Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Year's Day Sunrise Hike!

Join us for our 17th Annual New Year's Day Sunrise Hike up Blue Mountain. This year, we will have TWO (2) hikes for those who can't get up before dawn on 1/1 2012. Check out the information below and hope you, family, and friends join us for a great way to kick off the new year!

When: Jan. 1, 2012. 5:30 AM and 12:12 PM

Where: Blue Mountain, Grand Terrace. Meet at intersection of Palm Ave. and Honeyhill Drive. (For Google map location, click here.) It's a little over 2 miles to the top.

Who: Anyone interested in starting off the new year with this mountain top experience! Families, dogs, kids...all welcome!

What to wear: Dress in layers...the weather can be warm or freezing. Fortunately, it hasn't rained on us in all these years (knock wood!). Tennis/running shoes are ok to hike up this dirt road to the top.

What to expect: The hike can be strenuous in spots, so feel free to take breaks. It's about 2 miles to the top. Once at the top, I will pass out cups of sparkling cider so we can toast the sunrise as it comes up. Also have someone give a short New Year's day inspirational talk, and then you're free to enjoy the view or head back down!

For more info: Ernie Medina, Jr., cell: 909-747-5935

Special thanks to Dr. Leonard Sigdestad for lending me the key to unlock the gate and giving us permission to do this every year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fitness trumps body weight!

12-7-11: Yet another reason to get more physically active!!! A new study just came out showing that your fitness level is more important indicator for risk of death than your weight (or BMI)! Read the full story here:

Physical fitness trumps body weight in reducing death risks: new study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association

Monday, December 5, 2011

2012 Sunrise Hike

12-05-11: It's that time of year again for our 17th annual Sunrise Hike! Like the past few years, it will be on Blue Mountain (Grand Terrace), thanks to my veterinarian, Dr. Leonard Sigdestad (one of the land owners of Blue Mountain).

TWO hikes!
This year, I've decided to have both a sunrise hike AND a noon hike, so for those of you how party late on NY Eve, you can still join us for a hike.

Check out the info below and hope to see you there!

What: 17th Annual Sunrise Hike

Who: Anyone who wants to start the new year off on the right foot! Feel free to invite your family, friends, co-workers, frenemies...all are welcome!

Where: Blue Mountain, Grand Terrace (Googlemap Palm Ave and Honeyhill Drive, Grand Terrace, and you'll get the exact meeting spot where to park)

When: Jan. 1, 2012. AM hike - meet at 5:30 AM; PM hike - meet at 12:12 PM. We will start hiking shortly after these meeting times.

Why: A tradition I picked up from my stint teaching English and Bible in Japan. We'll hike up to the top, where we will have a New Year's inspirational talk and toast the sunrise as it peaks over the mountain range. All drinks (sparkling cider, cups, etc.) will be provided.

Wear: Dress in layers, especially in the AM when it can be quite cold before sunrise. Noon hikers can dress in a lot less. Has never rained on us so we should be ok. It's a dirt road, so you don't need hiking shoes--old tennis or running shoes are fine.

For more info: Dr. Ernie Medina, Jr., cell: 909-747-5935;; see event on FB soon or check back on