Monthly Archives: February 2015
You will lose toenails, you will gain weight and wisdom, and there will almost certainly be chafing in surprising places, explains Chas Newkey-Burden.
4. Whenever you do interval training (short bursts of sprints mixed with gentle jogging) someone extremely attractive is always walking in front of you. This means you look at best like a man trying and failing to impress them. Or at worst like you’re considering, but then reconsidering, making some sort of sweaty pass at them.
Torrey Pines State Natural ReserveThe Razor Point trail (1.3 miles) or Guy Fleming Trail (0.7 miles) both offer dramatic, picturesque views of the big blue with easy trails accessible to almost anyone. In the winter, you might spot Gray Whales or bottlenose dolphins throughout the year. There’s also a Beach Trail (1.7 miles), which is a bit steeper and allows access to the beach. Length: 1-2 miles, depending on trail // Difficulty: Easy Getting there: Take Hwy 5 to Carmel Valley Road, go west to Camino Del Mar and go south about one mile to the reserve entrance at the foot of the hill.
Los Penasquitos Canyon TrailWith a relatively tranquil route, the Los Penasquitos Canyon hike is great for all ages and skill levels, without skimping on some impressive natural sights. Waterfalls, year-round streams and creek crossings abound throughout the trail. Keep your eyes open – you might just see a deer walking the path. Length: 4.7 miles // Difficulty: Easy Getting there: Exit the 15 Freeway on Mira Mesa Blvd. Head west and make a right on Black Mountain Rd. Follow it north and take a left on Canyonside Rd. Parking is available here.
Cowles MountainCowles Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego. Sure, it has its steep switchbacks (the trail leads to the highest point within San Diego), but almost anyone can get through it with enough determination. There’s no spectacular greenery here, but the views are pretty picture-worthy. Keep an eye out for snakes crossing the path. Length: 3 miles // Difficulty: Moderate Getting there: Take Interstate 8 to the College Avenue exit. Proceed north on College Avenue to Navajo Road. Turn right and proceed on Navajo Road to Golfcrest Drive. Turn left on Golfcrest Drive to enter parking lot.
Iron Mountain TrailDon’t let the name intimidate you. In Poway, this boulder-lined trail is manageable for most hiking levels, making it ultra-popular on weekends. While it begins flat, the climb creeps into the eastern mountains and rewards hikers with panoramic vistas. Pack your sunscreen; little shade is offered. To increase difficulty, additional trails are optional throughout the way to other peaks. Length: 5.8 miles // Difficulty: Moderate to difficult Getting there: Highway 67 and Poway Road. There is a small gravel parking area on the side of the highway.
Cuyamaca Peak Loop TrailFor the hiker searching for a rewarding view with various options, this one’s for you. There’s an array of routes to choose from to get to the top of Cuyamaca Peak, including the Azalea Glen Loop, Conejos Trail, West Side Trail and the Azalea Springs Fire Road. Located near Julian, you’ll come across everything from fallen forest trees to granite rocks and expansive views of the mountains and valleys below. Length: 6.7 miles // Difficulty: Moderate to difficult Getting there: From I-805S, take I-8W and exit CA-79N/ Japatul Valley Rd toward Julian. Continue on CA-79N and park at the Paso Picacho Campground ($8 per day).
Lake Poway to Mount WoodsonIt’s all about the photo opp here. Okay, not totally, but the death-defying “Potato Chip Rock” can be held responsible for bringing hordes of hikers to Mount Woodson just to snap a pic on the sliver of granite rock hovering over San Diego. The hike itself is strenuous and should be started early in the day. It begins around Lake Poway, and quickly steepens straight to the top with little relief. Ample water and snacks are recommended. Length: 6.4 miles // Difficulty: Hard Getting there: From Espola Road, go to the Lake Poway entrance. Parking is $5 for the day.
Cedar Creek Falls to Devil’s PunchbowlWith one of the most spectacular destination points, the Cedar Creek Falls Trail also comes with a precautionary warning. Devil’s Punchbowl – the swimming hole at the end of the trail – has witnessed multiple deaths over the years from cliff jumpers. A massive waterfall pours into the natural pool, surrounded by 75-foot cliffs. On this trail, the way down is easy, but it’s the way back that’s uphill. Note: Guests need to purchase a $6 pass prior to visiting. Length: 4.2 miles // Difficulty: Hard Getting there: 15531 Thornbush Road, Ramona. Once you get to the end of Thornbush Road, the trail head will be on your left.
Mission Trails Regional Park: Oak Canyon TrailOptions are endless at this urban national park, with more than 40 miles of trails near Kumeyaay Lake and Lake Murray. One of the most popular, Oak Canyon Trail, offers a sycamore and oak-lined ravine winding north from the Old Mission Dam. A babbling stream accompanies hikers and the route drops deep into the canyon. Length: 3 miles // Difficulty: Easy to moderate Getting there: The trail head is accessible from the Old Mission Dam parking lot. Walk down the pathway to the San Diego River, cross the bridge and begin.
Double Peak TrailStarting at Discovery Lake Park in San Marcos, this loop trail combines moderate steepness with restful views. At the top of the 1,644-foot summit, hikers are treated to a spectacular 360-degree view of the North County area. A majority of the trail was effected by the fires, so don’t expect much shade. The first mile is paved and then turns into a rougher single track. Dogs are welcome! Length: 5 miles // Difficulty: Moderate Getting there: Start at Lakeview Park off Foxhall in Discovery Hills. Cross the spillway bridge and the Discovery Lake Dam, and head up the paved road that winds up the hill.
Three Sisters Falls TrailsConstantly named one of the most challenging hikes in the San Diego area, Three Sisters Falls follows steep inclines and rocky terrain. Ropes throughout the route are secured to help visitors climb up and down. This is not for the faint of heart; rock and boulder climbing is a required skill to make it to the Three Sisters Falls. Bring ample water. Length: 4 miles // Difficulty: Extremely hard Getting there: The trailhead in located on Boulder Creek Road where Cedar Creek road intersects. You can park at this intersection, and follow the trail west along a ridge until you see another trail intersect to the south to take. Source
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Try one of these top rated, inspiring sports movies to get your game face on for the upcoming week!
1. “Raging Bull”: A brilliantly directed epic about misanthropy that is propelled by a great story, more-than-credible action and fascinating, doomed relationships. And Robert De Niro won an Oscar as best actor.
2. “Hoosiers”: Understated prototype of the inspirational sports film — plucky teenage underdogs, a coach (Gene Hackman) with a subtly effective pregame speech and a cast that plunges you back into 1950s small-town Indiana.
3. “Bull Durham”: An easygoing comedy and love triangle, this 1988 film offers a realistic picture of minor league baseball, terrific game action and intelligent screenwriting.
4. “Million Dollar Baby”: A twist on the conventional boxing story — a woman at its center and a late-career Clint Eastwood as a nurturer — that makes you cheer and cry. It won four Academy Awards in 2005: for best picture, best director (Eastwood), best actress (Hilary Swank) and best supporting actor (Morgan Freeman).
5. “Rocky”: From 1976, a great underdog story that inspired many others; it makes moviegoers believe that a downtrodden pug can stand toe to toe with the Ali-like Apollo Creed.
Gene Hackman, center, was the coach of the underdog high school basketball team in “Hoosiers.” Credit Tom Strickland/Associated Press
6. “Field of Dreams”: I love the inventiveness and whimsy in this 1989 film. I love when the players enter and depart from the corn field. I love James Earl Jones’s speech and Burt Lancaster’s philosophical doctor. But I’ve never loved the plot device that sets up Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) playing catch at the end with his ghost father.
7. “A League of Their Own”: An abundance of memorable characters (if nothing else, think of the maturation of homely Marla Hooch) and great relationships (Geena Davis and Lori Petty as the sisters at the heart of the story who are driven by different motivations) make for a compelling film from 1992. And Tom Hanks’s boozy Jimmy Dugan is one of the best portraits of a manager or coach in cinema.
8. “The Natural”: Barry Levinson’s golden-hued 1984 film, where good (Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs) defeats evil (the gambler, the team owner and the columnist/cartoonist played by Robert Duvall) works as a fairy tale — but as you watch, you have to forget that Bernard Malamud’s novel ends in shame, not glory.
More than 70 years after its release, in 1942, “The Pride of the Yankees” remains memorable despite its many liberties with the truth. CreditAssociated Press
9. “The Pride of the Yankees”: Some of it feels hokey, but it still has a good story, a loving portrait of a marriage and Lou Gehrig’s “luckiest man” speech, delivered by Gary Cooper. More than 70 years after its release, in 1942, it remains memorable despite its many liberties with the truth.
10. “The Hustler”: A matchup of young and old pool sharks (Jackie Gleason, who was an underrated dramatic actor, and Paul Newman) is a dark and crackling story with the tension of a prizefight set amid a collection of indelible characters.
To be honest, I struggled with No. 10. I thought of putting “Cinderella Man” into that slot, or the Academy Award-winning “Chariots of Fire,” with its ear worm theme music and slow-motion running. “Seabiscuit,” “Moneyball” and “Remember the Titans” were viable options, too. I wondered about “Brian’s Song,” a made-for-TV movie that has some of the makings of a classic — the emotional bromance between Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo and Sayers’s speech that asked an audience to love Piccolo as he loves him. But for various reasons, such as “Titans” seeming to have had a checklist for every possible element that should be included in a sports film, these movies fail to make the cut.
Had I included documentaries, “Hoop Dreams” would have supplanted one of the top 10. Finally, I also considered “Caddyshack,” but in a recent viewing I felt that the snobs versus snobs plot was not consistently funny (Rodney Dangerfield was better and more central in “Back to School”) and that the romantic subplot was tepid. More than anything, I wished for more of Bill Murray’s improvisations.