A Hike in the Mountains, A Walk on the Beach

While racing up a 52-story building certainly burned a lot of calories, it wasn’t the only exercise I got during my weekend in San Francisco. In fact, it wasn’t even the only exercise I got that day!

After my race was over, we headed to a double birthday brunch. My sister-in-law Alexis was celebrating her birthday that day, and Alexis’ mom Veronica’s birthday was the next day, so Alexis’ sister Katharine had that whole side of the family over for a fun afternoon in her backyard. She lives about 5 blocks from the ocean, so at one point, we took a nice 90-minute walk down to the sand and along the water.

It was there that we met a guy walking a family of schnauzers, including three adorable puppies that were only three months old.

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We had already enjoyed a delicious spread at Katharine’s, which included tons of fruit and smoked fish. My plate:

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And I enjoyed a piece of birthday cake that had strawberries in between the layers.

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The next day, Alexis, Steven, my nephews and I all took a nice long hike in the mountains near their home. It was very green, with beautiful rolling hills.

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Alexis and I enjoying the views.

The trail passed above Skywalker Ranch, the secluded, George Lucas-owned facility that’s home to Skywalker Sound, the sound effects division of George’s empire:

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The lake beyond the main building is man-made and George named it “Ewok Lake.”

My nephews and I, taking a breather on a fence…

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…and our new salamander friend, that we found in a drinking trough for horses:

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Alexis took the boys back a little early, but Steven and I ended up climbing the trail all the way until it ended, at a fire road. Our hike was 5 miles exactly (and took 2 hours, 40 minutes), and we gained 1,600 feet of elevation. It was slow going on the way down, after Steven took a spill and sprained his ankle, but he toughed it out.

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I also went for a run another morning, running back from the boys’ school after Alexis and I dropped them off (Alexis stayed at the school for a PTA meeting). Their neighborhood is hilly and full of cul-de-sacs, and I got in a good 3.8 miles of ups and downs (in 45 minutes) before calling it a day.

I had eaten a banana and some strawberries before the run, and afterwords, I took some leftover quinoa salad that Alexis had made, and spooned it over raw spinach and peppers.

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Whoops, that’s the wrong photo, that’s the quinoa dish the first time we ate it, not the leftovers I had for breakfast. But you know what? I’m tired, so I’m just gonna leave it. The big picture is that I ate well during my trip, and got in a lot of activity, and that’s a good thing, because tomorrow is a weigh-in day.

Keep it up, David!

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2 Responses to A Hike in the Mountains, A Walk on the Beach

  1. Alexis Garcia says:

    So glad we spent time together this past weekend. I think Eddie wants to follow in his uncles foot steps and do a building stair climb! Nice photos too.

    • David says:

      That would be great if Eddie did a climb! Maybe he can do San Francisco race next year. 🙂 I loved seeing you all last weekend – thanks again for having me! xo

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