Sunday, December 23, 2012

Even Paradise Needs a Vacation

Torrey Pines State Reserve from Torrey Pines-Del Mar Trail
Here I am again, lost for words to say, my thoughts already in vacation mode, thus, titling this post very similar to what I had written before, "Even Paradise Needs An Adventure Vacation." The only difference between the two titles is the word "adventure", which I purposely omitted in the title of this post. It's not a surprise to me, that I am using pictures taken from the same place, but just at different times for this two similarly titled posts. I may have said it before, and I am saying again, that though San Diego has many beautiful natural places for us to explore and wander, but my favorite place to simply while time away, relax, rejuvenate, recharge, get inspired, get healed, and so much more, is Torrey Pines.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Morro Bay, CA

 Morro Bay from Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay is a quiet little oceanfront town in San Luis Obispo County, in the central part of California. It is strategically located in between two of California's bigger cities, Los Angeles in the South and San Francisco in the North, about 3.5 hours drive from these two cities. It is about one hour drive to the southern part of Big Sur coast. Its proximity to Big Sur was the reason why we chose Morro Bay as one of our destinations during our last Big Sur vacation. Staying in Morro Bay for 2 nights allowed us to see more of the south part of Central California such as Pismo Beach Butterfly Migration and Oceano Sand Dunes without draining our energy when we finally got to Big Sur for several days of  nature exploring.

Just the Right Jacket for Winter Weather Sports

When you are out on your snowmobile, it will get cold. You will be whipping through chilly wind and it could be actively snowing. You need a snowmobilejacket that is going to keep you warm and comfortable for the entire length of your ride.

Waterproof and Breathable
You want to look at the MM rating to determine how waterproof the jacket is and at the GM or G to determine breathability. You want to find the highest number possible because this will ensure maximum breathability and waterproofing.

Where you will be snowmobiling plays a major role in how much breathability and waterproofing you need. If you are in a wet climate, like the climate in Oregon, you want a minimum of 10,000 when it comes to breathability and waterproofing. If you are in Colorado, or a similarly dry climate you could choose a breathability and waterproofing rating as low as 5,000.

Style
While breathability and waterproofing are the most important, you can still consider style. Keep in mind that you need to be able to move freely and at the same time, not be trapped in your jacket. So, do not go too big or too small, but do go with your personal style. For example, if you tend to wear clothes that are fitted, choose a fitted jacket, just make sure it is not too tight. On the other hand, if your style is more relaxed, choose a looser fit, but no so loose that you are swimming in your jacket. You want to be comfortable and still be yourself as you snowmobile through the snow.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Birds, Sea Lions and The Parade of Lights

 White Pelicans, San Diego River Estuary (their beaks angled for entry to the water )
Last Sunday, we went to see the San Diego Parade of Lights, which is an annual holiday tradition held at the San Diego Bay. San Diego is more known as the city that loves water activities, thus, aside from surfing, snorkeling, diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, and other more common activities by the sea that I often share in some of my posts, other popular water activities in San Diego are wind sailing, yachting, fishing and boating. Tha Parade of Lights if the Christmas gift to the city of the boating community of San Diego. We oftentimes miss this event, but last Sunday, we took note of the time of the parade and did not forget about it. :)  According to my research, the parade will start at Shelter Island,and will go around the San Diego Bay passing by Harbor Island, Embarcadero and ending at Coronado Ferry Landing.

Anywhere along the San Diego Bay would be a good viewing site, but we decided to witness the event at Shelter Island. On our way to Shelter Island, passing by the San Diego River Estuary, I saw a group of huge white birds that I seldom see that close to the sea, the WHITE PELICANS!

Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove

Where are the buttrerflies? Let me start you with images around the Butterfly Grove.
Oceano Sand Dunes
The scenery above may look a barren desert, where the vast sand may deceive you that this place is as hot as it can be. But is this place in the desert? Is this place hot? The picture below may probably answer the two questions.
Is He Running Away From My Lens? haha!
Though I have shared several posts here about some desert even coated with snow and ice, but oftentimes, the appearance of sand and red rocks give an impression that it is hot. Behind the barrenness above, are pieces of nature's puzzle that if you put together, you will realize that there is only ONE who created all these artistry that no man can equal. HE put all these together for everything serves a GREAT purpose.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Our Bigger House

Thanks for the guest post by Jo Levy

I’ve been asking around at school to see if anyone knows how to get my utilities down because it’s been ridiculous seeing my rates go up so much in the last year. I think it’s partly because we added the addition to the house and it’s so much bigger than it used to be but I also think it’s because the attic is really not very well insulated. One of the other teachers gave me a retial electricity providers list and I’ve been going down that looking for someone who offers fixed rates or just something lower than what we’re paying now. Between the cost for renovating the house and buying all the supplies and having to buy the lot next door to make it bigger we are WAY in the hole this year. We told the kids there were only going to be 2 Christmas presents per person since we normally get way over the top when it comes to gift-giving holidays. I never once thought I’d be thirty years old with a huge house and three kids but my husband’s job has been really good to us and that’s just the path life took us on. I have to give out some advice though and that’s to never, ever renovate a house until you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. I thought about it long and hard and decided we needed the space more than I needed my sanity for the moment and BOY was I wrong. It was a year-long ordeal and between the permits and the contractors I truly thought I was going to lose my mind. But now that the house is finished and all the kids have their own bedrooms I think we’re really happy we did it. It was cheaper than buying a bigger house in the same part of town would have been and this way we got to customize everything to our liking, which was nice.

Elephant Seals

"Ouch! Why Did You Have to Pat My Head that Hard?"

Laughing Out Loud At Sickness

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of © Blue Shield of California for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of the time we tend to feel sad whenever we feel sick or someone else in the family. Who wouldn’t right? But portraying the sad aura could further worsen the pain or whatever ailment you’re feeling thus lengthening your weak days.
Laughter is the best medicine as they say and this has been the underlying principle of how Dr. Jim and his friend Bob have been dealing with sickness in the funniest way possible. These two hilarious individuals from Blue Shield California have been surfing the internet for quite some time and was able to hear a lot of medical sentiments. In order for their clients/patients/viewers to keep up with the medical jargons, they made medical management in the form of some video presentations in the funniest way possible.
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I am a lactose intolerant person and one time I suddenly decided to surf the internet for some remedies. Fortunately I was able to bump into Dr. Jim and Bob's Fun & Helpful Health Advice in video entitled “Tolerating Your Lactose Intolerance” and even if the video is not that lengthy, I was able to learn how to manage it in the simplest way ever.
Blue Shield California is a non-profit group that aims to give an effective alternative medicine. By visiting their official Facebook page, you would be able to have access to their fun yet informative videos and at the same time get to connect with numerous doctors that could somehow help you out in solving your health problems. Not only that, you get to know a lot of affordable health plans as well.
Whenever you feel sick, it’s okay to feel sad but don’t let it consume your entire sick days. Hop into the happy feeling immediately and be cured the soonest time possible.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Oceano Sand Dunes

Images of Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
The Oceano Sand Dunes is the second largest dune system in California, next to Glamis Sand Dunes. The Oceano Sand Dunes extend from South Luis Obispo County to North Santa Barbara County. We have not really explored very well this sand dune system in Oceano because of the weather on our first visit ( first day of our Big Sur thanksgiving vacation), and because of limited time on our second visit (last day of our vacation ). 
First day of our thanksgiving vacation, we drove North from San Diego to Morro Bay ( stop-over destination to avoid the longer drive to Big Sur and to explore places South of Big Sur that we often passed by but did not explore ). Before hitting Morro Bay, we stopped by the Oceano Sand Dunes which is South of Morro Bay. It was heavily raining during our drive, but we were lucky and blessed enough that rain stopped when we got to Oceano Sand Dunes. 
Boardwalk that Crosses Oso Flaco Lake to the Sand Dunes ( this photo by hubby )

A Sign of Gratitude


Beach Wedding
A wedding is considered to be a life-changing occasion not just for the two persons involved but also for all the people who have witnessed the solemn union particularly the family and friends of the couple. Before the final day has arrived, thorough planning, preparation and budgeting are usually done by the couple and all the people concerned to make sure that everything will go smoothly on the special day.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Christmas Holidays In London?

Whats on in London at Christmas? London is one of the places high in my list to visit someday and I believe it would be a wonderful time to visit during Christmas or post Christmas (New Year and early January) for various reasons.

First, a visit  at Christmas time I believe would be merrier. I do not shy away from a cold or chilly vacation, but I do shy away from a crowded and noisy vacation. Post Christmas I believe would be a very good time to be in London for me because it would be quieter, and quieter = merrier. I could just imagine walking around Victorian architecture all decked out for Christmas minus the huge crowds. For photography buffs, there is an added bonus of photographing all of London's wonderful  and fascinating sights such as the Tower of London, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Covent Gardens, etc in festive lights. It would be a joy to photograph London's ice skating rink, the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square, and the big stores all lit up for the Holidays!
 photo of  London Eye by Lebin Yuriy - http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=6439&picture=london-eye

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Sea Lions and Wave

Pounding Waves, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
As giant waves came pounding on the rocks and shore, the weary California sea lions look for a place to escape the pounding waves. In my previous post, I shared my imagined story about elephant seals expressions, in this post, let me share with you another of my imagined story about sea lions and the waves. Yes, being out of the doors sometimes bring me crazy stories, such as "The Sea Lion, Herring and Egret". Anyway, I am taking a break from sharing our experiences in our last thanksgiving Big Sur Vacation in favor of most recent experience here in home sweet San Diego.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

A taste of Blue at Hpnotiq

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hpnotiq for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.  - kulasa

     Check out the nail art on my cousin's toes. I've been going crazy over those lovely shades she's been wearing and wanting to have akin designs splashed on my feet too! And yes to finally learn how to apply the perfect blush on and lipsticks on my face. I am a late bloomer yes I've been told more than a dozen times and I just love weekends these days; all the time to hit downtown with hair down music up!; giggle with my single girlfriends and catch up on the love of their lives.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Who? @ Garrapata State Park, CA

Who is she? :) Hiking in the rain?
 and then, taking photos quickly when rain stops?

Quality and Affordable Hotel Supplies


Lounging Chairs @ Big Sur River Inn, Big Sur, CA
Running a successful hotel business entails a lot of planning, hard work, patience and most of all, correct business decisions particularly on important purchasing choices. Sourcing out for Hotel Supplies is a major task especially if you want to earn a good reputation in the hotel industry. To be able to serve the guests well and impress them, quality hotel supplies and amenities should be there in place.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Escape to Paradise in Big Sur, California

Self-photography @ Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California
Was it only nine days ago when I wrote about "A Big Sur Vacation?" Where I was dreaming of looking down at the clouds that kiss the mountains and the sea? Big Sur's haunting came to reality when early morning of Sunday before thanksgiving week, we drove to Big Sur for our much needed escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. We were lost for seven days experiencing Big Sur's natural wonders again. However, time flies so fast when you are having  rest and recreation therapy. Before I knew it, vacation is over.
Big Sur's Coastline

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Big Sur Vacation and Green Choice

McWay Falls, Big Sur, CA
North of Los Angeles, South of San Francisco, lies this strip of unspoiled California coast, where the mountains kiss the sea. This is nature's wonderland showcasing incredible coastal wilderness, definitely my favorite place in California for a vacation. It combines two of the world's features that I love most, MOUNTAINS and the OCEAN.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Progression of a Beautiful Day 2

First, let me explain the 2 in the title "Progression of a Beautiful Day 2". About two years ago, I wrote a post with the same title. The progression of the day in these two posts was similar, foggy morning, blue sky mid-day ending with a sunset. However, in my 2010's Progression post, the latter of the day was spent watching Miramar Air Show which is a yearly event in San Diego held 1st weekend of October usually. Because this is not really a sequel of my 2010 post, thus I can't add Part 2 to the title, however, I can't find a better title for this post ( pardon my unimaginative mind today), I decided to use the same title but just added the number 2 to distinguish the two posts. :)
Foggy Sunday Morning

Friday, November 09, 2012

Torrey Pines to Del Mar

Paragliding at Torrey Pines Gliderport
Do you think you can fly? If you think you can, you may want to visit my previous post on the popular flying sports here in San Diego, paragliding and hang gliding. For us, we don't fly, we let our feet carry us from down the beach up above the cliffs! :) Maybe, someday, I may try paragliding, but just as tandem with a licensed paraglider/hang glider, because I am not sure I wanted to go through formal lessons to get license to fly and be involved with the sport. Since we let our feet carry us from down the beach up the cliffs, let me share with you our beautiful Saturday last weekend. To fuel our long day, we started with sweet indulgence from Champagne French Bakery. We had napoleon, three layers mousse cake and French macaroons, and a cup of coffee. After that sweet breakfast, we went to Torrey Pines where we started our wandering. Instead of walking up the bluffs right away, we started walking on the beach first to Del Mar. I had that wish of experiencing my hubby's photographing of the pelicans windsurfing in the waves! But, the day was different, no pelicans wind surfing! :( But nevertheless, I was entertained by these cute sanderlings. 

Curious With India’s Hidden Beauty

Taj Mahal photo by David Castor of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Dcastor

India is one of the places in the world with richest cultures that are yet to be explored. No wonder it is gaining popularity among the world’s tourist destinations. It is clearly more than a populous place. In fact, the entire country is filled with magnificent architecture. Not to mention the famous Taj Mahal that is known to have a perfect symmetry.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Some Inland Birds In San Diego County

Great White Egret or Common Egret
You may see me often posting coastal birds here, such as the pelicans, cormorants, marbled goodwit, least terns, sand pipers, sea gulls, etc, that is because probably it is a lot easier to spot birds along the coast than inland. Along the coast, these birds are more exposed and always go by huge flocks, whereas inland, they are hidden in the bushes or in the trees, and they are seldom seen in huge flocks unless during their migration early in the morning or after sunset. Some of the birds here are not exclusive to inland only, because some, like the egrets can also be seen right along the coast, fishing in the beach.
Can You See the Poor Little Fish in Egret's Beak?

Pelicans, Dolphins and Other Coastal Birds at Torrey Pines to Del Mar Beach

 Pelicans Chasing the Waves @ North Torrey Pines State Beach
All pictures in this post were taken by my hubby during his relaxing walk from Torrey Pines to Del Mar Beach this week. 

Friday, November 02, 2012

Wildlife at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla

 Beach Below Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
La Jolla's Ellen Browing Scripps Park is said to be the most photographed place in San Diego according to AAA Magazine. This is one of our favorite places in San Diego to simply watch the time go by. The pictures I am sharing here in this post were all taken today during our leisurely stroll in this park. 
The park has large grassy area for picnic, however, since I will be featuring here the wildlife that abounds in this park, most of the pictures will show instead the ocean bluffs and cliffs. Let me start from the eastern portion of the park at La Jolla Caves.
 Kayakers Attempting to Get In La Jolla Caves

Chicken Salad Sandwich

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nature's Pride Bread for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Can you imagine a world without bread? Imagine waking up in the morning and not being able to eat your favorite sandwich. Imagine wanting to have a quick meal to ease your hunger pangs and you can’t make your favorite sandwich because there is no bread available in your kitchen.
One of the things I love about fall is the chance to prepare appetizing food for my family using Nature's Pride Bread. And today, I would like to share to you one of my family’s favorite – the Chicken Salad Sandwich.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Facebook Timeline Cover

My Personal Facebook Timeline Cover
How often do you change your Facebook profile cover? I change mine whenever I feel like linking my cover photos to specific posts in this blog. My cover photos serve not only to express my kind of fun, but also as a medium to promote my blog. :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Will Cell phone Camera Replace Point and Shoot Cameras?

Same Sight, Different Day, @ Torrey Pines
Several years ago, I planned on buying a small camera as my everyday camera. Something I can place inside my purse everyday to take photos of surprising or special moments. However, it never materialized because cell phone cameras kept on upgrading their features that I ended up using my cell phone camera as my everyday point and shoot camera. Of course, the cell phone camera can not replace a dslr for me especially shooting wildlife, taking macro shots, action pictures or capturing more details of rocks. But I find that I am satisfied with my cell phone as my point and shoot camera for landscape photos, thus, I no longer desire to buy a small and tiny for everyday camera. Here are some of cell phone shots from this weekend's and last weekend's wandering.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Home Sweet San Diego

a mini wordless but picture-filled post of some of my favorite photos that I took here in my adopted new home sweet home, San Diego.
 San Diego Skyline from Coronado Ferry Landing

Glucosamine Is The Key To Joint Wellbeing


The office staff were recently given a talk on ‘ Health and Care ‘ by the medical officer from the local hospital.  We were given an outline what health and care if all about.  One of the topic is how to prevent joint pain as we grow older.  As we grow older by the day, we become less efficient at renewing our connective tissue and one way to help the rebuilding of connective tissues around  our joints, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.  These tissues are continuously being formed and reformed during normal everyday activity.  And the only way to care for our joints is  to increase our intake of glucosamine in our daily intake, unfortunately very small amount is found in our food. 

Rain or Shine, It's Another Beautiful Weekend

Time flies when you are having fun. Before you know it, another weekend just passed.
We had our second drizzles here in San Diego since June of this year probably. I can't wait for more rain to come to shower the dried up soil so that by spring the trails will rejoice with happy colors.
 
Mt. Woodson Trail, Spring
Same trail as above @ Mt Woodson (notice the same shape of rocks), this weekend, 10/20/12  photo taken by cell phone

What New York Has To Offer


New York from Empire State Building
A single book would not be enough to fully discuss what New York has in store for the rest of its visitors. Over the years, it has become a well known city that everyone would love to set their feet on. It is a place where in the opposites happens to live harmoniously. They got solemn opera houses; intricate communication and fashion industries; fine museums; diverse culture and world famous landmarks that no other cities can offer.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Getting Close to Participants of Seabirds" Party

In my post last Saturday, "Surfing Dolphins at Torrey Pines", aside from dolphins having fun, we also enjoyed watching sea birds' party. Sunday, we decided to take better chances getting closer to the sea birds, so we went to La Jolla for a combined leisurely walk and photography. It was not really a very good day for bird photography (not a lot of them flying in groups or swimming in groups), but because this is San Diego's backyard ( where we live), we did not mind. We still enjoyed seeing these birds enjoy the beauty of life, again and again.

Here are some pictures from last Sunday's wanderings.

I. Getting Close to Participants of Seabirds" Party
 CA Brown Pelican In Flight

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Surfing Dolphins @ Torrey Pines

Photos from our wandering today in Torrey Pines- Del Mar trail, we enjoyed beautiful weather in our walk and were entertained by surfing dolphins who would also sometimes crossed path with other surfers.
 Surfing Dolphins @ Torrey Pines

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Grinell Lake Hike, Glacier National Park, MT

 Grinell Lake

Trail Description:
Mileage: 8 miles round trip without taking the boat
Elevation Gain/Loss: 220 ft
Trailhead: Many Glacier Hotel or Grinell Lake/Grinell Glacier trailhead @ Swiftcurrent campground

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nopalea and Sunset Watch

     I love watching the sun go down. Wherever I am when the sky starts turning gold I get this indescribable feeling of happiness. It is one day gone; hours that passed which can not be undone; a box of memories to cherish. Walking along the shores or climbing uphill to get the best view of the sky is an activity a high school buddy Rhod and I both love. Being still single and having a flexible work schedule she has time to accompany me each time.
"photo of me at the Pagoda taken by my friend Rhod"- Zenserly / kulasa

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Point Dume

Point Dume State Beach, Malibu, CA
We went here after our hike at Solstice Canyon Deer Valley Loop Trail, for lunch at The Sunset Restaurant which is an ocean front restaurant outside of Point Dume State Park. While waiting for our lunch, we were entertained by several dolphins playing in the surf. After lunch, my cousin and I took a relaxing stroll to the top of Point Dume. The complete Point Dume hike is 4 miles round trip, 400 ft change in elevation. Here are some more pictures of our after lunch stroll :)

A Rose Filled Lanai

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Waking up every day and being greeted with a lot of beautiful roses is considered to be one of the nicest feelings in the world. It would be a bit expensive to purchase cut roses daily and fill up your vases thus planting and growing your own is the most practical way to do. It would be very fulfilling to be able to see them bloom into gorgeous looking flowers.

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Summer That Was

La Jolla Shores Beach, San Diego, CA
Time flies so fast when you are having fun. Like the sea gulls above,  I believe time flies so fast for them chasing the fish in the sea. Like them, I was too. However, before I knew it, summer said goodbye. Maybe, I will get to play with the waves and the sea life again, next summer. 
Anemones, check out my sea star and anemone post

Cedar Finance

Mom and Baby Gorilla @ San Diego Zoo Safari Park
When I was still living in Connecticut, my academic director who was concerned I will get bored and homesick having no one around introduced me to a kindhearted group of Filipinos who welcomed me and made me feel at home. They were like my angels. There were times I got home feeling so sad and lonely for having no one to talk to, and all of a sudden, my phone would ring, one of them giving me a call to pick me up for dinner, or for some shopping ( wandering with them was shopping ), or for a movie, or just for a simple get-together. I would temporarily forget the feeling of longing to be closer to family and friends I left behind in the Philippines. 

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Artist Paint Pot, Yellowstone National Park

 Peach Colored Soil @ Artist Paint Pot
The Artist Paint Pot is South of Norris Geyser Basin and North of Madison Junction. The trail is an easy hike to several geothermal features which you will also probably see in the other parts of Yellowstone. Unlike Midway Geyser Basin and Lower Geyser Basin, the Artist Paint Pot geothermal features can be observed after about 0.3 mile hike along pine forest. After about 0.3 mile, there is a wooded boardwalk that slowly climbs up and goes around several features in Artist Paint Pot area, such as the mudpot below.  

The Convenience Of Air Taxis


Air Taxi?........
Aerial View of Mt. Rainier
An air taxi is another term for a charter plane that is being used for a charter flight. Such term because just like the land taxis, it can go to any place at any time you want.

You won’t be waiting in queue in a typical scheduled flight but of course expect that you would be paying more than the usual one. However, for those whose time is very important, getting a charter flight can actually be a money saver for them. If you’re in hurry or perhaps accompanying a group of important clients who needs to be in a distant meeting place, having a charter flight is much more practical. A lot of professional photographers also are hiring air taxis because it gives them the luxury of being able to shoot because like land taxis, charter flights can be designed in such a way that sightseeing becomes more pleasurable and taking photos become more productive. 
Aerial view of Mt. Rainier (top left corner) and Mt. St. Helens ( bottom right)
Charter flight services are most likely present in all major airports in the country just like the Boston Charter Flights that we once availed during a company convention. All of the participants had a convenient flight and never experience the hassle in the airport like what usually happens with passengers in a normal flight schedule.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Back to Photographing From the Highlands

Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA
(panorama shot above, and the 5 panorama below were taken using the new panorama feature in the new IOS6 of iPhone, I just upgraded my software but still use the old cell phone)
It has almost been 3 months since we have stopped hiking the highlands of San Diego. Since July, hiking and photographing from the highland took a backseat in favor of enjoying the waves. I sure had a wonderful 3 months riding the waves, snorkeling with the friendly leopard sharks and other fishes, and tidepoling

Life is More than Just a Beach.....At Torrey Pines

Life is more than just a beach.....

North Overlook @ Guy Fleming Trail, Torrey Pines State Reserve
at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach.

Moms Know Best

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pep Boys for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
~by Zenserly/kulasa~
     I woke up this morning to the sound of my phone beeping. I got a text message from a California number, my mom's. She apparently read on a social media network about a certain rumor at my workplace and I was surprised she learned it before I did. As always she poured out her sweet thoughts for me from across the miles family and work-wise even to headlight restoration as I told her I have been re-learning to drive like her. My uncle who has been lovingly fetching her from work will be going on a vacation and she must be able to drive alone starting this fall season. It is quite a challenge she has been sharing me because the streets are expected to be crowded because of weather conditions and my birthday season, the Halloween! How I terribly miss my mom. She won't be around to cook my favorite dishes for me on my special day yet she manages to make me feel special always with her endless advice. "Make sure your headlights are working well before you leave home!" "and don't forget to check your breaks!" she reminds me over Skype during our chats. There's this Pep Boys stores she learned of and their reliable headlight restoration kit, the perfect tool for us moms to easily restore our cars' hazy headlight lenses without the sweat and hassle of spending much.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

@ the top of Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces
Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces trail is one of the best way to experience Mammoth Hot Springs. The trail is a series of walkway and boardwalk loops. The boardwalk climbs 300 ft along marginally steep grades and wooded staircases.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Part 2 of Grand Canyon Rim to River Hike Via South Kaibab-Bright Angel Trail

Before continuing to the main content of this post, let me quickly share with you the interview I had with Nature Center Magazine. If you have some time, I invite you to read my thoughts on nature and blogging. Thank you so much - Betchai

Mules Carrying Some of Hiker's Camping Gears
This is the continuation of Grand Canyon Rim to River Hike via the South Kaibab-Bright Angel loop trail Part 1. In part 1, you will find the summary of hike and description of the route. In Part 2, we discuss the other questions frequently asked about this hike.

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Grand Canyon Rim to River Hike Via South Kaibab-Bright Angel Trail Part 1

hiker at grand canyon south kaibab trail
Hiker at South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
Mileage: 16 - 17+ miles, depending on your wandering in the trails and at the bottom of the river gorge
Elevation Change: 5000 ft descent/ascent
Best Time to Hike: During cooler months, late October - early April
Best Route: South Kaibab trail- river-Bright Angel trail

Some common questions asked in this hike:

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Lifetime Pass

We recently bought Lifetime Membership for a lifetime pass at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Is it worth it? I must say, it is!
Torrey Pines Cliffs from Flat Rock, San Diego, CA
( both pictures, top and bottom, were taken using the Panorama Feature in the new IOS application of iPhone)
Flat Rock from Torrey Pines Cliffs, San Diego, CA