Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Product Review: Luvo Bundles, Southwest Inspired

Luvo Foods Chicken Chorizo Chili and Quinoa & Veggie Enchilada Verde

Disclaimer: I received a Luvo Foods Bundle as part of being a  BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out to review, find, and write race reviews.

I have enjoyed eating and reviewing Luvo Foods products in the past for BibRave, and their current Bundle option was no exception.  I chose the Southwest Inspired Bundle which at the time included 4 each of 2 different products: Chicken Chorizo Chili and Quinoa & Veggie Enchilada Verde.  (As of today, on their website, it looks like the bundle is now 4 each of these 2 products plus 4 of their Chicken Chili Verde.)

As I have noted before, Luvo uses quality products in their meals.  They flash freeze the dinner so that it is at peak freshness and nutrient rich.  You can cook them up in the oven, (which takes about 40 minutes), or microwave them if you are starving or simply starved for time.  This particular sampler is gluten and nut free.  One each of the chili and enchilada as a meal only comes to about 550 calories.  

Veggies, whole grains, and a good amount and source of protein...what's not to like?

The Chicken Chorizo Chili is a nice full serving of chili but not too heavy.  It doesn't burp up on you like a lot of chili's and doesn't promote heartburn.  It is simply a quality tasting, filling, healthy chili.

The Quinoa & Veggie Enchilada Verde is delicious!  I don't know how they make their green sauce taste so good after being frozen, (maybe it's that flash freezing process), but it is the star of this dish.  It is so scrumptious.  

These two great dishes plate beautifully and also pair very well together.  They are sure hits for the cooler season when you want a little spice.  Great thing about the Luvo Bundles is you can buy a whole collection of them and save some money.  In fact, right now, if you use the code BRPFREESHIP, you can also save the shipping.  

Luvo Foods are the best frozen food dinners I have ever had, even going back to the days when TV dinners were a cultural phenomenon.  These aren't your mom's frozen food dinners, these are the royalty of frozen entrees!!!  Get yourself some and enjoy!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Trail Review: Twin Owls & Gem Lake, including Paul Bunyan's Boot

Overlooking Estes Park, CO on my way up to Gem Lake.

Earlier this Summer in July, I had the opportunity to go on a trip to Colorado with extended family that put us in Estes Park, CO, right down the road about a mile or so from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.  This is the 5th and final trail review from that week!  Enjoy!

The Gem Lake Trail, (to the actual lake), while not overly long, is no easy trail run/hike with a lot of gain that comes with rocky ground.

For my final trail run in Colorado, I decided to do part of a larger trail loop that starts at the Lumpy Ridge Trail Head near the MacGregor Ranch in Estes Park, CO.  My plan was to get up to Gem Lake, then come back and go to Twin Owls.  

The Sun was still coming up as I started.

Lots of scrub brush, pines, and rocks...lots and lots of rock!!!

.4 of a mile in, you hit the sign to Gem Lake.

The views overlooking Estes Park were pretty cool in the early morning as the clouds hung over the city!

A nice stretch through some Aspens!

But again, rock was the name of the game, and it's sparse in this picture!

Paul Bunyan's Boot. I guess he had holy feet!!! :)

Closer pic of Paul Bunyan's Boot.

I go further up as the town continues to wake up.

Wait, where's the lake?

Some cool trees, but the lake?

Ah, there's the lake, hiding around the corner!

I think those might be Ents getting ready to march!

A pretty little lake tucked up at the top of this stretch of trail.

Seemed weird to see drift wood up here.

This scene almost looks like someone planted the trees for a diorama set.

For that relative that always needs to know there's one nearby...:)

So, I made it up to Gem Lake and then had to descend back down to the trail junction to head over to Twin Owls.  This stretch was fine other than lots o slow hiking down the rocks.  I made it to the junction and headed off toward's Twin Owls.  My mistake came when I took a little side trail up to Twin Owls that may be the actual trail on the map.  However, this trail quickly went from going up, to going hand over knee, to almost straight up vertical.

On the way to Twin Owls.

Maybe "Climber's Access" should have been a clue, but I thought seeing Gollum's Arch would be a cool thing to see and tell my kids.

So, maybe somewhere at the 70% angle, I started rethinking this...

Looking up towards Twin Owls.

I finally got up high enough I said I need to go back down due to time and concerns safety...

If the last picture was looking down at where I stopped climbing, this was looking up at what came next...

Climbing over a log at a steep angle makes things a lot more difficult...

Looking back after coming down from approaching Twin Owls.

Just in case...

Time to head back and pick up some cinnamon rolls on the way!!!

This looks so serene after all those rocks...

More steps before the finish!

I was wiped, and those were the best cinnamon rolls ever!!!
Gem Lake, Paul Bunyan's Boot and the Twin Owls was fun...but next time, I probably won't try a climber's access path!  I'll just look up at the Owls and take a picture!!!  Glad I went, but might have over stretched myself a bit on that climb.  If you go, be careful and enjoy!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Product Review: New Original BUFF®

The New Original BUFFⓇ Continental Divide Trail has Butte, MT on it, where I raced in 2015!
Disclaimer: I received a New Original BUFF® as part of being a  BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out to review, find, and write race reviews.

I have been using BUFF® products for years now.  In fact, in preparation I went to see just how many BUFF® products I have and I think I might have enough to make a small lap quilt!  

BUFF® has recently come out with a New Original BUFF®.  Check out this website when you have time,, but to summarize, here's a few important points:

  • New Original BUFF® is now made of 100% recycled REPREVE® microfibers which come from 2 recycled water bottles.
  • 4 way ULTRA STRETCH with active recovery so it doesn't lose it's original shape.
  • UPF 50.
  • Tons of new styles.
  • And, something I noticed on my own as seen in the picture below, it's bigger than the original Original, (is that what we call my old ones?)  (Have I been around that long?):

Two original Original BUFF® surrounding my New Original BUFF®.  Notice the extra length on the new ones.

As you would expect, the New Original BUFF® holds up just as well as the old ones in the elements and can be worn in all the same ways.  I still favor a form of free flow pirate, an untied pirate/do rag I guess.  

Notice I have my Wulfman's CDT 14K shirt on with my New Original CDT BUFF®.

So, BUFF® continues to get better, I get older, and my collection grows!!!

Enough BUFF® to make a lap quilt maybe?  Well, not now.  I use them too much!!!
As I have said before, BUFF® makes great gear and I have already found the next piece I want to attain, the Polar Hoodie!!!  That would so great to rock and roll in with a snow show series this winter I am planning on competing in here in Rochester, NY!!!

So, get out and enjoy life and use a BUFF® to help you do so!!!  Enjoy!

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