One of the goals we had in expanding into the great outdoors was to work more on the “Discover” part of our tagline of “Explore. Create. Discover.” There are a number of different mechanisms we’ll use to make good on that promise and the first is using electric bicycles.
Earlier this year, we acquired a fleet of 6 hybrid-electric bicycles, each bike was named after an (in)famous pirate ship. The beauty of an electric bike is that it can go anywhere a bike can go and still provide some of the convenience of a motor vehicle. These bikes have a top speed of 20 miles per hour (~30 kilometers per hour) and can last all day in pedal hybrid mode. If you’re interested in just motoring around with no pedaling, there is a 20 mile range with a 200 lb passenger. Each bike can carry up to 2 passengers comfortably and safely. No license is required for operations, though each driver is required to obey traffic laws and wear a helmet.
These bikes are available for rent at Oddyssea Outside at a rate of $25 per hour. During the month of July, we’re offering a special of rent one hour and get an additional hour free. Mention this blog post before July 31st, 2014 to access this deal!
Thursday, June 19th 5-7pm we will cut the ribbon (or in our case rope) to officially open Oddyssea Outside. This is a special event, our activities will be Terrarium Buffet, Treasure Mining in the Flume, Geode Cracking, and Powered Paper Airplane Design Studio. We’ll have some snacks and of course samples will be available from Trina’s Sweet Shoppe too.
Special dignitaries from the City of Half Moon Bay and Chamber of Commerce will be there to help us launch our new venture.
We are targeting the actual ceremony for around 5:30pm. We hope you’ll come out to help celebrate! Oddyssea Outside is located at 601 Main Street in beautiful downtown Half Moon Bay.
Tuesday, the City of Half Moon Bay Planning Council approved the “cannonball run” attraction for Oddyssea Outside. We’re grateful for all the support from the community and look forward to sharing the attraction with everyone. Yay!
Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, we will be opening the doors of our project for the first time and we will work to complete Cannonball Run over the next few weeks. We hope you come by for a visit.
If you like the idea of Oddyssea Outside we could use your help. We have a public meeting with the Planning Commission for Half Moon Bay Tuesday, June 10th at 7pm at 535 Kelly Street to review a modification to our design plan adding an attraction called “cannonball run.”
What is Cannonball Run you ask (besides a corny 1970′s movie?) It’s the world’s largest marble run and a race. There are two towers with pedal powered ball lifts that propel a cannonball (well, really an 8 pound bowling ball) 20 feet into the air and then release it to race down a series of 7 ramps. The first ball to make it to earth first is the winner. See the photo above for a bird’s eye view of the attraction.
How can you help? Well, if you’re really motivated you could show up at the Planning Commission meeting and voice your support for the project. That’s a lot to ask we realize. So, you could also draft a brief letter or email in your own words that describes why you support the project and send it in to the City of Half Moon Bay Planning Director Mr. Bruce Ambo before Friday June 5th so it can be part of the discussion on June 10th. Really, any little bit of tangible support would help us and we would appreciate it.
Regardless of the outcome on June 10th, we will be throwing open the doors on Friday the 13th of June and we’re looking forward to seeing you all there!
Crushing disappointment. That’s the best phrase we can use to describe our emotions at the moment. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be opening Oddyssea Outside this weekend. Suffice to say we know what to do and those things are being completed as quickly as possible.
So, when life hands you lemons, make some lemonade. We’re now targeting Friday the 13th for our opening, what can we say? It seems like a lucky date for an ODDyssea Outside opening.
We know folks are anxious and excited – trust us, no one is more anxious and excited than we are – and we’re sorry to have to delay. But, we are so looking forward to sharing Oddyssea Outside with you. Stay tuned!
We have been busily and silently working on this project in the garage and are now ready to share with the world. After careful study of the historical documentary “Back to the Future” we have been able to reverse engineer and replicate the Flux Capacitor to enable time travel.
While this may seem incredible, physicists have long conjectured that it is theoretically possible to jump about the dimension of time. The one fact that the documentary got wrong was the amount of power required to make such a jump of 1.21 gigawatts. Our calculations showed that this amount of energy was understated by an order of magnitude and thus we had to first find a means to generate this amount of energy. Fortunately, we were able to crack this nut by tapping into the nearly limitless supply of dark energy, the counterpart to dark matter.
So, long story short, we’ve got this thing, it’s working, and it’s for sale. Drop by the shop today for a test drive!
Spring has sprung and that means it’s time for the annual spring street fair in downtown Half Moon Bay, Rock the Block!
This year will be a little different in that the event lasts from 2pm-8pm on May 17th rather than the shorter spans in prior years. The kids area will be down in our neck of the woods and we hope to be able to share Oddyssea Outside with you by then. Stay tuned!
Everything you need to know about Rock the Block is at their website. We hope to see you at the event!
February 14th is sneaking up on us again. What to do? What to do? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with three ideas you’re not likely to see other places.
Love Letter DIY Terrarium Kit – What better way to express your feelings than to scribble them on a Love Letter capture them in a bottle with a cork, and nestle that in a Valentine’s themed terrarium? It’s a gift that provides the personal touch that will be remembered for years. Each kit includes a hand-blown tipped bowl, all the fixings and instructions to make it work, and the special Love Letter ingredients. Available in the shop or as part of the Valentine’s Day Gift Pack. Note: Make sure to purchase before February 10th to insure prompt arrival. Supplies are limited.
Shared Heart Sea Star Necklace Pair – This necklace set is in the traditional split-heart style with a sea star in each necklace as the featured performer. It’s a thoughtful and unique item to bestow upon your favorite couple. Available in the shop or as part of the Valentine’s Day Gift Pack.
Love Potion #C – This is a definite Oddyssea twist on the traditional candy for Valentine’s Day approach. It is a 16ml borosilicate test tube with assorted chocolate candies capped with a cork stopper. The candy amount is just right to say “I love you” without completely blowing up the New Year’s diet. Available in the shop or as part of the Valentine’s Day Gift Pack.
Well, there you have it. Three ideas for Valentine’s Day from Oddyssea. If you’re going to give a Valentine gift, you may as well make it interesting! We hope you and your sweetie enjoy the day however you choose to celebrate.
Hello there, in 2014 we’re going to shut down for a couple of days to enable us to catch up on some maintenance and reconfiguration work that will be required as the basis to provide a great 2014 experience.
So, when we shut the doors at 6pm January 5th, 2014 we will remain closed January 6, 7, and 8 to do this work and plan to reopen on January 9th at 10am.
We hope this doesn’t inconvenience you and hope you like the changes.
The entire Oddyssea team wishes you and yours a fantastic New Year!
A few weeks ago we were chatting with one of the visitors in the shop and he asked “What’s your mission here?” which is a somewhat unusual question (and by the way, the kind of question we most enjoy.) We gave him an answer and he said “That’s interesting. Hi, I’m Peter Finch, Evening News Anchor for KGO Radio. Would you be interested in participating in an upcoming segment I’m working on?” Of course we said yes.
About 2 weeks ago we had an appointment with Peter, he came down to the shop and we had a nice chat. He’s an engaging person full of curiosity and fun. It was an easy conversation that is the basis for the latest installment of the “Finch Files: Unusual Stores.”
Also featured is a shop in San Francisco’s Mission District called Vira Cocha, after hearing about it, we can’t wait to visit. It was new to us.
There are a couple of ways to hear this piece: 1) Tune into KGO Radio 810 AM today at 05:16, 14:16, 19:46, or 21:16 to listen to it live. 2) Cruise over to the Finch Files Archive and listen to it in pod cast format (it’s not posted yet, but will be shortly.) 3) Press play on the audio tool below and hear it live on this page.
We are really flattered that Oddyssea is one of those places that inspires people to want to share their experiences. When we started this whole epic journey, that was an outcome we hoped we would be able to achieve and we’re so happy that it’s coming to pass. After all, we want our visitors to Explore, Create, and Discover with each visit.
Thanks Peter for the wonderful piece, we hope to see you again in the future.