7th Annual Nomadic Journey: Trekking the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

For my 7th Annual Nomadic Journey to enlighten the mind, body, and soul, I adventurously explored the remote citadel of Machu Picchu by way of trekking the awe-inspiring Inca Trail. Consisting of continuous miles of stone paths and thousands of original rock-strewn Incan steps carved from the Andes Mountains centuries ago, the short expedition was spiritually uplifting and full of awakening sustenance.

The Journey

 

You will fly into Jorge Chavez International Airport outside of Lima from your home destination and then take a short flight into Cusco to prepare for the adventure to Machu Picchu. In my case, United Airlines routed me on a direct Business Class flight from Newark. It is advised to enjoy Cusco for at least two days to acclimate to the altitude before hiking. But please make sure to visit Green Point while in Cusco for some of the most delicious and purest vegan food the city has to offer.

Whether you decide to engage in an extended 4-day hike to Peru’s 7th Wonder, or ride lavishly aboard the 1920s-styled carriages of the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train through the Sacred Valley, the enchanting experience will replenish your temple with restorative Andean wisdom and vitality. More affordable options include either IncaRail or PeruRail from San Pedro station in Cusco. I chose the 1-day Inca Trail trek with Sam Travel Peru, which required me to train it to stop 104 (common hiker’s drop-off point) for a deeper understanding of the archeological site. This option was about $400 from the experienced Peruvian tour group. My guide Miguel educated me on the history of the Incas and vicariously showcased the ways of the ancient world.  I also met some new friends from London, Marta and Nuno, who were just as adventurous.

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Escape to Maui with the Family

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Aloha! Isn’t it amazing how energizing vegan food brings smiles and delight to your day? When in Maui make sure to visit A’a Roots for some of the healthiest grub on the island. Today’s falafel wrap and mung bean/mushroom burger were on point and guilt-free. This plant-based café is one of the reasons why I travel annually to Hawaii. The natural beauty of this island is perfect for Nomadic Souls looking for pure waters, conscious living, and active life.

We settled in at the majestic Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa which is perfect for a family or business trip. In my case, the journey including both. Located on 23 idyllic oceanfront acres at the historic the Pu‘u Keka‘a on Ka‘anapali Beach, the Sheraton is perfect for nomads looking to experience family fun, adventure, and romance. Relax at the resort’s 142-yard lagoon style pool, taste fresh island cuisine, learn indigenous Hawaiian cultural activities and play at the white sandy beach. Eighty-three percent of the resort’s 508 rooms and suites feature breathtaking views of the Pacific, and sister islands Lana’i and Moloka’i. At sunset, the resort showcases its iconic cliff dive ceremony, a tradition since the resort first opened in 1963. Make lasting memories as you unwind during sunset, snorkel with tropical fish and honu (green sea turtles), learn ukulele with family or rejuvenate at The Spa at Black Rock.

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The River and The Rock

Strong, unyielding and resilient is the rock,

that lay in paths of river streams eventually forming walls of resistance,

Rapid, swift, and bending is the forceful flow of liquid current.

dipping over, around, and throughout the creative path of boulders and river rocks –

Only nomadic rhythms will deny it from being stopped.

Who is the wiser?

Which is more dominate?

Life force is created when two becomes one,

such as heat and sun!

Once united, the mind synthesizes all natural elements,

transitioning to the physical next,

then the spirit for nirvanic relevance.

Thus, the stone wins against water,

and water overpowers the rock.

As above, so below;

for, balance is your key to life.

Keep rising!

By Kimatni D. Rawlins in Machu Picchu Pueblo alongside the Vilcanota River.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited: Beyond the Scope

An Arizona test drive for East Coast visitors like myself is always a welcoming reception during the winter Holiday season. Add in drive time behind the wheel of one of Hyundai’s new and innovative automobiles to navigate through town in, and the ante is upped trifold. Yes, the FWD 2020 Hyundai Sonata is smarter, assertive, and far more stunning than the model it replaces.

Lining up alongside the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima in competition, the Sonata is better suited to draw attention with its modern looks in addition to the value it has offered for so long. Hyundai lowered and widened the vehicle, increased its wheelbase, enlarged the wheel wells, enhanced the aerodynamics, and shortened the overhangs for an aggressive 3-dimensional look. But the main design focus was centered on the front fascia, which leaves the strongest impression on viewers. And one of the cooler features is the “Vortex Generators” atop the LED boomerang taillights, which reduces air turbulence along with the integrated trunk lip. These divots act as a spoiler to stabilize the Sonata at higher speeds. [Read more…]

CALIBER Online Coaches

Many fathers and their families are looking to get in shape but they are in need some extra support and guidance. CALIBER offers 1-on-1 online fitness coaching with expert personal trainers. With a primary focus on strength training, CALIBER online coaches help their clients transform into the best, strongest versions of themselves – both inside and outside of the gym.

CALIBER coaches design fully customized workout and nutrition programs based on their client’s goals and preferences. All training takes place via the CALIBER app, and members can reach out to their trainers anytime with the tap of a button. In addition, CALIBER coaches regularly do comprehensive progress reviews for their clients, and adjust their fitness programs to keep them on track for amazing results. CALIBER has helped thousands of men and women from all over the world achieve their fitness goals faster than they ever thought possible. [Read more…]

Axial $5,000 Wrangler and Tacoma Parts Giveaway

Win a $5k Shopping Spree on ExtremeTerrain.com | Sponsored by Axial

Attention Wrangler and Tacoma owners: here is your chance to win a $5,000 parts spree on ExtremeTerrain.com (XT). Sponsored by Axial, manufacturer of off-road LED lighting, the Axial $5,000 giveaway will award one finalist with $5K to spend on XT’s site. Even though Axial is exclusive to XT and known for LED lighting, the winner can select products from any category on XT’s site including: Tacoma Grills, Jeep Wheels, and Jeep Seat Covers.

To maximize your chances of taking home the grand prize, enter daily on your respective vehicle’s Axial brand page until 12/31/2019—no purchase necessary. One finalist will be selected on or around 1/7/2020, see official rules for complete details and restrictions.

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Justin Dugan Reviews the 2020 GT500

   

2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Official Review – Hot Lap

In this episode of AmericanMuscle’s (AM) Hot Lap YouTube Series, host Justin Dugan visits Shelby’s Heritage Center in Las Vegas, Nevada to review and drag race the all-new 2020 GT500. After months of speculation and salivating over specifications, Justin jumps behind the wheel of Ford’s new halo pony car on the street, road course and drag strip to provide his expert take on the next generation of Ford Performance. [Read more…]

Powerbeats Pro: All Bark, No Bite

 
Wow, Beats and Apple should be ashamed of themselves for charging $250 for a rudimentary and low-quality set of sports earphones. I have never been a fan of Beats because of a lack of advanced technology, industry experience, and shoddy materials. But I allowed those NBA ad spots with Harden, Draymond, and Anthony Davis to alter my opinion. The Powerbeats Pros look great and fit perfectly, but they feel cheap in hand and lack both bass and power. Audio is hollow and treble-focused.
 
Basically, I should have stuck with my Bose SoundSports, but Bose had me looking like Frankenstein with the bulky package. Plus, Powerbeats are not noise-canceling nor sweatproof or waterproof, which is strange since Beats advertises them for that very reason, sports! So if I run a half marathon in Miami I supposed to stop, and dry them off? At best, these are a $79.99 pair of headphones. I will now look at the $130 Amazon Echo Buds which use Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology and the cheaper JLabs JBuds Airs. I wasn’t impressed with the muffled sounds of the Jabra Elite 75ts and Apple AirPod 2s are not ergonomically designed for sports activities.
 
So please be aware of what you are getting into on Black Friday! Beats Headphones

Heavenly Experiences at Montego Bay’s S Hotel Jamaica

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Wah Gwaan! Welcome back to the land of pristine Caribbean waters, roots rock Reggae, and jerk recipes that satisfy the soul. Whether your travel is romantic, entertainment, or spiritually based, Jamaica will always provide that cerebral experience required for a heavenly getaway.

I typically jet set to the island of “natural mystic” a few times annually to release old, negative energy and inhale positive vibrations with family and friends. Plus, it’s a must that my belly maintains satiation from Rastafarian iTal or spiced vegan grub to enhance bodily function. And no matter where I venture to my spiritual leader, Robert Nesta Marley, is always by my side, such as at the S Hotel Jamaica where I settled in for a few fantastic evenings during a short excursion. [Read more…]

MINI’s Future, Featuring E-Power and the 301-HP JCW Clubman ALL4

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

MINI, owned by the BMW Group, continues to celebrate its 60th Anniversary year with fresh new products, innovation, and substance for loyal owners and minimalist of the classic brand. In South Carolina at BMW Group Test Fest, held at the BMW Performance Center, I was able to test drive the 301-horsepower 2020 MINI John Cooper Works ALL4 with its peppy new engine as well as experience the “60 Years Edition” Cooper S; Cooper S variants of the revised Clubman and Countryman; throwback MINIs from the past; and the new battery-electric MINI Cooper SE. As you see, MINI has the goods, so let’s motor baby! [Read more…]