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  • Aerodynamic Aviation
    AeroDynamic Aviation co-owner and chief pilot Zdravko took his first flight at the ripe old age of 2 weeks. As his baby eyes looked out the window of the DC-3 airliner, watching the houses grow smaller and smaller and the clouds become his companions, the idea of flight bored itself into his mind. Zdravko has now racked up more than 7,000 flight hours?most of them as a flight instructor?and completed taildragger and acrobatics training with Amelia Reid, a pioneer of female flying and the 1960 founder of the location's original flight school. Together with his fellow FAA-certified instructors, Zdravko shares his passion for flight via sport, private, commercial, and aerobatics training. The staff is dedicated to educating pilots on tailwheel aircraft and teaching true stick-and-rudder flying, which is much more reliable than using leather reins attached to each wing.
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    70 Mortensen Avenue
    Salinas, CA US
  • Sea Otter Classic
    Inaugurated in 1991 as a 350-athlete competitive summit, the Sea Otter Classic has blossomed into a sprawling event with more than 50,000 spectators, 10,000 cyclists, and 300 vendors peddling bikes and gear with demos and samples of new products. Situated within Laguna Seca, the festival draws amateur and professional athletes into competitive mountain- and road-bike races, and recreational cyclists behold Monterey County's striking vistas in three Gran Fondo routes. Children's bike events plant the seeds for the next generation of cyclists with a skill-developing play zone and friendly races.
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    1021 Monterey Salinas Highway
    Salinas, CA US
  • National Steinbeck Center
    What can a single human build with just his words? In the case of John Steinbeck, the answer to that question is an entire museum. Located in the Nobel-Prize-winning author's hometown of Salinas, California, the National Steinbeck Center immortalizes the author's writing with three-dimensional exhibits that show how Steinbeck championed the human spirit. Size: interactive exhibit spaces, rotating galleries, and seven exhibits based on the author's famous and lesser-known works Eye Catcher: Steinbeck's real camper from his travelogue Travels with Charley: In Search of America Don't Miss: personal belongings from the Steinbeck family Crown Jewels: journals and artifacts that inspired East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men Special Programs: panel discussions with filmmakers and other artists; a weekly book club; a sudden desire to re-write your middle school English paper
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    1 Main St.
    Salinas, CA US
  • Valley Center Bowl
    Though still the same game at heart, the bowling competitions at Valley Center Bowl take on a sci-fi spin. The center's 30 lanes use flat-screen televisions to report bowlers' scores, play 3-D graphics, and display a digital clock counting down to the robot uprising. During events such as the Rock-N-Bowl, black and colorful lights dance along the walls and floors while videos pour from six 42-inch screens. Electronic entertainment coaxes visitors away from the lanes an into a newly remodeled, 3,200-square-foot redemption arcade that sits beside the Lazer Frenzy laser maze. Recently renovated with comfortable seating and flat-panel screens, Monterey Lanes entices bowlers of all ages to strive for a perfect 300 score while enjoying good company and crisp refreshments from the cocktail lounge. Weekend glow bowling and an onsite arcade keep gamers amused, and the pro shop caters to more serious bowlers. Monterey Lanes routinely lends its slick surfaces to charity events, such as Bowl Over Breast Cancer.
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    1081 S Main St
    Salinas, CA US
  • AeroDynamic Aviation - San Jose
    Founded in 1960, AeroDynamic Aviation has had plenty of time to amass a fleet of small planes. In addition, its instructors have similarly acquired tons of experience flying every type of vehicle. Where many flight schools might have a fleet limited to a Cessna or two, AeroDynamic Aviation offers the opportunity to fly Citabrias, Decathlons, and Aeronca Champs. During lessons, students learn to maneuver through takeoff, climbs, and straight-and-level flight, eventually graduating to advanced moves such as steep turns and outracing dragons.
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    70 Mortensen Avenue
    Salinas, CA US
  • AeroDynamic Aviation - San Jose
    Founded in 1960, AeroDynamic Aviation has had plenty of time to amass a fleet of small planes. In addition, its instructors have similarly acquired tons of experience flying every type of vehicle. Where many flight schools might have a fleet limited to a Cessna or two, AeroDynamic Aviation offers the opportunity to fly Citabrias, Decathlons, and Aeronca Champs. During lessons, students learn to maneuver through takeoff, climbs, and straight-and-level flight, eventually graduating to advanced moves such as steep turns and outracing dragons.
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    70 Mortensen Avenue
    Salinas, CA US

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