There’s something enticing in a ritual of a bouldering trip. The anticipation of pushing yourself to make that leap of faith from one rock to another while cheering on friends who are doing the same makes you want to push yourself further with every climb. There is something familiar in the air the morning before a climb – the phone is buzzing as your friends discuss where to meet up, creating a playlist for the ride, even tying your shoe laces has a certain adrenaline rush to it.
For those to love the outdoors but suffer from seasonal allergies, Spring may be the Achilles Heel to those of us who are inclined embrace the changing of the seasons. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you indulge in the beauty of Spring without suffering from the repercussions of pollen allergies. Runners, hikers, golfers, and bikers who have seasonal allergies can continue to pursue their passions.
Topics: For Your Health
Every day we find ourselves engulfed in the mundane routine of work, only to come home to relax in front of a television where we’re bombarded by commercials that tell us that we have to work harder in order to buy more things – it’s no wonder that rates of depression are staggering upon American citizens.
I remember in high school my brothers and I would go to the gym after school and would spend hours lifting weights, doing cardio, and playing basketball only to come home with a large appetite and even larger eyes for the fridge. We would clean the shelves, eating everything in sight – thinking it was absolutely okay because we had a great workout at the gym. Looking back, I should have avoided the second serving of steak or not eating enough greens.
My brother met his now wife at a party and took her out on their first date to a newly built village by the beach where there is countless restaurants, ice cream shops, luxury shopping, concerts and people watching. They had their first kiss on a bench overlooking the ocean before they headed upstairs to a rooftop jazz bar. Fast forward six years later, he proposed to my sister-in-law on that very same bench and laughed about the quirks and the enticing process of getting to know that someone who you will spend the rest of your life with.
Growing up on the shore on the East Coast made me have a special connection with the water. A sort of longing that can’t keep me away for too long. All of my favorite memories include windswept hair and sandy feet. Early September is usually when people get their last swim in, the ocean is incredibly warm but overly crowded with tourists, or Benny’s as we name them at the Jersey Shore. It’s summer’s last bittersweet kiss. Sometimes I savor in the memory of a night swim when the ocean is calm with a group of friends (sorry mom). But as we splash through the night, our surf inclined group discusses how they are looking forward to the end of the summer season.
Topics: Summer Apparel
The great outdoors is the ultimate escape from the stress of reality. When one strays from the beaten path, or in this case the concrete one, they can find peace of mind when they envelop themselves in fresh air and wilderness. The further one gets away from cell phone reception, the more inclined they become to embrace or even adapt to a simpler lifestyle. Fine dining comes second hand to a meal cooked in the woods under the stars and a smoky bonfire. If you’re planning on camping, you’ll likely want a freshly cooked meal, and there is nothing more satisfying than setting up a campfire then hearing the crackle and sizzle of your food heating up. Cooking in Mother Nature should require no pots and pans, and especially no cleanup. Just remember to bring a fork and foil, and you’re in business.