Outdoors

  • Taking students out into nature’s classroom

    Taking students out into nature’s classroom

    The view from the heights of Elfin Forest offers a sweeping vista: to the north lay the paved-over gray of San Marcos and Escondido

  • Two cross-country journeys, two epic missions

    Two cross-country journeys, two epic missions

    One man’s goal is to run more than 20 miles every day for 1,172 days straight.

  • Hazon bike ride, farm day on April 2 in Encinitas

    Hazon bike ride, farm day on April 2 in Encinitas

    The inaugural Hazon Ride in San Diego will launch from Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas on Sunday, April 2. This day-long, fully-supported bike ride will take riders through the coastal beaches and inland paved trails, culminating in a group lunch and celebration at the farm, including an interactive...

  • Restoration, trail proposed for San Dieguito Lagoon

    Restoration, trail proposed for San Dieguito Lagoon

    The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority (JPA) has released its draft environmental impact report for a proposed San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration and new trail connection. The draft environmental impact report (EIR) will be available for a 45-day public review comment period through April...

  • Locals' grill table makes outdoor entertaining more interactive

    Locals' grill table makes outdoor entertaining more interactive

    Carmel Valley residents Karim and Shahin Pirani’s new business IBBQ hopes to get people to slow down from today’s fast-paced lifestyle and embrace the traditional concept of having the entire family sit down for a meal. The Piranis are bringing people together with IBBQ’s new modern outdoor grill...

  • Trail honors Marvin Gerst's legacy

    Trail honors Marvin Gerst's legacy

    The City of San Diego recently installed six signs on the Carmel Valley Restoration and Enhancement Project trails commemorating Marvin Gerst Trail. The popular Carmel Valley trail, which stretches between the eastern edge of the Palacio Del Mar neighborhood on Carmel Country Road to El Camino...

  • Local family goes on record-breaking Antarctica expedition

    Local family goes on record-breaking Antarctica expedition

    Carmel Valley residents Alex and Daria Myers and their 8-year-old son Nikolai recently went on an adventure to Antarctica’s Ross Sea, part of a cruise that broke the world record for the southernmost navigation of any vessel in the world, coming within two meters of the Ross Ice Shelf. The trio...

  • Inaugural Encinitas Half Marathon to cruise coast March 26

    Inaugural Encinitas Half Marathon to cruise coast March 26

    The inaugural Encinitas Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 26. With a fast, flat course ideal for first-timers and elites, the race is 13.1 miles on Highway 101 passing through Leucadia, Encinitas, Cardiff and Solana Beach. The coastal course has seven miles of ocean views with support...

  • Del Mar homebuilder’s unique Oaks Farms project named ‘Nation’s Best New Community’

    Del Mar homebuilder’s unique Oaks Farms project named ‘Nation’s Best New Community’

    Amid rolling hills and large oak trees sits a world-class equestrian center in the upscale community of Oaks Farms. During a typical day, you’ll find horse trainers and riders on the 20-acre property located in San Juan Capistrano. Developed by the Del-Mar based homebuilder Davidson Communities,...

  • Hit the trails in Carmel Valley

    Hit the trails in Carmel Valley

    In the new year, many make a resolution to exercise and get more active. Carmel Valley has plenty of options to get outside. Check out some of these local trails for walking, running, cycling or horseback riding: CVREP Trail Distance: 2 miles  Trailhead: Clews Ranch Road off Carmel Country Road,...

  • Renowned singer to perform at River Valley Fest

    Acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-platinum composer, and North County resident Jack Tempchin will be the featured musical entertainment at the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy’s (SDRVC) 7th Annual River Valley Fest, “Passion for the Park,” celebrating the Conservancy’s 30th Anniversary, on...

  • San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy receives grants

    The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy recently received two grants to expand its nature education program, Watershed Explorers. The conservancy received both a $10,000 “Environmental Champions” award from SDG&E and a $25,000 grant from The San Diego Foundation to support the outdoor-education...

  • Del Mar swimmer gets one more shot at Catalina relay

    Del Mar swimmer gets one more shot at Catalina relay

    Swell Guys Too set another relay record

  • KAABOO returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 16-18

    KAABOO returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 16-18

    After a successful debut last year, KAABOO is set to return to Del Mar in September. With an even bigger and better lineup, the three-day festival will feature about 100 performances on multiple stages Sept. 16-18 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including headliners Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer...

  • Summer Run Club celebrates big finish with 5K

    The Summer Run Club 5K was held in Solana Ranch Park on Sunday, Aug. 7, capping off a summer of family fitness. Led by Sheri Kono, kids and parents have gathered two mornings a week in this warm and sunny summer to log laps and work on their strength, ability and speed in a fun way. Each kid kept...

  • Thanksgiving Fun Run to benefit Woodward Center

    A Thanksgiving Family Fun Run to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center will be held on Thursday, Nov. 26, from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the Del Mar Racetrack. The event features a one-mile run around the race track. Participants receive racetrack admission, free event parking, a Fun-Run T-shirt...

  • Sixth Annual River Valley Fest

    Sixth Annual River Valley Fest

    The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy held its Sixth Annual RiverValley Fest “Connecting Communities” Oct. 11 at the Morgan Run Club & Resort. The event included a live auction led by auctioneer Stephen Hamann, and a silent auction to entice enthusiastic guests to bid on items, with all proceeds...

  • Del Mar Heights School Harvest Fest

    Del Mar Heights School Harvest Fest

    Del Mar Heights Elementary School families gathered Sept. 30 to welcome in the new school year and to celebrate the culmination of the Annual PTA Giving Campaign at the Fall Harvest Fest. The event included an ice cream truck with free ice cream and slushies, DJ, food trucks, face painting, and...

  • United by commitment, North Coast-Powered By Optimism walks for the cure

    United by commitment, North Coast-Powered By Optimism walks for the cure

    You might have seen them on the coast, walking in a pack, wearing lots of bright pink gear and on at least one Saturday, wearing funky bras on the outside of their shirts and in some cases, on top of their heads. They have fun and they can be silly, but their cause is important and their commitment...

  • Del Mar Hills Dad’s Club Movie Night and BBQ

    Del Mar Hills Dad’s Club Movie Night and BBQ

    Del Mar Hills Academy families gathered Sept. 25 for a festive Movie Night and BBQ with the Del Mar Hills Dads’ Club. The event featured a screening of the movie “Home,” which included delicious popcorn. Prior to the movie the dads grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs. Photos by McKenzie Images.

  • 1st Annual VIP 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Beach Party

    1st Annual VIP 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Beach Party

    The 1st Annual VIP 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Beach Party was held Sept. 26. The event was hosted by Jeff Jacobs, co-owner of Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, and Annie Lawless, co-founder of SUJA Juice, to raise awareness for Challenged Athletes Foundation at the home of Jeff Jacobs....

  • Miracle League Fall Season begins!

    Miracle League Fall Season begins!

    The Miracle League fall baseball season kicked off on Sept. 12 and runs through Nov. 14. Games are played on Saturdays only and all games are played at Engel Family Field in Del Mar and Coronado Green Field in Coronado. Photos on this page are from a Sept. 19 game — The Miracle League of San Diego...

  • Del Mar Hills Academy Ice Cream Social

    Del Mar Hills Academy Ice Cream Social

    Del Mar Hills Academy families gathered to socialize and enjoy tasty, cool treats at the school’s Ice Cream Social held Sept. 11. Photos by McKenzie Images.

  • Grand Prix Equestrian event honors veterans served by R4 Alliance members

    Grand Prix Equestrian event honors veterans served by R4 Alliance members

    The Grand Prix Equestrian event was hosted by Blenheim EquiSports on Aug. 29 at the Del Mar Horse Park in Del Mar. The event honored all U.S. military veterans who benefit from the services provided by R4 Alliance member organizations (www.r4alliance.org), a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charity that facilitates...

  • 2nd Annual Solana Beach Neighborhood Block Party

    2nd Annual Solana Beach Neighborhood Block Party

    The 2nd Annual Solana Beach Neighborhood Block Party was held Aug. 29 on Canyon Drive. The event featured Seaside Market’s infamous tacos, live music, a petting zoo, a cookie bake-off contest, and raffle prizes from local vendors. In addition, the event featured an ice cream truck and a photo booth....

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