Birthday Hike to the Top of Stonewall Peak…And Beer

After seeing a friend’s Facebook post highlighting a six-mile hike with a baby, I knew that’s what wanted to do for my birthday. After some quick Googling, I found out the dad in the photo was wearing the Osprey Poco Plus. The Poco Plus  normally retails for just under $300, but thankfully Mama did a quick Crackslist (Craigslist for the uninitiated) search and found a “used-once” Poco Plus for a lot less! Met up with the dad-with-the-bad-back the next day and scored an almost mint condition baby-hiking backpack.

So on my birthday, we donned our “used-twice” hiking clothes, test-fitted Alessio in the Poco Plus, packed up the car and made the 45ish minute drive to the foot of Stonewall Peak in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Once parked, I strapped Alessio and the backpack on and we began the ascent up to Stonewall Peak.

Thankfully the cool fall San Diego weather made the 2 mile hike up to the peak enjoyable (of course, I still sweated like a pig thanks to the extra 40ish pounds strapped to my back). After reaching the top and taking in the views, we stopped for a snack and switched baby-carriers. All the way down, Mama had the joy of feeling Alessio tug at her hair while he entertained himself from his comfortable perch!

Once back at the base station, we made the quick drive up to Julian for a so-so lunch at The Bailey BBQ (they had no house beers on tap!), picked up an apple pie (it’s required in order for you to leave the small town), and enjoyed a flight of craft beers at Nickel Beer Company accompanied by some lovely drunken political rants.

All-in-all, it was a great and relaxing birthday and I look forward to doing it again!

Photo’s From the Stonewall Peak Ascent

 

Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza 2014

To get in the Halloween spirit, Mama and I took Alessio to Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza for his first farm and his first pumpkin patch. He didn’t care that the fields were almost picked clean since he saw chickens, vines, costumed kids, sugar skulls and more. Can’t wait until next year when he will walk around the patch and pick his perfect pumpkin!

San Diego County Fair Media Preview – Part 2

For the second year in a row (last year we did this), Wife and I attended the San Diego County Fair media preview. We gorged on grilled corn, fresh lobster, deep-fried goodness and a few adult beverages before heading home for a food induced coma.

Picnic on Cornado

Enjoyed the afternoon with some food, bocce ball and sun.

Speed Boating on San Diego Bay

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While Wife might be going on an all-expense paid trip to Barcelona, I at least get to do things in San Diego I would probably never try. Yesterday, as a job perk, San Diego Speed Boat Adventures invited me and a few co-workers (well, they invited the co-workers who then invited me) to spend the afternoon jet across San Diego Bay in a speed boat. How can you say no to that? You can read my official account here.

Below are just a few pictures taken by a co-worker: