There are plenty of free things to do in San Diego like hiking, biking, running, going to the beach but below I’m going to list 5 of my picks for free-ish things to do in San Diego.

1. Visit La Jolla Cove – There is so much to see and plenty of places to shop and eat. The best part, in my opinion, is Children’s Pool which is an enclosed beach that many Harbor Seals call home. You can watch them sunbathing and playing in the water from a great viewing point on the wall that encloses the beach and protects it from the waves.

Children's Pool photo from lajollatravelinformation.com

Children’s Pool photo from lajollatravelinformation.com

2. Have a bonfire on Fiesta Island – Fiesta Island is a neat island right Continue Reading »

As a Camden employee the perks seem to be endless. Working in the prominent neighborhood of Buckhead at our Camden Phipps and Camden Paces locations surely have their perks.  My meat-eating life was changed, when our team received a VIP invite to the Grand Opening of  wine and burger bar, Zinburger.

Tiny Delciousness

The Samburger, Chinese Chicken salad, and Zingria

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The summer is time for road trips and adventures!

 It’s crucial to make sure you’re prepared, you don’t want to be 2 hrs from a gas station without water or snacks, nor do you want to be without a pair of sunglasses when hiking that trail.

  1. A Pair of Sunglasses
  2. Wet Wipes
  3. Small Cooler for Water and Snacks
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Pocket Knife
  6. Cash
  7. Travel Bag <— Who needs a bulky suitcase for a weekend getaway?
  8. Reusable Water Bottle
  9. Neck Pillow
  10. Car Charger

Now, head out on that open road and explore! Check out these 12 Best Weekend Getaways from US News.



A large dust storm rolled in early July 2014 through Phoenix. Photo courtesy of @Hikeaz vis Instagram.

If you have traveled through the southwest United States between June 15th and September 30th you may have experienced monsoon season. According to www.ArizonaExperience.org a monsoon is caused by warm air creating surface low pressure zones that in turn draw moist air from the oceans. Arizona winds usually come from the west, but shift to a southeasterly wind in the summer, bringing moisture, most often from the Gulfs of Mexico and California. The wind shift and increase in moisture combine with the surface low pressure from the desert heat to produce storms in a cycle of “bursts” (heavy rainfall) and “breaks” (reduced rainfall). Before the rain, the wind shift can trigger dust storms known as haboobs, which appear as loose swirling walls of dust several hundred feet high. The word monsoon is derived from the Arabic word mausin meaning “wind” or “season”.

I am originally from Colorado and had never experienced a weather pattern quite like a monsoon. One of my favorite parts of the monsoon season are all the amazing sunrises and sunsets you can capture. Besides the beautiful skies during monsoon season Arizonans also get relief from the heat due to all the rain received.



Here is a monsoon storm that I photographed in Tucson.

Even though I find monsoon season to be beautiful there are many dangers that come with the monsoon. When the winds pick up during a storm across the desert a dust storm usually begins to roll in. It can happen within minutes and does not always allow enough time to seek shelter. Fortunately a severe weather alert will most likely come through on your cell phone to give you a warning. If you are in an area that does not allow you to find shelter these are the recommended safety precautions to take according to the National Weather Service:

-If dense dust is observed blowing across or approaching a roadway, pull your vehicle off the pavement as far as possible, stop, turn off lights, set the emergency brake, take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated.

-Don’t enter the dust storm area if you can avoid it.

-If you can’t pull off the roadway, proceed at a speed suitable for visibility, turn on lights and sound horn occasionally. Use the painted center line to help guide you. Look for a safe place to pull off the roadway.

-Never stop on the traveled portion of the roadway.

-Turn off your headlights! In the past, motorists driving in dust storms have pulled off the roadway, leaving lights on. Vehicles approaching from the rear and using the advance car’s lights as a guide have inadvertently left the roadway and in some instances collided with the parked vehicle. Make sure all of your lights are off when you park off the roadway.

-During threatening weather listen to commercial radio or television or NOAA Weather Radio for Dust Storm Warnings. A Dust Storm (or Sand Storm) Warning means: Visibility of 1/2 mile or less due to blowing dust or sand, and wind speeds of 30 miles an hour or more.

Besides the potential danger monsoon season poses to motorist, it can also be dangerous for pets. Scottsdale Animal Healthcare’s Dr. Casuccio recently did an interview on ways to keep your pets safe during the monsoon season. Knowing the risks the storms can cause your pet may help save their lives. Click here to see what Dr. Casuccio has to say.

For all the ways to stay safe during monsoon season visit www.monsoonsafety.com .


The beauty of a dust storm captured by @Hikeraz via Instagram.

photo provided by thepetwiki.com

photo provided by thepetwiki.com

Summer is in full swing and so is the heat! The hottest months of the summer season are now upon us and we are feeling the temperature rising! I know that we all love summer and the ability to get out and enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family, but it is important to remember our pets during this time. Summer temperatures can prove to be uncomfortable for ourselves but it can also be just as uncomfortable for our pets as well. Many of the same effects that external temperatures play on our bodies will impact pets as well. Their bodies do not respond to heat the same as our bodies do so it is important to remember a few safety tips when it comes to protecting your four-legged friends this summer season.

Never Leave Your Pet in A Parked Car. On warm summer days the heat held within a vehicle can climb up to dangerously high temperature levels. Within 10 minutes inside of a car with the windows open can raise the temperature inside the car up to 20 degrees!Within 30 minutes it can be up to a 40 degree temperature difference than it is outside. And this is with a widow open…. can you imagine the temperature difference if the windows were rolled up? A minimum 20 degree temp spike on top of the sweltering heat we are already enduring can be tragic for a pet trapped inside. Leaving your pet in this environment can easily lead to organ failures, dehydration, heat stroke, and possibly death.

Fans Are NOT a Solution. We all work to keep our electric bill as low as possible during these hot summer months. None of us look forward to the utility bills that come along with trying to keep us cool during the heat. Often times we will rely on fans to help cool the area so we can turn our thermostats up. It is important to remember that fans do not cool pets as effectively as they do humans. Dogs release their heat, or sweat, from their feet therefore making fans less effective in cooling them down. I am not telling you to crank your AC down to 70 to keep your pets nice and cool and soar your electric bill up; however, I just wanted to make you aware that if you are relying on fans to keep the area cooler then you may want to consider another option for your pet in keeping them cool.


Exercise. When exercising your pet this summer try to limit your activities to the morning or the evenings when the temperature is cooler rather than during the extreme heat of the day. Make sure that the activity you have planned is in accordance with the temperatures of that day. During your outdoor summer activity make sure you have water for your pets to keep them the cool and hydrated to prevent a heat stroke.

photo provided by saragingerich.com

photo provided by saragingerich.com

Humidity. Although it is easy for us to look at a number to determine how “hot” it will be that day, however, it is important to consider the humidity levels as well. Humidity can affect your pet just as much as the temperature can. According to Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD of the Human Society Veterinary Medical Association, “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperatures will skyrocket to dangerous levels.” There are several parts of the US where humidity levels are a huge concern for pets. It is important to remember to consider humidity levels along with the temperature when you plan outdoor activities for you pets.

Shade and Fresh Water are a Must. Pets need to be able to get out of the direct heat. Allowing them the ability to get out of the sun and into shade is very important to prevent them from getting too hot. Shade trees, a tarp that they can get under, a covered porch are great ways for outdoor pets to get a break from the heat. When possible, especially on extremely hot days, it is recommended that pets be brought inside to keep them cool. A dog is house is not an acceptable form of shade! Dog houses trap heat much like a car does making the temperature soar. It is also important for pets to have access to fresh water through the day to keep them cool and keep them from getting dehydrated. Make sure to check their water bowl throughout the day to make sure they have plenty water available to them.

Heat Stoke is one of the biggest concerns for pets that are exposed to extreme summer temperatures. If you think your pet may be suffering from a heat stroke take them to vet immediately! Some signs and symptoms of a heat stroke include rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, vomiting, deep red or purple tongue, dizziness, and fever. If you see any of these signs your pet may be suffering from a heat stroke and needs medical attention as soon as possible.

I hope that you and your pets enjoy your summer season! We all love the summer months because it gives us the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air, warm sun on our bodies, and the fresh scent of flowers, grass, and trees. I know your pets do as well and we want to keep them safe for many more summers to come. You can get more pet safety tips at www.humanesocity.org. After your day of funfilled summer activities we want to welcome you home to your pet friendly apartment home at www.camdenliving.com!

There is this challenge circulating the globe. It is called the 100 Happy Days Challenge. Perhaps you have you have heard of it or noticed some of your friends on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter participating in this 100 Happy Days Challenge. If you did notice it, did you know that it is an actual honest to goodness challenge? That it isn’t just some hashtagging thing where you post photos all willy nilly each day? It is completely legit and has a true purpose. The website is www.100happydays.com.  Here’s the skinny. You sign up on the website, create your own hashtag and get to posting. You take one thing out of your life each day, take a photo of it and then post your little piece of happiness. Everyone from the you’s and me’s of the world to celebrities are doing it. Even The Today Show just accepted the 100 Happy Days Challenge.

Here is why this is such an epic and important challenge…

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The Billabong Pro in Rio, Brazil, The Quiksilver Pro in France, and the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. These are just a few spots where pro surfers compete during their season each year. Every July, pro surfers such as Taj Burrow, Dane Reynolds, and local boy favorite Brett “Simpo” Simpson converge on the south side of the pier in Huntington Beach to do battle in the Vans US Open of Surfing. Continue Reading »


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