Four years ago, I discovered the Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset magazine. By the way, if you've never read an issue of Sunset - beware - this publication is addicting! More specifically, Sunset magazine embroils the senses with the unique, fantastic getaways and the most inspiring and delicious interior decorating a magazine publication has to offer.
In the beginning, my basic knowledge of Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH as it's commonly known, was how the highway mingled with the west coast of the United States from the northern California coast to Southern California. I had been searching for a fantastic road trip adventure, and, to my traveler's delight, Pacific Coast Highway was the journey I was looking for!
After piling through information on Pinterest about PCH, my heart was pounding to go and explore the grains of sand, exquisite views, and glorious mountains, which caress the Pacific Coast Highway shoreline.
Forget going to the supermarket on your next road trip in California - get your heart's desire of delicious, fresh, mouth-watering organic produce by stopping at any one of the dozens of organic produce farm stores or farm stands which sell a variety of fresh, locally grown, organic produce.
Organic produce roams free range at organic produce farm stands along the California coast. There may be more organic produce stands than supermarkets in California! You'llYou'll find them everywhere when you are traveling the Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1, or other routes along coastal California.
Stop at one or more of the local stands to find a variety of super fresh produce at a reasonable price. Buying your organic produce locally gives you incredibly fresh produce, which hasn't been shipped across the country. Buying from farmers directly supports local business and local farmers, which is good for them and good for you!
Produce stands come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and
Looking for a seaside road trip, taking you down winding coastal highway? Do you crave the wind in your hair, sun, and surf? For an extended weekend of fun, drive or fly into San Francisco airport, then head out to Pacifica, California!
From San Francisco, take Route 1 South (Highway 280) to get to the shores of Pacifica. You'll know you're in Pacifica as you'll find one after another of gorgeous beaches, expansive sea vistas and outstanding views (surfers included!).
Grab a California State Park Day pass for $10 (or grab a California Explorer Park Pass if you are in Pacifica for more than a week). Get ready for fun in over 100 California state beaches, recreation areas, and parks in California. Parks usually open at 8am and close at sunset.
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I hear two sides to driving in the desert. First, there's the crowd who says, "There's nothing for miles", and I also hear people say, "It's a beautiful landscape."
It's picturesque on the surface, but below the surface you'll find a vast, amazing and brilliant world to explore.
Deserts are filled with millions of organisms of greens and tans, just staring down at you from their dry, hightop perches above the desert landscape. It's like they are all little versions of Yertle the Turtle from the Dr. Seuss storybook, looking down upon the cars as if to say,"I rule all that I see!".
Moving traffic is the entertainment of the hills and plants surrounding the highway on I-15 in southern Arizona, waiting for the observers in their vehicles to notice the patches of grasses, sagebrush and Joshua trees standing on the landscape. Each patch of greenery is a thriving community of microorganisms, small reptiles and plants. Millions upon millions of these little "islands of the desert" surround the road - contrasting the natural world to the strip of modern world, winding its way through the vast expanse of the desert.
Hiking through the desert is a fun, exciting and exhilarating outdoor experience you will want to have at least once in your life. Sage-scented air swirls around rock formations, and if you know where to look, certain spots have rock art from indigenous tribes dating back hundreds to thousands of years. Art from pre-historic tribes who marked their territory, where they buried their dead, or drawing pictures of the day-to-day activities such as hunting.
The desert offers much to those who stop to look. Take your time, close your eyes, and experience what this fragile location has to offer. Then open your eyes and see the beauty which falls across the landscape.
Insist on Your Choice of Restaurant
Do you really need to be selfish when it comes to eating out? YES, mainly if you have limited choices because of your dietary restrictions. Feeling bad because you think others are loosing out? Drop that feeling of guilt because that other person wouldn't feel the same about the situation if they were in your shoes.
People who aren't GF don't understand what we go through, they think it's silly or our digestive discomfort isn't that bad, and we should just put up with it. Seriously? When is the last time anyone enjoyed having pain and stomach cramps for three days because they ate a doughnut? Maybe some twisted masochist, but for the rest of the living comfortably crowd, we would instead feel good and eat good food, just like everyone else.
Take that gluten-free app, your restaurant guide, or your friend's advice and insist you eat at the restaurant which you CAN eat. The person that says "Well, hey, they have salads!", tell them the last time you checked you were not a manatee.
Be your gluten-free selfie-and own your GF status! Be bold, fearless and insist on your choice of eating establishment because, after all, your tastebuds need to be satisfied just like everyone else!
#2 Find a Gluten-Free Restaurant
Finding a GF restaurant may not sound hard, until you try to look for one, especially in a rural area. Cities have more food choices, and you can easily find a gluten-free option in a town, but what about less populated areas?
One of my favorite tools to find gf restaurants is Find Me Gluten Free App. Jason Elmore, creator of this app, is celiac. He decided to make the app after being frustrated about the difficulty of finding food that is safe to eat when you are eating out.
To find out more about Jason and how he created the Find Me Gluten Free App,
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