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The Grinch’s GREEN Guide to Holiday Marketing

So much of marketing is focused only on the bottom line. How much can we bump SALES up?

But what about responsible purchases?  This is our big moment to flex our GREEN MUSCLES!  With that in mind I have re-focused this marketing blog… (but you are welcome to visit the original Grinch’s guide here.)

Aquarirum of the BAYConsumers enjoy holidays quite a lot

But sometimes we marketers, frankly, do not.

green refrain:

It seems like they gravitate to the plastic crap

And then put it in glittery  plastic gift wrap

Buyers say their budgets are tight the paychecks are  lean

But let’s help them think sustainable and GREEN

It’s the end of the year! We must budget and plan!

But we try to be festive as much as we can.

As you work and you stress, you may feel your eyes squinch

Though you love what you do, you might feel like a Grinch.

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Responsible Gift Buying and Loving Time Gifts:

  • Buy creative play toys made locally out of sustainable materials (wooden blocks, coloring books, t-shirts to color, cookies to bake)
  • It doesn’t have to be already put together – try a craft (knitting, sewing, painting), or a hobby growing plants, baking bread. Kids love these accomplishments and treasure the memories.
  • Give music or photos or memories.
  • A book gift – a book you love and read – recycle!
  • Volunteer together as a family or gather a group of friends and help out at the food kitchen or pantry.  Planting trees is a great group outdoor event.
  • Afterwards, have a picnic lunch / potluck at someones home or go on a food crawl and visit a few restaurants for appetizers and hot drinks.
  • Most of all, remember the best gift you can ever give is your Time! Take a walk, go on a hike, play catch, chase waves at the beach. These are the best gifts of all.

Take a Hike! San Bruno Mountain

This mountain is a treasure in the midst of our busy SF Bay Area, you’ll want to take a hike on San Bruno Mountain.  The San Bruno Mountain Watch has many hikes open to the public, you’ll learn more about this amazing place. They have a Spring Hike Series, You’ll learn more about the ecology of the area, wildflowers, butterflies and politics. The Mission Blue Butterfly lives up here, feeding on lupines, rare plants and windswept vistas of San Francisco, the bay and the ocean.

There is a local nursery in Brisbane that has plant sales and donates proceeds to Mountain Watch.

for more details look at this related post 

For complete descriptions, dates and times go to www.mountainwatch.org

Send your questions to info@mountainwatch.org

or call 415-467-6631

Hike Hidden Villa

Put on your hiking shoes and head over to Hidden Villa to share in their discoveries. This area is near the Open Space District’s (MROSD) Rancho San Antonio.

Hidden Villa website
Hidden Villa general information 650-949-8650

FYI, there is a $5 parking fee at Hidden Villa paid by the honor system at the entrance station.  The lot does fill up,  you may wish to carpool, it’s a better idea anyway.

There are several trails at Hidden Villa: 

  • Bunny Creek Look Trail
  • Adobe Creek
  • Monte Bello Ridge

Distance: 2.5 mile: easy to moderate…both wide and narrow trails

And for a 3.7 mile loop hike here are the details from www.bahiker.com
Details on Hidden Villa — it has a farm, garden, trails, courses, docent led hikes, special events, summer camp and more.

From the North
Take Hwy. 280 South to the El Monte/Moody Rd. exit in Los Altos. From the exit, take the first ramp to merge onto El Monte Road going towards the hills.  From the left lane, go past Foothill College to the stop sign and turn left onto Moody Rd. Stay on Moody Road for 1.7 miles. Enter through Hidden Villa gate at 26870 Moody Rd. (left side of road).
From the South
Take Hwy. 280 North to the El Monte/Moody Rd. exit in Los Altos. From the exit, take the second ramp to merge onto El Monte Road going towards the hills.  From the left lane, go past Foothill College to the stop sign and turn left onto Moody Rd. Stay on Moody Road for 1.7 miles. Enter through Hidden Villa gate at 26870 Moody Rd. (left side of road).
Park in the main parking lot next to the pink building just before you get to the vegetable garden that is on your right.

Hiking in San Ramon

This 4.6 mile loop hike is moderate. Trailhead elevation is about 1040 feet. The featured hike climbs to about 1880 feet and then descends back to the trailhead. There are numerous short, some what steep ascents and descents, and the total elevation change is about 900 feet.  The late fall, early winter is so nice here, not boiling hot, and clear views of the area.
LOCATION: Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness is the tough guy of the East Bay Regional Park District.  There are no steam trains or petting zoos. Just steep, rugged trails, interesting geology, and fantastic views. Las Trampas (Spanish for the traps) has two distinct areas, each with its own personality. Rocky Ridge, on the west side of the valley, is known for views in all directions, unusual rocks, and green rolling hills lightly forested with California bays, oaks, and maples. The wildflower display on the hills just off the ridgeline is an east bay favorite. The Las Trampas Ridge, to the east, is quite different, featuring a plant community dominated by chamise, with other chaparral plants such as manzanitas and coyote brush.
Las TrampasLas Trampas HikeLas Trampas Waterfall
Don’t forget comfortable shoes, water, a snack, warm layers and sun protection. Carpooling is encouraged, besides it is always better to hike with friends, don’t you think?

Tranquility Hike in Soquel

Buddha meets big red on a 5.8-mile round-trip hike that brings a little bit of Tibet to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Tucked among 108 acres of coastal redwoods in Soquel, the Land of Medicine Buddha (LMB) loop is a spoonful of tranquility.


5800 Prescott Rd.
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 462-8383

Start on an unmarked but well-trodden trail that follows a gentle creek for about a mile before winding through forest and crossing the water to begin a short and undulating climb canopied by a cathedral of redwoods. Merge into an oak grove where sunlight slips through, (watch for poison oak!) before reaching the final, colorful stretch: the mile-long 8 Verses Pilgrimage Trail is lined with benches and signs offering contemplative Buddhist sayings. Prayer flags adorn a section of the trail that leads to a Buddhist retreat center where a gong, the largest prayer wheel on the West Coast, gilded Bodhisattva and a glowing Buddha greet you at loop’s end.

Land of the Medicine Buddha Namaste!

If you love it here and want to get involved and volunteer… take a look at volunteer opportunities!

Hiking and Ayurveda

ayurveda spices We have different bodies, and ayurveda medicine acknowledges these differences by suggesting different foods and spices to make each person more comfortable and healthier. This concept can also be used during hiking, by looking at the different attributes of each person constitution.  You can achieve better balance by knowing yourself.

Consider this please:
For Pitta – You may suffer from the heat and should not hike in the direct sun or at midday.
Use the Sitali (cool Breath) yoga technique to feel cooling in the body and stomach.
Drink LOTS of cool water, stay hydrated.
Stay calm.
Protect yourself from the heat, using hats, ventilated shoes, and light shirts.
Rest in the shade.

For Kapha – You may suffer from lethargy or allergies if you are not balanced. Both of which can be common on a long hike, or on a high-pollen day.
Use the Bikram Pranayama breath technique to feel ready to enjoy the hike.
You have great endurance which is lovely while hiking.
Keep a measured pace, there is no rush.
Rather than hurry to keep up and feeling exhausted, just keep hiking at a moderate pace.

For Vata – You may feel impatient while waiting for the hike to begin, however take enough time to stretch and prepare. Relax and focus.
Use the Nadi Shadhana (alternate nostril) pranayama breath technique to enhance your enjoyment of the hike.
You have strength and will start out strong, however, you energy may flag later, if you do not pay attention to what you need.
Stay hydrated with room temperature water.

Thanks to Dr. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, MPT for assistance in creating this page just for our yoga hikers!  There is so much information that could be included here on hiking and Ayrveda, this is but a small start.  Her contact information is www.ayurbliss.com, info@ayurbliss.com phone: (949)293-2950.

Enjoying the Outdoors!

Settling In!

Set your intention, decide to commune with nature
Be Still. Use the surroundings as a “role model”
Allow your thoughts to slow down
Take three deep breaths
Repeat a relaxing phrase, we’ll use:

  • I am awake
  • I am alive

Find or create a boundary from the busy world to the beginning of the hike (i.e. transition to the dirt path)

Now that we are starting to get in tune with the natural world…
We’ll do a relaxation exercise
Count slowly from FIVE to ZERO
With each count let go of more tension (may be repeated)
Release again from the outer layer of skin to central organs, notice your breath
Slow stretches, neck rolls, shoulder shrugs
Notice the tension drain from the face and neck, core, gluts – out the fingers and toes

Castle Rock, hikes and distances, notes to plan with

Service Road – from Skyline Blvd. to the Campsites 1-5 is 1.2 miles, it is hilly and sometimes steep, the road has gravel patches and loose soil. This road is gated, ranger use only, however, you can walk through the hiking entrance and walk down the road.
From the Castle Rock parking lot to Goat Rock is 1.4 miles
From Goat Rock to the Campgrounds 1-5 is 2.2 miles and takes about one hour to hike
Poison Oak is abundant on the trails during the summer!
There are miles of trails here, and even trails that connect to the ocean
Some short sections of trail are steep, and there are portions of Saratoga Gap Trail that require brief scrambles on narrow exposed paths with sharp drop-offs.  Hiking poles help.
The trail to Goat Rock has stairs on part of the trail.
Some trails involve climbing up short sections of rock & boulders.

Click on the HIKE Category in this site or use the SEARCH TOOL to find out more about Castle Rock.

Info on Plants and Poison Oak is also available!

YOGA for Hikers!

planet granite yogaMove slowly. Stay in each asana 5-10 breaths. Keep your face relaxed. Focus on your breath. Maintain a soft gaze or close your eyes. Move slowly and mindfully between poses.
These are my favorites:
Awakening! (when you are sleeping outside, do these on your sleeping bag!)

  • Cat –Cow
  • Child’s pose, really breath into and open your back
  • Upward and Downward Facing Dog –
  • High Lunge to open your hips
  • Seated Twist – It feels so good!
  • Thread the Needle – ahh, loosen hip joints after hike

Hiking puts a strain on joints and sometimes those aches and pains are hard to overcome. Try these before your next hike. If you are a beginning hiker, build up to longer hikes. These are my favorite asanas:
Strengthening! (pre-hike)

  • Mountain Pose
  • Chair Pose
  • Standing Forward Bend
  • Warrior I, II, III
  • Plank
  • Chaturanga Dandasana

Ocean to Falls Hike in Big Basin

A 12-mile out-and-back hike really must have something special at the turn-around point to make the effort worthwhile. This long Big Basin hike on Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail follows Waddell Creek from the ocean all the way to Berry Creek Falls, and boy, is the trip worth it. After trekking through creekside groves of maple and alder, and forests of redwood, tanoak, and Douglas fir, you’ll reach a secluded redwood canyon where the falls cascade more than 60 feet in a single sheer drop.

In Brief:

12 mile out and back from the ocean to Berry Creek Falls. Mostly on fire roads, this is an easier hike than the equivalent journey from park headquarters,and far less crowded. It is a beautiful hike for all seasons.

Distance, category, and difficulty:

The elevation at Big Basin ranges from about 15 feet to over 2280 feet. The featured hike begins at about 15 feet and climbs to about 400 feet with a considerable amount of elevation fluctuation along the way — consider the distance when planning to go on this hike, which is 12.1 miles out and back. It’s not hard, but it is long, so its rate it as moderate to difficult. This hike will usually take about 6 hours. Although, at this length time may vary.

This is not a hike for beginners, due to length and terrain. It IS a hike to build up to …. or just go half way. Make sure to hike with a friend.

big basin


This is a long hike. Bring plenty of water (more than you think you should), layers, sunscreen, bug repellent.

Make sure you bring snacks and a lunch. Granola bars, sandwiches, trail mix, fruit, and protein drinks are all good options.

In addition, Wool socks are helpful, a hat, and sunglasses all are important to have. Stretch before you hike, Hiking poles can be helpful.

After this great hike, we will head north to a wonderful bar & grill only 6 miles away to the North just off HWY 1:

Cascade Bar and Grill (at Costanoa Inn)

2001 Rossi Road at Hwy 1
Pescadero, CA 94060
Phone: 1-650-879-1100

It’s a rather small road on the right side, as you are going north bordered by Eucalyptus trees, the restaurant is part of the Coastanoa Camp Groups / Inn.