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December 16th, 2013 | By | 1,341 Comments

Photo Tip: Kelsey Finn

Photo Tip of the Week from photo contributor, Kelsey Finn…
Get close to your subject. Since water reduces color, contrast, and sharpness – the closer you are, the more crisp and vibrant the photo will be.

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December 14th, 2013 | By | 31 Comments

SeaMade: Top 5 Coastal CA Brews A series on surf, cross training and lessons on all things salty by guest blogger, Madison

‘Tis the season to crack a frothy one and get merry with friends and family. Did you know that beer especially comes in handy around the holidays? Just think of all the benefits of beer this time of year… potentially awkward family and work parties get lightened up, there is no preparation except to chill it in the fridge before hosting an ugly sweater party, you can make ordinary recipes (hyperlink ‘recipes’ to extraordinary, and there are countless special holiday editions (make ‘special holiday editions’ hyperlink to Beer season- I think so! Being that San Diego is the craft beer mecca of our country, and possibly the world, we don’t really have a season for extra beer consumption, but for all of you feeling extra keen to drink some crafty brews, you’ve come to the right spot. To follow are my picks for the five best breweries in San Diego (did I hear someone say brewery crawl?) and a standout brew from each. Santa, if you’re reading this, feel free to put these five ales under my tree…
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December 13th, 2013 | By | 118 Comments

How To: Do Joshua Tree in A Weekend Guest blog by Johnie | Dirtbag Darling

Arriving in Joshua Tree National Park feels a bit like entering a Dr. Seuss story, and not just because of the bulbous boulders and whimsical yucca trees. Joshua Tree is like a fantasyland for rock climbers thanks to an endless number of world-class routes. And if you aren’t into climbing? There’s still plenty of scrambles, hikes, and all-around rad adventures to be had in the massive desert park.
Read on for your weekend guide to it all by Dirtbag Darling Blogger, Johnie (more…)

December 12th, 2013 | By | 87 Comments


Here are a few of the best exercises to do during the holiday season…

Table Push Aways and Fork Put Downs.

Notice: You still have a fork, are eating and being festive. Please don’t feel the need to be the weird relative eating just a lettuce wedge and reciting nutrition facts on eggnog. Just remember to stop when you are full, try to not go back for thirds or fourths, and share the desert with a friend (or the dog under the table. If it doesn’t have chocolate in it).
- Guest Blogger, Rebekah Steen

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