Thinking Person

Stop Hearing, Start Listening: Mastering the Art of Listening

You meet someone for the first time and they walk up to you, shake your hand and say, “Hi, my name is…” BAM…you go blank the second their name comes out of their mouth. It’s as if they didn’t even say their name at all. You were hearing what they were saying, but you were not necessarily listening to them. It is a common occurrence for us to zone out while others are speaking, and for others to do the same to us. We get distracted by our phones, people walking by, what we plan to eat for dinner, and […]


OB Hostel

Finding Bliss in Ocean Beach

Next month will be nine years that I have lived in this funky little beach community of Ocean Beach, CA. It is truly a remarkable place like no other. Unlike other beach towns that have been taken over by multi-million dollar homes and seem to do everything in their power to outdo one another, “OB” has kept its laid-back, surfer-town vibe. It may not be free of problems, but when you take a stroll down close to the beach and up and down Newport Avenue, you will see why this truly is heaven. Head over on a Wednesday to discover […]


Garnet Peak

Finding Serenity in the Woodlands of Mt. Laguna and the Pacific Crest Trail

My previous hike throughout Mission Trails Regional Park was a great introduction to get my feet moving, get the blood pumping, and a way to begin quenching my inextinguishable thirst to travel, wander, and get away from the norm. However, the power lines that buzzed overhead and the constant views of rooftops and distance cityscapes had me yearning for something a little more remote. After doing a little bit of research on some of the best hikes around San Diego, I came across the Modern Hiker website. This site was a wealth of information that allowed me to browse through […]


Hiking Mission Trails Regional Park

Just recently I wrote about how I would like to return to nature a bit and start exploring some more of the areas in and around San Diego County. Well, I made good on my promise to myself and set out on Saturday morning to Mission Trails Regional Park. It’s just about 25 minutes from my place, so I was able to make it there by about 8:45 that morning. I entered the park of more than 7,000 acres of hiking trails, valleys, and rolling hill summits from Clairemont Mesa Blvd. I started my hike along the eastern edge of […]


On a Mission to Reconnect with Nature

I read a quote recently that said, “We do not travel to escape life, but we travel so life does not escape us.” Lately, I’ve had this desire to really get out there and start spending more time outdoors and exploring some of my surroundings. It’s so easy sometimes to get stuck in the same routine of going to work, coming home, chilling out, and forgetting about what’s out there. As someone who has always enjoyed nature, the wildlife, and seeing new places, I don’t spend enough time hiking, fishing, biking, etc. I find that it’s very easy to get […]


Blairsden/Graegle, CA

RV Trip from Pacific NW to Vegas: Like a Band of Gypsies

I recently returned from a stunning four-day RV trip that took us on a journey from the Pacific Northwest through the rugged mountains of California, through Death Valley National Park, and to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, NV. As I sat there for hours upon end staring out at the vivid landscape that zipped past me for four days, I once again, as I always do when I’m out and about traveling, began to yearn for a life that allows me to see more of this great world. As we started our journey and continued further south, the various […]


Snow Plant

Incredible Snow Plant in Northern California

Last week while camping, I came across this incredible red plant that stuck out like a sore thumb against the bright green forest. The first time I came across it was in Old Station, CA, right along the banks of a river.  The second time was while hiking through the forest in South Lake Tahoe. The Bloody Flesh-like Thing It turns out this fiery red plant is a ‘Snow Plant,’ that feeds off of fungus, essentially making it a parasite. Its scientific name is sarcodes sanguinea , which roughly translates to “the bloody flesh-like thing.” Apparently the snow plant only appears […]


How I Quit Coffee Without Going Completely Insane

A little more than two months ago, for no specific reason, in particular, I decided to completely quit drinking coffee. It was a decision I made mostly as a test to myself to prove that I’m able to sustain from anything, with a little bit of will-power. What I experienced from caffeine withdrawal over the course of five days absolutely knocked me for a loop, made me feel like my head was going to pop off the top of my neck, and kicked my butt big time. Seriously? Those headaches that people talk about when they don’t get their caffeine […]


What Happens When You Slow Down and Just Enjoy?

The colors begin to pop and the rocks that once trampled under your feet begin to interest you. All of a sudden, looking around into the hillsides you will start to see a wide variety of plant life, flowers that are bursting in colors, interesting rocks…yeah…I said it…interesting rocks! You will start to realize that you have been taking each day and what you see around you for granted. Once you slow down, you will discover that there is a lot of fascinating things happening on a daily basis. Sometimes you just have to take the time to notice it. […]