Best brewed mobile coffee shop names

Some more fun with coffee shop names, except this time it’s ones that are mobile instead of fixed/stationary. The mobile hops are broken down into three categories – bikes or carts/trucks, cars, or vans/trailers. My personal favorite names are shown in bold.

Please feel free to forward any suggested additions to this list. Enjoy!



  • Bike Cafe – Warsaw, Poland
  • Cafe Scooteria – Sonoma, CA
  • Mobile Barista – New York City, NY
  • NoMad Coffee Shop – Ithaca, NY
  • Peddler Coffee – New York City, NY
  • Wheelie Good Coffee – Huntsville, Ontario
  • Wheely’s Cafe – Malmo, Sweden



  • Bean About Town – London, England, UK
  • Brigade Coffee – New Orleans, LA
  • Buzzed Coffee – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Coffee Avenue – Brussels, Belgium
  • Coffee Rescue – Portage, MI
  • Coppolini – Stafa, Switzerland
  • Jitter Bus Java – Portland, OR
  • Love You a Latte – Los Angeles, CA
  • Nimble Coffee Bar – Milwaukee, WI
  • Rollin’ Roast – Charlotte, NC
  • The Coffee Bug – Warrenton, TX – where else, but in a VW bug
  • The Coffee Spot – Nashville, TN
  • The Jitter Bus – New Haven, CT
  • The Rush – San Diego, CA



  • A Latte Love – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Calle Coffee – Tucson, AZ
  • Drifter Coffee – Detroit, MI
  • Espresso Self – Wichita, KS
  • Kranken Coffee – Maui, HI
  • Mobile Mo’Joe Coffee — Asheville, NC
  • The Coffee Can – Sussex, New Brunswick


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A BOLD transit-oriented development plan


There are transit-oriented developments and then there are BOLD transit-oriented developments. Here is Traverse City, we are fortunate to have a transit agency with a bold vision for a better tomorrow – the Bay Area Transportation Authority or BATA.

Being fortunate to have sat on BATA’s Steering Committee for the Bayline, a free crosstown bus service added in 2018, I have seen firsthand how BATA is striving to provide top-notch, reliable, and sustainable transportation services to the region, as well as their vision for making the area more transit friendly.

Like so many other places, Traverse City is dealing with a housing affordability crisis, which has become more acute as the region has experienced a resort and retirement boom. While the city’s population more than doubles each workday, many of those workers must commute from places like Kingsley, Suttons Bay, Interlochen, Kalkaska, and other distant communities. This results in higher commuting costs, increased congestion, mobility issues, and parking problems.

To address these issues, the latest bold move by BATA is to work with the Traverse City Housing Commission to include a 120-unit affordable housing component as part of its newly planned operational facility and transfer station. A park & ride is also planned as part of the project. To my knowledge, this may be the first such venture in the state of Michigan and will not only create a new affordable housing option, but provide ready customers for their transit services. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

Congratulations to BATA and the Traverse City Housing Commission for formulating a groundbreaking idea here locally.



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You know you live in a starter castle when…/Sabes due vives en un castillo inicial cuando …

Note: –  first try at a completely bilingual post. Sincerest apologies if Google Translate and/or autocorrect mess up the translations. Nota: – primero prueba en una publicación completamente bilingüe. Sinceras disculpas si Google Translate y/o autocorrección estropean las traducciones.


A little fun and sarcasm. You know you live in a starter castle (or McMansion) when…

Un poco de diversión y sarcasmo. Sabes que vives en un castillo inicial (o McMansion) cuando …


  • aircraft mistake your backyard for a grass runway (see above)/la aeronave confined su patio trasero con una pista de hierba (ver arriba);
  • your property is used for marathons and triathlons/su propiedad se utilize para maratones y triatlones;


  • your driveway qualifies as a drag strip (see above)/su entrada califica como una tira de arrastre (ver arriba);
  • your home occupies two time zones/su case ocupa dos zonas horarias;
  • your home is situated in two area codes/su case está situada en dos códigos de area;
  • using the intercom means placing a long-distance phone call/usar el intercomunicador significa hacer una llamada telefónica de larga distancia;
  • you are required to have your own postal code/debe tenet su propio código postal.
  • you can see the curvature of the earth from your bedroom/puedes ver la curvature de la tierra desde tu habitación;
  • the top floor gives you altitude sickness/el piso superior te da mal de altura.
  • the aviation authority requires an aircraft warning beacon on the top of your home/a autoriadad de aviación requiere una baliza de advertencia de la aeronave en la parte superior de su hogar;

Dumb feeding method/Método de alimentación tonto – Source:

  • the alligators in your moat must be fed twice a day (see above)/los caimanes en tu foso deben ser alimentados dos veces al día (ver arriba);
  • your property is zoned for royalty/su propiedad está dividida en zonas de realeza.
  • Bill Gates is impressed/Bill Gates está impresionado;
  • a subway connects the opposite ends of your house/un metro connecta los extremos opuestos de tu casa;


  • the moat is the largest waterbody in your state (see above)/el foo es el cuerpo de agua más grande en su estado (ver arriba);
  • your drawbridge requires a toll to cross/su puente levadizo requiere un peaje para cruzar;
  • a ferry boat is needed to cross your moat/se necessity un ferry para cruzar su foso;
  • mowing the lawn takes two months/cortar el cusped lleva dos meses;
  • you can parachute off the roof/puedes altar en paracaídas deeds el tech;


  • you can’t decide whether to have one or two heliports (see above)/no suedes decider si tines uno o dos helipuertos (ver arriba);
  • your property is so large that it receives separate weather forecasts/su propiedad es tan grande que recibe pronósticos del tiempo por separado;
  • you refer to your backyard as “the Outback”/te refieres a tu patio trasero como “el Outback”;
  • you have your own warehouse/tienes tu propio almacén de; and/y
  • your house feels small compared to the neighbor’s mansions/tu casa se siente pequeña en comparación con las mansiones de los vecinos.
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Best brewed coffee shop names from around the globe


The following is a list of my favorite coffee shop names that have creative, catchy, edgy, and fun names from across the world. Part of the success in any business is a memorable name. That being said, a great name alone cannot assure success as is evident by several coffee shops listed below which no longer exist. A great name must be accompanied by a great product, great service, and great management.


Those coffee shops shown below in bold are my favorites and those in italics have been visited.

  • A Cup of Common Wealth – Lexington, KY
  • Alternative Fuel Coffee – Rapid City, SD
  • Amor Perfecto – Bogota, Colombia – who wouldn’t want perfect love?
  • Aroma Joe’s – Orono, ME
  • Aroma Lounge – Cairo, Egypt – who doesn’t like the smell of coffee?
  • Atomic Coffee – Auckland, New Zealand; Royal Oak, MI; or Fargo, ND
  • Bean Around the World – British Columbia
  • Bean Bar – San Diego, CA
  • Bean North – Whitehorse, Yukon
  • BLEND – Perth, Scotland, UK
  • Blend Coffee – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Blend Station – Mexico City, Mexico
  • Blenz Coffee – Vancouver British Columbia
  • Bliss Coffee Shop – Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
  • Bolt Coffee – Providence, RI
  • Books and Beans – Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
  • Breaking New Grounds – Durham, NH
  • Brew – Traverse City, MI and Toledo, OH
  • Brewed Awakening – Metuchen, NJ; Ketchikan, AK; Corner Brook Newfoundland; or several in Rhode Island – nice!
  • Brew Ha Ha – Wilmington, Delaware or Baton Rouge, LA – love it!
  • Brew Lab – Cyprus and Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Bru Coffee – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Cafe Eclectic – Memphis, TN
  • Cafelito – Madrid, Spain
  • Capitol Grounds – Montpelier, VT
  • Carib Bean Coffee – Falmouth, Antigua and Barbuda – great play on words
  • Cartel Coffee Lab – Phoenix and Tucson, AZ
  • City Perks – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Coffee Amp – Tokyo, Japan
  • Coffee Bond – Delhi, India – Bond, Coffee Bond!
  • Coffee Bureau – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Coffee Culture – Mumbai, India or Santiago, Chile
  • Coffeedesk – Kołobrzeg/Warsaw, Poland
  • Coffee Emporium – Cincinnati, OH or El Paso, TX
  • Coffee Junkie – Vienna, Austria
  • Coffee Rush – Phoenix area, AZ
  • Coffee Mania – Moscow, Russia or Cortland, NY
  • Coffee Manifesto – Istanbul, Turkey
  • Coffee Matters – St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Coffee Slingers – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Coffeetopia – Istanbul, Turkey
  • Comet Coffee – St. Louis, MO or Ann Arbor, MI
  • Common Grounds – Waco, TX; Lexington, KY; Carbondale, IL; Detroit, MI; or Branford,CT
  • Cosmic Cup Coffee – Erie, PA
  • Cosmos Coffee – Athens, Greece
  • Counter Culture Coffee – Durham, NC
  • Craft Kafe – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Credo Coffee – Orlando, FL
  • Cult Espresso – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Cup O’Bliss – Rigby, ID
  • Cup of the Day – Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Cuppa Joe Cafe – Traverse City, MI
  • Cup-a-Joe – San Francisco, CA
  • Cup O Joe – Columbus, OH
  • Cuppa Manna – Summerville/Charleston, SC
  • Day Break Coffee – Hyderabad, India
  • Deja Brew – Meridian, ID or Grand Rapids, MI or Raleigh, NC – I like this one.
  • Dalai Java – Canandaigua, NY – very cool and hip name! Whoever came up with this deserves an award.
  • Daily Grind Unwind – Martinsburg, WV – cute
  • Daily Roast Coffee – Goa, India
  • Dark Matter – Chicago, IL
  • Dawn Patrol – Kangarilla, Australia – I like this one.
  • Dayglow – Los Angeles, CA
  • Diesel Cafe – Somerville, MA
  • Dose Cafe – Bucharest, Romania
  • Dripperz – Melbourne, FL
  • Early Bird – Toronto, Ontario
  • Ebb & Flow – Dublin, Ireland – exactly what a coffee shop does all day long
  • Enchanted Grounds – Raton, NM – wonderful name in the Land of Enchantment
  • Endorffeine – Los Angeles, CA
  • Erly Rush – Muskogee, OK
  • Espressoholic – Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Espresso Embassy – Budapest, Hungary
  • Espresso Lab – Cape Town, South Africa and Cairo, Egypt
  • Espresso Yourself – Grafton WV – fun
  • Everyday Dose – Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Fair Grounds Coffee – Norfolk, VA
  • Five Watt Coffee – Minneapolis, MN
  • Fringe Coffee – Paris, France
  • Fuel Espresso – Hong Kong, China
  • Gathering Grounds – Kenmore, ND; Huron, OH; Roseburg, OR; Salida, CO; and other places
  • Gone Wired – Lansing, MI – sadly, no longer exists
  • Grindsmith Pod – Manchester, UK – cool name
  • Grounds for Pleasure – Tipp City/Dayton, OH
  • Ground Zero – Madison, WI
  • Higher Ground – Calgary, Alberta; Melbourne, Australia; or Pine Ridge, SD
  • Higher Grounds – Traverse City, MI or Warr Acres, OK
  • Higher Grounds Cafe – Golden/Denver, CO
  • Highwire Coffee – Berkeley, CA
  • Hobknob Coffee – Floyd’s Knobs, IN – great local name, but sadly they may be closed
  • Hot Shots Coffee House – Ada, Oklahoma
  • Hyper Hyper – Nowra, Australia – fuel for the double hyper
  • Iconik Coffee – Santa Fe, NM – coffee for beatniks
  • Immaculate Consumption – Columbia, SC
  • Impress Espresso – Dar es Saleem, Tanzania – impressive name
  • Intellegencia Coffee – Chicago,IL
  • Insomnia Coffee – Dublin, Ireland
  • Jacked Up Coffee Bar – Biloxi, MS
  • Juan Valdez Cafe – Chile, Colombia, and Peru – folks of my generation will get this
  • Java Espress – Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ID
  • Java Express – West Lafayette, IN – sadly, no longer exists
  • Java Hut – Huron, SD – so wish it was “Java the Hut” for Star Wars fans
  • Java Jive – Hannibal, MO
  • Javalina Coffee – Silver City, NM
  • Javelina’s Coffee Express – Fort Mojave, AZ
  • Jet Fuel Coffee – Toronto, Ontario
  • Jitters – Eagle River, AK; Laurel, MS; Concordia, KS; Logan, UT; or Duncan, OK
  • Jittery Joe’s – Athens, GA
  • Jo to Go – Appleton, WI
  • KafeVille – Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Kangabrew – Cork, Ireland – founder is from Australia – cute wordplay
  • Karma Cafe – Krakow, Poland
  • Keen Bean Coffee – Mt. Vernon, MO
  • Kettle Black Roastery – Charlottetown, PEI
  • Kindred Coffee – North Richland Hills, TX
  • Kiva Koffeehouse – Escalante, UT
  • Kontakt – Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Little Amps Coffee – Harrisburg, PA
  • Madcap Coffee – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Mea Cuppa – Charleston, WV
  • Mellow Mug – Rochester/Pittsford, NY – another nice name
  • Mojo Coffee – Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mojo Coffeehouse – New Orleans, LA
  • Mo’Joe Coffeehouse – Indianapolis, IN
  • Mothership – Las Vegas, NV
  • Mug Shots Coffee – Malvern, AR or Ottawa, KS – terrific name
  • Nirvana Coffee – Barnstable, MA – hope it smells like coffee rather than teen spirit
  • Nomad Coffee Lab – Barcelona, Spain
  • Nothing Before Coffee – Jaipur, India – straight to the point
  • Octane – Atlanta, GA – fuel for the hyper
  • Oddly Correct – Kansas City, MO – oddly memorable
  • OneSip Coffee – Praque, Czech Republic
  • Overdose Coffee – Izmir, Turkey
  • Panacea Coffee – Waynesville, NC
  • Peak Espresso – Dillon, MT
  • Peace Coffee – Minneapolis, MN
  • Percolate Coffee – Singapore, Singapore – “Perk-a-latte” would be a fun variation
  • Philter Coffee – Kennett Square /Philadelphia, PA
  • Pitcher – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Planet Perk – Oshkosh, WI
  • Post Coffice – Bydgoszcz, Poland – nice play on words
  • Prodigy Coffee – Denver, CO
  • Proficiency Coffee – Krakow, Poland
  • Pronto Coffee – Japan – I want it now!
  • Propeller Coffee – Toronto, Ontario – coffee to get wound up by and propel you through the day
  • Proper Cup – Brighton, MI – everyone deserves a proper cup of coffee
  • Proper Order – Dublin, Ireland
  • RedEye Coffee – Tallahassee, FL or Ankara, Turkey
  • Remedy Coffee – Knoxville, TN
  • Rev Coffee – Smyrna/Atlanta, GA
  • Ricochet Espresso – Brisbane, Australia – bouncing off the walls
  • Rise and Grind – San Francisco, CA
  • Rise Coffee – St. Louis, MO
  • Rise Up Coffee – Salisbury and Easton, MD
  • ROST – Tallin, Estonia – pronounced “roast”
  • Sensory Lab – Melbourne, Australia
  • Shenandoah Joe – Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, VA – great local name
  • Simple Kaffa – Taipei, Taiwan
  • Sip – Crown Point, IN
  • Spill the Beans – Greenville, SC
  • Spill’n the Beans – Troy, NY
  • Spitfire Espresso – Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • Steampunk Coffee – Natchez, MS – pretty funky name for the Deep South
  • Steampunkcoffee – North Berwick, Scotland, UK
  • Stellar Beans – Lake Charles, LA
  • Stellar Coffee – Roswell, NM
  • Stir Coffee – London, UK
  • Strange Brew – Lansing, MI or several in Mississippi
  • Tease – Lisbon, Portugal – no fair!
  • Terra Nomad – Bismarck, ND
  • The Caffeine Fix – Karachi, Pakistan
  • The Cofftea Shop – Hong Kong, China – nice mix of the two
  • The Creme Coffee House – Owensboro, KY
  • The Daily Grind – Williamsburg, VA
  • The Epiphany Cafe – Bristol, UK
  • The Fine Grind – Little Falls, NJ
  • The Human Bean – Ashland, OR; Nampa, ID; Odessa, TX; or Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • The Ministry of Coffee – Ottawa, Ontario and Warsaw, Poland – coffee for bureaucrats
  • The Perks of Life – Eagle, ID
  • The Pourhouse Cafe – Bloomington, IN
  • The Writer’s Cafe – La Paz, Bolivia
  • Transcend Coffee – Edmonton, Alberta
  • True Brew – Concord, NH
  • Turbo Coffee – Florence, AL – get your motor running!
  • Uncommon Grounds – Burlington, VT; Clifton Park, NY; and Saratoga Springs, NY; Halifax, Nova Scotia; or Powell WY – nice
  • Upshot Espresso – Sheffield, UK – good espresso shop name
  • Up Shot Coffeehouse – Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Urban Bru Cafe – Guymon, OK
  • Urban Grind – Galway, Ireland – for city folk
  • Vagabond Coffee – Jacksonville, FL
  • Vibe Coffee – Elizabethtown, KY
  • Walden Woods Coffee – Kyoto, Japan
  • Xtraction Espresso – Newcastle, Australia
  • Zendo – Albuquerque, NM – we all need a little zen

It was rather surprising that none of the names listed above include “cappuccino” or “latte” in their title. Meanwhile, the most common terms found on the list aside from “coffee” are:

  1. Espresso = 13 times
  2. Ground(s) = 12 times
  3. Brew(s)/Bru; Bean; Cup(pa); or Jo(e) = 9 times
  4. Java = 7 times
  5. Grind = 6 times
  6. Blend(z) = 4


Reviewing these great names shows many of them can be categorized into common topics:

Fairtrade and goodwill:


  • A Cup of Common Wealth
  • Common Ground/s
  • Counter Culture
  • Dalai Java
  • Fair Grounds
  • Higher Ground/s
  • Kindred
  • Peace
  • Planet Perk
  • The Human Bean
  • Uncommon Grounds


Gathering Place:

  • Ebb and Flow
  • Espresso Yourself
  • Gathering Grounds
  • Hobknob
  • Kontakt


Morning wake-up:

  • Brewed Awakening
  • Cup of the Day
  • Daily Grind
  • Dawn Patrol
  • Day Break
  • Dayglow
  • Early Bird
  • Erly Rush
  • Jitters
  • Jittery Joe’s
  • Nothing Before Coffee
  • RedEye
  • Remedy
  • Rise
  • Rise Up
  • Tease


Peaceful relaxation/meditation:

  • Amor Perfecto
  • Aroma Joe’s
  • Aroma Lounge
  • Bliss
  • Cup O’Bliss
  • Cuppa Manna
  • Daily Grind Unwind
  • Dalai Java
  • Day Break
  • Gathering Grounds
  • Grounds for Pleasure
  • Karma Cafe
  • Kindred
  • Mellow Mug
  • Nirvana
  • Panacea
  • Peace
  • Sensory Lab
  • The Epiphany Cafe
  • The Perks of Life
  • Transcend
  • Zendo


Quick and accurate service:

  • Bolt
  • Coffee Rush
  • Erly Rush
  • Java Espress
  • Java Express
  • Jo to Go
  • Oddly Correct
  • Proficiency
  • Pronto
  • Proper Cup
  • Proper Order
  • True Brew


Regional/local references:

  • A Cup of Common Wealth
  • Bean North
  • Capitol Grounds
  • Carib Bean
  • Cartel
  • Enchanted Grounds
  • Espresso Embassy
  • Hobknob
  • Javalina
  • Philter
  • Shenandoah Joe
  • The Ministry of Coffee


Religious experience:

  • Cosmic
  • Cult Espresso
  • Dalai Java
  • Enchanted Grounds
  • Immaculate Consumption
  • Kindred
  • Prodigy
  • The Epiphany Cafe


Zip and quick energy:

  • Alternative Fuel
  • Atomic
  • Bolt
  • Cafe Electric
  • Coffee Amp
  • Coffee Junkie
  • Coffee Mania
  • Coffee Rush
  • Comet
  • Cosmic
  • Diesel Cafe
  • Dose
  • Endorffeine
  • Espressoholic
  • Everyday Dose
  • Five Watts
  • Fringe
  • Fuel Espresso
  • Gone Wired
  • Highwire
  • Hot Shots
  • Hyper Hyper
  • Insomnia
  • Jacked Up
  • Jet Fuel
  • Little Amps
  • Madcap
  • Mojo or Mo’Joe
  • Mug Shots
  • Octane
  • Overdose
  • Peak Espresso
  • Propeller
  • Rev
  • Ricochet Espresso
  • Spitfire Espresso
  • Steampunk
  • The Caffeine Fix
  • Turbo
  • Upshot Espresso
  • Vibe
  • Xtraction Espresso


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Catchy, clever, and weird transit names and acronyms


Below are some weird, wacky, clever, and catchy names for transit systems. While more examples from other nations would be nice, it’s difficult to decipher so many languages. Any additions, corrections, or suggestions, especially from overseas, to this list are always welcome. Enjoy!


  • ART – Albuquerque Rapid Transit, New Mexico – commute in style!
  • Citilink – Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • COAST – Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation, New Hampshire
  • DART – Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Texas; Des Moines Area Rapid Transit, Iowa; and Delaware Transit, Delaware
  • FAST – Fayetteville Area System of Transit, North Carolina – Whew…Glad they didn’t call it Fayetteville Area Rapid Transit (FART).
  • JETS – Jonesboro Economical Transit System, Arkansas – perhaps founded by Benny?
  • LYNX – Charlotte, North Carolina
  • SMART – Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, Michigan – always thought it meant “Southeast Michigan” not “Suburban Mobility.”
  • SPRINTER – Oceanside, California



  • BeST Transit Bedford, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties, Pennsylvania
  • BUS – Brownsville Urban System, Texas – good thing there didn’t add Texas to the acronym (BUST).
  • Chile Line – Taos, New Mexico
  • COMET – Columbia Metro, South Carolina – one of my favorites 
  • Ecovia – Monterrey, Mexico – should be listed as catchy too!
  • GOVA – Greater Sudbury, Ontario – bilingual with “Go” and French equivalent of “Va.”
  • Rail Runner – Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico – great one for a state that is home to many roadrunners.
  • The Plane Train – Atlanta International Airport, Georgia
  • Transfort – Fort Collins, Colorado
  • TRAX– Transit Express, Utah
  • VenanGO – Venango County, Pennsylvania
  • Wing Shuttle – Osaka International Airport, Japan



  • Happy Line Monorail – Shezchen, China – seems unimaginative
  • Magic Carpet Bus – Enfield, Connecticut – why? Transit for stoners?
  • MIA Mover – Miami International Airport, Florida – too close to “missing in action”
  • Pocono Pony – Monroe County, Pennsylvania – huh?
  • rabbitTRANSIT – York County , Pennsylvania – uh…yeah
  • SCAT – Sarasota County Area Transit, Florida – they realize that “scat” has two meanings, don’t they?
  • SLO Transit – San Luis Obispo, California – How slow is it?
  • The Bus – Prince George’s County, Maryland; Merced County, California; and Honolulu, Hawaii – boring!
  • The Jule – Dubuque, Iowa – I have no idea why it’s named this.
  • The Ride – Ann Arbor, Michigan – seriously, Ann Arbor. All those students there and you couldn’t come up with anything better?


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States with the most heliports and seaplane bases

Heliport in Olympia, WA – Source:

The following data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics identifies those ten (10) states with the most public and private heliports and seaplane bases in the United States. A separate list is provided for each.

Flight activity at Louisiana heliport – Source:

One of the more surprising bits of data from this list is that despite all of its lakes, Michigan is not in the top ten states with seaplane bases. Also surprising, is how far down the list the state of New York falls (ninth) in terms of heliports. This seems to indicate that they are mostly concentrated in New York City.

Bristow Galliano Heliport, LA – Source:

One may wonder why Louisiana is so high on the list of heliports and that is largely due to the number of such facilities related to providing access to and from the many offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Chevron Heliport in Louisiana – Source:


  1. Texas = 553
  2. California = 411
  3. Pennsylvania = 345
  4. Florida = 292
  5. Illinois = 248
  6. Ohio = 215
  7. Louisiana = 212
  8. New Jersey = 207
  9. New York = 183
  10. Colorado = 179

Lake Hood Seaplane Base, AK – Source:


  1. Alaska = 139
  2. Minnesota = 57
  3. Florida and Maine = 46 each
  4. Indiana, New York, Washington, and Wisconsin = 17 each
  5. Massachusetts = 15
  6. Louisiana = 11


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Tallest lighthouses of the Indian Subcontinent

Dondra Head, Sri Lanka – Source:

A minimum tower height of 100 feet is required for inclusion in this impressive list of handsome lighthouses located on the Indian subcontinent, which for this post includes, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and The Maldives. Neither Nepal or Bhutan have coastlines.

Note: If the term “light” is used instead of a “lighthouse,” it means it is a skeletal structure without interior access or enclosure.

  1. Bhadreswar Lighthouse (Mundra, India: 2012) = 197 feet

Bhadreswar, India – Source:

2. Koteshwar Lighthouse (Koteshwar, India: 2014) = 187 feet

Koteshwar, India – Source:

3. Tuticorin Harbour Range Rear Light (Tuticorin Harbour, India) = 180 feet

4. Nagappattinam Lighthouse (Nagappattinam, India: 1923) = 164 feet

Nagappattinam, India – Source:

5-7. Dondra Head Lighthouse (Matara, Sri Lanka: 1889); Madras Lighthouse (Chennai, India: 1844); and Pulicat Lighthouse (Pulicat Island, India: 1986) = 160 feet

Madras, India (1844) – Source:

8-10. Minicoy (South) Lighthouse (Minicoy Island, India: 1885) and Ras Muari (Cape Monze) Lighthouse (Karachi, Pakistan: 1914) = 157 feet

Minicoy, India – Source:

Ras Muari, Pakistan – Source:

11-17. Chennai Lighthouse(Chennai, India: 1977); Kochi Lighthouse (Kochi, India: 1979); Little Andaman Lighthouse (Little Andaman Island, India: 1986); New Pondicherry Lighthouse (Pondicherry, India: 1979); Sheva Island Range Front Light (Mumbai, India); Sir Creek Lighthouse (Sir Creek, Pakistan: 2005); and Vypin Lighthouse (Kochi, India: 1979) = 151 feet

Chennai, India – Source:

18-26. Ammapattinam Lighthouse (Manamelkudi, India: 2005); Gwadar Range Rear Light (Gwadar, Pakistan: 2000s); Karavaka (Sacramento) Lighthouse (Bojjovarepeta, India); Kodikkarai (Calimere Point) Lighthouse (Kodikkarai, India: 1997); Mallipattinam Lighthouse (Manora, India: 2010); Manginapudi Beach Lighthouse (Manginapudi Beach, India: 1984); Pipavav Range No. 1 Rear Lighthouse (Pipavav, India: 1996?); Turshian Creek Lighthouse (Turshian Creek, Pakistan: 1995); and Vakalapudi Lighthouse (Vakalapudi, India: 2005) = 148 feet

Sacramento, India – Source:

Kodikkarai, India –

27-28. Kollam Lighthouse (Kollam, India: 1902) and Prongs Reef Lighthouse (Mumbai, India: 1874) = 144 feet

Prongs Reef, India – Source:

29. Dwarka Point Lighthouse (Dwarka, India: 1966) = 141 feet

Dwarka Point, India –

30-31. Jakhau Lighthouse (Jakhau, India: 1965) and Porbandar Lighthouse (Porbandar, India: 1983) = 135 feet

Jakhau, India – Source:

32. Kiltan South Lighthouse (Kiltan Island, India: 1976) = 134 feet

33-37. Kalpeni Lighthouse (Kalpeni Island, India: 1976); Khuddi Island Lighthouse (Port Qasim, Pakistan: 1970?); Krishnapatnam Range Rear Light (Krishnapatnam, India); Pandiyan Tivu Lighthouse (Thoothukudi, India: 1979); and Sheva Island Range Middle Light (Mumbai, India) = 131 feet

Khuddi Island, Pakistan – Source:

38. Porto Novo Lighthouse (Bhuvanagiri, India: 1981) = 128 feet

Porto Novo, India – Source:

39. Great Basses Reef Lighthouse (Palatupana, Sri Lanka: 1873) = 127 feet

Great Basses, Sri Lanka – Source:

40-42. Kavaratti Lighthouse (Kavaratti, India: 1988); Little Basses Reef Lighthouse (Yala, Sri Lanka: 1878); and Manora Point Lighthouse (Karachi, Pakistan: 1889) = 125 feet

Little Basses, Sri Lanka – Source:

Kavaratti, India – Source:

43-46. Diu Head Lighthouse (,India: 1969); East Island Lighthouse (East Island, India: 1969); Keating Point Lighthouse (Car Nicobar Island, India: 1969); and Nagayalanka Lighthouse (Nagayalanka, India: 1972) = 121 feet

Diu Head, India – Source:

East Island, India – Source:

47-50. Anchuthengu (Anjengo) Lighthouse (Anchuthengu, India: 1987); Kovalam Lighthouse (Vizhinjam, India: 1972); South Sentinel Island Light (South Sentinel Island, India: 1997); and Suratkal Point Lighthouse (Suratkal, India: 1972) = 118 feet

Kovalam, India – Source:

51-61. Indra Point Lighthouse (Great Nicobar Island: 1972); Hiron Point Light (Hiron Point, Bangladesh); Jefford Point Light (Dublar Char Island Bangladesh: 2015); Kadalur Point Lighthouse (Thikkoti, India: 1909); Kutubdia Light (Kutibdia Island, Bangladesh: 2004?); Mangrol Lighthouse (Mangrol, India: 1985); Navadra Lighthouse (Dwarka, India: 1986); Norman’s Point Lighthouse (Chittagong, Bangladesh: 2006?); North Point Lighthouse (Port Blair, India: 1972) ; Pipavav Range No. 1 Front Range Light (Papavav, India: 1996?); and Ramayapatnam Ligthhouse (Ramayapatnam, India: 2005), St. Martin’s Island Light (St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh) = 115 feet

Navadra, India –

North Point, India – Source:

62-64. Barberyn Lighthouse (Beruwala, Sri Lanka: 1890); Manakkodam Lighthouse (Manakkodam, India: 1979) and Wasi Borsi Lighthouse (Wasi Borsi, India: 1982) = 112 feet

Manakkodam, India – Source: John Alex via

65. Androth (East End) Lighthouse (Androth Island, India: 1967) = 108 feet

Androth (East End), India – Source:

66-71. Alam Parai Fort Lighthouse (Kadapakkam, India: 2013); Foul Point Lighthouse (Trincomalee, Sri Lanka: 1863); Gwadar Range Front Light (Gwadar, Pakistan: 2000s); Kundapura (Kodi) Lighthouse (Kundapura, India: 2009); Mundra Port Range Rear Light (Mundra, India); and Point Pedro Lighthouse (east of Kankesanturai, Sri Lanka: 1916) = 105 feet

Kundapura (Kodi), India – Source:

Point Pedro, Sri Lanka – Source:

72-77. Ashen Channel Range Rear Light (Port Qasim, Pakistan); Chhachhi Lighthouse (Chhachhi, India: 1964); Daman Ganga Lighthouse (Moti Daman, India: 1999); Kalingapatnam Lighthouse (Kalingapatnam, India: 1982); Kakinada Bay Range Rear Light (Kakinada, India); and Nizampatnam Ligthhouse (Nizampatnam, India: 2004) = 102 feet

Chhachhi, India – Source:

78. Kovilan Point Lighthouse – (Karaitivu Island, Sri Lanka: 1916) = 101 feet

Kovilan Point, Sri Lanka – Source:

79. Beypore Lighthouse (Kadalundi, India: 1977) = 100 feet

Beypore, India – Source:


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The UK’s loneliest commercial airports


Many are familiar with crowded international airports in the United Kingdom like London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, City, and Luton; as well as Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. However, the following list identifies the ten (10) least busy (loneliest) commercial airports in the United Kingdom, as measured by passengers.*

Lerwick (Tingwall) Airport – Source:

  1. LERWICK (TINGWALL), Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK = 3,322 passengers
  2. CAMPBELTOWN, Scotland, UK = 7,927 passengers
  3. TIREE Island, Scotland, UK = 11,917 passengers
  4. WICK (JOHN O GROATS), Scotland, UK = 13,194 passengers
  5. BARRA Island, Scotland, UK = 14,587 passengers
  6. BLACKPOOL, England, UK = 14,638 passengers
  7. DUNDEE, Scotland, UK = 20,802 passengers
  8. ISLAY Island, Scotland, UK = 34,735 passengers
  9. BENBECULA Island, Scotland, UK = 34,776 passengers
  10. ALDERNEY Island, Guernsey, England, UK = 53,158 passengers

*Passenger totals are for calendar year 2019 and updated thru November.


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Urban Areas within Rift Valleys

Rift valley in Ecuador: Source:

Many are familiar with the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. But, it is certainly not the only rift valley on Earth. In fact, there are a number of rift valleys (also sometimes referred to as grabens) located on the continents and in the seas/oceans. The following is the definition of “rift valley” provided by the National Geographic Society and a cross-section of the East African Rift System.

A rift valley is a lowland region that forms where Earth’s tectonic plates move apart, or rift. Rift valleys are found both on land and at the bottom of the ocean, where they are created by the process of seafloor spreading. Rift valleys differ from river valleys and glacial valleys in that they are created by tectonic activity and not the process of erosion.”

For those cities lying within these rift valleys/grabens, they face unique planning and emergency preparedness challenges. Not only are earthquakes a very real possibility due to the seismic forces that created the rift valley in the first place, but longer-term for potential volcanic activity is too. These two primary geologic forces can lead to secondary hazards such as landslides, topographic upheaval, land subsidence, and soil erosion.

Here are graphics showing some of the significant and highly populated continental rift valleys on Earth, followed by a list of some of the major cities located within a Rift Valley or Graben.


Rio Grande Rift Valley in the Albuquerque area – Source:

Expanded view of the Rio Grande Rift Valley of Colorado and New Mexico – Source:












Jordan River Rift Valley – Source: slide




Oslo Graben (Rift) shown in red – Source:

Rift Valleys in India – Source: mantle

Below a partial list of some of the major cities directly located within or along a continental rift valley or graben show above. Several other cities impacted by rift valleys/grabens not pictured above are also identified.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Aqaba, Jordan
  • Asker, Norway
  • Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Awasa, Ethiopia
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • Beit She’an, Israel
  • Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Bukoba, Tanzania
  • Colmar, France
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Eldoret, Kenya
  • Entebbe, Uganda
  • Falkirk, Scotland, UK
  • Fort Portal, Uganda
  • Gisenyi, Rwanda
  • Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • Goma, Congo
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala (Guatemala City Valley Graben – not pictured above)
  • Gulu, Uganda
  • Hoima, Uganda
  • Jabalpur, India
  • Jericho, Israel
  • Jinja, Uganda
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kibuye, Rwanda
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Kira Town, Uganda
  • Kiryat Shmona, Israel
  • Kitgum, Uganda
  • Kumi Town, Uganda
  • Lake Tahoe, California-Nevada (Lake Tahoe Basin Graben – not pictured above)
  • Lira, Uganda
  • Lukaya, Uganda
  • Mannheim, Germany
  • Masaka, Uganda
  • Mbalala, Uganda
  • Mbale, Kenya
  • Mbale, Uganda
  • Mubende, Uganda
  • Mukono Town, Uganda
  • Musoma, Tanzania
  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Nagpur, India
  • Nansana, Uganda
  • North Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario/Quebec, Canada
  • Paraguari, Paraguay
  • Rahamundry, India
  • Sandvika, Norway
  • Saguenay, Quebec, Canada (Saguenay Graben – not pictured above)
  • San Jose, California – (Santa Clara Graben -not pictured above)
  • San Lorenzo, Paraguay
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Severobaykalsk, Russia
  • Sheema, Uganda
  • Shinyanga, Tanzania
  • Singida, Tanzania
  • Slyudyanka, Russia
  • Stirling, Scotland, UK
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Villarica, Paraguay
  • Wakiso, Uganda

Narmada River Rift Valley in India – Source:

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Simple New Year’s resolutions to help our planet

Australian bushfires from space – Source:

Providing a quick list of simple solutions to help save our planet seems like an appropriate blogpost topic for the New Year, as we can all add some/all of these to our list of resolutions. Please feel free to pass along any others that may not have been included.

  • Adopt zero waste options at home
  • Recycle glass, metal, and paper
  • Avoid purchasing plastic packaging as mush as possible, as the extent of true plastic recycling is questionable
  • Shop with reusable bags NOT plastic
  • Skip the bottled water whenever tap water is safe to drink
  • Utilize reusable silicone bags or containers instead of plastic baggies for food storage.
  • Never use plastic straws – either skip the straw altogether or purchase reusable ones (see example below)
  • Limit your air and cruise travel whenever practical
  • Shave every other day
  • Use bar soap instead of bottled body wash
  • Buy repurposed and recycled products whenever possible
  • Shop at consignment or resale stores
  • Don’t wrap gifts
  • Buy bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic (see example below)
  • Air-dry your laundry whenever practical
  • Use a push or electric mower instead of a gas-powered mower
  • Drive an energy-efficient vehicle and not an SUV
  • Car and/or bike share
  • Bike or walk whenever possible for trips under two miles
  • Utilize transit or carpool options
  • Buy locally grown products whenever they are available
  • Grow some of your own vegetables
  • Rake your lawn instead of using a loud and wasteful leaf-blower
  • Buy products from companies that practice and support sustainability
  • Share a book with friends or through donations to the library
  • Get your financial and billing statements electronically (and pay them electronically)
  • Bring cloth bags for fruit and vegetables in the produce section
  • Use rewashable towels for cleaning and dusting instead of throw-away paper towels
  • Save your money at institutions who support sustainability
  • Speak up for the planet at public meetings and forums
  • Minimize your existing stuff and therefore your footprint
  • Make a donation or plant a tree, instead of giving a gift
  • Reduce your rate of consumption – buy less stuff!
  • Demand your local, state, and national representatives become leaders on protecting the planet
  • Never watch or listen to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, politicians beholden to corporations and consumption, and other similar naysayers

Pacific floating island of plastic – Source:

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