Raul Quintero representing the 831 fighting in Salinas May 16th. Fight shirts will be available soon (we didn't take this pic)
Last week took a camping trip up to Napa Valley. We stayed at Bothe Napa Valley state park. Our buddy from Morro Bay lives there and works with the fire department. Although he was on call and carrying this huge radio he took us on a great hike. We drove about 20 minutes from St. Helena into the mountains. Then another downhill 30 minute hike to The Devils Punchbowl. A beautiful gorge hidden swimming spot. Started the hike down about 7 at night. Brought the GoPro Camera but it doesn't take pictures very well when there isn't much light. So didn't get many good photos as it was getting dark by the time we got there. I got a few on my phone with the camera on a slow setting. I was swimming with a headlamp. There was enough moonlight and we saw the end of the sunset over the trees for our hike back out.
Adam Piccolotti going for his 3rd professional cage fight victory! Aug 9th SF. 15 fights including 2 title fights & a women's flyweight bout
Adam Piccolotti fighting in Dragon House 17. Born and raised on the Half Moon Bay Coast California going for his 3rd professional cage fight victory. With an undefeated amateur record. Fighting for Raul Castillo Martial Arts in Half Moon Bay and Team Piccolotti. Sponsored by Cruiser Lifestyle Clothing Company out of Half Moon Bay Ca. Aug. 9th at Kezar Pavillion in San Francisco (@Haight St./Golden Gate Park). Doors open at 3pm fights start at 4pm. 15 Professional fights including 2 title bouts and a women's flyweight bout. Buy Tickets here $40 Gen Admission or Buy at Raul Castillo Martial Arts 756 Main St. Half Moon Bay.
Can simply being near the ocean wash away stress?
A new book sets out to answer some big questions about the brain and bodies of water. "Blue Mind" explores why so many of us are drawn to the ocean, and how this scientifically connects to our health and happiness, CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports.
Most of us know that feeling of calm we get when we are on, in or just near the water.
"This is what you want if you're in the midst of a stressful week," said Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist and conservationist who lives near the central coast of California. "You just want to hit that big blue reset button and get out here."
Nichols spent much of his professional life trying to protect endangered sea turtles. Now he's exploring the scientific reasons for why humans have such a deep connection with the deep blue.
"There are all these cognitive and emotional benefits that we derive every time we spend time by water, in water or under water," Nichols said.
The marine biologist dubbed it our "blue mind," the mildly meditative state our brains enter when exposed to water.
Initially, Nichols was apprehensive that people would dismiss him as a California beach-lover, but he attests that his thesis is scientifically backed.
"Once you get into it, you realize that it's chemistry, it's biology, it's physiology. It's deeply personal but it's also strong science," Nichols said.
The science is still evolving, but Nichol's work is getting plenty of attention. He began hosting "blue mind" seminars that are attracting neurologists and psychologists from around the world.
Brain imagining indicates that proximity to water floods the brain with feel-good hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol actually drop. Scientists have also discovered that the brain prefers the color blue above all others and water increases our ability to focus.
"Our response to water is deep," Nichols said. "It's human, it's about life and it's about survival."
In fact, our bodies consist of about 60 percent water and our brains, a whopping 75 percent.
"So when you see water, when you hear water, it triggers a response in your brain that you're in the right place," Nichols said.
From rafting to kayaking to surfing, water therapy is increasingly being used to treat a variety of ailments, including wounded veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and depression.
"I think connecting public health to a healthy ocean is critical," Nichols said. "It helps you relax, just literally sucks the stress out of your body and out of your mind."
So the next time you gaze into that blue horizon, you'll know that feeling you get really is all in your head.
© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.July 22, 2014, 8:11 AM
Recently we collaborated on shirts with Pilarcitos High School. We also donated gear for their Pilarcitos Pounds incentive program. Today we had the chance to go and be apart of their first Pilarcitos Pounds Raffle. We brought tons of gear and had a great time raffling it off and throwing it out. Great people at the school all around from teachers, students and administrators. Wonderful program going on here with our friend Raj taking the lead as principal. In high school i had friends who went to school here and actually completed 2 years of high school work in 1 year, choosing to work at a much faster pace than my school. Please contact them if anyone is able to donate to their program
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