Family Hiking for Fun and Fitness

Are you looking for safe and adventurous activities while school is out due to the Coronavirus? Well, go hiking with the kids to keep the body physically engaged and the lungs full of fresh oxygen during these challenging times. Thankfully, young vegan athlete Aya and her best friend Abby love exercising as they have put in 2 hours daily playing volleyball, basketball, soccer, and strength training in Fit Fathers private facility. Hiking is icing on the cake for the sports fanatic pair. Stay blessed and continue to eat clean to strengthen the immune system while burning daily calories.

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

Robust, 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 dominant?

Lifeforce 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.

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…]

Kalahari Resorts and Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures

Experienced by Leon Brittain

I’m sure you have heard of the Poconos as that romantic getaway location with champagne glass jacuzzies, heart-shaped beds, and that crackling warm and glowing fireplace for blissful lovers’ weekends. Now imagine an exotic African safari-themed resort with your choice of appetizing comfort food or fine cuisine paired with premium adult spirits and wines, a mind-melting halotherapy room and spa, and an outdoor adventure park. And when you’re ready to take a dip in the pool, you have a choice of an indoor or outdoor swim-up bar in addition to the largest indoor waterpark in the country at your disposal. [Read more…]

The Ethiopian Experience: Trekking the Highlands of Lalibela

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Selam, and welcome to “the origin,” the African nation that has never been colonized by Europeans. Lookup “The Battle of Adwa” where King Menelik II defeated the Italians in an epic sequence of historical consequence. Finally, after years of research, readings, teachings, and listening to roots reggae rhythms epitomizing The Promised Land, I took the requisite steps needed for a transformative Ethiopian experience as part of my Annual Nomadic Journey in Addis Ababa and Lalibela.

I ventured to Ethiopia for its strength, Abyssinian culture, veggie injera meals, traditional Eskista shoulder dance up close, and to breathe with deep spirit from the highlands of Lalibela. I began the excursion upon landing into Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia. I enjoyed many of the historical sites, including the National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopian National Theatre, Ethnological Museum, the Red Terror Martyr’s Museum, and Menelik Palace in the Entoto Hills. The Historic Kidist Selassie Cathedral is the highest-ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the city. Sarcastically, I was also looking for freedom fighting singer Teddy Afro, the Bob Marley of Ethiopia. Listen to any of his classics, and you will become an instant devotee. Trust me!
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Fit Fathers 6th Annual Nomadic Journey: Kenya’s Maasai Mara & the Balance of Nature

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jambo! It’s the Swahili greeting I heard and repeated regularly throughout my 2-week journey in the Motherland to experience the beauty of nature in its purest and most divine form. The 6th Nomadic Journey brought me to the lands of Africa to spend time with the wild in their natural habitat within the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Southwest Kenya. These journeys are where I venture solo like a rover to rediscover life, disconnect from addictive American culture, and explore deeper consciousness and spiritual freedom.

aspirations. I began the long excursion from Washington, DC, and traveled on United Airlines to Frankfurt and then Lufthansa to Nairobi. As a frequent traveler, I always fly with the same airline alliance to earn miles, upgrades, respectable customer services, etc. After traveling almost 3-million miles with the Star Alliance, I’ve received exceptional treatment. Arrival to Nairobi took place on Jamhuri Day, which is a national holiday celebrated on December 12th to commemorate Kenya’s independence. As you can imagine, people were rejoicing across the country.
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Healthy Culinary Experiences in Africa

Here are some of the amazing and traditional vegan foods we enjoyed in Kenya, Egypt and Ethiopia during the 6th Annual Nomadic Journey. Keep in mind that the staple food for mostly every indigenous culture is a legume (bean) or grain.

Our favorite culinary experiences included the Ethiopian veggie injera dish with lentils and cabbage and Egypt’s Koshari national dish which was divine. Koshari is a super meal made from macaroni noodles, lentils, rice, chickpeas and spiced tomato sauce. In Nairobi, Kenya make sure to pay a visit to the LMS Adventist Guest House for their magnificent $2.70 all vegan medley. [Read more…]

Fit Fathers Egyptian Koshari Recipe

Life in Egypt was amazing during the 6th Annual Nomadic Journey as everything was aligned with the Kemetic stars during my quick and impromptu trip to witness the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphynx in person. See, Giza is the only architectural creation standing from the ancient 7 Wonders of the World so it was important to see the profoundness directly. I also experienced the Nile River by boat of course, took a tour to the Egyptian Museum for inheritance of cultural history and later learned how the people of Kemet made papyrus paper. Of course, my energy was spent after the long day of exploration therefore I was highly amazed after the tour guide, Ali of Wonders of Egypt Tours, introduced me to Egypt’s Koshari national dish which was divine. [Read more…]