Mountain Thoughts

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Mountain Thoughts: A Summit a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The list of long-disputed paths to the fountain of youth includes the Mediterranean diet, the fish-based diet of Japan and miscellaneous factors such as happiness and sense of accomplishment. What is not disputed are the positive effects of exercise on general

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Mountain Thoughts: The Magic of Diamond Dust

He used to call it “Diamantenpulver," or diamond dust, the mesmerizing weather phenomenon that only happens when the air is so cold and dry that humid air crystallizes into pulverized diamonds floating through the air. My great grandpa, Tata, lived

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Mountain Thoughts: On Turning 40

Growing up, I had a lot of ideas about what it would be like to be 40 years old. My parents were 40; my friend’s parents were 40; and they were all so old. They had jobs, kids, a house, and did boring adult stuff. They had grey hair, were balding and overwei

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Mountain Thoughts: The Irresistible Call of Summits

Some of us see a hill or a mountain, and we're compelled climb it. I've often wondered why that is. The call for moving forward, going higher, discovering what's behind the next bend or ridge can become an almost uncontrollable urge. What is it about summits?

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Mountain Thoughts: Polishing the Pearl

Reflections from Summer Vacation in Croatia Smooth pebbles kiss the luminous waters of the Adriatic Sea, and the stark slopes of the Dinaric Alps serve as the breathtaking backdrop. Nothing if not dramatic, Croatia is an intoxicating blend of na

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Mountain Thoughts: The Transformative Power of Travel

With over 12 years experience in the fitness industry, Holly Semanoff is an IFBB Professional Fitness Competitor, accomplished yoga teacher and mother of three. Holly is ranked as one of the top 10 fitness competitors in the world, and she always strives t

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An Enchanted Spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains

April is that unique, enchanted, fleeting moment in the Blue Ridge Mountains called spring. It’s a time when these ancient mountains, carved by the scars of millennial time and erosion, take on the spellbinding quality of metamorphosis from brown, quiet wint

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Mountain Thoughts: Reacting to Life's Kerfuffles

What happens when life hands you a kerfuffle? A few weekends ago, I finally had a chance to ski. It’s been hard to get away this winter because of my kids sports schedules and on our free weekends, there’s been zero snow. Finally, the stars align

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Mountain Thoughts: Active Lifestyle for the Real World

Mike Semanoff is a professional skydiver/paraglider, publicist, editor, veteran, husband and father of three. He shares his tips for staying excited and engaged about fitness in

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