Thoughts from the executive

March 04, 2012

I have been to the mountain top!

The first (and last time) I've been to the top of Cowles Mountain was in 1982.

Our oldest was four years old and I was carrying our less than a year old son in a baby back pack. So today, the spirit moved me to walk 2.6 miles to Cowles Mountain in Mission Trails Regional Park and give it another try. Elevation is 1,593 feet at the summit that's 1.5 miles from the intersection of Navajo and Golfcrest Roads.

Along the way to the top I saw legendary high school basketball coaches Wade Vickery and Randy Robinson. Wade let me know that the mini whiteboards coaches use during basketball games was invented by Randy and first used at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA.

Then, as I get closer to the top I see a Ben & Jerry's umbrella. Ephraim, the owner of the Seaport Village store was giving out free samples with his team. I reminded him that he was a part of the Ben & Jerry service project that built the front entrance and planted the trees at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA.

After taking these pictures, I start heading down the mountain trail and can't begin to tell you how many people were making the trek. Old. Young. Families with young children. People walking their dogs. See how many hikers you can spot in the photos. The last person I saw that I knew was former San Diego Charger and Miami Dolphin star Dick Westmoreland who has been a longtime friend of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. The 71 year old let me know he makes this hike two or three times a week.

For me, there is no way I could have accomplished this today if I had not watched Forks Over Knives five months ago on Netflix. Since that time I have radically changed my diet habits, lost weight, and started getting more active for the health of it.

After today's 8.2 mile hike, like James Brown said, "I FEEL GOOD!"

Go here for photos from Cowles Mountain at Mission Trails Regional Park!

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