Canyon dig it! – Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve

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It might not be Yosemite, but Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve in San Diego has plenty of beautiful trails to explore. One of the best ways to see this 4,000 acre suburban wilderness is on a moderate 7-mile (round-trip) mountain bike ride.

Los Pensaquitos Ana Pines 1The well-marked, dog-friendly, multi-use hardpacked trail can be taken from the reserve entrance. There aren’t many elevation changes so it’s great for a leisurely walk or for beginner mountain bikers like us.

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One of the best rewards of the trail is the waterfall cascading through the volcanic rocks about 3 miles out. Well, to be accurate it’s more of a stream than a waterfall. But we loved soaking our feet in the cold water.

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Things to remember before heading out; bring plenty of water and sunblock, it is hot out there and most of the trail is not shaded. A 20 minute drive from Hillcrest makes it a great choice for a quick getaway from it all.

Great Hike or Bike! 

*The scenery of the canyon includes:

  • a waterfall cascading through volcanic rock;
  • a streamside forest of giant California live oaks;
  • groves of majestic sycamore trees;
  • a year-round stream populated by Pacific tree frogs, crayfish and largemouth bass;
  • a freshwater marsh hosting a variety of aquatic birds including great blue herons, egrets, mallard ducks and more; mule deer, bobcat, coyote and raccoon are just a few of the mammals that can be observed throughout the Preserve.

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*Info from: https://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation


 

Salvation Mountain – Off the Beaten Path

A few hours away from San Diego in Niland, Calif. 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles, in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and about an hour and a half from Palm Springs, you will encounter Salvation Mountain.Salvation Mountain Ana Pines 34 The artist, Leonard Knight, an Army veteran of the Korean War, discovered God in a life-altering experience in 1967 while visiting his sister in San Diego. He visited her often and decided to settle a few hours away in Niland in 1984 when he began painting the mountain with messages of devotion to God. “I painted the mountain because I love God and I love people,” Knight’s quoted as saying in the on-site description. The first message you read upon arrival is “God is Love”. 

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The colorful mountain also includes flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns and birds and is surrounded by cars that are also painted. The mountain is approximately 40 feet high and spans about 150 feet across, made of local adobe clay and mostly donated paint.

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You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the two decades of dedication that Knight put into his art. He lived simply on a small Social Security check and slept in the back of his truck. Love is written everywhere and he believed that love expanded to everyone. He didn’t attend church because he believed you can love God from anywhere however, he always respected those that did. 

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In 2001, the Folk Art Society of America declared it a National Folk Art site worthy of protection and preservation. Knight died Feb. 10, 2014 at the age of 82. Dedicated volunteers currently preserve Salvation Mountain. http://www.salvationmountain.us

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92 and breaking records – Harriette Thompson

Harriette Thompson does it again and this time she breaks another record. On Sunday, May 31, 2015 at San Diego’s Rock N Roll Marathon at the age of 92, she became the oldest woman to finish a Marathon. She also set the world record for fastest time by a woman over 90 at 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds. She is a two-time cancer survivor and has raised over 90,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She started running at the age of 76 and missed one race when she was undergoing cancer treatment. Her husband passed away in January from cancer and she is battling a staph infection in her legs. Her determination has made her an inspiration to many.

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Nothing Is As It Seems

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By Kim Rescate and Ana Pines

San Diego is in for a special treat as the North American premiere spot for the travel exhibition, ILLUSION, on show at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center until Jan. 19, 2015. The exhibition was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin and combines techniques used by magicians and explored by neuroscientists to uncover the many ways our minds are fooled by sensory deception.

ILLUSION is curated by psychologist, author and magician Richard Wiseman, and researched by deception artist Paul Gleeson. There are more than 20 installations that will distort your senses and mystify logical thinking. One of our favorites is, “YOU. HERE. NOW.” A dynamic portrait is created representing the viewer utilizing visual imagery from select news organizations on the web. You have to pause for a bit to allow the scanning of the local news Web sites before you notice your image emerge. Your image will be constructed with several tiny fragments that are in a continuous state of flux. Snap a pic with your camera and view it after. The experience of the exhibit will remind you that not everything is as it seems. Adjacent to the exhibition is the Illusion Playground, a collection of the Fleet’s hands-on, interactive exhibits. We attended the ILLUSION VIP Premiere Party May 8 where we got exclusive access to the exhibition and treated to a special performance by an illusionist along with food, drinks and music. For more information about this mind-bending new exhibition, visit www.rhfleet.org/exhibitions/illusion.

San Diego Comic-Con 2014

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. No more sleeping on the sidewalk to get into Hall H. Comic book Superhero’s will no longer be at your every turn. The long lines and aching feet will be forgotten as we reminisce and look through our photos and begin to anticipate Comic-Con 2015.

The Walking Dead Escape – 2014 Tour at The Comic Convention in San Diego, CA

The Walking Dead Escape 2014 San Diego tour was held on July 25 and 26 at the Petco Park in Downtown San Diego. It is an ultimate interactive fan experience. Even if you are not a fan of The Walking Dead, it’s a fun event to do with friends. You will laugh, scream and lose a few pounds from running up and down the stairs.

There were no obstacles this year to crawl, climb or slide on. We do miss the challenge but it gave us more time to have an immersive experience with the walkers and take photographs.

The Walking Dead Escape was launched in 2012 at San Diego Comic-Con and  is produced by Skybound EXP, an affiliate of Skybound Entertainment. Skybound recently announced a 2014 spring tour for The Walking Dead Escape. For more information, please visit Skybound online at Skybound.com and TheWalkingDead.com.

Inside “The Walking Dead Escape San Diego” with Pink Egg Media

Have you ever watched a zombie movie or TV show and thought to yourself, “I’d definitely survive, I can totally outrun everyone and kick some zombie butt?” AMC has created an obstacle course for you to test these skills.

Photo by: Kim Rescate

We grabbed our cameras and headed to Petco Park to experience this year’s The Walking Dead Escape. We have previously participated in their inaugural event. This year, they changed the course and everyone is required to check in his/her bags before proceeding to the entrance during their Wave time. We joined the Wave at around 8:20 p.m. It was starting to get dark which added to the eerie ambiance.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

The first stop was a briefing of the situation, a soldier told the group about the outbreak and then led us forward. Zombies came at us almost immediately forcing everyone to go back and head up the stairs. We ran through broken gates and saw missing person signs everywhere. It was pure chaos.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

The first obstacle was crawling underneath a chain-link fence with zombies trying to grab you from above, limbs and disemboweled bodies scattered all over the floor. We had to crawl past another zombie that was blocking the barricade to get out.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

We went up the escalator, past the hallways and encountered zombies in cages. We had to slide against the wall because they were so close and were trying to reach out to grab us. We crawled under another set of barricades and ran past Hospital Hell. We navigated through Undead Doctors and destroyed equipment without a single safe spot to catch our breath.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Once we survived that infected area, one of the guards asked everyone to stand against the wall to avoid fainting from fatigue. After catching our breath we proceeded around the corner, we had to climb up 3 wire crawls and 3 wooden overs. With the undead trying to grab us every time we climbed down, there was no time to stop. The long run down the ramps was inundated with zombies blocking our every move.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

We ended up outside the stadium where we had to climb up and down 2 obstacles. Once we made it through we had to climb over more barricades and go through two cargo containers. Then up the stairs we went. We were able to take a moment to chill out as the undead are unable to follow you up.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

At the top of the stairs, we were unsure where to go because the only entrance forward seemed to be blocked by six walkers. We made it through by distracting them towards one side and running past them on the other.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Up the ramp, we hid in the corner from several walkers and waited for them to wander out of our way. There were only four us and it would have been too hard to run past them in that tiny space. A few feet from this hallway, we also waited a while to crawl through a chain-link obstacle because there were two zombies at the end. It would have been impossible to get out without getting infected. After a few minutes, one of them figured out how to get underneath the obstacle and started coming towards us. After she got out and moved to one side we crawled as fast as we could, slid down the next two obstacles and just kept moving.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

We had to work as a team to go through the next hallway because it was such a tiny space (the width would be comparable to three people, shoulder to shoulder) and there were walkers everywhere. We were unsure we’d make it through.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

After escaping from that hallway, we ran past another set of the walkers and navigated through numerous large boxes of medical supplies that the undead could hide behind. We had to climb a few more barricades before the final obstacle. Broken cars, smoke, walkers and road signs try to stop us from getting out uninfected. We dug deep and just went for it. We jumped over tires, went around smoking cars and ran as fast as we could.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines


Video by Kim Rescate

We stopped to catch our breath around the corner before heading into the Quarantine tent. We were separated into two lines. The infected and the uninfected. I was deemed infected so I waited in line with about five others. Ana tested clean and was able to get out of the tent. When it was my turn, I was told to go into another tent. The doctor said that since the test result showed that I was infected, there’s no other choice. She took out a handgun and shot me in the head…execution style!

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

The whole course took us about half an hour, including the waiting. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, this adventure is not to be missed. Even if you’re not, going through these obstacles provides an adrenaline rush!

Kim Rescate and Ana Pines

Kim Rescate and Ana Pines

There are three ways to participate in The Walking Dead Escape. Be a survivor, which is what we did. You can be one of the Walkers by embracing the inevitable and becoming one of the undead. If you’d like to watch from the sidelines and cheer on the Survivors (or the Walkers), you can sign up as a spectator. For more information, visit http://www.thewalkingdeadescape.com/

Scary Maze at Cottonwood

Scary Maze at Cottonwood

Halloween just got more frightening in the East County. Cottonwood Golf Club built a 10,000 square foot “Scary Maze” on the driving range. Stacked bales of hay and the maze design provided a frightening challenge. Visitors also enjoyed a beer garden, live music, dancing, delicious food and scary movies on the outdoor screen.

For more info: http://www.scarymazeatcottonwood.com

The Walking Dead Escape – LIVE THE APOCALYPSE

The Walking Dead Escape - LIVE THE APOCALYPSE

Get a chance to experience the apocalypse during Comic-Con 2012. A ballpark infested with zombies where you will climb, crawl, hide & slide your way to safety. Will you survive?

 

The Walking Dead Invasion at Petco Park

Walking Dead Escape 2012

The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego takes place July 12 -14 at Petco Park, a few blocks from the Convention Center.

There are three ways to participate in this epic adventure. Participants can be a Survivor and race through the zombie infested evacuation zone; a Walker who becomes one of the undead, embracing the inevitable; or a Spectator who watches the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party. Greg Nicotero and his team at KNB EFX will transform those who sign-up to be Walkers into scary zombies.

The  survivors are allowed to go through the obstacle course in different waves. We were in the 7:00PM wave. Our anticipate grew as we waited for our turn. When they opened the doors zombies attack everywhere. They have people that act as “guides” to let you know which way to go. We climbed and up down ropes, jumped over walls, walked across logs inside ropes, ran and up down stairwells and crawled under dead bodies. The atmosphere was very exciting, complete with smoke, rusted cars and, of course, ominous music blaring through the speakers. Put this ‘obstacle run’ on top of your list to do. It’s an experience that you will never forget.

For more information: thewalkingdeadescape.com