Next Stop: Sun Valley

Paragliding, Skiing, Nordic Festival, Ketchum Tour, Sun Valley Resort, Impressive Snow Grooming, Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats at Whiskey Jacques

00:00-00:05 JON: Hi I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop from the nations first destination ski resort.
00:20-00:33 JON: Sun Valley is a year round world class resort destination. We’re here in the winter time, so in this episode we are rocking all things winter.From downhill to nordic skiing, from a cozy sleigh ride to stomping tunes, you’re gonna love this show.The fun starts now!
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00:36- 01:31 JON: It’s a gorgeous day on top of Mt Baldy, a gorgeous to ski. It’s almost always a nice day to ski up here, the weather here is pretty awesome, right Sonja?
SONJA: Absolutely. It’s so gorgeous up here, we have tons of sunny days.
JON: There is a lot of organized groups up here today, there’s a lot going on, but is seems like it’s organized, not chaos.
SONJA: Back here, all the ladies here, is a group called the DIVA’s. DIVA stands for de incredibly vomen alpine shredders!
JON: De incredibly vomen alpine shredders, ya? Gotta put a Y on the end of it!
JON: Ski lifts here are amazing, how many lifts are there, describe the terrain before we hit it.
SONJA: There is a variety of terrain. Most of the green runs, in other ski areas ski as blue runs, and then we have amazing just, pitches, that are consistent pitches for about 3,000 vertical square feet.
01:41-02:25 JON: This view is awesome.
SONJA: Isn’t it incredible? This ski area is surrounded by 4 mountain ranges. We are so lucky, we have the Boulders, the Pioneers, we are in the Smokies, and to the far north are the Saw Tooth Mountains which are just amazing.
JON: Sonja, I love this mountain, I love skiing it, but I always like to learn something new, what do you suggest?
SONJA: What would be really fun today would be learning how to synch ski, so synchronized skiing. You can either ski in the same pattern or do a figure 8 and the ticket to synch skiing is your pole swing, and pole touch. So if I am in front, when I swing my pole, you’re going to swing your pole.
JON: You make it sound easy.
SONJA: It is!
JON: OK, well let’s give it a try.
02:35-03:22 JON: It was an epic morning on Baldy,, but something was missing, snowboarders. They’re here at Dollar Mountain, the freestyle terrain park, that also doubles as one of the top teaching mountains in the world
ABBY: Dollar Mountain has been ranked one of the best teaching mountains in the world for a reason. We have various terrains starting from really mellow greens that gradually increase, we have amazing lifts, we start out with the magic carpet, and then we go to a quad detachable lift which is a very easy lift for beginners to get on and off. We also have amazing instructors that provide some of the best instruction in the world. Today a lot of these children that are riding the magic carpet are just guests on vacation, but also we have a couple events, we have a snowboarding event going on, and different racing events going on as well too.
03:30-04:39 JON: There is an event going on here today and people are just flying down this course, what’s this all about?
BRIAN: We are doing a snowboard event, the inter mountain series and it’s a border cross today.
JON: I would think it’s gotta be one of the fastest growing sports for kids though where there is a mountain, cuz they are all…no one is skiing anymore, just us oldies.
BRIAN: Yeah, and you know, the retention rate is, we’re trying to make it higher by giving us themselves places to learn. What we did is we attacked the youth market, put in a halfpipe, put in jumps, put in progression parks, put in beginner parks, put in a tubing hill and it’s pretty much the family fun zone right now.
JON: I think I am going to go join grandpa over at the tubing hill, because that’s more my style.
BRIAN: Yeah.
JON: As you can see from our day today at the Sun Valley resort, there is something for everybody, of all ages. I love tubing! And away we go, woo! Next Stop, Sun Valley resort for Apres Ski!
04:43-05:08 JON: If you enjoy a great day on the mountain like me, you know there is a couple of things you look forward to at the end of your ski day. We’re back at the Sun Valley resort for Apres Ski, a time to get together with friends and family, and share war stories from your day on the mountain. Some true, some probably not so true, like how I was totally ripping it on the half pipe. You also know that you work up one heck of an appetite, in just a few minutes we are going to board a horse drawn carriage for a sleigh ride to Trail Creek cabin, for a dinner fit for a king.
05:23-06:12 MATT: Trail Creek cabin was built back in 1937 and according to Sun Valley resort, by Averell Harriman, who is the founder of Sun Valley. Over the years this cabin has developed into a public venue used for sleigh rides in the winter months and in the summer months we have your regular drive out dining. We have a spectacular menu, one of our most popular dishes is an idaho white trout, it is farm raised in Hagerman Idaho.
JON: SO what is your favorite thing on the menu, what is the must try?
WENDY: We are known for our ribs, our baby back ribs so…
JON: I just saw some go by they looked incredible.
WENDY: My favorite is the trout.
JON: You like the trout?
WENDY: Yeah.
JON: Can I try it all?
WENDY: Yeah, just order a whole bunch of everything and just share.
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06:22-06:27 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, world famous Sun Valley Resort, and a ride on the beast.
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06:31-06:56 JON: The Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is located in the 58,000 square foot Sun Valley Club, located right in the backyard of the world famous Sun Valley Lodge. This stunning facility features a restaurant, lounge, bar and locker rooms, and also has equipment repair and storage. Virtual indoor golf adds to the list of extras as this skiers shangri-la. The Sun Valley Club also doubles as the gold clubhouse in the summertime. The Sun Valley Resort is truly a year round resort.
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07:00-10:16 JON: When I knew we were coming to Sun Valley, I said please let us stay at the Sun Valley Lodge. I’ve stayed here before, I love this property, and thanks to Jack, here we are. The minute you walk in you feel a special sense of history, just right in the lobby.
JACK: History and comfort, feel like you are home.
JON: I like that. Sure. This place is a little though nicer than my home.
JACK: Very special place. When Averell Harriman founded Sun Valley he said it’s got to be roughing it in luxury.
JON: I love all the old pictures, you really feel like you are back in time when you are here.
JACK: A sense of history, we are very proud of our history, very, very proud of our legacy here and the history of Sun Valley, what it’s meant to not only the skiing industry but the state of Idaho.
JON: The lodge is a special place, you’ve got the lodge, you’ve got the inn, would you just, it’s a small part of the whole Sun Valley resort, but let’s talk about the lodge and the inn and the different rooms that are available, and some of the more famous people that have stayed here.
JACK: We right now have 148 rooms at the lodge, there is a standard room, a medium room, a king room and suites, and the inn there is also 4 3 bedroom apartments also, so we have a variety of accommodations here at the Sun Valley resort.
JON: Tell us about room 206.
JACK: 206 is famous for a reason, because it’s called the Hemingway Suite. Ernest Hemingway spent a lot of time there, and he finished writing For Whom the Bell Tolls there.
JON: I love the property, I love the fact that you’ve got ice skating and hockey right off our shoulders here, and the pools, the heated pools.
JACK: Another thing that is very unique itself in the lodge is the bowling alley, built in 1936, a six lane bowling alley, we keep that history there, it’s a great family spot for the evenings.
JON: That’s a cool spot, I like it.
JACK: But the whole resort is more than just the lodge or the inn, there is 2600 acres here, we’ve got a lot to do here and it’s made for people that are active.
JON: All year round.
JACK: All year round. In the winter of course we have 2 different ski mountains. Dollar is where the first chair lift in the world was. And in 1939 we looked across the valley at this big mountain over there called Baldy and decided to put some lifts up there, so with the leftover, where the pile of timbers were, they built Roundhouse, and that was our first warming hut on the mountain and it’s still a great place to have lunch and even dinner, a lot of history there, it’s great, a 4 sided fireplace, wonderful views of the valley. One favorite pastime is the shopping area, people like to shop, and of course eat. Great restaurant.
JON: All the facilities on the mountain are just incredible, they are the nicest lodges, the ski lodges that I think I have ever seen. Everyone loves something free, you have free transportation to the mountains, and free ski storage, that’s unique.
JACK: Absolutely. For all the guests at the Sun Valley resort, it also free…we also pick them up at the airport, the Sun Valley airport 15 miles away.
JON: I didn’t know that, well how about that. I want to talk a little bit about the ice skating rink, because that is year round, it is one of what, two in the world?
JACK: That are uncovered, and open year round, it’s pretty special.
JON: You have lots of great shows during the summer time.
JACK: Yeah, it’s really amazing it can be 85 degrees and people are out there ice skating in their shorts and t shirts, but a real special occasion in the summer is when we have our ice shows, we have been having them for 74 years now and the greatest olympic and world champions have been here skating.
10:21-10:54 JON: You get a real sense of community here too, everybody knows each other and likes each other, it’s a really friendly place to be.
JACK: It is, it’s very friendly I think it’s one of the reason people keep coming back, and one of the reason why we all live here.
JON: There is something that I read about which is ride the beast. What is ride the beast?
JACK: Ride the beast is where one lucky guest can ride the grooming machine with the groomers.
JON: You know Jack, I always get to have all the fun on the show, so I think it’s time I share some of the wealth with one of our camera guys, think that is a good plan?
JACK: I think that’s great.
JON: I know Josh probably doesn’t want to do it, so Mike…ride the beast.
11:00-11:54 JIM: My name is Jim Wehan, and I have been grooming here for 31 seasons. On my left hand here there are 2 sticks, and that is my steering, there is one for each track, and everything else is on this joy stick on the right hand. Well, you start with a blade and you cut the snow first, and then that all goes underneath you and you till in the holes, cut the high spots, and the tracks chew it up a little bit in the process, then you get to the tiller back here and it chews up the snow and turns it into the fine powder, and in the back you have the comb and thats what makes the corduroy pattern, I like riding these snow cats I just think they are impressive machines, one of my favorite parts I think are the sunsets I get to see.
12:00- 12:14 JON: As Mike ends his day on the beast, I end mine chilling out in the heated pool at the Sun Valley Lodge. This resort is incredible. In fact, I challenge you to find any year round resort that has more going on than the Sun Valley Resort. For more information, go to
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12:18-12:22 JON: Coming up, a nordic festival, a tour of beautiful downtown Ketchum, and we jump off a mountain.
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12:28-12:52 JON: There is a reason Sun Valley has sun in it’s title, the Wood River Valley is known for its dry sunny summers, and it’s mild sunny winters. Temps in the summer average about 77 degrees fahrenheit, and in the winter, about 33 degrees fahrenheit, with up to 200 inches of snowfall every year. The best part about the weather here in Sun Valley, they average up to 250 days of sunshine every year, so no matter what the season, it’s always a good time to visit Sun Valley.
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13:03-13:55 JON: And now for something completely different, we decided to jump off of Mt Baldy today.
CHUCK: We’ve got just about ideal conditions right now, we’re top of the limelight, winds coming in out of the north, and so what we are going to do I’m going to get your harness on you. We are going to lay the glider out right here where we are standing, when pulleying up into the wind you’ll feel quite a bit of pull.
JON: How about landing?
CHUCK: Landings easy. You know, it’s just like coming of…
JON: Oh forget it, we don’t need to even talk about landing, let’s just go. Let’s just do this thing.
CHUCK: Yeah, we’ll talk about it when we are up there! Sort of like stepping off a high speed chair lift, we’re going to come in and land real soft. And straight down the ski lift we go.
JON: Woo hoo, awesome!
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14:44-15:57 JON: On your next trip to Sun Valley, it’s highly recommended to pop into the Sun Valley visitors center. This is a really unique spot.
GREG: Yeah, it’s a pretty interesting structure.
JON: I’ve never been in one like this.
GREG: It’s an old bank that we tore apart this last fall, we wanted to create a place where all visitors and locals alike could come together, we are co tenants with the coffee shop here it’s sort of the place you start your adventure when you come to Sun Valley. What we have is really the ability on an ipad to control these screens to show people what they want to do, how to get out into the surrounding area, whether its art galleries, or for a hike, or white water river rafting in the summer, all year round there is a little something for everybody.
JON: Can we talk you into showing us around?
GREG: Oh yeah, let me take you guys around town, maybe take you to the ice skating rink, take you to some galleries, show you some local shopping, give you a flavor of Ketchum and Sun Valley.
JON: Sounds good, let’s go get some fresh air. Is this your dog?
GREG: That’s Buck.
JON: Hey Buck. Let’s take Buck on the walk. So what’s this place?
GREG: This is the Galleria, a great place to go shopping, a collection of shops, and there is a bakery with an amazing latte’s and cappucino’s and baked goods right down here in the middle.
JON: Your dog is cracking me up dude.
GREG: Oh man, well you know, you can tell why dogs ended up being mans best friend.
16:07- 16:33 JON: This is way cool.
GREG: Yeah this is a great local amenity, it’s open all winter long and totally free, this is the Atkinsons park and this is our ice skating rink. This ice skating rink is just proof of how much the community cares about this town and all the fun stuff we have here to do.
JON: That’s awesome. For more information on Sun Valley and Ketchum, go to
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16:40-18:40 JON: Sun Valley is a nordic skiers paradise, and our timing is perfect, we are in town for the third annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival. This is a really happening thing for this town.
TRAVIS: Yeah, absolutely, we get a great crowd out here, we’re hoping to have 500 out here by later tonight which in a town our size is a pretty good sized group.
JON: Really great to see all the kids out here, we just saw the kids race, the seniors are coming up, this is a great sport to start as a young kid.
TRAVIS: It is, we have an incredible program here in the valley, we start kids off young, you know we’ve got kids racing on the world cup today, and we have six year olds racing on this course today.
JON: Why is it so big here, why in Sun Valley?
TRAVIS: There’s a lot of reasons, a lot of big personalities involved in the sport in this town, and then also we’ve got some of the best skiing in the world.
JON: The energy here today is awesome, I’m excited for the finals. What’s your prediction?
TRAVIS: I’m still going to pick our hometown guys. Colin Rogers and Nicole DeYoung, nobody is faster in the last 100 meters than Colin Rogers, so he’s gonna smoke them.
ANNOUNCER: And they are off, here we go. A big win for Colin, across the line backwards.
JON: I’m with the champions, Nicole and Colin. Now you guys had some extra pressure on you, I was talking to the MC beforehand and I said who do you think is going to win, you can tell us, and he said ‘I’m going for the local boys, both Colin and Nicole’ You guys did it man!
COLIN: Yeah, you know it went alright. Matt was pushing really hard, we were really tight together, he pushed the pace early and I just tried to hang onto him and conserve a little energy.
JON: Now you are not from here, you came from Alaska, and you’ve been here for five years, how do you like Sun Vally?
NICOLE: Correct. You know, it’s great, I have to say I really like the sun.
JON: It’s called Sun Valley for a reason!
NICOLE: Exactly, yeah.
JON: We had a great time watching you guys win this thing today, congradualtions, have a great time tonight.
18:48-18:54 JON: The race is over but the party is just beginning, live music, snowshoe dancing, and a lot more. This was a very cool event.
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19:01-19:05 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, a cool local hang out, Whiskey Jacques, for our local band segment.
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19:12-20:31 JON: For our local Sun Valley music segment, we’re at Whiskey Jacks in downtown Ketchum. Now, I’ve been here before and this place did not look like this last time I was here.
THATCHER: We had a catastrophic fire, burned to the ground, and our boss, bless her heart, decided to rebuild and built this beautiful new bar. We’ve got a full game room in the back, we’ve got 8 high def tv’s, this is one of our popular sandwiches, the grinder, served with onion rings. Our most popular items are our spicy bourbon chicken wings.
‘JON: I’m digging into these.
THATCHER: Excellent, good fried, finish them off on the grill, sweet tangy sauce, and of course, our world famous pizza.
JON: Right now we’ve got a bunch of people dining here, this is going to change here in a few minutes, right?
THATCHER: Yeah, we go from a family friendly pizza establishment to a rocking night club.
JON: Our band tonight, tell us about these guys
THATCHER: We have Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, they come from Boise Idaho. They are a mix of bluegrass and rockabilly. They have their own little pzazz they bring to the stage, they call it progressive psychobilly. It’s bluegrass with a little edgier edge, so they got a lot of stringed instruments, they have percussions, they got a lot of foot stomping too.
JON: Sounds fun.
THATCHER: It’s good old hootenanny with these guys.
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21:33-21:52 JON: Thanks for tuning into Next Stop, from Sun Valley, a world class, year round resort destination. Thanks to Jack and your friendly and knowledgeable staff for helping make our trip fantastic. Thanks also to our good friends and title sponsors, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines visa signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? make good memories everybody.
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Next Stop: Oahu

Rare Underwater Scooters, Podium Raceway Go Kart Racing ,Wet N Wild Water Park, Tiki Grill and Bar, Aston Resort, Makana With Lono and Lopaka























00:00-00:05 Aloha, I’m Jon Olson. Welcome to Next Stop from the most isolated, and populated island in the world.
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00:21-00:38 JON: Oahu is the gathering place, and on this episode I gather some of my family and friends, my ohana, to share in the fun. We will show you an underwater activity found in very few places in the world, and we’ll mesmerize you with the tunes of Makana and his magical musicians. All this and more on Next Stop Oahu, the fun starts now.
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00:42-00:52 JON: Oahu is the gathering place, so I have gathered some of my friends and family, my ohana, for a day of fun. We are going to kick it off at Podium Raceway and then we will splash it up at Wet N Wild, but first, I have the need for speed with my ohana.
01:01-01:56 JON: This place is awesome.
MARK: Thank you.
JON: Now how long has this been here? You brought this from California kind of recently, right?
MARK: Yeah, that is correct. I came to Hawaii about 5 years ago, we were looking for a venue to do indoor entertainment, cart racing is real big there, so we decided to start looking for a building and bring it here.
JON: What is the process, you gotta go over there to the computers, you gotta get signed up, get your little card.
MARK: What you do is just come in, and on the kiosk, we have an electronic kiosk, you punch all your information in there, your email address, your facebook, walk right up here and it puts you in a race.
JON: So the kids actually get to have their own little drivers license, they must love that.
MARK: Yeah they love it. They got their picture on it, and it keeps all their information on so, once they sign in one time they don’t ever have to do that again, they can come back at anytime. Your information is on there, if you have 2 or 3 races left, swipe it and you can race again.
JON: So who loves it more, the kids or the adults?
MARK: Oh you know what? We run about 5 adult races for every kids race, so what does that tell you?
02:05-02:11 MARK: Ok Jon, that’s it, your history, your going to be last.
JON: Whatever dude, you’re going down. So is hot wax over there.
02:37-02:57 JON: Man that gets your adrenaline pumping, that was awesome.
MARY: I couldn’t catch you guys.
JON: Did you guys have a good time?
JON: So did I. Before we go to Wet N Wild, we have a special presentation for you guys. Alright!
ALL: Cheering.
JON: Thank you very much.
03:05-03:35 JON: So here we are at Wet N Wild, but we are obviously not in our Wet N Wild attire, so girls you have got 5 minutes, you go that way, guys we go this way, meet back here with your swimsuits. Go, it’s a race! Boys win!
ROBERT: Yay, boys on three!
JON:OK the girls finally arrived, everybody before we have some fun the sun is out, we have to protect our skin,everybody gets a squirt of sunblock and then you get to go play, Robert, you are first. Go play.
ROBERT: Yesss!
03:54-04:34 JON: I’ve sent my ohana off to enjoy the water park, there is lots to explore. Eddie, where do we even start at this place?
EDDIE: Well, depends. If you have kids we have many different areas for kids.
JON: What’s this? This is just a big cruising pool right here?
EDDIE: Yeah, right behind us in our Hawaiian Waters wave pool, it’s our man made wave sort of attraction here at the park.
JON: I also saw some people surfing over here, I’m not sure if that is going to be me or not.
EDDIE: You know, it takes a lot of good core to get on that boat, but basically what the floor rider is is a stand alone wave where you can either body board, or use a skim board which is similar to a snowboard.
JON: Oh cool.
EDDIE: So if you can snowboard you can definitely ride the floor rider.
04:41-05:11 JON: This looks like a ride for the real men, so we have got Charles. Mike, Johnny, and this Jon. Tornado time. We had a great day here today, did we have fun?
ALL: Yeah!
JON: Highly recommend Podium Raceway and Wet and Wild, for your ohana day on Oahu.
ALL: Aloha!
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05:18-05:22 JON: Stick around, coming up on Next Stop, one of the most unique water activities in the world.
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05:26-05:52 JON: Admitted to the union in 1959, Hawaii, our 50th state, is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. China is 5,000 miles away, Japan 4,000 miles away, and the nearest population center is California, some 2,400 miles away. Now even though we might be far away from you right now, you never feel lonely in Hawaii, truly one of the worlds premier travel destinations. Book your Hawaiian getaway today at
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06:00- 06:45 JON: We’re in Hawaii Kai marina heading out to the pacific to experience on of the most unique water activities you will find anywhere in the world, but you will find it on Oahu.
BOONE: Are you guys familiar with the Hawaii Five Oh show?
JON: Oh yeah.
BOON: Yeah. We’ve got some filming grounds right over here, this brown house with the shiny windows, it’s like an aspen style looking one? A bunch of like famous celebrities like Dog the Bounty Hunter lives on the beach, we’ve got some musicians, things like that. A lot of movie stars. Also in the introduction of Hawaii Five Oh? They use this whole bay, they take a helicopter and zoom in and they shoot down, and then if you guys are staying in Waikiki, this is the opposite side of Diamond Head from what you are looking at.
06:50-07:18 SAM: Alright everybody, so basically here is the alien you guys are going to cruise around on today. We know it is bizarre looking, but it is a really good water toy, you guys are going to enjoy it. How it works is we have a dive tank here on the front, which we will have in a second, it’s not there yet. And that pumps fresh air right into the dome here. So you’ve got fresh air coming in right in front of your face, and all the old air is coming out these holes here in the back, it’s really cool, and the only thing you guys got to be responsible for is pulling the trigger and steering around.
07:44-08:21 JON: Sam, we’ve done a lot of water sports all around the world and this is the first time we have ever seen scooters, where did you find these things?
SAM: I was on a surf trip about 6 or 7 years ago, and met a guy at the bar actually and started chatting, 2 years later he came at me with this proposition and told me that he wanted me to start this over here, he thought it would be a good fit for Hawaii.
JON: It’s a great fit for Hawaii.
SAM: Yeah, I mean it ties the gap between snorkeling and scuba, and a lot of people don’t want to go through the whole process of getting their dive card and all that and so it’s a good fit, and for non swimmers as well.
08:22-08:40 JON: So Charles, you are 10 years old. Not many kids get to go on underwater scooters. Your first time, was it what you expected, and would you do it again?
CHARLES: I definitely want to do it again, and it was kind of what I expected but kind of better than what I expected.
JON: Nice.
CHARLES: Exciting, more.
JON: Good opportunity. High five.
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08:50-10:33 JON: We are staying once again with our good friends with the Aston Hotels and Resorts on Oahu, which is a good thing, because there is a huge variety of properties here on Oahu, right Cara?
CARA: Absolutely, and variety is the spice of life.
JON: It is, I agree
CARA: Yes absolutely, so we have something for everyone, whether you are young or young at heart, whether you are a family or single, or a couple travelling together.
JON: If you are looking for luxury, you’ve got that.
CARA: Absolutely.
JON: The Aston Waikiki Tower is just absolutely beautiful.
CARA: Right, we have budget, moderate and upscale, and the Waikiki Beach Tower is our most luxurious property, with full service, so you get the beauty of the condominium, the space, and the great price.
JON: Now if you are looking for something a little bit more moderate, the Circle Hotel, some great values there and that is a really fun property, and it is in a circle!
CARA: Yeah, well you know the Circle is one of my favorite properties, one of the reasons why is because of its location, you can’t get that close to the beach and consider yourself a moderate property. And you are correct, it is shaped like a lantern, and it’s Fung Shui, and nowdays when it’s very important to have all the good vibes, you know, coming at you, and so all the bad spirits go straight up to the roof.
JON: I love it. And this property that we are staying at, The Waikiki Beach Hotel is right across the street, and you’ve got great shopping right here in the lobby, another perfect place for families.
CARA: One of the nice things about Aston Hotels and Resorts is we have, not only do we have a great price, but we have a great value. Obviously value isn’t about the price, it’s about what you get, what you pay for that price.
JON: Absolutely.
CARA: And with our Aloha Book, and having over 2,000 dollars worth of savings especially here on Oahu, even when I look through it, I get surprised. Ooh, we have this in the Aloha Book?
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10:39-10:45 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, a royal celebration at the Royal Hawaiian Waikiki, and Da Kine Grinds.
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10:48-11:09 JON: Duke Kahanamoku is a legend here on Oahu, and was a true renaissance man of his day. He won several olympic medals in swimming, and was the first person to ever be inducted into both the swimming and surfing hall of fame. Duke was an actor. Duke was a lawman here in Honolulu for many years, and was the Hawaiian Ambassador, helping spread the aloha spirit throughout the world. Duke Kahanamoku, we salute your spirit.
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11:20-12:45 JON: We are at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for a Tihati Productions Luau, now I know from experience living here, if I see Tihati Prodictions on the bill, it’s going to be good.
AFATIA: Oh thank you.
JON: Afatia, thanks for having us brother.
AFATIA: Thank you, how are you doing?
JON: Good to see you.
AFATIA: Alright, pleasure to be here.
JON: Tell us about this luau, and lets talk story about the story.
AFATIA: Ok, what we have here is actually what we don’t like to call a luau, and its what we call  Aha Aina, or what is traditionally known as a feast, or a get together.
JON: And there is entertainment happening around the perimeter right now, you’ve got guys pounding poi over there.
AFATIA: Absolutely. We have some fishermen showing some of their unique wares as well as some of the techniques that they did, and lastly we have our women which was pounding tapa, ancient traditional Hawaiian bark cloth, and it was something only women were allowed to do back in ancient days, so you know, this first act is kind of pre European contact with our activities, and kind of let everybody know some of the activities we used to do as Hawaiians before everybody came.
JON: Lovely. Act 2 I assume is the feast?
AFATIA: Act 2 is the feast, absolutely, Aha Aina, this wonderful feast, but it is a wonderful range of variety of food, from some traditional Hawaiian to kind of pacific fusion. And then finally act 3 is the actual production piece, the show piece, and it takes us on a journey. Earlier days, ancient Hawaiian days was known as Halumaua, this whole area, and so we kind of teach you about how this name came about, and what our Hawaiian people did to make this place significant.

12:51-13:16 ACTRESS: The most prominent and renowned of all our elite year kings, was King Kamehameha Nui, Kamehameha the great.
ACTRESS: And now we celebrate the Kalakaua dynasty in a medley of songs and dances written in their honor.
13:43-13:56 ACTRESS: Just down the road from here, a very new sensation was taking center stage. The world was being introduced to the pulsating beat of the drums from Tahiti, and to awe inspiring fire knife dancing from Samoa.
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14:17-14:33 JON: With 112 miles of coastline, Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, but it is also the most visited, thanks to attractions like Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, world famous Waikiki Beach, and the state capitol of Honolulu, which is also home to the only royal palace in the United States, the Iolani Palace.
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14:40-16:44 JON: I’m with Michael at Tiki’s Bar and Grill, Waikiki’s premier locally owned restaurant. Before we talk about food that is such a passion here on Oahu, let’s talk about this drink, what is this thing?
MICHAEL: Absolutely. Well, we have a couple of new drinks, and a couple of new custom tiki mugs. This is one that has cruzan rum in it as well as red stag cherry flavored bourbon. We put in a little dry ice, and you can see it is off gassing right now. You have to drink it with a straw, but it chills the drink even more and it makes it exciting. You get to take the mug home.
JON: And this of course is one of your traditional drinks.
MICHAEL: Yeah, the lava flow right here, and then we also have, in a real coconut cup, our world famous mai tai.
JON: Alright, lets get to the food, because I live here on Oahu, one of the things that I notice is we have a lot of ohana BBQ’s on Sundays, and everybody potlucks and brings food. Food is so much more than an eating experience, its a cultural experience on Oahu, why is that?
MICHAEL: Absolutely. Well families get together and people want to give a little, time is so limited that you get to spend with family and extended family, so when you get together, you want to be able to share something good, something exciting, you want to be known as that person that is either bringing that speciality dish maybe, or that you’ve brought something maybe a little unique that other people in the family haven’t had in a while.
JON: Lets talk about what is on the table here because we haven’t eaten lunch yet and we’re kind of starving.
MICHAEL: Absolutely.We have an ahi salad, its like a nicoise style, jumping up to the plantain chips right there that have been fried, that is our poisson cru, and that is made with ono today, guava glazed BBQ ribs, excellent.
JON: You are well known for your food, but you are also well known for your nightlife, this place has a really good nightlife Friday and Saturday nights, you have live music tonight I think, its a Thursday.
MICHAEL: Yep, absolutely. But we’ve also had some unbelievable visitors from around the world stop in and see this is going on, and they have their regular day job back home but they are a closet entertainer, so they get up and they perform and have a good time.
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16:53-16:58 JON: Up next on Next Stop, slack key guitar artist Makana, with Lono and Lopaka.
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18:22-19:08 JON: The New York Times calls his music dazzling, Next Stop calls it mesmerizing and Makana and your band, you are an amazing gift to Hawaiian music, thank you for joining us.
MAKANA: Right on.
JON: Next Stop Oahu, this is probably the most special music segment we have ever done, because we are in your home.
MAKANA: We are, and  you know, hawaiian music comes out of the home, hawaiian music is a very personal thing. When the missionaries arrived back in the 1800’s, a lot of what was culturally hawaiian was outlawed, and a lot of the cultural  practices kind of went underground, so hawaiian music including the style that I am versed in which is called kehowu, or hawaiian slack key guitar, kind of went underground and became very personal and was only played in the home, so we wanted to share hawaiian music in the context that it was created.
19:23-19:55 JON: In Hawaii we talk story, right? And you talk story through your music. What is the source of it, besides the ancestors. What is the source of your music today?
MAKANA: The sense of place, it comes down to that. When you aloha someone, its an action, it is a verb, its not a noun, its a verb. You aloha, I aloha you. I aloha you means I recognize that whatever is lighting you up and making you alive, is the same thing that is lighting me up and making me alive. I celebrate that, and we are ohana, we are family, and so lets work together to create harmony. That’s aloha.
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21:33-21:53 JON: Thank you for tuning into Next Stop from my home, Oahu, the gathering place, and big mahalos to my friends and family for joining me in all the fun, I love you guys. Thanks to our shows sponsors, The Aston Hotels and Resorts,  Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines VISA Signature card. We’ll see you next time on Next Stop. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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Next Stop: Las Vegas

Everything BUT the strip! Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour, Black Canyon River Tour, Zipline over Fremont Street, Capo’s Italian Steakhouse, Aston MonteLago Village Resort, Tarah Grace at The Black Door.

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00:00-00:04 JON: Hi, I’m Jon Olson, and welcome to Next Stop, from sin city, USA
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00:19- 00:35 JON: Welcome to Next Stop from Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’ve been to Vegas, you all know about the wild and crazy strip. On this episode, we are going to do everything off strip, like ziplining over Fremont Street with the flying Elvi. The fun starts now! Viva Las Vegas, wooo!
00:55-01:31 JON: Brina, thank you for helping us kick off our Vegas show, this is a great way to start it. I’ve been to Vegas many times, I’ve never seen the ziplines over Fremont Street. How long has it been here?
BRINA: We’ve been here since October 2010.
JON: Who inspired this? It just so awesome, its so cool, especially when the lights are flying, everyone is screaming from down below and up top, who inspired this?
BRINA: Um, I think it was really our owners. We have one out in the desert and they were looking for a way just to bring some more life down to Fremont Street, and we’ve always looked for like an urban type of a flight line system, so this is neat, everybody gets that experience of flying over like you said, a rock star with the show going on and, its a really just neat, quick experience.
01:39-02:10 JON: Ok, so we got really super lucky on Next Stop, we didnt expect to get to fly with Elvis Presley and Elvis Presley, but there happens to be an Elvis convention in town, right now, right?
SEVE: Contest competition for the ultimate Elvis, looking for the ultimate Elvis is this regional contest here put on by the Legends In Concert.
JON: So where are you guys from:
SEVE: I’m from Modesto, California.
MARK: I’m from Australia.
JON: Australia? You came all the way to compete?
MARK: Yeah, and party.
JON: Good luck you guys, and thanks for flying. Hey, look at those big old rings, this is legitimate Elvis bling here guys.
02:15-03:03 THOMAS: Well this is the original Las Vegas, this is where it all began back in 1905 when Las Vegas was founded. In fact, the first hotel in Las Vegas still exists at the end of Fremont Street, what is now the Golden Gate was built in 1906. Fremont Street was the first street in Las Vegas, and also the first paved road. And about 15 years ago they closed it down to vehicular traffic, and built a 5 block long urban pedestrian mall, capped by the worlds largest video screen.
JON: You’ve got lots of casino’s, you have people walking, I saw Spock talking to Spongebob, Ozzy Osbourne just walked by us, you have something for everybody.
THOMAS:  We do have a lot of characters, the best thing, we have free entertainment, we have 3 stages with 3 stage productions or concerts every night, its a casual, let your hair down, fun environment.
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03:10-03:41 JON: We get to do something special today, we get to tour, over the air, one of the seven wonders of the world, something that nobody on the Next Stop crew has got to do, thanks to our pilot Marina here.
MARINA: We will pick up from the south rim, and we are going to head east, we’ll head to south of the east canyon first, cross over the ridge there into the Zuni corridor, find our way to the Little Colorado River which is blue this time of year which is quite special.
JON: Does it ever get old, I mean we have never seen this, so I’m stoked. I’ve flown over it at like 35,000 feet, but never like this.
MARINA: I’ve done over 2,000 tours and every day is something different.
03:50-04:09 MARINA: Up ahead to the right, that large plateau is called Nankoweap Mesa, that is where the Navaho and the Paiute had a large battle, we presume for territory. We do know that there are cave dwellings on the other side of Nankoweap near the river where the wild buffalo live, the native american word, tatanka.
04:21-04:48 MARINA: Now we just turned towards another landmark that is straight ahead of us, its a red, its a rock structure on top of that red Mount Brady, its on the map called Point Brady, however we call it the battleship because it looks just like one, and as we get closer it will unfold and reveal itself to you. Now we do know there are hundreds of people in the canyon every single day, but they are just so darn tiny you can’t see them.
05:00-05:43 JON: Why is it that this place is the only place in the world that has the Grand Canyon? Why is it here? Is there a reason why geologically its only here?
MARINA: The briefing that you saw in the building earlier should have told you not to ask the pilots questions  they don’t know the answers to!
JON: I thought I might be throwing you kind of a big curve ball there which I did.
MARINA: Well it started with just the river, just a small, basic river and it was relatively flat here. The water wants to find its neutral again, it wants to go down to sea level so it just keeps carving away at it. With that initial carving, that’s when the winds start taking over as well. You also notice that the south rim is a lot closer to the river than the north rim is.
05:53-06:12  MARINA: Coming up ahead is the confluence of the two rivers, the Little Colorado comes from that gorge ahead to the right. Now the little river, the gorge, and the land to the north ahead of us, and northeast ahead to the right is all protected Navaho land, about 25,000 square
06:22-06:31 JON: That is crazy down there, look at that! Aqua, aqua blue waters turning into green. That is, that’s impressive, that’s awesome.
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06:39-06:43 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, rafting below the Hoover Dam, and an authentic Italian steak house.
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06:48-07:18 JON: In the early 1900’s Las Vegas was established as a railroad town, a resting point, watering hole between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. In 1931 it experienced a population boom with the construction of the Hoover Dam, which happened to be the same year that gambling was officially legalized. After World War Two luxurious hotels and casinos sprouted up, and in 1969 the man himself, Elvis Presley, opened at the Las Vegas Hilton. Today, well today, you know the rest of the story. Book your trip to Las Vegas with
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07:23-08:05 JON: Today we will experience scenic Black Canyon on the magnificent Colorado River with Black Canyon River Adventures. This is Brian, he’s our tour guide, and he is about to start off by telling us the best thing that has happened to him in the last 20 years.
BRIAN: The O’Callaghan Tillman Memorial bridge.
JON: This big guy right here?
BRIAN: That big guy right up there. Well I think what you have got here is not just one now, but two of the more remarkable engineering feats in America in one spot. And to have the Dam framed the way it is by that bridge is a pretty remarkable sight, I think you can tell by looking.
JON: It looks like a post card.
BRIAN: The Dam itself of course, built between 1932 and 1935 for the primary purpose of controlling flood on the Colorado River.
08:11-08:30 ANDREW: One of the only ways that visitors get to see the view of the dam and the bridge is by being on this trip. This area is restricted by the National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation, so in order for us to enable our visitors to see it, we’ve authorized this raft trip and they are the only ones that can get up this close to the dam, so its a very unique opportunity.
08:40-09:15 BRIAN: For the next 5 or 6 miles down the river, you will see this kind of an effect with water just gushing right out of the rock, right out of the canyon walls. They are all hot springs, the rock right here in front of us is between 135, 140 degrees. I like to prove to my passengers that the water is that hot, sometimes they don’t believe me, ha ha.
JON: Laughs.
09:25-10:27  BRIAN: Here on the Nevada side of the river we have one of the more scenic views that we will see all day, this is called moonscape canyon, and I like to pause a moment and show this to folks, because its a great spot to get some perspective on the size of Black Canyon. That ridge in the distance out there is the top, that is about a thousand, 900 feet above us. There is a lot of natural holes through the rock, or arches, we call them desert windows. Its kind of amazing, you think about how hard the rock is, you think about how little it rains out here, and yet those holes are formed by the action of wind and rain.
JON: Now we just saw a big bird back there, what was that?
BRIAN: That was a turkey buzzard, a vulture, part of the desert clean up crew. Well, whenever I see a couple of those gathering above my raft, people my age need to keep moving, otherwise they get the wrong idea and get a little too close.
JON: Let’s go, let’s get moving!
10:43-10:54 JON: That was our first time on the Colorado River and we made some great memories. Thanks to Black Canyon River Adventures, Andy from the National Park Services, and our awesome tour guide Brian. And Brian, I got a message for you man. Keep moving buddy! Don’t let the vultures get you. We like you around here.
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11:09-11:39 JON: We are all intrigued with Old Vegas, where it was straight up gangsta baby, well straight up gangsta is alive and well at Capo’s Italian Steakhouse.
DOORMAN: How ya doin’?
JON: How you doin’?
DOORMAN: Welcome to Capo’s. No how YOU doin’?
JON: I’m doin’ good, how you doin’?
DOORMAN: I’m doing good, who sent you?
JON: Frankie.
DOORMAN: Frankie who?
JON: Frankie Benetari
DOORMAN: Hold on, you sound a little suspect.
JON: Maybe just a little.
DOORMAN: Alright, come on, I’ll let you in tonight, alright.
JON: Alright.
DOORMAN: Alright, alright, alright.
11:50-12:20 JON: There is no passionate kitchen more so than an itailian kitchen, especially with an italian chef. Jason here is an italian chef, we are at an italian steakhouse. Everything on the menu is sort of mobster, gangster, italian related, right?
JASON: 100%, yes sir.
JON: Describe the menu to us, because its fun.
JASON: It is, its very fun, its real old school, like there is a lot of new stuff going on, I’m sorry I tried to stop myself from swearing there, there is a lot of new stuff going on in food, we don;t really mess with that, we kind of like to keep everything old school. like our meatball recipe is 200 years old.
12:26-12:53: JASON: This dish on the menu is called a sawed off sausage and pepper, which is kind of a gangster kind of thing going on there. The secret to the marsala is a little rosemary. It really is, and the wine of course, you have got to use a good wine. Here is our signature mushroom risotto, which uh, I don’t want to tell you too much about it, its kind of a secret. There are only like 5 guys that even know how to make this.
12:56-13:37 JON: Nico?
NICO: Yes sir.
JON: Al Capone would be proud of you.
NICO: Well you know what, that’s why I built the joint you know, I mean at the end of the day it’s to pay homage to all these old gangsters, you know, growing up in Chicago, this is what we grew up with.
JON: This is what you grew up with.
NICO: This is the food I grew up with , these are the recipes I brought over from there and we are  very proud to deliver it in a way that they would be proud of.
JON: And you’ve got movie posters all over the wall, you’ve  got an authentic singer, this guy sang with Elvis?
NICO: Yeah, Kevin DeCosta is the real deal. Old school Vegas doesn’t miss a beat, the real deal.
JON: Your staff looks like they have a good time, they are all having fun with each other.
NICO: Well you know, it’s kind of by design really, I don’t think really have a choice. I mean really we want our clients to have a good time so I want to make sure the staff is exuding that to each client that comes through the door.
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13:44-13:48 JON: Coming up, a stunning Lake Las Vegas Resort, singing gondoliers and more.
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13:59-15:02  JON: This is great, and you what else is great Kathy? The Aston MonteLago Village Resort. This is amazing. We’ve stayed at a lot of Aston properties, but yours is the most unique we’ve ever stayed at. Tell us about the rooms, because its like your own little…
KATHY: Yeah, they are great. They are studio units on up to full 3 bedroom units, all fully equipped so you come for the weekend and you have everything you need. Fully equipped kitchens so if you want to cook a meal you cook a meal, have your beverages, its just really a great property.
JON: You know what my favorite thing about the property is? I like the rooms a lot, but I like the fact that Vegas, and the crazy strip is just over those mountains, like 30 minutes away, and you come back here. We were there last night, and we come back and it is so peaceful, it’s so calming.
KATHY: It’s Las Vegas, so you are coming to Las Vegas, but you have this peaceful, beautiful atmosphere that you don’t have anywhere else. We do tons of weddings and there is not another place in the city that I can think of where you can get married right on a beautiful lake and have this atmosphere.
15:12-15:42 MATTHEW: Gondola Adventures specializes in just romantic cruises for couples, we really make big moments for them, proposals, anniversaries, birthdays. We say we make moments that last for a lifetime, just a very romantic setting out here.
JON: Now do you do it just on this lake, or are you guys all around Las Vegas?
MATTHEW: We only do it on this lake. Our gondoliers specialize in just this locale, we do that mainly because it is so unique. It has it’s own temperament, its own style and its such a private experience.
JON: Well Kathy and I just met today, so we really appreciate you orchestrating this romantic experience for us, right Kathy?
KATHY: Yes, we do.
MATTHEW: Well, we like starting moments, we just create a moment of opportunity.
15:55-16:27 JON: Tell us about the actual resort itself, and the little village, the town. You have restaurants and shops.
KATHY: Fantastic restaurants, there is an italian, there is a french bistro, there is a, the irish pub which is the most popular place.
JON: I’m going there tonight.
KATHY: Yes, it is a local hangout if you will.
JON: And tonight you have a wine walk which we are going to partake in, tell us about that.
KATHY: Yeah, its awesome, it is a wine walk that benefits New Vista Community and there are about 25 different wineries that come in and they serve their wine and you taste different wines.
16:32-17:16 JON: We are the wine walk, we’ve got our wine, we have lots of people having a good time, live music happening, but its all for a good cause, right Michelle?
MICHELLE: Yes it is.
JON: Tell us about New Vista.
MICHELLE: New Vista is a local charity here in Las Vegas, and we provide support services to adults and kids that have intellectual challenges so autism, downs syndrome, and we provide them with homes and we teach them how to live more independently so they can do more things on their own, and need us less.
JON: That sounds wonderful, so tell us about tonight, this is kind of a nice, fun event.
MICHELLE: Oh, we have been doing the wine walks for 7 years now, and we love doing the wine walks out here at Lake Las Vegas because it is beautiful, its relaxing, you get out of the city for an evening, and its a perfect date night.
17:25-17:44 JON: Tasting station number 10, what do we got here brother?
DREW: We actually have one by J. Lohr, it’s Falcon’s Perch, its a pinot noir.
JON: I have a question for you, I hear the term what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. What does that mean?
DREW: Actually, all of us living here still are still trying to figure it out.
JON: That’s good, how about we taste some of your wine?
DREW: Absolutely.
JON: Thanks man.
17:52-18:15 JON: On average, how many weddings are there in Las Vegas every single day?
EVELYN: A lot.
JON: Oh yeah, a lot, but let’s give us a number.
EVELYN: 732.
JON: Your married, so you are one of them.732 a day? That’s a little bit  much.
EVELYN: Ok 121.
JON: OK so go somewhere a little bit in between there, like maybe 315.
EVELYN: 315!
JON: Yes.
18:19-18:36  JON: So who was it that said it only happens on the strip in Las Vegas? It wasnt me, because right now its happening on Lake Las Vegas, we had a great day, a gondola ride, singing, Kathy from Aston Hotels, a wine walk, and now we are at the irish pub that Kathy said rocks, and this place is absolutely rocking. Come to Lake Las Vegas and have a good time.
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18:42-18:46 JON: Up next, Las Vegas Hall of Fame musician Tarah Grace and the Magnetics.
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18:51- JON: For our live music segment, we are Dave Navarro’s, and our new friend Nico’s Black Door bar and Grill, for Tarah Grace and the Magnetics.
JON: We’re very honored to have Tarah Grace and the Magnetics here as our featured band on the Las Vegas show, so honored because this is old school Vegas. Old school Vegas rock and roll. It’s not the strip, its not the lounge singers, its real rock and roll, and you got your start here a long time ago, before this was all really blown up, didn’t you?
TARAH: I did, I was a young teen when I first started singing, and I’ve been here from the very dark ages of the rock, the original rock scene. And its expanded, there are a lot more clubs that feature original music, a lot more people have moved, there is just a lot more opportunity for the original artist.
20:14-20:33 TARAH: What they do on the strip is more designed for a sheer entertainment for pleasing other people. I’m a little selfish in that regard, being I’m an original artist and writing for myself with the band, there is a plus to it because we do consider ourselves pretty entertaining and we have a pretty big fan base that through the years we have accumulated.
20:51-21:13 JON: Tell us about your band, the Magnetics.
TARAH: The Magnetics? I’ve been through zillions of bands, and band members, but I recently got together, I’ve known these people for 20 years but we’ve never really played together, we’ve been in different bands. Everything worked out really good, and I’ve got, everyones really experienced and totally into it and we are just having a blast.
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21:33- 21:52 JON: We hope you enjoyed Next Stop, everything but the strip, Las Vegas. Thanks to our shows sponsors, the Aston MonteLago Village Resort, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Also thanks to our title sponsors, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card for your partnership. We’ll see you next time on Next Stop, where will we take you next?  Make good memories everybody.



Next Stop: Tahiti

Three Islands Featured, Moorea, Huahine & Bora Bora. Segments Include: Magic Mountain by Quad, Cultural Hike, Jet Skiing, Pearl Farm, Shark & Stingray Feeding, Bloody Mary’s, Local Resorts & Music.

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00:00-00:04 JON: Bonjour, I am Jon Olson, welcome to Next Stop from French Polynesia!
00:05- 00:15 Intro music, title ‘Next Stop Tahiti’ rolls across screen
00:16- 00:34 JON: We’ve just arrived in Tahiti with Alaska Airlines and it’s code share partner, Air France’s non stop flight from LAX to French Polynesia. Tahiti has 118 islands, far more than we can tackle in a 30 minute show, but we are going to dive into Moorea, Huahine and world famous Bora Bora. The fun starts now!
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00:37-00:38 JON: Ahhhhh!
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00:41-00:48 JON: We’re off for a day of adventure on Moorea with Albert Tours, all I know is the itinerary said to show up at 8:50, get in the truck and have fun.
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00:52-01:00 KARL: Alright, so today we are going on ATV Tours so we are gonna start from Cook’s Base, we’re gonna ride into Cook’s Base and we’re gonna use the, this off road here.
01:01-01:09 Music rolls, while they ride ATV’s
01:10- 01:12 KARL: So here is the Victoria Pineapple.
01:13-01:13 JON: It’s smaller.
01:14-01:25 KARL: Yes, it’s smaller than the Hawaiian pineapple but sweeter, uh. That’s why the only thing we grow here on this island. So the Victoria is originally come from Brazil, it was also introduced here.
01:26-01:32 Music rolls, footage of pineapple and ATV riding
01:33-01:41 KARL: Alright, so here you guys you can see coffee beans, this is arabica coffee. So, arabica is one of the best coffee in the worlds.
01:42-01:43 JON: You got your pineapple in the morning; you got your coffee in the morning. You’ve got your morning covered here.
01:44-01:45 KARL: Yep.
01:46-01:49 Music rolls, footage of ATV riding
01:50-01:55 JON: So we’re taking a little break here, Karl’s off trying to find avocado’s cuz apparently there’s some pigs up there and pigs like avocado’s.
01:56-01:57 ATV riding to pigs
01:58:02:01 JON: Hey piggies! (laughs) Oh, that’s the guy.
02:02-02:06 KARL: Oh yeah, he’s the man. So you have one male for all the females, so he’s pretty happy here.
02:07-02:15 JON: Come here sweetie, come here sweetie, come here, there ya go.
02:16-02:19 Pig snorts at camera
02:20-02:24 JON: That one really eats it quick (laughs)
02:25-02:40 Footage of riding ATV through mud and water, laughter.
02:41-02:49 KARL: We are going to go all the way to the top of the mountain over there, it’s called Magic Mountain lookout point, so over there we are gonna have a 360 degrees lookout.
02:50-02:57 JON: I can’t believe the variety of stuff we’ve already seen on this island, all the fruits, and the coffee beans, and you just pulled that off, like, randomly.
02:58-03:00 KARL: Yeah, that’s a passion fruits, that’s why we call this place paradise!
03:01-03:04 JON: (laughs) that’s a good reason, in our country you’ve gotta pay for everything.
03:05-03:07 KARL: Here, no, organic means free!
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03:22-03:26 JON: You guys run great tours, we saw a little bit of everything today, we saw pineapple, we saw lime, we saw leche, we saw pigs.
03:27-03:29 KARL: Oh yes, you know, we are very lucky, uh?
03:30-03:35 JON: You get to make magic happen for all these visitors from all over the world. What’s your favorite thing about your job?
03:36-03:49 KARL: Oh you know I like to see people, I like to show people how beautiful is my island, you know? And I really like my job, you know, because we have beautiful island, and I like to show you my island, yeah?
03:50-03:59 Aerial views of beaches
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04:03-04:19 Strolling musical group on beach, Hawata Trio, playing ukuleles and singing
04:20-04:28 JON: Our Moorea Hotel is the Intercontinental Resort and Spa, and this place is amazing. It screams Tahiti, and when I envision a hotel in Tahiti, this is what I picture.
04:29-04:36 LAURENT: It’s actually the biggest property on the island of Moorea, so you have a lot of different areas on the property, it’s like a small village, a little bit.
04:37-04:41 JON: It is a small village, and you have your own little thatch huts all over the place, right on the water.
04:42-04:50 LAURENT: Exactly, you know so you have 4 different categories. The beach bungalow, the over water bungalow, totally over the water, we all like those kind of rooms of course.
04:51-05:00 JON: Now we’ve stayed at a lot of hotels, and this one is very unique to me. My favorite thing about this property I can actually swim from your beautiful pool area straight to my room and just crawl up.
05:01-05:10 Music rolls, while Jon swims to his bungalow, then jumps in the water
05:11-05:12 JON: You also have some live entertainment that we are going to check out later on.
05:13-05:24 LAURENT: Dancing, Tahitian show, as we can, you are sitting on the beach with the buffet on your back of course, the fire dance show.
05:25-05:42 footage of fire dancers, and Tahitian dancers
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05:45-05:49 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we visit the largest archeologist site in the Pacific Ocean.
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05:53-05:57 Music plays, Jon riding in vehicle
05:58-06:06 JON: We’ve just taken a short flight on Air Tahiti from Moorea to Huahine. We’re with Paul, and we gonna talk story about the largest archeological site in the entire Pacific Ocean.
06:07-06:31 PAUL: Well we are in Maiva village here on Huahine, and as you said, it’s the largest archeological site; it’s a huge habitation site, and the largest in the Pacific Ocean. It’s an area that expands over a kilometer in width and has the densest concentration of sites in the South Pacific. What we’re looking at here is actually is an alter and these stones right here are backrests for seats.
06:32-06:38 Music rolls, with footage of site being explored by Jon and Paul
06:39-07:07 PAUL: Well there’s obviously a lot of different vegetation we’re seeing as we wander. This is, uh, happens to be pineapple. And it’s kind of interesting the modern Tahitian language because the first Europeans that came spoke English, and they brought metal, tools and new plants, there’s a lot of words in the Tahitian language that actually come from English, like pineapple, pinapo. And as we go up the hill we will see vanilla, vanilla, or hammer, hamre. Or fry pan, fripani. So the head club was replaced by the fry pan, fripani.
07:08-07:09 JON: (laughs) Fripani!
07:10-07:16 Music rolls while they stroll through site
07:17-07:35 PAUL: As I mentioned earlier, this is over a kilometer wide and it’s just one huge site so this small area here, this is just a very small portion of the 5,6,7 percent of what’s on this hill. So this area that’s kind of cleared back has been restored by Dr Siyoto and it is called teyana, which is the traditional land name.
07:36-07:37 JON: So families would live in something like this?
07:38-07:55 PAUL: It’s really hard to say, this is actually, this terrace we’re on here was a house site, and there was a rectangular building, and actually these stones here correspond with, to where there would have been a wall, so the wall would have been built flush inside and the stone keeps out the mud, the rain and the erosion.
07:55-08:01 Music while they walk through site
08:02-08:04 JON: This is awesome!
08:05-08:07 PAUL: Oh it’s probably, well to me it is the most beautiful mauri in all of Polynesia.
08:08-08:09 JON: This is just spectacular!
08:09-08:18 PAUL: It’s one this everybody says when they come to this island is it’s so lush, and the variation, or the variety of vegetation is so mind blowing.
08:19-08:20 JON: It really is.
08:21-08:24 Music while they walk through site
08:25-08:31 PAUL: What you see here are 8 back rests, so as we said how there are 8 royal lines, and there is 8 back rests.
08:32-08:33 JON: So this would be the first son? You said that I got to be the first son.
08:34-08:35 PAUL: Then you get to sit here.
08:36-08:37 JON: Ok, so this is mine.
08:38-08:41 PAUL: And then you have got the alter ahead of you, or in front of you, of this incredible banyan tree.
08:42-08:48 JON: What a great tour, this is such a pleasant surprise here at the largest archeological site in the entire Pacific, right here.
08:49-08:58 PAUL: Well Jon, it’s still very much a hidden treasure, I mean even people that have grown up in Tahiti aren’t really aware of the fact that these sites are here on Huahine, but this place puts a big smile on my face.
08:59-09:02 JON: Mauru-uru. Nice to meet you.
09:02-09:03 PAUL: You too.
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09:09-09:10 Next Stop logo flashes across screen NEXT STOP TAHITI
09:16 JON: Most of us have really stressed out lives, especially if you live in the hustle bustle of a city. Well, if you wanna come and really chill out, come to Huahine, and come to the Te Tiare Resort, this place is so chill and beautiful Rudy, thanks for having us.
RUDY: Well, pleasure to have you guys on board here and really, you wanna feature Huahine and the people, this island is magical. It’s not like Bora Bora, or Moorea, where there’s a lot of business and entertainment and things like that. The people that enjoy this place, you mentioned it Jon, it’s the quietness, it’s the tranquility, we have uh, coral and fish here on our over water bungalows, below them actually, that you can’t find in any other part of the island.
10:02 JON: Now you built this place, right? This was your inspiration? What inspired you to build a property like this so kind of tucked away, you have to get here by boat, you can’t even get here by car.
RUDY: Well this was all jungle Jon, just total jungle. You could barely land here. This beach was natural, which was one of the things I liked about it.
10:22 JON: Your property gets you back to just this peace and serenity, and I love the gardens, and your staff is wonderful, so thank you very much for having us here.
RUDY: Well enjoy it while you are here.
JON: How can we not!
RUDY: OK, thank you.
JON: Thank you.
10:33 Music by Te Tiare Boys
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10:46 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we feed the fish on Huahine.
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10:53 JON: The word tattoo originated in Tahiti. The legend of Tohu, the god of tattoo, describes painting the ocean’s fish in beautiful colors and patterns. In Polynesian culture, tattoos have long been considered a sign of beauty, and in earlier times were ceremoniously applied when reaching adolesence. And speaking of youth, over half the population of 200,000 in Tahiti is under the age of 20.
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11:18 JON: We’re kicking off our day of play in Huahine with lunch on the beach and jet skis, right on!
11:28 PARKA: We make the plates.
11:33 JON: We’ve got a plate, and I didn’t help at all (laughs)
PARKA: This is the huero in Tahiti, huero.
JON: Huero.
PARKA: Huero.
JON: Breadfruit.
PARKA: Breadfruit.
11:49 JON: It’s like a big, giant glob of bread.
JON: Wow, that smells good.
PARKA: Just push. You push now.
JON: Oh, then you do the coconut shavings.
PARKA: Tuna is the fish.
JON: And some limes.
PARKA: Limes, salt.
JON: And some salt.
PARKA: And cook the fish.
JON: I’m gonna guess you are going to squeeze that and get the milk out of it.
FLOHR: You squeeze it.
12:13 JON: I’m gonna squeeze it.
FLOHR: Yeah.
JON: Okay.
FLOHR: So if you guys want some raw fish, just call Jon, the chief.
ALL: Mmmmm.
12:16 JON: We had a killer lunch
FLOHR: Yeah.
JON: Mauru-uru.
FLOHR: Mauru-uru.
JON: Now’s the time for the action.
FLOHR: Jet skis
JON: Alright.
FLOHR: Rock and roll, uh?
JON: Do your thing brother.
12:44 FLOHR: OK so this is the map, this is Huahine, that’s where are. Actually there’s two islands, so we got the big island that we call Huahine nui, nui means big in tahitian. And Huahine iti, on the right side Huahine iti means small. Ok, so we are gonna pass under the bridge that separate the two island, and then we’re gonna go all the way to the east side, and go back to the north to see the pearl farm.
Jet ski footage
13:31 JON: Tahitian pearls are famous all over the world. Well, as were riding our jet skis around the water, I saw this little like hut, or house, just like sitting in the middle of the water. It’s a pearl farm.
13:44 JON Tell us about Tahitian pearls.
CANDY: Yes, we start with a little explanation. The first thing, the oyster who gives the Tahitian pearl we call the oyster the pinctada marg it’s a long name but this is the one who lives here in French Polynesia. After we take the pearl out 24 months after, and if it’s really nice it means we have a good graft and good host oyster. We can try again with the same oyster to get second pearl.
JON: And you have one on your neck right now.
CANDY: Yeah, I believe its champagne.
14:17 JON: That’s nice, I like that color. This is beautiful, and they are sold all over the world.
Jet ski footage
14:39 JON: The jet skis were awesome, and now it’s time to feed some fish, lot’s of fish. Permission to come aboard, Captain Stubing.
Footage of feeding fish
15:02 JON: We have had a fantastic day here in Huahine, Mark and his staff of Huahine Nautique, they are awesome, you guys gotta check this out. I’m gonna go back and feed the fish.
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15:16 JON: Coming up on Next Stop we island hop to world famous Bora Bora
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15:57 JON: Bloody Mary’s located on Bora Bora is one of the most famous establishments in all of Tahiti. Tonight for Next Stop they brought in some live music and fresh catch of the day.
16:09 JON: It takes a lot to keep a bar around, and a restaurant around 30 years much less on an island as isolated as Tahiti, but these guys have done it at Bloody Mary’s.
RICK: The secret in Bloody Mary’s is very very simple I mean try to have your ambiance, keep the fish fresh, the beer cold, try and charge a reasonable price, cuz it’s an expensive destination.
JON: Well you also have some amazing staff around, I saw Olivia giving the rundown of the fresh catch of the day coming in, that’s pretty cool.
RICK: Olivia’s only been with us about a dozen years, come on, speaks  languages, portugese, italian, spanish, french, english, things like this, and she’s prettier than I.
16:45 JON: There are so many choices. I don’t even know where to start.
OLIVIA: Ok, everything is grilled just right there. Teriyaki beef and a shrimp kabob, crab cooked with a garlic cream sauce, and also you can have lobster, cut in the middle and grilled on the barbeque. And my favorite fish is a swordfish, broadbill, deep, deep water, grill it tender, and oahu, iono.
17:12 JON: So this morning my buddy Rudy now, my new friend Rudy on Huahine said ‘You gotta go to Bloody Mary’s and say hi to Rick’ it’s famous all over the place.
RICK: Word of mouth is the best, there is nothing quite like it.
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17:35 JON: We’ve stayed at some gorgeous properties here on Tahiti, and the Sofitel on Bora Bora is no exception.
PHILIPPE: Most of your hotel are remote too, which you need to take a shuttle to go to the islands, or to go out from the islands. But here we are on the mainland, means the guests can go out easily, for shopping, for tour, for walking, for jogging.
17:54 JON: The bungalows look like they should just blow away in the wind, but they’re very sturdy. What are they made of, and how do the roofs stay on?
PHILIPPE: The roof are made with a vegetable we call it a pamenoose. It means that when you are living on the island of Bora Bora every hotel is a got the same roof, same roof, a vegetable roof.
18:10 JON: My favorite thing is the glass bottom in the room. You can literally ride and paddle your canoe right underneath your own room.
18:22 JON: I want to thank you very much for having us here.
PHILIPPE: It’s a pleasure.
JON: We love your property, we are going to go hang out and enjoy the rest of our time.
PHILIPPE: Don’t forget to look at the show.
JON: Oh, of course
PHILIPPE: It’s a pleasure.
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18:35 JON: It’s 9:00 in the morning on Bora Bora, and it’s shark feeding time, it’s time to feed the sharks! My question is, as they swarm around right now, what are we feeding them?
18:39 JON: Morona, I’ve never fed the sharks before, this is a new experience for me (laughs)
MORONA: (Laughs) That’s good.
JON: You laugh like that, whats…
MORONA: I’m impressed with all the people.
JON: Do we stay on the boat, or do we go inside the water?
MORONA: We go inside the water with them, look at them.
19:02 JON We do?
JON: Uh, OK.
19:12 JON: The sharks are surrounding the boat right now, theres hundreds of them. There’s big manta rays below my feet, and tons of butterfish right here.
19:34 JON: So we’ve fed the sharks, we fed the fish, and now we are feeding the sting rays, wow.
MORONA: You have to feed from the eyes, see the eyes please, the hole?
JON: They eat it through their eyes?
MORONA: Yeah, you feed from the mouth they are gonna get it, but they don’t have teeth, they only like have the whole gum. From the eyes.
JON: Here we go.
20:03 JON They suck it in through their eyes!
20:37 JON: Well the fish got fed, so now it’s our turn.
20:51 JON: Another near perfect day on Tahiti. When you come to Bora Bora, make sure and hook up with my new buddy Morona, he’ll help you make amazing memories, like he did for us today.
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21:29 JON: Mauru-uru for tuning in to Next Stop, from Tahiti. A gorgeous country rich with culture and activities, and the people, so warm and inviting. Merci Beaucoup to our Tahiti show sponsors, Air France, and Jonathan and his staff at Tahiti Tourism for putting together an awesome itinerary. Also thanks to our Title Sponsor and good friends Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines visa signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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21:56 KARL: Here is the pineapple plantations
22:00 JON: (Laughs) Did you get that? Alright. Works better without the break on, is that how it works? OK.
22:14 JON No way, I lost this card in Maui and we are in Tahiti, I found it Susan!


Next Stop: Alaska

Fur Rondy, Dog Mushing, Running of the Reindeer, Snowball Sport (yukigassen), Double Musky, Alyeska Resort, Captain Cook, Alaska Ariel Views, Woodrow @ Humpy’s



00:00-00:04 JON: Hi I’m Jon Olson, welcome to Next Stop from Iditarod nation!
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00:16-00:35 JON: We’re in downtown Anchorage Alaska, at the starting point of the Mardi Gras of dog sled racing, the 39th annual Iditarod. The teams are making their way out of Anchorage on their way to Nome, but we’re going to stick around and participate in Fur Rondy events. We’ll also bring you the local music of Woodrow, and we’ll take you outside of Anchorage to a world class ski resort. All this and more on Next Stop, the fun starts now!
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00:43-01:23 JON: Dog sled racing, or dog sled mushing is truly a culture for those involved in the sport. Kent here, is not only involved in the sport, but you are a true road warrior. You drove all the way up here from Michigan?
KENT: Correct.
JON: How long did that take you?
KENT: Six days of icy roads, snow, you name it, it’s on the road.
JON: Describe the whole culture behind dog sled racing and tell us about the different types of dog sled racing.
KENT: There is many types of racing but generally what we are familiar with is the sprint racing where the dogs run a faster pace, shorter distance, and then the iditarod which is more famous, longer distance racing, shorter speed.
01:24-01:39 JON: Walk us through what you do to harness the dogs up, get ready for the race.
KENT: The dogs, we take them on a dog collar, put the harnesses on them and then we will connect them to the gang line, and once they are connected say ‘Alright’ and we’re gone.
01:56-02:17 JON: Well the dogs and the mushers are on their way from Anchorage to Nome, and our Fur Rondy festivities day just is getting started with some vintage snow machines. Next, I get to dive in with the locals for a snowball fight, then I’m going to run with the reindeer. We’ll end our day at a very colorful miners and trappers ball, going to be a great day loaded with lots of activities, we’re going to have a lot of fun. After all, this is Mardi Gras for Anchorage!
02:23-02:51 JON: I’m with Chris and Craig and we’re going to learn about vintage snow machines. My first question guys, how old does it have to be to be considered vintage?
CHRIS: It has to be older than 84, no springer front ends.
JON: So what’s this, you guys all get together and bring out the old vintage snow machines, so how did this come about?
CHRIS: Well vintage snowmobiling has really taken a turn and coming back alive again. Craig here has done a great job of getting it organized here in Alaska again, and putting on races and stuff, and digging all this stuff out of the barn and putting it together and going out and having a great time with it, it’s become a great spectator sport.
02:56-03:29 JON: Pretty cool seeing you out there having fun today, this is kinda fun, how long you been riding this bad boy?
ANTHONY: I think 2 years.
JON: This is like NASCAR car or something. How many sponsors do you have man?
ANTHONY: More than 11, I can’t count them all.
JON: So you race? This is what you do for your job?
JON: Does that mean you make money doing this thing too?
JON: What advise would you give kids who want to get involved in riding snowmobiles, or snow machines?
ANTHONY: Ask your parents, get money.
JON: And then if you are really good like this guy, get sponsors and make your own money and get your own machines, right?
03:35-03:56 JON: So this is pretty much vintage snow machine heaven right here, these three captured my eye, and this one is yours
JON: tell us about this one.
KEITH: Its a 1968 Bolens Theable Rouge made by FMC corporation.
JON: We’re having a blast, we’re off to a snowball fight right now with the locals.
KEITH: Giddyup.
JON: Thanks man.
KEITH: I’ll do my snow thing right here.
JON: Perfect, I’ll see you later
KEITH: Alright.
04:01-04:24 JON: I grew up in snow country and of course we had snowball fights all the time, but they are taking it to a new level here at the Fur Rondy today. We’re going to be participating in yukigassen, which is some pretty serious stuff, I see helmets over there, Carrie, what is yukigassen?
CARRIE: Yukigassen is japanese for snow battle, and it’s a sport that started about 20 years ago. It’s a combination of dodgeball, paintball with snowballs, and a lot of fun.
04:37-04:41 JON: Oh god, that was quick.
04:53-04:58 MARC: You play capture the flag as a kid, and snow ball fights as a kid, and this is a perfect combination of both.
05:05-05:19 JON: We don’t have a costume for tonight’s ball, but I did pick up some moose antlers for the running of the reindeer, maybe they will think I am one of them and they won’t trample me? It’s total pandemonium down here, we have some amazing costumes, far exceeded what we expected and the race is about to start.
05:47-06:04 JON: Well that was a lot of fun, the closest I’ve ever gotten to a reindeer, in downtown Anchorage, what a cool event. Coming up? The Miners and Trappers ball. We’re at the Miners and Trappers Ball kicking it off with the beard contest, later we have a costume contest and there are some mighty colorful people in the room tonight.
06:11-06:39 JON: This is a very important festival to the state to Alaska, and of course Anchorage, tell us why.
SUSAN: In the beginning it was a time for the miners and trappers to come back to town and kind of replenish their supplies and trade their goods, and just get together and celebrate the beginning of the end of winter.
JON: Tell us what you happened last night to bring all this snow in.
SUSAN: Well we closed down the streets, there are miles of snow fencing that go up and truckloads of snow that come in, and what other city bring snow into the streets?
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06:43-06:47 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, this, enough said. Stick around.
06:51-08:20 Alaska has some of the most stunning scenery in the world and the best way to see it is by air. That’s what we are about to do with Alpine Air.
ANDREW: So this is our valley that we live in, GirdwoodValley, we kind of have mountains all the way around us. Most of the peaks that you see up to the north here are about 6, 7 thousand feet.
JON: Look at these fresh tacks over here, these guys…
ANDREW: Heli skiing
JON: Heli skiing, sweet. So Andrew I was born and raised in South Dakota, the great plains state, and this looks a lot like the landscape in the great plains of South Dakota.
ANDREW: Not so much.
JON: Not so much, this is incredible, where are we right now?
ANDREW: We are on a frozen lake in front of Colony Glacier, so this is an active glacier that is coming down out of the mountains, you know you are looking at probably about 150 feet of ice but it probably goes under the water another 200 feet.
JON: It looks so surreal, it does not look real. And especially this formation, as it drops down it looks like jewelry, this looks like jewelry.
ANDREW: It’s very, very dense ice and umm, the great time about this time of the year is that if you get here in the summer time it is very blue in appearance as well, but this time of year, to me it just seems so much bluer.
08:28-08:40 JON: Oh my gosh, that is incredible.
ANDREW: The first time I flew over this place I thought man, this could be another planet.
JON: It looks like another planet!
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09:03-09:14 JON: In May of 1778 Captain Cook supposedly entered the Cook Inlet only to find that the inlet did not connect to Prince William Sound. He was forced to turn around, and the area today is known as Turn Again Arm.
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09:22-11:18 JON: When you come to Anchorage, If you want the true Alaskan experience,I highly recommend you stay at the Captain Cook, Chris, thanks for having us man.
CHRIS: Not a problem.’
JON: You guys have gone through some changes here recently.
CHRIS: Yeah, actually we did a total renovations of the bedrooms, so we did new beds, new bedding, new duvets, new artwork, lamps and all flat screen televisions throughout the hotel.
JON: So lets talk about the location of the Cook, its right in downtown Anchorage, you’ve got the view of the mountains, its just spectacular.
CHRIS: Yeah, we are very blessed, we are right in the heart of downtown Anchorage, right between 4th and 5th avenue, 6 miles away from the airport so I always joke that we are kind of an airport property with a downtown location. It’s a 5 minute drive so its not too bad.
JON: Your athletic club is awesome. And its actually for locals too, right?
CHRIS: It is, so the athletic club is, its a separate mens and womens, with coed facilities. We went through quite a bit of renovations, we did new cardio equipment with their own personalized televisions, and we also went with new weights.
JON: Nice. And your restaurants, you’ve got a few different restaurant choices, this one is pretty nice.
CHRIS: This is fine dining, The Crows Nest is one of the only 4 diamond award winning restaurants in Alaska, so its a very unique place where you get 360 degree views of the entire city.
JON: So what do  you think the biggest secret is about Alaska in general, but Anchorage too?
CHRIS: I would say the biggest secret is that for the world, most people think that Alaska is in the summer is cold, its beautiful here, our temperature is 65 to 70 degrees.
JON: In the wintertime it might be a little cold outside, but look how crystal clear it is, its just beautiful.
CHRIS: Yeah, these are rare days, they say in the summer everybody comes up to see Denali and Mt McKinley, in the summer 80% of the visitors don’t get to see it  because of weather but in the winter time you have the northern lights, you have Denali is open like this.March is one of the most sunny months we have in Alaska and Anchorage.
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11:28-12:50 JON: When I facebooked that next Stop was coming to Alaska, several people contacted me and said you’ve got to check out the Double Musky Inn, in Girdwood. Well here we are, lets go see why. You guys were named one of the top 10 restaurants in America by the food network?
JON: That’s pretty killer.
JUSTIN: Yep, we were honored with that back in 2000 by Jill Cordes of the ‘Best Of’ show on the food network
JON: So your food must be pretty darn special.
JUSTIN: Its all about the food.
JON: Its all about the steaks here from what I understand.
JUSTIN: Yes, we’re a cajun infused steakhouse with fresh alaskan seafood. Duke’s throwing on our signature dish, the french pepper steak.
JON: Where do you guys get your beef?
JUSTIN: We get Iowa corn fed, the best beef in America.
JON: Nice.
JUSTIN: We get the best beef in the state brought to us, but that is what we are all about, high quality ingredients, timeless classics.
JON: Well lets go back 25 years, because this is in your family, You were raised above this building, on the second floor?
JUSTIN: I grew up upstairs and learned everything there is to know about the restaurant biz, and they turned it into what is today the Double Musky.
JON: Our friends at Alpine Air said ‘You’ve got to check out their wine cellar’
JUSTIN: Oh yeah. Yep, we’ve got the wine cellar to back up the food.
JON: I’d love to see it, let’s check it out.
12:54-13:18 JON: Well this is impressive.
JUSTIN: Yes, this is the Double Musky wine cellar. I personally hand select all of them, I taste every wine and I choose them, and I put them away as well.
JON: We have a variety of things you are going to put out for us tonight, what do you suggest we have with our steaks?
JUSTIN: Definitely an Austalian shiraz, and one of my all time favorites, Two Hands.
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13:34-13:38 JON: When Next Stop returns, my buddy Brian and I tackle big mountain skiing at the Alyeska ski resort.
13:41-14:03 JON: Alaska is by far the biggest state in the country, almost 570,000 square miles. It’s got the most coastline of any state in America and it is about 2 point 3 times the state of Texas. Anchorage is the biggest city in the state, which means there is a lot to see and do here. On your next trip to Alaska, when visiting Anchorage check out the visitor information center, they will help you plan your trip. It’s located in downtown Anchorage at 4th and F, and its the log cabin-you cant miss it!
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14:07-14:14 JON: Today we’re hitting the road to Girdwood, Alaska, less than an hour away from Anchorage and home of Alaska’s only year round full service resort, the Alyeska Resort.
14:25-15:54 JON: Just a short drive from Anchorage, here at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood and about 10 years ago I was here, but a lot has changed, right Sandy?
SANDY: It has, we have a new owner, he loves to ski, he loves food and wine, and this place has really come alive in the last 5 years.
JON: You don’t feel like you are even in the 50 states here, this has a really kind of Asian, you know, European feel to it.
SANDY: You know, the original owners who built the hotel, The Tram, were actually from Japan and there is so much influence still, but right now what we have done with this place which has gone through a huge remodel, is bring Alaska indoors. We brought the organic side, the nature, wilderness, we brought colors, Alaskan art, its actually a really fantastic public space.
JON: It doesn’t get any more full service than this, how many restaurants do you guys have?
SANDY: We run eight restaurants, everything from a casual coffee shop all the way to 4 diamond, Seven Glaciers.
JON: Now I was reading you had a sushi bar.
SANDY: Its called Sakura and Sushi bar, It has everything from wagyu beef to hand rolled sushi.
JON: Now I remember the pool area being just so special, I never forgot it, what is it about the pool area down there that is so unique?
SANDY: The pool space itself is gorgeous, which I think helps greatly. But its a salt water pool, so you are dealing with less chemicals, less chlorine, its wonderful. In the hot tub, its the views.
JON: So when I think of full service resorts I think of spas, I’m a total spa guy. In fact, earlier today I checked out your spa and had one of the most unique treatments I’ve ever had, check this out.
15:55-16:39 JILL: The treatment that we are doing on Jon today is the thai bolus treatment, it is a treatment that incorporates lavender and sea salts. It’s very relaxing, and we follow the lines or the meridians within the body for total relaxation. When you are working with the meridians within the body it is very relaxing but then it also can be theraputic as well.
SANDY: So how was that spa appointment?
JON: It was incredible. I could barely get off the table. Jill said that when she first had it, within 6 minutes she was asleep and couldn’t get off the table, I had a hard time getting off the table, but I did and here I am, and I’ve got my mutton legs on me now and I’m ready to tackle the slopes.
SANDY: Well that’s great, I’ve got our Mountain Services Manager and he’s going to take you up the tram, you’ll have a great time up there.
16:40-17:25 Brian: Isn’t Glacier Valley awesome? I mean, its made up of multiple drainages from Glacier Creek, Winter Creek, California Creek and Crow Creek, spectacular glacier vistas,  mountains going up 5,000 feet everywhere.
JON: This is not a bad backdrop for your job for everyday
BRIAN: It is an awesome backdrop to wake up to.
JON: Lets talk about the mountain, because it looks pretty darn vertical as we are heading straight up right now.
BRIAN: Alyeska has a wealth of terrain for people to experience. We have one of the longest continuous double black diamond runs in North America, but we also have got a great selection of intermediate and even entry level terrain.
17:43-18:17 JON: Brian had to get back to work but I’m not through with this mountain yet, I’m going to go check out Seven Glaciers restaurant. One of my favorite things about a day after the ski hill is Apres Skiing, or after skiing. This stands out after skiing!
JASON: Oh yeah, you gotta have the king crab in Alaska, so we have the king crab legs poached in a little butter, a little citrus butter sear and a little meyer lemon to go with that.
JON: Cheers.
JASON: Cheers.
JON: I dig that restaurant, and I love this mountain, it is extreme and world class, as is the resort. Next stop? See you back in Anchorage!
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18:24-18:29 JON: Coming up, voted best singer in Anchorage Jared Woods and his band Woodrow, at Humpys.
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18:33-18:38 JON: Live music is alive and well at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse in downtown Anchorage. On tap, Woodrow.
19:06-19:31 JON: Voted best singer in Anchorage, Jared Woods is our musical guest on this episode of Next Stop, and Woodrow. Let’s talk about your band Woodrow, first of all what is the name all about, what’s Woodrow?
JARED: Well the name started out actually as a nickname that a couple of buddies gave me, and then when I was trying to find a name for this band I heard that Woodrow was one of the names that they thought of naming Anchorage before they voted on a name.
JON: Really?
JARED: Yeah, so I thought aw, that kind of works.
19:52- JARED: The bands been playing together now for about 9 years, and we play here at Humpys on a regular basis every Thursday night right now.
JON: What a cool club. Humpys is such an awesome place.
JARED: Fantastic, yeah.
JON: This is like the Cheers of Anchorage, isn’t it?
JARED: Yeah, yeah, and I can point out Norm and Cliff if you want me to.
JON: But the food, so many beers on tap, and great live music.
JARED: Absolutely, yeah.
JON: Your music has been mentioned in the same venue as John Lennon, what’s it like to have your name mentioned with Jon Lennon?
JARED: It’s great. I’m not sure who said that, but thank you to them.
JON: I read it somewhere
BOTH: Laughter
20:38 JON: Nancy travelled all the way from Juneau just to see Woodrow at Humpys tonight.
NANCY: They are good friends of Alaskan Brewing and we are so thrilled to find out they were going to be here tonight, so its an extra pleasant surprise to have them.
JON: So you didn’t travel all the way just to see Woodrow, your also here for the start of the Iditarod.
NANCY: No, the Iditarod. I have to admit I am an Iditarod junkie, and so this gives me a good reason to participate, you know there is nothing that captures the Alaskan Spirit like the Iditarod
and beer goes well with it!
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21:25-21:52 JON: Thanks for tuning in to Next Stop from the gorgeous 49th state of Alaska. Wintertime is a great time to come here with all the activities around the Iditarod and Fur Rondy, and if you are looking for a world class ski resort, the Alyeska ski resort is perfect for you and your family. Thanks also to our new friends here in Alaska, we had a great time making this show and you were all a big part of it. Thanks also to our title sponsors Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines visa signature card for your partnership. See you next time on Next Stop. Where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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