AD. This post contains gifted items, but all views are my own.
We could all use a little (or a lot) self care, especially in these crazy times. Before the pandemic, workouts were pretty routine, be it gym based, fitness classes, running groups, etc. While we are not back to normal yet, a good workout is still golden. Working up a good sweat and clearing your mind of all things (including covid). As travel gets moving again, I’m looking forward to squeezing in a good workout as I discover new destinations on my travels. It’s time to get out of the old sweats and get some fresh gym gear. Born Tough is a clothing company with a great line of gym and active wear. And Elite Sports has martial arts gear, gym bags and accessories. Here are my thoughts:
Born Tough Air Pro 2 in 1 Shorts
I’m guilty of wearing any old pair of gym shorts. Obviously, if you are at home and doing a home workout, it doesn’t matter much. You are on your own and there’s no one to see you in your old well worn stuff. But if you want to be a bit more serious at home, or be seen outdoors or in a gym, then these are the shorts to get. Whatever it is that you do for exercise, these shorts will help get you over the finish line. They have an inner compression layer and a light outer Air pro layer. They stretch with you and have a towel/shirt loop, inner phone pocket and back zipped pocket. They fit great and look cool.
Elite Sports Boxing Gear Gym Bag
A gym bag is a gym bag. But this one is different. Although it’s labelled as a boxing gear gym bag, it can be used for anything, workout or otherwise. There are 2 small pockets on the side for key passes, wallet, etc. On either end are large pockets for post-work-out clothing (vented) and the other for shoes. The middle main compartment has plenty of room for whatever else you have. It’s the perfect spot for my Tesalate workout towel. This gym bag is well made with heavy duty stitching and zippers.
Let’s get back to the future and the new world that’s waiting out there. Your workout awaits. Both Born Tough and Elite Sports have high quality functional products for home, outside, travel, or gym. And they are great value. They rate a solid 9 out of 10 for functionality, appearance and price. It’s time to look the part again and get some new workout gear. Join the mailing list for Elite Sports and Born Tough and get a discount code to save on your shorts, gym bag and other purchases.
In most urban areas, only around 500 stars are visible on a given night, but in the prized locations highlighted below, up to 15,000 are easily seen. That’s pretty incredible. It you’re planning a trip and want some nighttime eye candy, here are six of the best places in the world to go outside and look up. Here’s where to travel for the best stargazing in the world.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
The Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has perhaps the most ideal stargazing conditions in the world. At an elevation above 13,000 feet, it is the highest point in Hawaii. Its high elevation and location in the middle of the Pacific create excellent conditions, but the surrounding cloud layer makes it even more perfect for studying the sky. A tropical inversion cloud layer 2,000 feet thick sits below the summit, preventing pollutants and moist air from the ocean from rising up. The view itself is so spectacular that one of the world’s most advanced astronomical observatories is located at the top. The visitor’s center at 9,000 feet offers lectures, question and answer sessions, and telescope viewing.
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania might seem like an odd place for first-class stargazing, but Cherry Springs State Park is one of the best viewing points in the world. The 82 acre park is set within the 262,000 acre Susquehannock State Forest, protecting it from light pollution. A tremendous number of stars are visible at this Gold-Certified International Dark Sky Park. In fact, the sky is so dark that the Northern Lights were seen here four times back in 2014, a very unusual event this far below the Arctic Circle. The park offers Night Sky Tours on Friday and Saturday nights that use lasers to identify and explain constellations and planets. Visitors can also use telescopes on site.
Atacama Desert, Chile
The Atacama Desert in Chile is already a stunning natural wonder with its red dunes, huge rock formations, and even a desert flowering in wet years. It’s also the driest non-polar desert in the world due to its high elevation, which makes it an exceptionally perfect place for stargazing. The newly constructed ALMA Observatory takes advantage of these conditions and the lack of light pollution in the desert. At times, the Milky Way can shine so brightly here that it casts a shadow on the desert floor.
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
In 2007, Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah became the first ever International Dark Sky Park, a designation since reserved for the best stargazing locations in the world. The beauty of the stars visible in the desert is supplemented by the striking natural setting. Owachomo bridge, perhaps the oldest bridge in the park, was created when a river changed course and carved a hole into solid rock.
Denali National Park, Alaska
The Northern Lights are caused by a coronal mass ejection, which is a gust of solar wind and magnetic fields that interact with the earth’s atmosphere. The result are stunning dancing waves of green, red, blue, and violet that are occasionally visible in northern climates. Denali National Park in Alaska is one of the best places for viewing the phenomenon. The park encompasses four million acres of federally protected land, and the cold and clear Alaskan nights made conditions ideal. The magnificent park also offers bears, wolves, caribou, and moose as well as some of the most stunning mountain views in the world. This is definitely where to travel for the best stargazing in the world.
Brave stargazers might seek to venture inside the Arctic Circle itself for viewing the northern lights. There’s no better place to experience the enchanted north than Tromsø. Not only does it offer fantastic views of the aurora borealis (the sun is invisible from November to January), it’s a lovely city in its own right. In the 19th century it was called the Paris of the North, and visitors can enjoy reindeer spotting, sledding with huskies, and visiting the famous Arctic Cathedral in this Norse and Sami medieval city. And if you are thinking of travelling to Norway, you don’t want to miss the Fjords!
There you have it. Some of the best destinations in the world to gaze at the wonder of stars. Some are easy to get to and some not so easy to get to but it’s well worth it to get out there. It’s time to travel!
Cheesemakers around the United States are creating tasty goat cheeses, rich, sharp cheddars, mellow brie, and various other types. There’s a cheese for basically everyone, whether you like it plain, on toast, with fruit or chocolate, or in velvety mac & cheese. Artisan cheese stores, cheese trails, festivals, and workshops are available in addition to the products of these cheesemakers. Here are the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover!
Wisconsin is a must for every cheese-related list, and we could include the whole state, but it’s pretty big! Madison is the place to go if you want to cover most of Wisconsin’s cheeses. Specialty cheesemakers, artisan cheese stores, and many restaurants are scattered all across the state capital. Many varieties of cheese from all across the state (and further) are readily available on virtually every corner. What makes Madison unique is that they also have many new small breweries that go great with all of that cheese. You also have to try a batch of Wisconsin cheese curds while you are in Madison!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Home of the blues and buttermilk chicken is also proud to have a lot of delicious cheese. New Orleans is also famous for its beignets and smoky coffee (both of which you should try), but it has also become a gastronomic haven in recent years. New Orleans is wonderful for a weekend trip, with many brewers, bakers, and cheesemakers waiting for you to try their products. You can easily find restaurants selling elegant cheese boards, informal cheese tastings, and stores specializing in all things cheese throughout the city. You can even visit a cheese farm if you travel just outside of the city. New Orleans has many things to offer to pair with cheese, and that’s why it’s one of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover!
New York City, New York
In New York City, you can’t travel very far without encountering cheese. Every possible sort of cheese can easily be found here, from goat to vegan and back. Locals from Manhattan argue that the best cheese can be found at the Ideal Cheese Shop on 1st Avenue, with many imported kinds of cheese and other delicacies. However, if you are here for the first time, there are many things to do in NYC as a newcomer besides eating cheese. You must go roaming through Manhattan; even if you go through it randomly, you will run into many beautiful places. A great view of the whole of NYC is offered from the top of the Empire State Building, and trust us; you don’t want to miss that.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Although cheese and New Mexico may not appear to go together, this state is America’s fourth-largest cheese producer, with around 150 dairy farms. Visit Santa Fe for a weekend of art and hiking in the area’s National Park, followed by cheese sampling at one of the area’s numerous dairies. The sheer amount of cheesemakers makes Santa Fe one of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover, because it offers a vast diversity of different cheeses.
San Francisco, California
With so many farms within driving distance of San Francisco, it’s no surprise that the city has some fantastic cheese stores. It’s also the site of one of the Cheesemonger Invitationals, which brings together the top cheese lovers from all around the country. Cheese connoisseurs should sign up ahead of time for The Cheese School’s three-day extensive cheese course. If that’s still too much for you, the school also offers cheese tastings and pairing lessons. Alternatively, pick up some traditional San Francisco sourdough and combine it with your favorite cheese from one of the city’s many cheese shops. To burn those calories you got from eating cheese, you should consider hiking while you’re in California. There are many great hiking destinations that will allow you to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
This Florida city managed to beat Philadelphia in the number of cheesesteaks made. The Philly cheesesteak in Fort Lauderdale offers many options on which cheese will be used. You can choose from a variety of cheeses ranging from regular American cheese to artisanal goudas. If you plan on visiting Fort Lauderdale, make sure to take a road trip through Florida, since it has a lot to offer. Fort Lauderdale is also home to hundreds of cheese and wine events that happen almost every day.
This small state has a lot of cheese. Vermont has the most cheesemakers per capita of any state, and they create over 150 different types of cheese. Plan a road trip through Vermont, following the Vermont Cheese Trail, and get the most out of this cheese destination. It will take you through beautiful landscapes, tiny towns with cheese sampling, and shopping possibilities at every turn. For cheese lovers everywhere, it’s a dream come true.
The United States of America has a lot of cheese destinations that you should visit. The diversity of cultures and different landscapes is represented in the diversity of cheeses. That’s why you should visit all of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover. You will get to know the whole country better, and you will experience many different cultures and beautiful landscapes during your travels!