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The Mutiny Crews Top Coffee Shops and Coffee Roasters (so far)...

Some of you may know that I am a self-proclaimed coffee snob. I mean that in the kindest way though...I've never turned away a cup o' joe offered from a friend and I still can be found drinking an occasional cup at a diner or even, get this, a gas station (gasp!). But on the whole, I really do like a good  an exquisite cup of coffee...often in the form of a latte or, better yet, a flat white. My habit has also rubbed off on Clark, although he's not quite as picky selective as me. I love coffee. I love trying coffees everywhere I go. And I love sharing my love of coffee (here's a photo glossary of espresso drinks for your viewing pleasure).

So, it dawned on me yesterday, as I was enjoying a homemade spiced flat white, made with some beans from Black Cup Roasters in Anchorage, that I've yet to do a "round up" kind of post about my love. Instead, you'd only find my favorites by perusing through Instagram or shuffling through the many scattered photos o…

Rambling Yogi: Episode 10 ~ The Studio at Grayton Beach, FL

Styles of Yoga Offered:
Vinyasa StyleClass(es) I Took:
Yoga Wave (Advanced)Instructor:
Laura BailyPrice:
$15 drop-in
We stayed in Grayton Beach (a tiny community near Santa Rosa Beach) at the end of January 2014. It was bitterly cold and we ended up getting iced in for a few extra days...but not before I had the chance to check out the local yoga scene.

My first foray into 30A yoga was at The Studio which was, at the time, located in the Central Square of Seaside. I'll tell you, all of the town names and addresses were very confusing, When I was first searching for yoga classes online I couldn't tell if Santa Rosa or Seaside was closer to where we were camped. Turns out they're kinda the same place, although I'm sure the locals will correct me on that...or maybe it's the towns Watercolor and Seagrove, I have no idea.

Anyway, The Studio was a really nice place with real, dark stained wooden floors and beautiful drapery and a mirrored wall. It's very minimalist yet…

Rambling Yogi: Episode 9 ~ The Studio at Zen ~ Panama City Beach, Florida

Studio at Zen
707 R. Jackson Blvd.
Panama City Beach,  Fl  32407

Style of Yoga Offered:

Class(es) I Took:
HathaVinyasaBasic/BeginnerMediationEbb & Flow (gentle)Vinyasa Jam (advanced level)Rockin' Vinyasa (faster paces intermediate level) Instructor:
Judy Christian
$10 drop-in
The Studio at Zen is located on the grounds of The Zen Garden Market and Lotus Cafe. The Merchants at Zen Gardens are a collection of 4 businesses working together to foster health, beauty and happiness. It was like hitting the jackpot when I came across this place...I could take a yoga class, grab a late breakfast and pick up a few specialty items all at the same place.

The grounds did not disappoint. Zen Gardens is extremely...well, zen. It really does feel like your stepping into a sacred space. The gardens are beautiful (they grow and sell plants) and the buildings are inviting. There are water features, lounging areas and it just feels so inviting. The yoga studio is a re-purposed screened garde…

A Quick Stop at Mount St. Helens National Monument

{Dates of Visit: Aug 22-25, 2014}

Mount St. Helens' last catastrophic eruption occurred on May 18, 1980. I was 9 (almost 10!) years old and remember that, even though I lived on the other side of the country, I was terrified of the devastation Mother Nature had just unleashed. This was back in the day when we were all afraid of nuclear bombs and fall out, which meant the end of the world, so when the news spoke about the eruption in terms of atomic bombs I was certain it was the end. Here's how the Institute For Creation Research put it:
As the summit and north slope slid off the volcano that morning, pressure was released inside the volcano - where super hot liquid water immediately flashed to steam. The northward-directed steam explosion released energy equivalent to 20 million tons of TNT, which toppled 150 square miles of forest in six minutes. In Spirit lake, north of the volcano, an enormous water wave, initiated by one-eighth cubic mile of rockslide debris, stripp…

Finding Nirvana in Unlikely Places ~ Cosmopolis, Washington

{Dates of visit Aug 20-22, 2014}

We often find ourselves in uncharted territory. That is, after all, the whole reason for hitting the see new things, go new places, meet new people. But it often means we have no idea what's out there. We rely, like most RVers, on a collection of websites, blogs, FB pages and word-of mouth recommendations from fellow fulltimers to steer us in the right direction. Of course, we sometimes go places without Internet and then we are left to own devices. It's hit or miss sometimes (like out train experience in Eastern Washington, which was a miss). But our stop at Artic RV Park on the outskirts of Cosmopolis, Washington was a big, unexpected, hit.

We (and by "we" I mean "I" {Lynn}) found this place on a whim. Truth be told, it could have been that the end of the month was approaching and this was the cheapest place within our preferred driving distance. Either way it was one of my favorite private campgrounds to date.

The Icing on the Cake...The Beaches of Olympic National Park

The beaches included in Olympic National Park are some of the most unique that we've seen in our travels. We were awed by the sunrises on the East Coast and impressed with the sugar white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. Of course we've always been partial to Northern California's rough and wild coastline (even if you couldn't get in the frigid waters) and nothing is as iconic as Southern California's Malibu Beach. Texas impressed us with it's windswept coastline and Michigan...well, it may not technically be a beach but you'd never know by looking at it. But the wow factor that comes from the Olympic Beaches have been seered in my memory.

My high school buddy (and now Washington State resident and explorer), Kim, recommended we visit Second Beach. It's one of her favorite beaches because it incorporates a beautiful wooded hike that ends at the gorgeous, flat sandy beach. It's also per friendly, something that makes her dog, Piper, very happy. Since it…