Activities at the newly built Fort Dodge Recreational Facility in
Iowa include volleyball, basketball and weightlifting, but
inclusive packages, covering meals and accommodations, might
require a minimum stay of three to five years.
That's right: The facility
is a state prison. But, no, the Iowa penal establishment hasn't
gone the route of using euphemisms to soften the impact of words
like "penitentiary" and "correctional."
Rather, when the state put together the latest edition of its
official tourism map, the cartographer's typographer incorrectly
re-created "Correctional" as "Recreational" (if you follow), to the
self-described horror of Darrel Rensink, director of the state's
Department of Transportation, who was kind enough to send Insider a
copy of the map.
The new state prison's warden was quoted by the Associated Press
as saying he hasn't yet encountered any tourists seeking out a
recreational facility. But until the error is corrected -- which
won't be till next year's version of the map, according to Rensink
-- 1.7 million of the maps will be in circulation at visitor
bureaus, information centers, rest stops and other tourism venues
throughout the state.
Now, we hope no travelers to Iowa find this little point on the
map and make the unwitting mistake of seeking it out for
recreation, but if they do, we'd sure like to hear about it.
On a hot
day in Bodrum, Turkey, Insider and some pals hired a traditional
gulet (a wooden sailboat) for the afternoon. The captain took us to
Black Island, where other gulets and their passengers could be
found sunbathing and swimming.
Here, we were greeted with a '90s spin on a familiar '50s summer
staple. But instead of the jingling of an ice cream truck's bells,
we heard the rumbling of an outboard motor as the ice cream boat
pulled in between two gulets.
Two men clad in T-shirts and baseball caps (no white uniform and
bowtie for these entrepreneurs) displayed the familiar sign that
offered to swimmers and boaters such favorites as ice cream
sandwiches and strawberry shortcakes. Can ice cream helicopters be
far behind?More Papa
Thanks to Capt. Tom Thomason of Carnival Corp. and Linda Munson
of Royal International Travel in Birmingham, Mich., for cluing us
in to another Hemingway centenary celebration.
The Hemingway Foundation will hold an event called "Michigan in
Hemingway" on the state's Lower Peninsula, in Petosky, July 18 to
25. The event will feature social and educational gatherings in the
region where the author spent his childhood summers and set many of
More information is available from the West Michigan Tourist
Association in Grand Rapids.