Monday, November 09, 2015

Sunset Walk

Ahhh, I know I haven't been so present here in my "joys of of simple life", but please know, I have never given up enjoying simple life, such as sunset walk....

It Was a Flying Sundate

For several years now, there's always a very long line at Potato Chip Rock each time we pass by it going to Mt Woodson summit. I still fondly remember the old days when we would spend a long resting time at the Chip and no one bothers. Thankfully, Mt Woodson is littered by so many fun boulders to play and fly.

Two Easy Ways to Create a More Centered Life this holiday Season

Life can get overwhelming for everyone at times. The holidays can be a particularly stressful time. Between all of the shopping, cleaning, decorating, and cooking, in addition to your normal job and chores, you can begin to feel the stress of the holidays very early on. Dealing with family members and friends in high volumes can also be enough to make you want to scream. This year, use these techniques to manage your stress levels and center your life for a happier, healthier holiday season.

Practice Meditation

Meditation is a practice that has been used to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety and heal emotional and physical wounds. It is a great technique to know because it is cheap and can be utilized anywhere at anytime. The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness offers outstanding tips to begin learning mediation and will take you from the very basics through to high-level meditation techniques. Learn to meditate, so you can begin to focus your attention on what matters during stressful times and ensure a less stressful holiday season.

Get More Sleep

Because the holiday season can be filled with so much to do, you may find yourself getting less sleep than usual. This is a surefire way to become more irritable and stressed out. During the holidays, carefully plan out your weekly schedule to ensure that you are getting your full eight hours of sleep each night. This may mean that you have to turn down some obligations. At the end of the day, however, this will make your holidays more fulfilling and relaxed, rather than rushed and stressed.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip (4 )

Jasper National Park, AB, Canada
So many places..... so little time. 10 days of adventure in the Canadian Rockies were definitely not enough. Only that I also knew at the time of planning that we could not go beyond 10 days, not because we get tired physically, but I usually feel sick of outside foods. I guess that is the drawback of having a taste only for fresh vegetables, fish and fruits. It's hard to be away from the comforts of home. After a while, I feel weak, not from wandering and hiking, but from a lack of nutritious home prepared foods. But 10 days, were definitely enough for us to be inspired and rejuvenated. Nature's wonder is always a strong healing force for me. It is for that reason that our travels would always seek the healing power of nature's beauty.
Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, AB, Canada
In this 4th part of the Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip series, I will be sharing some inspiring places we were blessed to enjoy at Jasper National Park. Jasper is the largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain National Parks and part of UNESCO World Heritage site. Its shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest, all surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks are some of the reasons why it is in UNESCO's World Heritage List – deemed by the World Heritage Committee to number among the most significant sights on earth.

Just a day before our wanderings here, we were heavily rained out at Yoho National Park. Heavily rained out, but very much thankful. That heavy rain was answered prayers. The Canadian Rockies at that time were battling wildfire at Banff and Jasper National Parks. Very thankfully, heavy rain poured just a day before we were set for Jasper, and it put off the fire in the area. There was no more threat of road closures in Columbia Icefield, and no more threat of not reaching our hotel at Jasper. :) It was a time to rejoice for us.
jumping for joy, no more hazy and smoky skies, no more wildfire

Saturdate with the Birds

Grebes and Cormorants at Lake Hodges.

The Best Reasons to Buy Lake Property

Do you love the idea of living in a home with a private and secluded feel but with the action of a city within driving distance? Now is a good time to consider buying a home on a lake or land near a lake where you can build your dream home. Living on the water lets you enjoy all your favorite outdoor and lake activities, but you'll also love the quiet and peaceful feel of the neighborhood. Check out some other great reasons to invest in lakefront property before you consult with a real estate agent.

Plenty of Options

When you first think of lakefront living, you might picture a log cabin with a rustic look and feel. The homes located on lakes today come in just as many options as you would find in any suburban neighborhood. You'll find small one bedroom homes that are perfect for couples just starting out, larger homes for growing families, fixer upper places that need a little work and luxury homes like you might see on television. Your real estate agent can find you the perfect home that works with any budget you have.

Convenient Location

Ask any local about Lake Wylie living and they'll likely tell you that their favorite thing is its convenient location, and many of those who live on a lake feel exactly the same way. Where else can you enjoy the comfort and serenity of a home without any close by neighbors and still get to a popular city in 30 minutes or less? Many of the larger lakes let you buy land that sits close to other homes or land where there is no one else around for what seems like miles.

Things to Do

Whether you decide to purchase property on Lake Wylie or any other lake, you'll love knowing that there are so many things to do right outside your front door. You might add a small dock or pier that lets you keep your boat close by, dip your toes in the water or just dive right into the water on a hot day. Many lakeside communities host festivals and other events every year for locals as well. Depending on where you buy, you may even have access to hiking trails and horseback riding. If you love the outdoors, you will love living right on the lake.

I am Dreaming of Sand

Father Crowley Point, Death Valley National Park
My mind is just blank and tired right now, and of all places, I have been missing and really aching to go back to the desert! Though we have lots of sand here from the beaches in San Diego, but I am missing the desert's sand!

I truly miss the time I am rolling and hiking in this desert full of sand!

to better understand my appreciation for the desert as much as the mountains and the oceans, you can visit my post here "The Desert Through My Eyes".
Anyway, have been everywhere today, I believe that's what happen when the mind is very tired! You just simply want to walk...walk...and walk....and enjoy the fullness of life in our natural world! Here's my weekend reality right now in San Diego, thankfully, though have been busy, but the outdoors have not taken a backseat at all.
Life by the Beach ( would you believe this is actually right next to the beach? )
My fish find at the beach :)
Some Wildflowers by the Beach
Up the Mountains
Colors @ The Mountains
The Hills and Valleys

Nice Places to Vacation

Going on vacation can cost a lot of money. Because it is a significant financial investment, you need to do some research before you commit to spending any money. Choosing your travel destination can be a rather daunting assignment. There are many things you will need to consider before your trip. You should try to bundle your hotel, airfare and rental car together. This will save you a lot of money if you are able to do this. Here are some nice places to vacation that you might want to consider.

1. Paris

The French capitol of Paris is known around the world for being an incredibly romantic city. If you want to have a romantic getaway with that special someone in your life, Paris is the perfect place to do it. When it comes to gourmet food, beautiful architecture and shopping for designer clothes, Paris has every other city beat. Since Paris is a major tourist destination, you will need to give some thought as to when you will take your trip. If you want to avoid large crowds at many of the most popular tourist attractions, you should plan your trip during the months with cooler weather.

2. Costa Rica

Are you thinking about planning a vacation so you and your hubby can enjoy some fun in the sun? If this is the case, you should seriously consider a trip to Costa Rica. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. When you are not busy sunning yourself on the beach or frolicking in the surf, you are sure to be snapping countless photos so you can remember this romantic excursion. For a large list of the best Costa Rica vacation spots, you should visit

3. London

While the weather in the British city of London may not always be the best, this city remains one of the best places to visit on the planet. London has a theater district that is second in the world behind only Broadway in New York City. There are also countless tourist attractions that are sure to thrill you and your guests. One hour outside of London is Windsor Castle. This is the weekend residence of Queen Elizabeth. This is a place that must not be missed during your trip. Just be sure to pack some warm clothes and bring an umbrella to battle London's famously rainy and cold weather.