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Recreation: Organize a Group Hike

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As a relaxed outdoor activity I went for a hike with a bunch of friends. We walked to the Hollywood sign, which isn’t the most strenuous hike by any means, but the weather was nice and the air was clean from a rain the night before.It was a perfect day to check out the Hollywood sign.

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Hiking is a good way to spend time with people you care about. Instead of seeing a movie, or going to dinner, taking a hike is a good way to catch up with friends and to get a mild low impact exercise.

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It’s good to take long walks. It is not only good for our joints, but for our cardiovascular and circulatory systems. Walking also strengthens our legs and our core, especially when walking on uneven terrain and up and down hill. By doing this we have to become more aware of how we walk, and we are forced to use our stabilizing muscles, which get very little use in our modern lifestyle.

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So some weekend coming up, invite all your friends to go on a midmorning hike on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll be surprised how many people will take you up on the offer.

 

Jeet Kun Do with Sifu Dan Inosanto

I regularly attend classes at the Inosanto Academy in Marina Del Rey, California. Tonight in the Advanced JKD class, Sifu Dan talked a lot about the history of Jeet Kun Do, and specifically about the time when he was teaching the classes at Sigong Bruce Lee’s Chinatown Academy in Los Angeles. Sifu Dan showed us xeroxed copies of hand written notes that Sigong Bruce gave him during private lessons. We saw all the material that was written out and that had ben practiced over a six week period, and I have to say it is about as many notes as I get with one weekend Seminar with Sifu Inosanto.

Sifu frequnetly states that “All knowledge comes from the creator.” He believes that knowledge should be shared, not hidden and hoarded. A truly revolutionary concept. The truth is, knowledge isn’t power, it’s your ability to use that knowledge that gives you power.

Sifu Dan Inosanto travels 40+ weekends out of the year teaching seminars all over the world. If you have the opportunity to attend one of his seminars, do so, and you can thank me later.

 

Recreation: Greens eggs and waves…

Today started off with farm fresh eggs, as in straight from an 11-acre-ranch-that-has-25-chickens kind of eggs. Each egg had a different color and size, they even had different shapes. Some shells were tougher to crack than others, and they obviously came from different breeds of chickens as well.

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I fried them on the skillet at a medium temp with non-soy Earth Balance. Now the flavor, texture, and color of these can’t be over exaggerated. The health benefits of free range eggs aside, they make a fine tasty breakfast! There are however documented studies that prove farm eggs are more nutritious than store bought eggs. So if you have the ability, find a rancher or farmer in your area and ask them if you can buy some eggs. Usually $5 a dozen is a fair price. And don’t forget you don’t need to refrigerate them.

After the amazing breakfast I got to paddle out into the ocean and catch some of the North-West Swell that came through California this MLK Jr. Weekend. The waves were very big for LA standards, a foot or two overhead at times, but they weren’t breaking too well and were mostly big close-outs. It was great fun and exercise getting out into the ocean though, and the cold water is invigorating. Being in cold conditions is good for your circulatory system.

Capoeira Angola

Capoeira is a great martial art that increases your bodies attributes, such as balance, coordination, agility, core and leg strength, timing and rhythm. It is a great way to increase your range of motion and flexibility as well. Capoeira Angola is a traditional form of Capoeira that emphasizes stylized movements and expression, as well as guile and trickery, over flashy kicks and brute strength.  A style of capoeira that is very richly steeped in history and culture, Capoeira Angola also has an elaborate percussion ensemble that produces beautiful hypnotic music.

If this looks remotely interesting to you, than look for Capoeira classes in your area today! Capoeira must be seen first hand in order to be truly appreciated.

Recreation: Carrizo Plains National Monument

This is a short documentary I made on the Carrizo Plains National Park located in Central California. I camped out in my truck for four nights, reheating canned soup and eating hummus and avocados with rice crackers and a bag of tangerines for sustenance. It was a quiet and relaxing adventure, mostly spent sitting and watching. Looking for birds and animals, especially endangered ones, isn’t as easy as you’d think. But surprisingly, it isn’t impossible either. You just have to keep your eyes peeled.

 

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By far the most exciting part of the trip was chasing the endangered kangaroo rat around my campsite in the middle of the night with a flashlight. Almost feels like a Disney nature documentary. Almost. But it really was a blast to make this piece. Trying to track down endangered birds, antelope, and squirrels proved to be quite a relaxing adventure. There was no cell service in the Carrizo Valley, and you truly felt like you were in the middle of nowhere. The wildflowers should be quite spectacular this year, seeing as how we have had a very wet winter. We shall see.

Urban Warrior encourages you to find State and National Parks in your surrounding area, and explore the natural beauty that your State has to offer. Support your Sate and National Parks.