Assateague Coastal Trust Advocates for Delmarva Peninsula

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Assateague Coastal Trust

Attorney J. Christopher Llinas owns a solo practice in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Christopher Llinas’ career focus has included strategic planning and crisis management. As part of his charitable giving, he has contributed some $2,000 to the Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT).

ACT’s mission is to improve and preserve the coastal environment of the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) Peninsula. The agency concerns itself with protecting waterways, encouraging wildlife health, and promoting sustainable economic expansion.

To help meet these goals, ACT employs a coastkeeper, who inspects by boat the area’s coastal bays to detect problems with unclean water and uphold existing watershed laws and regulations. The coastkeeper reports any instances of illegal chemical releases, dredging, or disallowed buffer clearing.

From May through September, the coastkeeper measures for oxygen content, acidity, salt levels, and clarity of the water. The official also tests for bacteria that threaten human health and places the results on the ACT website between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Public information is vital to the ACT’s mission. The coastkeeper educates people about environmentally beneficial practices and alerts them to changes in legislation and policy-making.


Two Underrated Spanish Cities That Warrant a Visit

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Granada, Spain

J. Christopher Llinas draws on more than 20 years of experience as an attorney to serve clients through his Ocean Pines, Maryland, law practice. In his leisure time, Christopher Llinas enjoys international travel and has visited various destinations around the world, including Spain.

There are many wondrous sights and sounds to behold when visiting Spain for the first time. With cities like Madrid and Barcelona dominating the tourist landscape, however, travelers can sometimes overlook lesser-known cities. With that in mind, here are two under-the-radar cities in Spain that tourists should consider visiting.

Until the 16th century, Toledo was actually the capital of Spain. The city sits atop a mountain in the central region of the country and boasts the influences of Christians, Muslims, and Jews, all of whom have made up significant portions of its population over the centuries. Today, Toledo is a marvel of medieval art and architecture that dates all the way back to the days of the Roman Empire. Spending an afternoon walking among the city’s streets paints a picture of life as it was centuries ago.

Granada City bears an interesting heritage, as it was once a stronghold of the Moorish empire. While the empire effectively ended with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella’s capture of the city in 1492, Granada still retains significant aspects of Moorish culture, including the Alhambra. A famous 13th-century palace, the Alhambra offers visitors the opportunity to view its stunning architecture, gardens, and fountains. The Muslim quarter also gives a unique insight into Spanish history.

Two Myths about Triathlons

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Attorney J. Christopher Llinas represents clients involved in various criminal and appeals proceedings through his private firm in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Outside of his legal career, Christopher Llinas has completed dozens of marathons and triathlons, including several Ironman competitions, an event that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run.

When people hear the words “Ironman triathlon” they are often intimidated, thinking that it must take a feat of superhuman strength to complete one. While the Ironman itself is challenging, breaking into triathlons isn’t as difficult as some think. Here are two myths that often keep beginners at bay.

Many interested in competing in triathlons assume that the Ironman is the only variety, but that’s not true. For beginners, there are several events far less strenuous than the Ironman. Sprint events, in particular, are much shorter, consisting of only a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5k run.

Others tend to shy away because they think they need to do undertake significant strength training beforehand in order to avoid injury. While strength training is good for a person’s overall health, it’s rest in between training cycles that stands as the most important deterrent for injury in the triathlete.

Mistakes to Avoid on Long Runs




Based in Maryland, Christopher Llinas served as corporate counsel for Royal Plus, Inc., a disaster restoration company headquartered in Snow Hill, from January 2007 to April 2015. When he’s not working, Christopher Llinas enjoys long distance running.

Long distance running is a fun, if challenging, way to stay in shape. Like any sport, there are risks involved—however, here a few tips to keep runners safe.

First off, runners should be careful not to run too far, too fast. Taking on too many miles is an easy way to hurt your body. The best thing to do is to find a training plan specific for the longest run you want to achieve.

Additionally, many runners increase their speed too quickly, especially those used to shorter runs. A good rule of thumb is to run at a pace that is easy enough so that you can carry on a conversation. Also, runners should vary the lengths of their runs—do not run too many long runs in succession and give the body time to recover.

Benefits of Running

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Benefits of Running

Based in Maryland, Chris Llinas is the proprietor of J. Christopher Llinas, Attorney at Law in Ocean Pines. Chris Llinas has completed more than 20 triathlons and 15 marathons.

Here are some of the top benefits of running, according to Runners World:

1. Boosts Your Mood. Research has shown that just 30 minutes of exercise is enough to boost the mood of even a severely depressed person and sometimes moderate exercise can have lasting effects even after the workout is over. Another study showed that 30 minutes of running for three consecutive weeks boosted sleep quality as well as concentration and mood during the day.

2. Strengthens Your Knees and Joints. Running increases bone mass and can counter bone loss and, contrary to popular belief, it is not bad for the knees. In fact, research has proven that running improves knee health.

3. Reduces Risk of Cancer. A sampling of studies show that regular exercise is correlated with a lower risk of cancer. For those who have cancer and are undergoing chemo, regular running can improve their quality of life.

Best Time to Visit the Peruvian Amazon

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Peruvian Amazon

Attorney Chris Llinas practices through his firm J. Christopher Llinas, Attorney at Law in Ocean Pines, Maryland. In his free time, Chris Llinas enjoys ecotourism and traveling to off-the-beaten-path destinations. He has visited the Peruvian jungle twice.

The swathe of Amazon Rainforest located in Peru is home to more than 1,300 bird species and countless other animal and plant varieties.

Picking a time to visit can be tricky and generally depends on what the traveler is hoping to see. Those who want to spend most of the day exploring the jungle will want to visit during the dry season, which runs from June to October. The rain is less plentiful, and the humidity is at its lowest. Additionally, the mosquito population is smallest during the dry season.

The rainy season makes for optimal river explorations. Visitors who wish to journey down the Amazon River are encouraged to book a trip from November through April. Peru is often the preferred spot for river explorations because it is farther upstream and thus has greater biodiversity. Animals that live and hunt near the river are easiest to spot during the rainy season, while land mammals are easier to spot during the dry season. Additionally the farther from civilization you travel, the more creatures you will likely encounter.

Walking through History at the Camino del Santiago


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Camino de Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

J. Christopher “Chris” Llinas, the corporate counsel of Royal Plus, Inc., enjoys eco-tourism. In 2015, Chris Llinas went to Spain and hiked the last 100 kilometers of the Camino del Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, makes up an ancient pilgrim route that spreads through Europe. This 500-mile network of routes spreads from France to Portugal to Spain and unites in northwest Spain, where pilgrims see the tomb of Saint James.

The routes developed throughout the Middle Ages, when people would walk from wherever they lived to Santiago. In 814, explorers found the tomb of Saint John. Since then, it has been a popular destination. Over time, Romans established routes to guide pilgrims. Churches, hospitals, towns, abbeys, and monasteries soon grew alongside the routes. The pilgrimage gradually declined in the 1300s due to wars and epidemics.

Today, airplanes make it much easier to make the pilgrimage. While travelers go to Camino for various reasons, whether for tourism or spirituality, the pilgrim routes offer interesting monasteries, churches, cathedrals, and more.