Baja California’s Off Road Warriors

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Along the Baja California Peninsula, people live and breath off roading. Here, off roading is not merely a sport. It IS life. And this time of year, check any local’s calender and there’s sure to be an off road even penciled in almost every week!

It’s hardly surprising then that the first recorded, organized off road event was held here in 1955 — in the La Paz / Cabo San Lucas area. With sponsors and cash prizes, it basically laid the path for the hundreds of off road races occurring around the world today. The sport is so big that some people spend nearly 1 million dollars on their race cars! But it’s not only a rich man’s sport, I’m told. Nearly everyone along the Baja has some type of car, truck or bike for off roading fun.

Hearing about the bone jiggling good times these guys are having in the backroads of Cabo San Lucas, I quickly bored with my Jeep when I was driving around paved Cabo during a recent trip!! So, I searched out “the man” on the Baja off road scene, Norman Cesena. He has his hands in almost every off road event. With a little shameless begging on my part, I convinced these hard-core off roaders to let me hit the dirt with them…

Get buckled in and watch this!

El Pato Rojo Off Road


Sleeping in a Wine Barrel

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Lets face it, wines have been aging gracefully for centuries and in most cases they’re far better for it. In Trasadingen, Switzerland they’ve come up with a great way for you to personally test it for yourself.

Did I come out any better? I’ll let you be the judge of that, all I can say is I had a great night of sleep in it after that glass of Pinot Noir.

Happy Father’s Day from the Land of the Neck Tie!!

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Father’s Day 2011 and many a father will likely be getting a tie as a gift…

Do you know where the necktie was invented? If you think it’s France, you’d be wrong… Better watch this fun report to get to the truth of the matter!

Slovenia really knows good, aged grapes!

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Slovenia is an amazing nation and the people there really feel the LOVE for the country’s wine (and there’s LOTS of it)!! It’s little wonder that it shares a border with Italy… and though I may not be the world’s expert on wine, I do love the stuff and I think that I “personally” prefer Slovene wine to Italian wine!

You’ll have to go visit the country to see if you agree!!

Here’s Percy’s report on The Oldest Grape Vine on the Planet! Maribor, Slovenia

Canadian man commutes to work daily on a replica 1875 Penny Farthing bike: NOT your average everyday commute

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This guy thinks outside of the box when it comes to commuting. Very cool!! This is a MUST SEE!

One Fine Lady: The World’s Oldest Grape Vine in Slovenia!!

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At possibly 450 plus years old, she has seen more changes than the relatively young former Yugoslav country. Tended regularly by Tone Zafosnik for more than 30 years, the vine flourishes today and is a major tourist attraction in this town of 110,000. The vine produces about 60 kilos of grapes per year which is a enough for a few hundred 250 dcl. of souvenir bottles of the red wine (but it is only given to dignitaries like the Pope).

I was met by the Director of Tourism for the town and we shared a few minutes of the vine’s incredible history for CNN.

Slovenia is a tiny European Union country situated just below Austria about half the size of Switzerland with a population of about 2 million. Wine growing is a major industry there.

Produced and Hosted by: Percy von Lipinski

Associate Producer and Editor: Tracy Bymoen

Special thanks to Maribor Tourism, Old Vine House and Slovenia Tourism

Flying like Superman (almost) in Switzerland

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Body Flying in an inverted wind tunnel is an American Idea dating back to 1964 when Jack Tiffany tried it for the first time at Wright Patterson Air Force Base located in Greene and Montgomery County, Ohio. It took another 15 years before a fully recreational closed system was first opened in Las Vegas where it continues operating today.

If you do try body flying anywhere you’ll be learning these important 5 techniques. Trust me, you don’t want to forget them, especially in an open air body flying system!

5 Top Tips for Open Air Body Flying:

1) RELAX but enjoy and have fun (it’s hard work at first but remember you’re having fun, unlike you, your body flying instructor has likely spent hundreds of hours to learn those fancy moves so don’t be intimidated)
2) Position with your chin up and hands and feet arched backwards
3) Land on your back which is notably the exact opposite of your natural instincts
4) Do not look down….ever or you’ll take off in an open air system and who know where you’ll land : > )
5) Watch your instructor. They’ll be communication visually with you at all times.

If you find you really love body flying, there’s even a name for you: “Tunnel Rat”

Most wind tunnels are of the enclosed type, that is, the wind recirculates back down. Subsequently the air temperature is easier to control for year round use and the energy required is significantly less. The downside though is that you don’t get quite the feeling of freedom that you do with an open system such as this one.

This one in Zurich, Switzerland operated by is very unusual because it is an open air system which provides a dramatically different experience as my video package clearly shows. The cost of operating this system along with the skills are much greater so, sadly this unique system will likely switch over to a closed system in about 3 years as the operating costs are far too high.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to body fly in the wide open you’ve got less than 3 years to pack your bags, head to Switzerland, don a flight suite and prepare for the Adrenalin rush of your life as you float high above the world, skydiving in reverse!

It’s no wonder that “Tunnel Rats” from around the world seek this facility out for it’s unique body flying experience, here in the heart of Switzerland.

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