Unusual museums start from private collections

Many collections originate from personal passions. But what happens when they outgrow those simple beginnings? Some morph into public museums that continue to reflect the owner’s love for specific, often quirky, items.

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Thrill seekers find adrenaline rush rappelling down Moaning Cavern

I was on Part 3 of a day of adrenaline rushes at Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, which has transformed itself from the basic cave tour that I remembered vaguely from childhood, to a full-fledged adventure destination, welcoming daredevils to test their mettle against a variety of thrills.

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Moaning Cavern Adventure Park-Zip line thrills and cave walk

I was enjoying the thrill of a zip-line at the multifaceted Moaning Cavern Adventure Park in Calaveras County, but instead of the traditional semi-sitting position, which we had already done, my husband and I elected to go Super-style for our second ride. I loved the sensation of flying with no ropes visible beneath me, and feeling calmer on the second ride, could look around and enjoy more of the scenery.

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Get ready for the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco

The excitement is already building in San Francisco among sailors, spectators and sports enthusiasts of all stripes in anticipation of the America’s Cup finals to be held two years from now on September 7-22, 2013 on San Francisco Bay.

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Drakesbad Guest Ranch, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park, home to fumaroles and boiling pots, is a hotbed of activity in the summer and the rustic Drakesbad Guest Ranch is the perfect place to take it all in.

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Coit Tower provides photo op and art appreciation in San Francisco

Coit Tower is a beloved landmark in San Francisco, a 210 foot cylindrical tower that sits atop Telegraph Hill. Every local knows that the eccentric socialite Lillie Coit, who funded the building of the tower through her will after her death, was an avid supporter of San Francisco Firefighters.

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