Josh Linkner Free Press Business Columnist Published 7:00 AM EDT Jun 15, 2019 Last weekend, I went to one of Detroit’s most celebrated Italian restaurants. I’d been years ago, and anticipated the same exquisite experience. Known for their impeccable service and inspired dishes, I was expecting them to nail every detail like they had in the past. Yet the very things that made them successful had obviously been significantly diluted. It took 35 minutes for the first splash of wine to reach our glasses. Our server was curt, frazzled, and disorganized. The portions had shrunk over the years, and they managed to botch my friend’s order altogether. Peeking over to other others, I noticed similar frustration among the restaurant’s other guests. At nearly every touchpoint throughout the evening, the underlying message was the owners no longer cared. After our dinner, my wife and I agreed that we wouldn’t return to the … [Read more...] about When we stop doing the things that made us great
Travel | Sailing in Treacherous Waters to Alaska. With Toddlers for Crew. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index With a barely-4-year-old and a not-quite-2-year-old, in a 32-foot boat sailing up the Inside Passage, a family discovers the best rewards are those never imagined. Credit Credit Caroline Van Hemert Supported by ByCaroline Van Hemert May 13, 2019 This was the third time I’d sailed up the Inside Passage in a boat. The third time I’d watched surf explode from the rocky headlands of northern Vancouver Island, the swell rhythmically shifting my view of the horizon. The umpteenth time I’d listened to the weather forecast on the VHF radio while gulls catapulted past me in the wind. But it was the first time I’d done a trip like this with young children on board. Last June, in the lengthening days of summer, my husband, Pat, and I launched north from Bellingham, Wash., on a 32-foot … [Read more...] about Sailing in Treacherous Waters to Alaska. With Toddlers for Crew.
By Katie Wood Updated 12:10 pm PST, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 The Horsetail Fall natural phenomenon commonly known as "firefall" in Yosemite National Park captured on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. The lava-like effect only occurs in mid-late February when the setting sun hits the waterfall at exactly the right angle. less The Horsetail Fall natural phenomenon commonly known as "firefall" in Yosemite National Park captured on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. The lava-like effect only occurs in mid-late February when the setting sun hits ... more Photo: Ryan Fitzsimons/@fitzsimonsphotography/Instagram Photo: Ryan Fitzsimons/@fitzsimonsphotography/Instagram Image 1 of / 18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 The Horsetail Fall natural phenomenon commonly known as "firefall" in Yosemite National Park … [Read more...] about Yosemite’s ‘firefall’ phenomenon is here, but visitors say getting there is ‘treacherous and unsafe’
Elaine Ganley, Associated Press Updated 10:25 am PST, Friday, January 18, 2019 This photo taken on Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019 shows the port de Boulogne-Sur-Mer, northern France. Border control officers patrolling the land, sea and air of northern France are combing beaches, dunes and the frigid, murky coastal waters in a bid to end a high-risk but growing tactic by a group of mostly Iranian migrants desperate to get to Britain: sneaking across the English Channel in rubber boats. less This photo taken on Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019 shows the port de Boulogne-Sur-Mer, northern France. Border control officers patrolling the land, sea and air of northern France are combing beaches, dunes and the ... more Photo: Michel Spingler, AP Photo: Michel Spingler, AP Image 1 of / 17 Caption Close Image … [Read more...] about Night voyages across the Channel: Frigid water, flimsy boats
The number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel rose to over 500 last year, up from a mere 13 in 2017. (Photo: AFP/PHILIPPE HUGUEN) On the ground, a three-man gendarmerie patrol - part of the French police force - tramps through sand dunes, searching an 11-kilometre stretch of beach near Oye-Plage, between the ports of Calais and Dunkirk. Carrying electric torches and thermal-detecting binoculars to pick up any sign of life, the gendarmes inspect the dunes where people-smugglers sometimes hide rubber dinghies and other equipment prior to launching migrants on their way across the Channel. The number of those attempting to sail the treacherous waters, braving strong tides in the world's busiest shipping route, rose to over 500 last year, up from a mere 13 in 2017. The phenomenon has sparked concern in Britain, where the conservative government, eager to be seen as tough on immigration, has appealed to France to prevent the attempted crossings. "The objective is to stop them … [Read more...] about French police comb Channel beaches in search for migrants