Tiger Balms are NostalgiC

Tiger Balm was the cure for everything as a kid. You're sick ? Apply Tiger Balm. You're sore? Apply Tiger Balm. You have a migraine? Apply Tiger Balm. So I wanted to refresh a product I've used all my life.  Here's my first take at a new look and feel of Tiger Balm. Enjoy the process. More to come. 

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Last & First - Big Sur CA.

 

36.361° N, 121.856° W //

a. US 101-S to Cabrillo Hwy 1

b.  Los Pedres National Forest

c. Sand Dollar Beach @ Big Sur, CA.

d. Camp either Prewitt Ridge or Plasket Ridge Rd  (Both are dispersed camping. No need for reservation) 

 

Happy New Years everyone. How’d you bring in the New Year? I spent mine camping in Big Sur for the last time of the year, and surfed for the first time of 2018.

Yes, I had major fomo while my friends and family raged together. But, I’m glad I went outdoors. I feel like camping into the new year is going to be an annual thing for me. Out there with the birds I spent time reflecting. I feel blessed to have a job, a home, great friends and Good health. I wish for all those things to continue to vibrate vibrantly.

Cheers to 2018.

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New Pet Fish

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Totally caught me by surprise. 

Anna quietly plotted this awesome birthday gift, with the help of some of my surf friends. She couldn’t wait until January 2nd so she showed it to me early. It all worked out because I came to LA to surprise Anna for Christmas. Michael Zippi finished the custom board early. Since I was driving we solved her dilemma of getting the board back to SF. Winning all around.

ps. It’s so pretty I don’t want to use it.  Also my favorite color too.

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I Feel Like National Geographic's

I didn’t expect to see whales when checking the surf, but these are the wins worth waking up early for. Here’s a family of grey whales feeding just yards from my tent. They’re so majestic and awe-inspiring to watch. What really got me was the entourage of dolphins and seals dancing, racing and picking at their food scraps. It's moments like these that instantaneously change your mood. Mother nature’s so beautiful. Enjoy.

I LIVE FOR THESE MOMENTS

When the ocean is my front yard. Where salt crystals dress your hair. How the sun kisses your back, and the sunsets, that sets the world on fire. 

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WARNING: ZION MORE MAGNIFICENT IN REAL-TIME

37.2690° N, 112.9469° W //

a. Zion National Park

b. Watchman Campgrounds

c. Shuttle from the village. Stop No.4

Angels Landing is probably one of my favorite hikes.  The End. 

PS. If you're afraid of heights. Don't mess with this one. Parts of the route is terrifyingly high, and narrow. 

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the VIRGIN RIVER aka narrows

37.3050° N, 112.9491° W //

a. Zion National Park

b. Watchman Campgrounds

c. Shuttle from the village. Last stop No.9 is the Narrows. 

It's not an uphill battle like the rest of Zion, but The Narrows is one of the more difficult hikes, leaving my ankles and knees sore for the rest of the trip. The hike in is a linear trek amidst skyscraper like canyons, made of iron sediments and eroded rocks. Water sits about ankle high, and rises up to your chest. The further you trek in, the tighter the corridors are as claustrophobia kicks in.  Remember to bring a walking stick, or show up super early as nomads of the past leave behind hiking wands. We started at 5 AM but I wouldn't recommend it. The downside is you're in the dark for a section of the hike, and you're missing the grandiose effect of it all. The upside is that you're alone, the afternoon crowd can be irritating. Lastly the allure of hiking through cool, cold water quickly fades, and is replaced by phantom boulders, slippery algae and concealed pockets in the river bed, waiting to ambush your knees, ankles, and thrusting you into the river. 

In hindsight, I'd only hike to the narrowest part of the trail called "Wallstreet" and head back. Any further you're asking for a beating. It all feels the same the rest of the route. Thank me later, you're welcome. 

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