Archive for April, 2012
Cats. You’re either a cat person or you’re not, but there’s no denying that felines have been worshipped, respected, revered, and loved across many parts of the globe. From the Ancient Egyptians, to the crazy cat loving people in North America and beyond, our furry friends are here to stay. Not everyone likes them or understands them, but for those of us who do, we are the lucky ones.
In the United States, many households have both cats and dogs. The families respect them and treat their four legged friends as another valued member of the family. They will go to almost any length and expense for their furry babies, and there are plenty of stores that cater specifically to them.
Large cities throughout the country provide all kinds of special services for animals. From doggie day care to pet hotels and cat grooming and boarding houses to groomers and vets who will make house calls, if there is a need when it comes to pets you can usually bet someone has a business to cater to it. There are even companies who specialize in pet transportation. From Pet Taxi’s around town to transportation domestically and internationally, they will coordinate and take care of all of the details and paperwork for you and your pet.
While many of us may pamper our pets, the love that they give to us is priceless. Why not show your feline friend how much you love them and wear an I Love Cats Hoodie in their honor. They’ll think you look purrfect!
Across this vast and beautiful world, there are mountains begging to be climbed, rivers roaring to be rafted, and oceans just waiting to be dived into their deep blue waters.
Some people are just born to be brave. They take the path less traveled, gravitate towards adventure, and taking calculated risks.
Anyone who has visited Yosemite National Park in California, and has stood at Inspiration Point and looked down on the beautiful valley, can’t help but gasp in awe of it’s captivating beauty. Granite peaks, waterfalls, a river and vast meadows are screaming to be explored. Half-Dome, Glacier Point, and Yosemite Falls are all popular, beautiful and challenging places to hike to the top of, but only a fraction of Yosemite’s visitors will climb the face of El Capitan or Royal Arches. Yosemite is known around the world for it’s climbing and provides classes and guides for anyone who wants to take on the challenge.
In Australia’s Palmerston National Park located in North Queensland lies the North Johnstone River. Surrounded by ancient rainforests and carving its way through a volcanic gorge, this river is a beast waiting to be challenged. For all those whom dare to ride down this Class IV & V River, the experience will leave you breathless. Before the journey even begins you must first take a helicopter to reach its banks. Once on the river, you’ll spend 4 days rock’n rolling down it’s steep fast flowing waters. At night you’ll sleep under the stars experiencing nature in it’s rawest form. It’s an adventure for the brave and those wanting an unforgettable experience.
Some well-known and unbelievable spots for scuba diving can be found in Hawaii, Australia, and Indonesia. Well there’s also an area 220 miles off the coast of Brazil is an archipelago of volcanic islands known as Fernando de Noronha. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Brazil’s first Marine Park, this saltwater playground offers a chance for divers to swim in its blue waters with dolphins, and turtles, and a myriad of sea life. Besides the great diving and beaches, you’ll get to experience the islands in relative privacy. Only 420 people are permitted on the island at a time, making it an amazing getaway for the adventurous spirit.
Maybe you were born to brave, maybe you are finding your braveness one step at a time. Either way, why not let everyone know that you’re fearless and pick up a born to be brave t-shirt from our online shop @ Idakoos.com.
Coffee. The smell of a freshly brewed cup in your favorite coffee mug swirling in front of you, the jolt of energy you receive after sipping on it. You either love it or you hate it. But no one can argue that it’s a huge thriving industry that keeps expanding.
Coffee has been making its way from cup to mouth for generations. From the campfire to the breakfast table, it has been a tried and true staple that’s not leaving anytime soon.
The Italians love their espresso and have specific times in which they enjoy it. It’s poured to perfection and enjoyed slowly.
In the United States the coffee house environment thrived in the Pacific Northwest 20 yrs before it started spreading like wildfire across the rest of the country. In cities like Portland and Seattle, they have been enjoying espresso beverages from their coffee carts, Victorian Coffee houses and the more modern coffee shops, before trendy became the norm.
One large coffee company has taken the country and world by storm. They are the fast food of coffee. One of the reasons why their business thrived was because they created a comfortable, welcoming environment where their patrons knew they could enjoy a cup of coffee, or an espresso beverage while relaxing and socializing or enjoying free WiFi. They also created an iced blended beverage that was so popular, that many customers were going back every day or twice a day to get their fix. Many locations even have a drive-thru, for those of us who don’t have the time to relax.
Today, specialty coffee shops are on the rise. They offer single brew coffees along with simple espresso beverages. It’s all about the bean and the pour. Some shops offer coffee tastings and classes, kind of looks like we’ve gone full circle.
Maybe you love coffee. Maybe you hate it. Why not express it? Idakoos.com
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 4 yrs since the last Summer Olympic Games opened in Beijing, China on 08/08/08. This year, nearly 5100 miles to the west, London, England is set to play host to the Games of the XXX Olympiad, which will open on July 27th.
From the Opening Ceremonies on July 27th to the Closing Ceremonies on August 12th all eyes will be on London for the following 17 days. The world’s best athletes will come together and compete for Gold in 26 sports, which include 39 disciplines. While sadly baseball and softball have been dropped from the games, Women’s Boxing has finally made its way into the games and was the only new sport to be added.
From around the world, 154 nations have currently qualified at least one athlete to compete in the games. Many of these athletes have worked their entire lives to compete on this famous stage. Some of them overcoming huge physical and financial barriers to qualify and follow their dreams. For a majority of them, the reach for gold will fall short, but even so, these athletes will take away with them something very special. They have earned the right to call themselves an Olympian. Which is one of the greatest honors in competitive sports. Something most of us can only dream of achieving.
It would be a dream for me to make it to London as a spectator. I would take my I love London hoodie with me, and wear it with pride inside the indoor stadiums, and have as many Olympians as I could find, sign it. I know what you’re thinking, that’s crazy, like I’d be able to find an Olympian to sign my hoodie. But realistically I probably would be able to find them.
When I was at the 2004 Olympics in Greece, they were everywhere. The Russian Women’s Gymnastics team walked right in front of me and a Platform Diver from Australia was on the same tour of Athens as I was, and I even had drinks with a Peruvian rower at the Olympic Village. So I know I might cross paths with some Olympians, but whether they would actually sign my hoodie is another thing entirely. I can dream too, ya know.
Spring is officially here. Spring break is in full swing all across the country, and summer will be here in a flash. As the warmer temperatures rise, and the weather forecasters call for more sun and clear skies from New York to California, it’s time to bust out the map or GPS and hit the open road.
From wide-open spaces to curvy mountain roads and scenic ocean drives, nothing smells more of an adventure than the excitement of what lies ahead. Road trips are a time to leave all of your worries in the rear view mirror and focus on the scenic horizon ahead. Whether it’s a spontaneous adventure for the day or weekend, or it’s a planned trip for a week or more, the one thing that’s true about the road, is the promise of new things to come. No two trips will ever be the same.
Maybe you’re heading to a family reunion two states away or your best friends wedding across the country or you haven’t the faintest idea of where you’ll end up; one of the best parts of a road trip is the actual trip itself. The in-between of points A to B are what it’s all about. The early morning breakfasts in a greasy diner, the rest-stop breaks in the middle of nowhere, the detours to corn museums or strange gravity forests, and the late night caffeine refills make it all worthwhile, and of course, let’s not forget the scenery and music to go along with it.
If you know you’re going to take a road-trip, by yourself or with a caravan, why not have even more fun and let us help you create something special for your journey. Maybe a Team Gayle T-shirt or Team Force or Team Wind! For those sun rise mornings and late night adventures, it will be the perfect addition to an unforgettable trip across the open road!