New Place // The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA
The Pacific Coast Highway, which runs over 600 miles along the California coast is one of the most scenic and beautiful road trips in the US. For those who like to camp it’s the perfect opportunity to spend time under the stars and some quality time with Mother Nature. But as much as I prefer the outdoors, there is one hotel along the way that I have been dying to stay at. It’s the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. About the halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles, it’s a one of a kind spot not to be missed.
Built in the late 1950’s with additions in the 1960’s to make it what it is today, each of the 110 rooms are completely decked out in accordance to a theme and appropriately named. With names like Showboat, Pony Room, Caveman, Swiss Chalet, it’s kitsch overload, but in the best way. If you want to leave the 1000-acre grounds to explore the Central Coast wine region, check out downtown SLO or Hearst Castle, there is plenty to do. But with a couple restaurants, a spa, horseback riding, and pink tennis courts, I might be ok staying put for a couple days.
New Thing // Portable Water Filter
The option to drink the water from fresh streams and lakes while backpacking or camping can be a gratifying experience. The freedom from not having to carry every drop of water you need is a huge weight off your back, no pun intended. But no matter how fresh the water is, some level of filtration is necessary. If you’re in the United States or Canada, the majority of fresh water can be used for drinking if boiled, filtered or made safe with iodine tablets. My method of choice is a small portable filter such as the Sawyer Mini. For under $30, the Sawyer mini can be attached to a plastic water bottle, inline with your hydration pack, or even used to drink directly from your water source.
Of course, there are always situations when this kind of filter might not be the right choice. If you’re headed to an international destination or want an extra layer of protection, a water purifier, which also gets rid of viruses, might be a better choice. For more information, check out this great article from outdoorgearlab.com that tested 15 different options for portable water filtration.
Best Self // Lemon Water
A regular morning routine is an important part of my day. By taking the time to care for my mind, body, and spirit each morning before I leave the house, I know I am doing everything I can to set my day up for success. One important piece of my morning routine is drinking warm (not boiling) lemon water right after I brush my teeth and before I do anything else. Some of the notable benefits of drinking lemon water are:
- Boost Energy
- Boost metabolism
- High in vitamin C
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Digestive Aid
Just a few days of adding the lemon water into my routine, I could already feel some of the benefits. If you want to read more about of the benefits of drinking lemon water, check out this article from livingtraditionally.com.
Side note: Because lemons are high in acidity and over time the acid can eat away at tooth enamel, it’s important to rinse your mouth with plain water or use a straw.
Hope you enjoyed this weeks Wave!