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Hikin’ P-Canyon

Sunday, April 15th, 2007


Quote of the Day: “In case you’re worried about what’s going to become of the younger generation, it’s going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.”

- Roger Allen

Since I wimped out chose not to run yesterday, I thought I should probably do SOMETHING physical that doesn’t include stumbling to the bathroom and squeezing one out.

With that in mind (and try to get it out of yours, I challenge you), I asked my family if they wanted to join me at Peñasquitos Canyon for a hike. We even decided to take old Buster and everyone was so excited they jumped on to lick my face. OK, maybe that was just Buster….. and Carrie.

We packed everything up and headed out to the Canyon, where I’ve done endless runs endless times. We got there and the place where I park was practically deserted.

Buster was ten kinds of excited as we started our hike and I have to admit, it was a good time. Maybe it was the great weather, the clear skies, and the beautiful scenery but a lot of it had to do with having my family there where I had run so many runs.

And the fact that I was WALKING instead of running. It’s so much easier to hike than to run. I know that sounds obvious but it was almost ridiculous how easy it was.

We hiked for about a mile until we crested a hill and in the mini-valley we walked down, there were hundreds and hundreds of birds swirling around. I think we had happened upon their mating ground or something. Bummer. Sorry birds but I’m taking my family through. Try not to be too obvious about what you are doing and everything will be fine.

At about the mile and a half mark, we found the waterfall. They CALL it a waterfall but it was more like a water trickle. We had to hike down to get to the bottom but I stayed at the top for a little bit watching an Asian man negotiate a boulder. He was trying to find a way down and went here, there, back to here, and so forth. He seemed to be having trouble finding the best way down and after watching him for a few moments, I decided to go down the trail to join my family.

When I got to the bottom, I heard Mr. Asian Guy get down. It was not a pretty sound.

He basically fell 10 feet on his back.

I didn’t exactly see it but I watched my wife’s reaction who absolutely saw it. She explained how he tried to “hop” down but when his feet hit, they instantly slid out and he fell on his back and smacked his head.

I didn’t want to embarrass him but wanted to make sure he was OK. You could tell he was embarrassed and tried to play it off. Then he sat on his haunches and just sat there real still for awhile. It was obvious he was trying to get his senses as well as his breath back. He had really done a number on himself but hey, don’t try to jump off boulders, dumbass.

The kids crawled around and explored the area while Carrie and I looked on. I didn’t feel like pulling an Asian Guy or anything and believe me, I’m capable, so I just waited for the kids.

We got going again and the kids climbed trees, walked ahead, fell back, and basically did what families do on hikes. I was glad to get everyone out in the wilderness and get some fresh air. Myself included.

We made our way back and everyone felt like we had a good time as a family. Especially Buster; he expressed his happiness with this little excursion by, well, wagging his tail and licking our faces. But then again, he does that when we return from getting the mail so whattya gonna do?

Free Advice for Today: “Remember that much truth is spoken in jest.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

4 Comments - Join in the conversation below

  1. Sir, Speaking of one falling onto his back, are you ready?

    Conway sets new martial arts requirements

    By John Hoellwarth – Staff writer, Marine Corps Times
    Posted : Wednesday Jul 18, 2007 6:23:47 EDT

    Nearly seven years after the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program began, tens of thousands of Marines still have not earned their entry-level tan qualification belt.

    The commandant signed a Corps-wide message Monday to change that.

    Tan belt qualification — the first in a training sequence that progresses through gray, green, brown and black belt certification — will be required by year’s end, according to AlMar 34/07.

    Commandant Gen. James Conway’s message also raised the bar on war fighters, requiring all infantrymen to earn green belts and everyone in combat arms fields, such as artillery, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles, to reach gray belt certification by the end of 2008.

    Joe Shusko, a retired lieutenant colonel and director of the Corps’ Martial Arts Center for Excellence, said he considers aviation Marines “combat arms” under the commandant’s guidance and included members of the Individual Ready Reserve in Conway’s reference to “all Marines, both active and Reserve.”

    With about 10,000 instructors and 1,200 instructor-trainers certifying Marines in martial arts throughout the Corps, Shusko estimates that 150,000 leathernecks are currently wearing at least a tan belt with their combat utility uniform. That leaves approximately 30,000 active-duty Marines and an unknown number of reservists who haven’t yet learned “Semper Fu.”

    Of these, it’s likely that most if not all are senior enlisted Marines or senior officers because the Corps has been requiring tan belt certification of all recruits in boot camp and new lieutenants at The Basic School since late 2001, Shusko said.

    Comment by Ryan — July 18, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

  2. Glad I already have my tan. As far as higher belts…. I’ll stick with my tan, thank you.

    Comment by Jason — July 18, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

  3. I didn’t realize you got you tan. Did you blog about it?

    Comment by Ryan — July 26, 2007 @ 12:11 am

  4. Probably not. But I will.

    Comment by Jason — August 2, 2007 @ 1:31 am

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