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Paradise Park Trail, Mt Hood Oregon

Spent a few days climbing up Mt Hood along the Zigzag River to camp in some stunning alpine meadows this past August. If anyone wants to be wowed by some surreal beauty I highly recommend this hike and do make time for at least a couple nights up there as its truly a beautiful inspiring display of Gods art work. Here are a few images I shot while up there and I will be back, its worth another trip up. Read more

Jetboil – Finest Cooking System For Outdoors

The least liked aspect of life in the outdoors was the cooking. Imagine having to lug cumbersome cooking stoves and vacuum flasks to a snowy mountain top and then trying to rustle up a meal in that kind of temperature and pressure. Chances are you came close to chucking the stove down the mountain side. This was until Jetboil came along.

The founders of jetboil realized that the key to convenient cooking in the outdoors is efficient heat transfer which was very difficult with conventional equipment. The very ‘raison d ‘etre’’ of Jetboil equipment is to simplify mobile cooking.

The new Helios system from Jetboil for instance comes with 2L FluxRing pot with neoprene cozy, pot support burning base push button igniter assembly, fuel can stabilizer, snap on windscreen, lid and bottom covers that can be used as plates.  There is also an optional 3 liter pot. The fuel is sold separately. Talk about utility stuff.

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Understanding The Force of Courage

“Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:6-7, 9 (NKJV)

God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power – power to be courageous and do exploits!

Many people Have dreams they have failed to actualize; they are tormented by fear and vicissitudes of life. They are like the rocking chair that is in motion but gains no movement; all because they lack what it takes to possess their possessions. Courage is the most needed tool for victory.

Courage is the principal requirement for exploits in life. It must have been what Caleb possessed that enabled him to give a positive report on the Promised Land (even though the giants were still there), when the others gave evil report that they were not able to possess the land (Numbers 13:30-33)

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Top Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice derived from the dry ground root of the Curcuma longa, a plant native to India and Indonesia with the health benefits of turmeric being utilized for many tens of generations. Although the root has a thick brown skin and orange flesh, turmeric is a deep yellow-orange color from which it derives the nickname of Indian saffron. Turmeric has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years, but it is best known today for its culinary uses. Turmeric gives American yellow mustard its bright yellow color, and it is one of the main ingredients in curry dishes. It has a bitter, peppery flavor and gives off a scent that is similar to mixture of orange peel and ginger.

History of Turmeric

Evidence suggests that turmeric has been used for over 5,000 years. Its use began in Indonesia and India, where it became a valued Ayurvedic medicine where the health benefits of turmeric are used extensively. Use of turmeric for both culinary and medical purposes began to spread in the following centuries, first reaching China and the Middle East. The Middle East introduced turmeric to European traders in the 13th century. Today, turmeric is still principally harvested in India and Indonesia, but it is also an important export in many other countries, such as China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Jamaica and Haiti.

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Benefits of Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are underrated in today’s elite fitness society. Perhaps it’s because they cost less than fancy fitness equipment. Or perhaps because they come in a variety of colors they give the impression that they don’t offer anything of lasting value to the serious exercise enthusiast. Seriously guys, it’s about time you know the truth. Resistance bands may be cheap, but they have a ton of benefits — serious health benefits. (…and just in case you didn’t know, the colors are there for a reason: It’s the band’s way of telling you how easy or difficult the resistance or tension they provide is).

A resistance band is more than a portable piece of exercise equipment that you can bring with you wherever you go (although for busy people or jetsetters, this is a major factor in its appeal). Here’s the lowdown on the health and exercise benefits of this amazingly simple snake-like piece of equipment:

* Resistance bands improve your coordination and balance because you need to use more muscle groups to stabilize your body.

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Fresh Roasted Jalapeño Infused Almond, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Mix

Fresh roasted is so much better, so I have decided that to get flavors I like I needed to start roasting nuts with my favorite seasonings, which for the most part I like a spicy kick, so I went with the best, Anthony Spices from Arizona. Not only are these spices full of flavor, they also offer a wide range of heat levels from 1-10. My favorites are the Arizona Hatch (heat level 7), Arizona Jalapeño (heat level 5), Arizona Chipotle (heat level 6) and finally the hottest one Arizona Habanero (heat level 10). All of their offerings are amazing and you cannot go wrong with any of them. During the process I tried to gauge how much seasoning it took to do a pound of nuts and roughly figured you could get 6-10lb’s of roasted nuts per bottle of spice, depending on how much you like on yours. All of there products are non GMO, have no MSG and are gluten free….check out their entire product offerings here Anthony Spices Ok onward to the easy process of creating your own roasted nuts. First I like to point out that if you do your homework you can find “bulk” deals on the internet and or locally as once you start doing this on your own you will not be buying much of the store bought products again, just remember you must start with RAW nuts and you can mix it up a bit and do a blend like I did below. Ok on to the roasting process…..Enjoy!

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The benefits of taking ZMA

ZMA is an anabolic mineral formula which has been scientifically designed. ZMA contains Zinc Monomethionine Aspartate along with Vitamin B6 and Magnesium Aspartate and is a completely natural product. The product has been clinically proven to increase the anabolic hormone in the body and increase muscle strength for trained athletes.

Increase in the level of exercise leads to the loss of minerals and vitamins which makes it very important for bodybuilders to maintain the appropriate level of vitamins and minerals in their body. With the increase in the sugar level in the blood, urination increases which further increases the loss of folic acid, B6, B12, zinc, magnesium and several other nutrients. Zinc supplements can help maintain the appropriate levels of zinc in the body.

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