Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Fitness on the Cheap Tuesdays – A Little Magic in North County

Despite my love of urban living, I must admit that there is something magical and quite valuable about those places in San Diego that are still rural and a bit wild.  When I first moved to San Diego county, I didn’t settle in Downtown right away – I made a few stop overs along the way as I made my way South.  One of those stops included renting a house in a place just beyond San Marcos, in an area that has since been developed into what is now San Elijo Hills.

Before there were schools, gas stations, shopping plazas, condos, or enormous houses around San Elijo, there were only winding roads, horse trails, the occasional deer, and The Elfin Forest.

The community there hasn’t gone quietly into the night, but instead continued to fight the encroachment of suburbanization into their wide open spaces.  As a result, much of what I loved about that area can still be found and enjoyed.  If you’re curious about one of my most cherished places in San Diego, the details are after the jump.


Fitness on the Cheap Tuesday: Cowles Mountain

You Made It! Image courtesy of slworkings flickr stream, licensed under the creative commons.

You Made It! Image courtesy of slworking's flickr stream, licensed under the creative commons.

Last week I shared with you one of my favorite urban workouts.  This week I thought I would share one of my favorite trail runs, and surprisingly enough, one needn’t drive out to the back country to get there.

It took me several years of living in San Diego before I stopped and noticed Mission Trails regional park, almost 6k acres of pristine and natural San Diego landscape.  I’m sorry I didn’t discover it sooner!  This is really one of the best places to escape the city when you’re feeling nature’s call.  Today I’ll be taking you to the crown jewel of the park, Cowles Mountain, the highest point within the city limits.


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