Fun Stops Along the Way

5 Cheap things to do in San Diego North County

June 8, 2017

5 Free (or at least cheap) things to do in San Diego North County: Carlsbad & Oceanside

  1. Well number one of course is the main reason you probably came to this area: the beach!

Carlsbad Beach: A beautiful long stretch of beach. You can often see dolphin here. There is a long paved walkway along the sea wall. There is a paid parking lot at Tamarack Ave. You will find lots of free parking in the town of Carlsbad if you don’t mind walking. There is also free parking along the beach on the street..during busy times you will need to get there early.

You can attend beach yoga and other activities through Cvaclubs.com

 

Oceanside Beach: This beach has a more lively vibe. Around the pier there are usually food vendors and often there are events and music going on. There is free parking off of Mission and in the Coaster station parking garage.

 

  1. California Surf Museum: This is a very nice little museum with informative volunteers. It is located with in walking distance of the Oceanside Pier. They have free admission on the first Tuesday of the month.

    This is Bethany Hamilton’s board and suit

  2. Carlsbad, State Street Farmers Market: This is a free open air market on a delightful street lined with cute shops and restaurants. There is usually live music too. The only cost is what you decide to buy! 
  3. Batiquitos Lagoon and nature center. A lovely walk along the lagoon. It is about 1.5 miles long (3 miles round trip), easy, level, wide path. Cute little nature center (bathroom inside)
  4. Green Dragon Tavern and museum. The original Green Dragon played a part in the American Revolution, so this little museum deals with the American Revolution, which is certainly not common on the West Coast! The tavern has a good happy hour too.

 

A Day At Anzo-Borrego State Park

March 12, 2017

We kept hearing about all the wildflowers blooming in the desert because of all the rain we’ve had lately so we decided to head on over. The drive is about 1 hour and 45 mins from our house. We left at 6am in order to beat any crowds and traffic.

Upon arriving near the state park we decided to get some breakfast. There is not a lot around there. We found our way to Los Jilbertos, 655 Palm Canyon Dr. We had egg burritos that were very good- great homemade tasting tortillas.

We then drove to and parked at the visitors center. We had decided to do the BORREGO PALM CANYON NATURE TRAIL. This trail is 3 miles round trip if you park at the base of the trail. To do this you have to drive in through the campground and there is parking for the trail there. We chose to walk from the visitor center which is a 5 mile round trip hike. This was a fun hike ending up going along a stream and culminating at an oasis.

 

Blue Tailed Skink

After our hike we stopped at a thrift shop on Palm Canyon Dr. and then we decided to stop in Julian on our way home.

Julian is a very cute little town. We poked around in the shops and had a late lunch and then we had this apple dumpling from Mom’s Pies This may have been the best thing I’ve ever eaten!

Apple Dumpling!

The World Record Plank

October 17, 2016

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When you are out walking in Carlsbad or Oceanside you may come across George Hood planking on the seawall or at Frazee Park  as he was this past Saturday. People often stop and ask him why he does it and George will tell you that he does it because he can! He does it in support of his fellow veterans who have fought for our country. He does it to raise money for The Semper Fi Fund also.”The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. We work to ensure that no one is left behind.”

George Hood has been the holder of the world record plank before and he is gearing up to retake the record on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016.  This past Saturday was just a short practice plank of 6 hours, but on October 1st he unofficially broke the record with a plank of 8 hours and 15 minutes at Way of life bootcamp  George and his official record breaking plank will be part of the Veteran’s Day celebration aboard the USS Midway, on 11/11/2016 .

Come on down to the Midway on November 11 to celebrate our veterans and to cheer on our own George Hood to the record! Also if you see him planking at the beach, stop and say “hi!” He loves to meet people and it encourages him in his mission.

Barcelona Cooking Class

September 19, 2016

 

 

 

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We’re back! How could a 2-week vacation go so fast? We had a great time on our trip seeing many sights and enjoying many great tastes from Spain, France, Italy and Greece. One of many enjoyable things we did was a cooking class in Barcelona Spain. The class started out with our instructor/chef taking us to the local open air market, La Boqueria, to get ingredients for our cooking project.

 

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This is our adorable chef/tour guide telling us about the varieties of olives in the region

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We also learned about the different hams (Hamon)

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This market was like an American farmer’s market on steroids. Not only was there beautiful produce and local delicacies, but the selection and variety of fresh meats and seafood blew my mind! I thought I died and went to carnivore heaven. After our chef pried my hands off the seafood counter we headed back to the kitchen enjoying a fresh churro dipped in chocolate sauce on the way.

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Churro dipped in warm chocolate sauce

It was time to get cooking. Our menu was a watermelon gazpacho, with seafood paella followed by Crema Catalana for dessert. Leslie and I had never cooked paella before; it’s always fun to learn to cook something new. The seafood on the paella consisted of cuttlefish (sort of like calamari) mussels, clams and of course big fresh prawns. After cooking we sat and enjoyed the food we prepared with a nice bottle of wine. We walked away from the kitchen with new friends, full bellies and a greater appreciation of classic Spanish cuisine.

 

 

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Mediterranean here we come!

August 31, 2016

It’s finally here! Leslie and I are heading out on our 2 week Mediterranean adventure; beginning in Barcelona, Spain, hopping a 10 day Carnival Cruise and finishing up in Athens, Greece. As you can imagine there have been many preparations that had to be made-booking a cruise, airline tickets, scheduling cooking classes, packing, ground transportation and Leslie’s months of research on what sights and activities we will see and do at our 8 port stops along the way. There is always something that we forget when we’re heading out on a trip like this, but what did we forget is the question? Oh! It’s our nutrition plan of course! Yes, this also has to be planned in advance. Just imagine 10 days on a cruise ship with all you can eat and drink 24/7. If that isn’t scary enough picture us scarfing down on pizza in Italy,  gyros in Greece and countless other culinary treats along the way. The answer is simple, the execution is the challenge. At home or on vacation you have to plan what you are going to eat if you want to succeed unless, of course, you plan on packing on 20 lbs in the next 2 weeks!

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When you are traveling it is important to pack nutritious, high protein snacks so you feel good and aren’t hungry and setting yourself up for failure. Also it is good to have a game plan for your meals. Of course you are going to enjoy special treats and meals during your travels, but for your regular meals keep your choices high protein and low carbohydrate-skip the breads and cereals!  On vacation or at home, always eat on purpose! Just food for thought. Follow our culinary adventures on instagram @sunnysidenutrition

Adventures in Walking 2 or Off Like a Herd of Turtles

August 29, 2016

 

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Another Carlsbad place we enjoy walking is at the Batiquitos Lagoon. It is located at  7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011.

There is a nature center that is open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and weekends 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Their web site: http://www.batiquitosfoundation.org/

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It is a level walk with a beautiful view of the lagoon.

 

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Down the trail and back is just over 3 miles so we thought it would be the perfect spot to do our Turtle Trot Fundraiser.

The Turtle Trot is a 5K fundraiser that anyone can participate in and you can do it anywhere. It benefits the Re-Member charity that works with the Oglala Lakota Oyate Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Our friend Laura volunteered there a few years ago and she brought this 5K event to our attention. You too can participate:

https://www3.thedatabank.com/dpg/523/spdf.asp?newsession=1&formid=16_Virtual_TT&aacwc=374565233033495946453964179833143

And you’ll even get a medal!

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or donate:

https://www.crowdrise.com/lauras-turtle-trot/fundraiser/laurahoff

 

Adventures in Walking Part 1

August 18, 2016

Walking is one of my favorite activities. It is the one athletic thing I have done consistently for a long time. When we lived in Texas I walked every morning with my best friend, Lynda, for 15 years. We even did the Susan G. Komen 3 day/60 mile walk together. It’s fun, it’s good for you, you get to see beautiful things, and you can do it just about anywhere! So I have decided to do a series on places to walk in North San Diego County and beyond. This first walk is along the Carlsbad Seawall. This particular day we started near Pizza Port on Carlsbad Village Drive and from there it is a 4.5-mile loop. You could start further west on Carlsbad Village, closer to the beach and shorten the walk. Confession: We often enjoy stopping at Pizza Port or Board & Brew after our walk!

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This is walking from the parking lot across from Pizza Port down along the beach to where the houses start, just after the power plant (desalination plant) and back

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