With just over a week left of our time living in San Diego before relocating to Orlando via Sri Lanka. For this reason, we have been getting a bit nostalgic. As tribute on our Instagram as well as our blog we are counting down the top things that we love and will really miss about our time in San Diego. . . Check out our blog post on Our 5 Favorite California Adventures, link in bio @coleman_concierge . . This is our favorite thing about the weekends in Pacific Beach, sunny days, oceanside yoga, and people getting out in the water. We will miss the fact that this is a short 8 block walk from our house. . . What are some of your favorite things about where you live?
"These are the animals that are the reason why you don't see old animals in the wild. You don't see sick animals in the wild. You don't see lame animals in the wild, and its all because of the predator: the lion, the tiger, the leopard, all the cats." . -Tippi Hedren (Animal Rights Activist) . Happy National Cat Day! As many of you know cats play a major part in our lives (they even make up our logo 😻), and they are the yard stick that we use to measure our time until long-term full time travel. . . Is there an animal that plays a major role in your life? If so what is it, and what role does it play?
Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels it becomes the path itself! . -Mehmet Murat ildan What kind of traveler are you?
For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. -Jacques-Yves Cousteau . . If you had to pick only one environmental cause to save and protect what would you choose?
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir Sending love out there to all of our friends in the LA area dealing with the terrible fires ❤❤ . . This is a shot from the beginning of our hike in big Basin redwoods park near Santa Cruz California. To learn more about this amazing hike check out the link in our bio @coleman_concierge . . What's going on in your Universe today?
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We came for the Redwoods, and stayed for the waterfalls! On our recent trip to Santa Cruz we knew we had to make time for at least one hike in the Redwoods. Upon further research we learned of Berry Creek Falls and, being the waterfall lovers that we are, we knew we wanted to hike it! Needless to say, it was one of the most beautiful hikes we have taken in a while! To learn all about what makes this amazing trail special ( besides giant ancient redwood trees and waterfalls) click the link in our bio @coleman_concierge . . What features do you look for when choosing a hike?
Few places hold reverence to hikers and Americans like the Redwood Forest. It goes beyond the verse in This Land is My Land and scenery from Star Wars.It's a unique ecosystem that is only found in America that has endured for over 2000 years. Think about that. These trees were around before Julius Ceaser. Perhaps they put out some oxygen that Ceaser breathed in his last breath. . Last week we ventured into Big Basin Redwoods State Park to tackle to notorious Berry Creek Falls Trail. This beast was the longest continuous hike Jenn has hiked with significant elevation changes. What really sets it apart was the opportunity to hike through old growth redwood forests and find not one, not two but four waterfalls that have a combined drop of over 300'! Stay tuned and we will be posting a picture of all of the waterfalls, but if you can't wait, check out our most recent post. Link in Bio @coleman_concierge . . What is your favorite hike and why?
Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be. -- Jennifer Elisabeth . . . What quality or fun fact about you, if people knew, they would think you were absolutely crazy? 😋😂
If you don't die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young. -Anne Lamott . . What is your go-to music to uplift you?
Tucson is the quintessential city of the Sonoran Desert. She is ringed by five mountain ranges climbing up to 9,000’ with the valley floor at 2,500’. Some people say the desert is lifeless. They are wrong. As we walked up the Romero Pools Trail, we remembered just how special this place is. It’s vibrant, unique and full of life. Read more about our Romero Pools hike in this week's article on Colemanconcierge.com (link in bio @coleman_concierge) . . . Have you ever played tourist in a town you used to live in?
Just south of us in Pacific Beach lies the hippie surf town of Ocean Beach. Ocean Beach is one of our favorite places to go hit the farmers market or one of their other amazing street fairs! Just to the south of Ocean Beach live Sunset Cliffs, which as per its namesake is an amazing place to catch a sunset! To learn more about what makes OB so special check out the link in our profile @coleman_concierge . . What's your favorite place to catch a sunset?
Ocean Beach is a town just outside of San Diego that's home to Dog Beach, the OB Pier, and Sunset Cliffs which are perhaps the best place to catch a sunset in San Diego. What you will not find in Ocean Beach is a swath of chain restaurants and hotels. There is a distinct lack of commercialization in this city and here’s why. In 1915, Ocean Beach was connected to San Diego by light rail and a bridge to Mission Beach. In 1951, the bridge was demolished, which logistically isolated Ocean Beach from the city. OB remained isolated until1967 when I-8 construction was completed. Ocean Beach “rejoined” San Diego in the Summer of Love but the hippie culture that grew up during its isolated period still remains today. It’s still not the easiest beach to reach or park at, but it has a charm and character that makes it unique and worth visiting. We tell all our secrets about visiting Ocean Beach in our latest post "The Insider's Guide to Ocean Beach". Link in bio @coleman_concierge . . What is the best place to visit in your town?
This weekend we returned to our old haunts in Tucson Arizona. We stayed at a beautiful resort to take advantage of the off season pricing and hiked around the Sonoran Desert. The beauty and nostalgia inspired us to write. Here is an excerpt from this weeks article (to be published Friday) Saguaros are the perfect example of life in the desert. They are old and slow growing. When you see them with their prickly thorns, they look like tough and impregnable but they really are following a narrow life path. They need their host plant when they are young, which they eventually kill as they grow. When you look closer at an old saguaro, you’ll see all kinds of cracks and holes that animals live in. They need the saguaros just like the saguaro needs them to distribute the fruit. The mature saguaro’s 120’ root span sucks a lot of valuable water out of the ground, which keeps other plants from growing, but it also stabilizes a considerable amount of soil from washing away in the monsoon floods. They are a juxtaposition between strength and vulnerability, taking and giving that forms this world in balance. . . What have you been doing to find balance in your life.?
Angels Landing is known for these epic cliffs and fantastic views. Hundreds of thousand of hikers take on this trail every year. There are so many people, parts of the trail (like Walter's Wiggles)that are paved. How did they get all the concrete up there? A helicopter flew 258 trips to take 88 cubic yards of concrete! Can you imagine?!?! . . Pictured is the last quarter mile of the chain section of the trail, straight up this sharp ridgeline to the top! To learn all about this epic hike click into the link in our bio. @coleman_concierge . . We are rounding the last bit of the week today, heading out of town for the weekend. Follow along and you will see where are weekend takes us..... . . What are your plans for the long weekend?
Sunsets are a magical time of day, especially after concurring your fears and building friendships. Our group took on Angels Landing the next day. Angels landing is a 5 1/2 mile hike in Zion park that climbs over a thousand feet but what sets it apart it the final half mile. The final approach to the summit is over a ridge with sheer thousand foot drops to your side and a chain to hang on to. Even with the fear factor, it's one of Zion's classic and most popular hikes. Check out out post in "Is Angels Landing the Best Hike in Zion" - link in bio @coleman_concierge . . Have you ever been on a scary hike?
Does this look like a lesson in Zen to you? Some dictionaries definition of Zen emphasizes enlightenment for the student by the most direct possible means. What is more direct than facing your fears on top of a 200' cliff. In this week's post "Finding Zen With the Zion Guru" (link in bio @coleman_concierge), we explore canyoneering in Zion and overcoming our fears. Shunryu Suzuki-Roishi, a spiritual master said – “ If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually, it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer.” . . Have you ever had to quiet the waves of your mind? How do you do it?
We are a team at Coleman Concierge. Ed and Jenn out to conquer the world and live to write about it 😉 This is the view as we climbed up to our final rappel on our Zion Canyoneering adventure with Johnathan from @zionguru . After a long afternoon, filled with all kinds of adventure the group felt a little hesitation with the drop, the biggest of the day at 200'. . We spent extra time writing this week's story because it was a special experience for the group to overcome this obstacle. We had to focus and find our Zen place. We had to reduce all our problems to that one foot of rope in front of us and decide that we could move forward one foot at a time. . This week's blog post is narrative piece on outdoor adventure and overcoming your fears. You don't have to be a climber to have this story resonate with you. You just needed to have faced an obstacle in your life. Please read our piece, and let us know what you think 😊 Finding Zen with Zion Guru. Link @coleman_concierge . Have you ever felt fear but overcame your obstacle?