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You don't have to run the Honolulu Marathon to see these cool island sights

Maybe you don’t feel like running in the Dec. 13 Honolulu Marathon. We don’t blame you, but you will miss out on some spectacular sights along the course.

Or will you?

The 26.2-mile course begins near the resorts of Waikiki, then winds through downtown Honolulu before making its way past Diamond Head and along the beach-studded coast to the community of Hawaii Kai.

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When it rains, it pours, which is why you might need a poncho for your purse

In a downpour, what are the chances that your umbrella will keep both you and your handbag dry?

That's the concept behind the Handbag Raincoat, a kind of poncho for your purse (or briefcase) that slips over the straps and bag.

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Want to skipper a Jungle Cruise boat? Now you can -- for a price

Sailing aboard the Jungle Cruise, Brian Alters picks up the microphone and delivers a timeworn comedic spiel amid the lush vegetation of the Nile River.

“I’d like to point out some of the rare plants we have here,” says Alters, randomly pointing at foliage along the river banks. “There’s some, there’s some and there’s some. They’re all the same genus of species: plasticus fakus.”

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Deal: Free boat ride, mini golf, ice cream when you visit Catalina Island on your birthday

My friend Mary Pickert of Highland Park recently visited Catalina Island for the first time to celebrate her birthday.

"Because it was my birthday, I got a wealth a freebies -- from the boat ride there and back, to a visit to the botanical gardens, a hike (of course), free ice cream and a free round of mini-golf," she shared with friends on Facebook.

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Get ready for twangers (LeAnn Rimes, Merle Haggard), ropers and riders at Las Vegas' rodeo finals

You know it’s rodeo time in Las Vegas when casino cocktail waitresses swap their skimpy costumes for flannel shirts and blue jeans.

Thousands of cowboys and cowgirls will saddle up their pickups for the drive to southern Nevada for the National Finals Rodeo on Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas. Many of the finest rodeo competitors will be riding and roping in pursuit of big cash prizes.

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8 car games -- slightly updated -- for your Thanksgiving road trip

Here are eight games for that car trip you’re taking this Thanksgiving weekend; they may appeal to a slightly older crowd that is, perhaps, a bit more cynical than a 6-year-old and is also interested in traveling, beyond being held captive in the family car.

Some are a freshening of old standbys—the Alphabet Game, Team Storytelling—and others are unique to California.

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