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Luffa Love: locally-grown luffas and herbs provide natural relief

Is it a sponge? Is it a plant? Just exactly what is a luffa and what are the benefits of using one? A visit to The Luffa Farm in Nipomo for a tour is just the thing you need to do to learn all about it.
 
“They’re sponges, right?” That’s the question most people ask when they come to the farm. And the answer is no, they are not sponges like the ones that live in the ocean. A luffa is a plant. Proprietor Deanne Coon and her family have been growing luffas for more than 20 years.
 

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The biggest thrill in wine country

Unforgettable zipline & kayak tours with Margarita Adventures

 

The adults say it’s fun, the kids call it cool and everyone agrees that it’s an unforgettable experience—welcome to Margarita Adventures zipline canopy tours, the biggest thrill in wine country.

Indeed, these one-of-a-kind zipline tours have quickly emerged as one of the Central Coast’s most celebrated visitor attractions, earning praise from Yahoo Travel, Frommer’s, Sunset Magazine, AOL Travel and many others.

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The perseverance of a 67-year-old marathon runner

Running a marathon is hard for any human being. Novice or elite athlete. It requires months of training and a willingness to push through 26.6 miles of pain and exhaustion with the reward of having someone put a medal around your neck. It’s an endeavor that most people have zero desire to undertake. However the process and experience is a commonality that all marathoners share regardless of their age or skill level. 

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Teamwork

Professionals help avid adventure-seeker balance a DIY lifestyle

My mom and dad raised a do-it-yourselfer. Car needs a headlight? Figure it out. Sink leaking? No problem. But what happens when your football-playing father teaches you to just suck it up when your body falls apart and that doesn’t work for you?

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If you ain’t dead, you ain’t done

The writing has been on the wall for a long time. Movement is life, life is movement. Many biological functions in your body are dependent on movement, especially your brain’s development and continual “tuning”. Your brain began developing in the womb, first, through your mother’s movement, then later, through your own. Movement physically changes your brain and enables it to function better. Why do you think movement, play, and restlessness are so inherent to children?

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City to Sea Half Marathon and 5k is Oct. 12

Cuesta College is gearing up to hold its annual fundraiser for the school’s cross country and track and field programs – the City to the Sea Half Marathon and 5K. The event, expected to draw as many as 2,500 participants, is set for Sunday, October 12, 2014. Participants in the half marathon will hit the pavement at 7 a.m. at Higuera and Court streets in downtown San Luis Obispo and end at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach.

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Paso Robles Rugby Club seeking more players

Paso Robles Rugby Football Club

Gary Brown loves rugby. For years he commuted from Paso Robles to Arroyo Grande after work to play for the Northern California Rugby Football Union. Tired of traveling to Arroyo Grande, Gary and fellow rugby athlete Larry Dorrough founded the Paso Robles Rugby Football Club in summer 2009. Brown says there are three divisions according to skill that comprise the league. Division I, II, and III separated by skill level. Being a new team the Paso Robles club competes in the union's Division III club, comprised of teams from Arroyo Grande, Aptos, Pleasant Hill, and San Francisco. 

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Stand up straight!

Proper posture is essential in life and exercise

Posture during exercise will greatly affect not only your endurance, but other aspects of your life as well. Poor posture pits your own muscles and physiology against yourself – you fight your own body! 

Hiking, Sightseeing, Wine Tasting on the North Coast

A portion of Ragged Point’s Black Swift Falls trail. At 400 feet, Black Swift Falls is the tallest waterfall on the Big Sur coast.

 
Nothing will get your blood flowing and your heart pumping like a stimulating hike and there are a number of good ones along the North Coast.  You can combine a hike this with some sightseeing and a bit of wine tasting along the way.
 

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Favorite back road bike rides in SLO County

Snorkeling in Hawaii, storm-chasing in Kansas, golfing at Pebble Beach… sometimes all the natural elements come together in one place to create a Five-Star experience.  That’s the state of bicycling in San Luis Obispo County.  The climate, terrain and community all fold together to make the central coast a delightful place to train and explore.  With coastal temperatures rarely varying more than 20 degrees off ideal, nearly every day is rideable, with vineyard, coastline and mountainous terrain to choose from.  Local cyclists were stumped when asked to narrow down their favorite routes to o

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