastically describes a battle, battle at battle kick by kick?

There are only two things to keep in mind.

  1. Remember that you are an author, not a choreographer.
  2. Pack your matches with EMOTIONAL battles.

That's it. So simple – yet so effective.

What does a choreographer do? Schedule a series of moves, step by step. He / she teaches the people who perform the movements, how to perform each and how to put them together in a smooth routine.

Too many fighting situations in books look like a koreographer's notebook. You can see something like this:

Briggs planted a right hook on Smith's garden. The other man reeled backwards, his poor wind turbine. Briggs followed his favor and breathed hard. In quick succession, he landed several blows on Smith's body.

Smith fell to the ground and rolled away. "Bastard!" he grunted and rolled again to avoid a well-targeted kick from Briggs. Cat-like, he ran up to his feet and circled Briggs and did not take his eyes off his nemesis.

"Come on!" Briggs told, darting in to land another punch then ducking back out of reach. "Is that the best you can do?" He feinted and laughed.

Infuriated, Smith attacked. Briggs danced back and around Smith, and in two nice moves he had him on the ground, an arm up behind his back.

"Had enough?" he panted.

There are so many things wrong with the above scene, it's hard to know where to start. Briefly:

  • We have no idea who the prospect is. We seem to look at from a distance. This means that there is very little emotional involvement from the reader. In order to truly involve your reader, you must do everything to make sure that he or she becomes the point of view. If he gets injured, the reader will also. If he loses … it does the reader.
  • The author tells rather than showing. A did, then B did it, so A did it in response, and B followed up with this … boring! (Can you see the choreographer at work?)
  • The author uses the names of the characters a lot: "Smith" and "Briggs". This tends to add distance as well. The problem is that both characters are men, so constant use of "he" while it is not so distant can be confusing. It is easier to avoid these problems if you are deeply confronted with one of the characters' viewpoints.
  • The excerpt is filled with tired old expressions like "in quick succession he landed two more battles"; "a well-targeted kick"; "cat-like, he jumped to his feet"; "in two cool moves". Expressions like this save the writer from doing a lot of work – they roll the tongue so easily because they have existed for so long.

How do you avoid these pitfalls and write a combat situation that works?

You forgive (mostly) the physical strokes and add emotional blows. Come deep into the point of view of one of the characters – preferably the main character; the one that the reader really identifies. That way, the readers look through the eyes of that character. They desperately want him to win; they feel every kind. Therefore, there is much more emotional investment in the outcome of the match.

Most authors seem to feel that battle scenes are to be filled with fast motion, grunts and moans and shouting the epithet to telegraph the action. They feel that if you stop telling the reader what happens in the main character's head, it lowers things too much.

It can certainly be the case … but in the hands of a skilled author, excitement actually builds when the action is slowed. You must remember that the time on the page is not the same as in real time. Since you can not actually show the reader what happens in real time, as you can in a movie, you have to compensate by spending some time in the main character. Show us the thoughts of the character. Show us the feelings of the character. Help us "feel" our way into battle.

The easiest way to show how this works is to use an example from a published book. Here is a battle scene from ECHO BURNING by Lee Child (Bantam Press, 2001). Heteren Jack Reacher tries to avoid the fight … and the excitement builds beautifully until he is forced into a confrontation.

The lighthouse had a white t-shirt and he ate chicken wings. The wings were greasy and the guy was a slob. He dumps chicken fat out of the garden and fingers on his shirt. There was a dark tear shape right between his pecs. It grew and spread to an impressive spot. But the best bar romance does not make you look like such a sight, and the guy got Reacher to star.

"Who are you looking at?" he said.

It was said low and aggressive, but Reacher ignored it.

"Who are you looking at?" the guy said again.

Reacher's experience was, they say it once, maybe nothing will happen. But they say it twice, so there are issues going on. The basic problem is that they lack response as evidence that you are worried. That they win. But then they will not let you answer, anyway.

"Do you look at me?" said the guy.

"No," Reacher replied.

"Do not you look at me, boy," said the guy.

He said that boy did Reacher, he might think was a foreman in a timber mill or a cotton surgery. No matter what muscle work was done around Lubbock. Part of a traditional trade went down through the generations. Surely the word policeman came to him. But then he was relatively new to Texas.

"Do not you look at me," said the guy.

Reacher turned his head and looked at him. Not really counteracting the guy. Just to enlarge him. Life is endlessly capable of surprises, so he knew one day that he would come face to face with his physical straight. With someone who can worry about him. But he saw and so it was not the day. So he just smiled and looked away again.

Then he fired him with his finger.

"I did not tell you to look at me," he said and jabbed.

It was a meat finger and it was covered with fat. There was a certain brand on Reacher's shirt.

"Do not," said Reacher.

The guy jabbed again.

"Or what?" he said. "Do you want to make some of it?"

Reacher looked down. Now there were two brands. The purchase jabbed again. Three jabs, three brands. Reacher hugged her teeth. What were three fat marks on a shirt? He started a slow counter to ten. Then jabbed the guy again before he reached eight.

"You deaf?" Reacher said. "I told you not to do it."

"Do you want to do something about it?"

"No," said Reacher. "I really do not. I just want you to stop doing it is all."

The guy smiled. "Then you're a cute wavy piece of shit."

"Anyway," said Reacher. "Just hold your hands off me."

"Or what? What should you do?"

Reacher restarted his counter. Eight, nine.

"Do you want to take this outside?" asked the guy.


"Touch me again and you'll figure it out," said Reacher. "I warned you four times."

The guy stopped for a second. Then, of course, he left again. Reacher caught his finger in and snapped it at the first crack. Just folded it upwards as if he was turning a door handle. When he was annoyed, he leaned forward and pushed the guy all the way. It was a smooth movement, velvet, but it was supported for perhaps half of what it could have been. No need to put the guy in coma, over four greetings on a shirt. He moved a pace to give the man the room to fall and supported himself in the woman on the right.

"Sorry, madam," he said.

The woman nodded, disoriented by noise and concentrated on her drink, unaware of what happened. The big guy sank quietly on the floorboards, and Reacher used the sole on his shoes to roll him half on his front. Then he nudged him under the garden with his toe to pull his head back and straighten his airway. The recovery position, paramedics call it. Stopping you choking while out.

Then he paid for his drinks and went back to his motel …

Of course, this scene only shows a silent escalating battle and it shows a hero who has the ability to fight for a quick conclusion. You will have to use a slightly different approach if you have more involved people and if you have a quick and furious battle with two more uniform aggressors. But the principle is the same.

Do not let the reader see the match from a distance. Get them into the main character's skin, devoted to his thoughts and feelings. Let the readers feel the effects of the fists and feet; let them experience adrenaline (or irritation depending on the level of provocation). Then your fighting scenes will pack the kind of kind you want.

(c) copyright Marg McAlister

Source by Marg McAlister

Hidden Haven, The Lazy U Motel

In Rapid City, SD, located at the bottom of Mt. Rushmore Road, housing a quaint little family-owned motel. The Lazy U, built in the 1950s, has a charm that draws guests back year after year. Recently celebrating their 70th birthday, the restored hotel is just as healthy as opening day.

Verlyn and Cindy Bourne have owned and maintained the motel for the past fifteen years. One of the last mom & pop in the Black Hills, The Lazy U is a real gem. They have given the little motel a charm that is rare in today's busy world. Parked out front, a 1954 Chevy Truck greets you, complete with The Lazy U logo. Cindy's grandmother owned the truck brand new and she learned to drive in it. You can find Cindy take it out to the farmers market or a trip to the grocery store. Restored from a former truck to The Lazy U Mascot, Bourne is always happy to use it for photo backgrounds.

Transported back in time by entering the lobby. You will find reasonable prices and friendly faces. A personal greeting awaits you by the family yourself – Cindy, Verlyn or Cindy's cousin, Jackie. Travelers can enjoy a cool drink and a lively conversation and a lot of maps and brochures. After check-in, receive a real key with a throwback-light turquoise key fob. Bourne and their family members are happy to make your stay a pleasant place.

You will feel at home and part of the family. Enjoy the beautiful rooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and in-room parking. Verlyn, Routemaster or one of his studies will be happy to map your day trips. Wander, bike or visit the many beautiful places and attractions of The Black Hills. Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse are just the beginning of your Black Hills adventure. After a long day of adventure, come home to a cool clean room.

Enjoy the most comfortable night sleep you can expect from home. Beds, recently and often replaced by brand new pillow top sets, will leave you wanting to sleep in. Sharp clean linens and soft towels will help you feel pampered. Hair dryers are available at the front office, but you have to bring your own shampoo. The family pays expensive restrooms for low-cost accommodation.

This little gem of the past you will plan your next visit before check out. You will lead home well rested and full of good memories. When you leave, you will understand why individuals return year after year to the charming Lazy U Motel.

Source by Jacqueline Jensen