Simple/Cheap Ways To Repel Insects and Bugs While Camping

October 2, 2015

I hate annoying bugs and I want to kill them all! Unfortunately they are very important to our ecosystem and we shouldn't kill them. So here are a bunch of ways to repel insects and bugs while you are camping:

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil: I heard that this is just as effect as the stuff in insect repellent. It's also used to prevent deer tick bites. Spray it on your skin and be bug free!

Soybean Oil: Can keep mosquitoes away for about 1 hour and 15 minutes!

Dryer Sheets: If you put a dryer sheet in your pocket while you hike or camp, it can repel all sorts of insects and bugs like gnats, flies, and mosquitoes.

Garlic: If you eat so much that you sweat garlic, bugs will stay away from you. But your friends might too.

Herbs: Place basil, citronella, lemongrass, and mint plants around the campground to help repel insects and bugs.

Cinnamon: If you pour cinnamon on the ant hills, they go crazy and will leave.  Pour some in a half circle in front of you tent too prevent ants from coming into your tent.
Baking Soda: A less expensive alternative to cinnamon.  Repels ants/bugs and stops ant trails.

Baby Powder: Sprinkle around the camp ground to repel Bees and Wasps.

Chalk: Repels ants and stops ant trails

Get Rid Of Standing Water: Bugs and Insects love standing water like swamps, puddles, open cans, and beer/food/drink liquid.

Make A Trap:  If you get a cup, fill it with water, add sugar, make a cone out of paper/tape and place it so that it goes into the cup but doesn't touch the water; you can make yourself a trap for most bugs with wings.  Put it in random places around camp or the perimeter and catch all the bugs before they get to you.

Citrus Peels: If you have ants, especially red ants. The ants will eat the citrus and die because they cant handle the acid.


Good Vibe Waterfalls

September 26, 2015

I'm semi addicted to chasing waterfalls and recently I discovered the reason behind this addiction, waterfalls make people happy.  It sounds crazy at first but it makes sense.  If we look into a microscope we'll see that waterfalls produce negatively charged ions in the surround air.  When a person inhales negative ions, their blood becomes enriched with good vibes.  There has been some research on this subject such as Pierce J. Howard, a Ph.D. and author of The Owner's Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research.  Howard claims:
"High concentrations of negative ions are essential for high energy and positive mood," he reports. "Negative ions suppress serotonin levels in much the same way that natural sunlight suppresses melatonin. Hence the invigorating effect of fresh air and sunshine and the correspondingly depressed feelings associated with being closed in and dark."
He continues:
"The atmosphere we breathe normally is full of positive and negative ions," he adds. "Air-conditioning, lack of ventilation, and long dry spells remove negative ions." 
He adds:
"The best ratios of negative to positive ions are associated with waterfalls and the time before, during, and after storms," says Howard. "The worst are found in windowless rooms and closed, moving vehicles."
It's not just waterfalls that have this negative ion effect, the beach is another example.  Anywhere that has water colliding with water, will have an atmosphere full of negative ions.  One of my favorite things to do is to hike and search for waterfalls and now I know why.



Explore San Diego: Ho Chi Minh Trail

September 21, 2015

This trail is pretty badass, it can also be extended to be even more badass by hiking to Gliderport as a detour.  This is what separates a hike from an adventure.  I don't want to give anything visual away because part of adventuring is exploring and it's way more fun when you get to see the scene for yourself for the first time.  But I added some pictures at the end for you folks that don't give a F.  The trail isn't that long but it is kind of difficult and semi-sketch.  It's not easy which makes it a pretty sweet date/adventure.  Here is the entrance to the trail and a link to for DIRECTIONS.

Here's a list of things I packed and would suggest for your badass adventure but don't litter your trash please:
  • 1 Fjallraven Classic Backpack
  • 1 Beach Towel
  • 1 Canteen filled with ice cold water
  • 1 bag of trail mix
  • 1 bag of chips/other snack
  • 1 Good Company Apparel Summer hoodie
  • 1 beach toy ie: frisbee, football, hula hoop
  • 1 bluetooth speaker
  • 1 external battery charger
  • 1 phone chord
  • 1 mini tripod 
  • 1 board shorts/bathing suit
  • 0 shoes, you can do this barefoot if you're badass

Feel Good 1: Focus on Your Passion

November 5, 2014

I read the most amazing book the yesterday.  It told me to take an hour out of my day, everyday, to focus or build on my passion.  This amazing book is putting me back on track to achieve my goal and I'm going to try my best to stay on it.  Everybody should incorporate this into their lives to keep their passion burning and their dream into reality.  Google incorporates this practice, their employees are allowed one hour of creative free time to work on their own project.  Even if your current project or goal doesn't work out, at least you'll learn something from it and you can grow from your mistake and move onto something new.  Progress and growth are the key, whether it be personal, emotional, career, educational, or inspirational; do something, it'll help you be happy and give you purpose.  If you are not growing, you need to put yourself in a position where you can start growing again.  

Once you realize what your passion is, drive for it.  Your passion is your goal in life for the time being and you need to work hard until that fire burns out.  Don't worry if your passion fades, most do.  When it does adjust.  Take some time to discover the world or yourself and find a new passion.  Your new passion will be your new goal in life and it will be your new purpose.  Remember your passion is your mission.  It is your goal and your purpose in life.  Everybody's purpose is different and some might have more than others.  When the fire is burning, let it burn uncontrollably and fuel your passion.  Tackle it like a double cheeseburger combo from In n Out after a 3 day music festival. 

Try not to get distracted.  Don't watch TV or dabble in addicting.  These things will prolong you from achieving your goal.  Remember that you're on a mission and that your time is valuable.  Every second counts.  Make the most of it because life is too short 

It's Sunday. Here's Your Feel Good Story of the Week

March 2, 2014

For one day, the great city of San Francisco transformed into the Dark Metropolitan known as Gotham City.  Villains and criminals ran wild; mayhem was as prevalent as the smell of smoke and fire.  The police could not maintain this disruption of peace and help was nowhere to be found.  Gotham City has been taken.  Or has it?

An unexpected visitor has arrived.  It''s Batkid!  If you haven't heard, Batkid has made his first appearance in public eyes and his real identity has also been revealed!  Batkid, aka Miles Scott, was able to help clean the streets of Gotham City by defeating every, single, bad guy with some help of Batman.  Watch this heartwarming video to see how a 5-year-old cancer survivor's dreams came true.