Archive for the ‘How To’ Category

December 27th, 2014 | By | 119 Comments

How To Do Puerto Rico in A Week A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors from Johnie Gall of Dirtbag Darling.

puerto-rico-travel-guide-week
I’m sitting in a cafe in Lajas, Puerto Rico, chewing on a chunk of fried white cheese, a warm breeze skipping across the table, the salt on my body so thick it feels like a second skin. We’re the only ones who speak English, so when laughter erupts from the other end of the restaurant, we can only speculate—but it’s that content type of musing that comes from being in a new place that simultaneously feels so familiar. We’re tired, beaten by the sun, scabs forming on our scrapes, camera memory cards begging for reprieve, smiles unfailing, $8 tickets for a night boat ride through the bay tucked under our plates. So this is Puerto Rico—and now all I can do is wonder how I’m going to convince myself get on that return flight in a few days. (more…)

Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
December 7th, 2014 | By | 118 Comments

A Slice of Life | Reusable Bottle

flash-tattoo-water-bottle-small

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.”
(more…)

December 6th, 2014 | By | 24 Comments

Saturday Salute | Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

mulled-wine
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.
Read on for the recipe… (more…)

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.

climbing1
“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…)