Antelope Canyon

The photos in Instagram could be deceiving to visit Antelope Canyon. The only way to get there is through tour. Choose the early morning first tour even choosing the first tour it could very busy and crowded. In some places there is a only room for one person but you got to pass by many people, it is busy just like New York subway!

Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, it is an incredible place where water and time have eroded the rock and turned it into a slot canyon. The result is an incredible formation of smooth, flowing rock. In 1997 the Navajo Tribe turned the area into a Navajo Tribal Park, opening up Antelope Canyon for tourism.

Geology

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes.

Navajo Sandstone is a geologic formation that is spread across the U.S. states of southern Nevada, northern Arizona, northwest Colorado, and Utah. The formation is particularly prominent in southern Utah, where it forms the main attractions of a number of national parks and monuments including Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Canyonlands National Park. [Source]

At Antelope Canyon, rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic ‘flowing’ shapes in the rock. Flooding in the canyon still occurs. [Source]

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, “the place where water runs through rocks” by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level so no climbing is required. Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower.

Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. Winter colors tend to be a little more muted. Light beams start to peek into the canyon around March 15 and disappear by October 7 each year. [Source]

Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the streambed. It is entirely located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. [Source]

Visiting Antelope Canyon

– The road to Antelope Canyon is gated by the Navajo Nation and entry is restricted to guided tours led by authorized tour guides
– Cost per person typically ranges from $30-$80 USD. A list of authorized guides can be found here. For our trip we paid $48.23 per person with taxes and fees included.
– As of May 1, 2011, a 2-hour time limit was instated for each section (Upper and Lower)
– Flash floods are a safety risk when visiting Antelope Canyon. Ladder systems are now bolted in place, cargo nets are installed at the top of the canyon, and there is an alarm horn to warn of any dangers
– To visit Antelope Canyon, begin your journey in Page, Arizona
– For more information visit the official website

Horseshoe Bend

Good morning travelers ~ Isn’t it ironic? And I’m not talking about “like rain on your wedding day” but like how the Lake Powell area’s #1 attraction is not located on Lake Powell at all! According to TripAdvisor.com, the #1 thing to do in the Page Arizona area is Horseshoe Bend. Not hard to see why – this vista is absolutely stunning, and if you’re into geology, it’s incredible that it even came to be.

Funny thing is that Horseshoe Bend, though considered to be the #1 attraction in the Lake Powell area, isn’t part of Lake Powell itself. It’s part of Glen Canyon of the Colorado River, an example of a formation called an “entrenched meander.” If you’re visiting the Lake Powell area, you have to try and see Horseshoe Bend. It’s free, how great can that be, and it’s considered to be one of the Lake Powell Arizona area’s easier hikes – or is it? GrandCanyon.com

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.The rock walls of Horseshoe Bend contain hematite, platinum, garnet, and other minerals.By 2018 references to the location on social media had caused the number of visitors to increase significantly. [Source]

When you park your car and on the way to hike. It says extremely hot and get the water on the way. It might be the case for the hot weather but it was raining, stormy on the day we visited.

Subatai launch

Me and my hubby, we both work out almost everyday. Since you working out everyday you can’t wear your regular bags to gym. Then we went through nightmare of selecting brand gym bags. After careful consideration of gym bag, I got puma agility fitness bag. The grey glitterish color, soft texture and it was huge so I could fit in everything.  Then after 2 months the color faded and become worn out!!! After spending $60 for brand name I was surely expecting at least longevity.

My hubby has like 12 brand gym bags. One is torn, another too small, one strap stopped functioning, another clinged into something and got big hole, another destroyed in rainy weather.

So we had an idea to create stylish, high quality, water resistance and longevity gym bags.  The process took couple months. First working on designs, logos, brand name, etc. Researching most high quality materials then partners to execute everything.

Finally it’s launching…

www.etsy.com/listing/633227164/subatai-gym-bag

Intermittent Fasting

All You Needed To Know About Intermittent Fasting And Why It Works

Intermittent fasting is a very popular fitness trend nowadays. Studies show that it helps you to not only lose weight and stay fit, but it can also positively impact your life and even make your life longer.

Bright Side decided to do some research on this topic and figure out what intermittent fasting is and how it works. We were really impressed by what we found and are excited to share the information with you.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where the period of eating and the period of fasting trade off in shifts. It’s not a diet since it doesn’t change what you eat, but instead, it changes when you eat.

Unlike diets, fasting is very natural for all living things, even human beings. People were fasting thousands of years ago since in the past, food wasn’t always readily available and wasn’t a guaranteed resource. That being the case, our bodies are actually very well adapted to fasting.

And even today, many of the major religions practice fasting in different forms with many people following them and feeling great.

Based on all of this information, we conclude that fasting is less stressful on our bodies than many diets are.

How does it work?

To put it simply, when you eat, your body spends a few hours processing the food you’ve recently consumed, taking all the energy necessary from that food. When you fast for a certain amount of time, your body doesn’t have this source of energy and has nothing to do but use the fat you have stored.

Our bodies’ reaction to eating causes the production of insulin. And the greater our sensitivity to insulin, the more efficiently we use the energy from our food. After a period of fasting we become the most sensitive to insulin. All these changes lead to weight loss and help to build muscles.

The benefits of intermittent fasting

Different studies have proven that intermittent fasting not only helps you to stay in good shape, but it also can improve your health and prevent many diseases.

6 most popular ways to do intermittent fasting

The 16/8 method:

Your “eating window” lasts 8 hours during the day and the other 16 hours are used as fasting time. During the fasting hours you can only drink water, tea, coffee or other non-caloric beverages. Women are generally recommended to fast for a bit shorter period of 14-15 hours.

When fasting, you can skip breakfast and have your first meal at noon, followed by your last one by 8 pm. Or, if you have your first meal at 9 in the morning, you should stop eating at 5pm. Choose the timing that suits you and your daily schedule best.

Most people find that this way of intermittent fasting is the most effortless, so this eating in this pattern is the most popular.

24-hour fast

Once a week you stop eating for 24 hours, from dinner one day to dinner the next. Or you can opt to fast from breakfast to breakfast or lunch to lunch. During the rest of the days of the week you eat normally.

The 5/2 method

Here, you eat normally for 5 days a week and two days a week you only consume 20-25% of your normal daily calorie intake.

Fasting every other day

Everything is obvious here: you’re fasting every other day. That means you either eat nothing on fasting days or a very minimal amount of food not more than 20% of your daily calorie intake.

The warrior diet

If you follow the warrior diet you are supposed to have only one 4-hour eating window at night when you eat just one very big meal. During the day time you are allowed to eat only small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables.

Spontaneous

This fasting pattern suits those who can’t follow any of above listed schedules. From time to time you may choose to skip meals or have a whole fasting day when you feel like doing it. It’s all about what fits your lifestyle and schedule best.

Intermittent fasting has already proven its efficiency with many different people and you can see great results after a short time of implementing it. But it’s really important to remember that the quality of food you eat is crucial. Don’t expect to lose weight, gain muscles and improve your health if you don’t give up junk food and sugar-sweetened drinks.

via Brightside 

Game of Thrones Live Symphony

The line to get in was 45mins wait!

When you go to live symphony there is no way to describe how your heartbeat goes up especially if you are game of thrones fan!

“GoT” fans will not only have the chance to listen to the music first hand but the show also features theatrical visuals where fans can relive pivotal scenes from the show.

The Game of Thrones Live Experience is set to hit the stage at SAP Center on Saturday, Sept. 8, as one of their 23 stops on tour.

A Bellagio Restaurant

Located in downtown Campbell, CA. I was searching for most romantic places near SAP center before Symphony so it was not the first choice but it popped up.

First I got there then the front lady was nice to seat me right away even without the reservation. It was nice weather in Campbell on last Saturday, Sep 8th.

The service was exceptional! They came in few minutes with menus and drink offers. Then I didn’t know what kind of wine bottle to get but I like light and my significant other likes dry she recommended Castello de Classica. It was best choice!

Then we ordered couple starters Antipasto and Caprese.

Antipasto: COPPA, SALAMI, BRESAOLA, PANCETTA, PROSCIUTTO, OLIVES

Caprese: FRESH MOZZARELLA, BASIL, SLICED TOMATO, EVOO – both tasted exquisite and melted in my mouth.

While you were waiting they played Sonatas on the piano and atmosphere is extravaganza! They had tiny real flowers and candles on each table!

Don’t forget to order your sparkling water! It’s good for digestion!

Since we both were on diet, waitress recommended PENNE AL SALMONE – SMOKED SALMON, ONION, BRANDY CREAM SAUCE and Chicken SPECIAL that was broiled in charcoal. Tasted so good and yet healthy which is hardly  the case in Italian restaurant.

We mentioned it was our 12th Anniversary they gave us mango sorbet on the house!!! So healthy and delicious! Made our special day more special!

Mount Tamalpais

Sunday hike to Mount Tamalpais.

The drive to Mount Tamalpais is scenery altough the drive is curvy. Just remind me of the drive to Yosemite National Park.

There is parking all the way to the top and you can bring envelope and pay for parking they were out of envelopes.

There were 2 paths to go. One of them is 0,3mile hike and goes straight to top, it’s not good with kids since there are steps and stones and bumps on the way. But once you are on top the view is magnificent you can see bridges, city covered by fog.

There is another path. 0,7 mile walk it was steady walk and you could bring strollers with you.

Don’t  bring your food here cause there are a lot of bees. I was bitten by bee and I had really allergic reaction.