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December 7th, 2014 | By | No Comments

A Slice of Life | Reusable Bottle

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By now, we all know that the situation regarding plastic in our oceans is getting worse and worse. According to environmental awareness website EcoWatch, “one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans,” and “44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.”
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December 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Saturday Salute | Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

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When in search of a spirit to get into the Holiday spirit, nothing beats at mug of Glühwein. Spicy, slightly sweet, and served warm, this travel mug-ready beverage is a go-to pick for Christmas tree lightings and holiday parades (it does make sitting in the cold, watching swarms twinkle light-wrapped scooters getting herded through a street a bit easier to sit through). Throwing an ugly sweater party? Best to have a crock pot of this stuff ready. If the mix of wine and brandy doesn’t lift your spirits, the smell of winter spice throughout the house will do the trick.
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December 5th, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Tips for Your First Time Rock Climbing A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall.

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“Riding a bike works your legs but not your brain. Playing chess works your mind but not your body. Climbing brings it all together.” —Pat Ament

My first rock climb was up a towering rock formation looming over California’s Idyllwild wilderness—three pitches and many hours with two much more experienced friends who would make sure I was safe. It was way out of my league and I scrambled over the top with bloody fingers, scraped knees, shaking arms and barely a scrap of energy left. But looking out over the mountains around us, I knew I was hooked. (more…)

December 5th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Behind the Cover | Ryan Struck Holiday Cover Photog Talks Getting the Shot in New Jersey's Freezing Surf Scene

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First off, did you build the snowman for that shot? haha

Ryan:  Before I swam out to shoot some fisheye, I noticed a young child building the snowman and I knew I had to get out before the sunset and grab a lineup shot. After swimming for awhile I ran back to change out of my wetsuit and hurried back to snap this photo. So stoked I did. As to all the people asking, no this is not photoshopped or a composite image. It was truly a serendipitous beach moment… or was it? (more…)