Learn to Be in The Moment to Live a Happier Life

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Did you know that according to a study conducted by Harvard in 2010, people spend 47% of their waking hours thinking of something other than the activity that they are actually doing? That means half of our day and half of our lives we are zoned-out, living in our minds, as opposed to experiencing life and enjoying the things and the people that surround us. What if we were able to change that? What if we were able to condition our mind to be present, and we were able to learn to be in the moment? The answer is that […]


Why Palomar Mountain is One of Best Hikes in San Diego

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The winding South Grade Road that leads up to Palomar Mountain led me into deep, socked-in fog that began to conceal the thick woodlands along the roadside. Then, like an airplane rising up over a thick marine layer, I emerged into high blue skies and along a vista that overlooked a sea of clouds below. I had yet to set foot on the hiking trail, but I could already sense and see the vast wilderness that surrounded, and I knew then that I was in for a great day, and ready to experience one of the best hikes in San […]


Thinking Person

Stop Hearing, Start Listening: Mastering the Art of Listening

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]