DISTANCE: 4.85 miles
DURATION: 2.5 to 3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 1000 ft.
Santa Anita Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas of the San Gabriels, full of varied landscapes. The forest trail is fairly well shaded, but occasional gaps in the trees offer expansive views over the canyon as we climb to an elevation of 2,800 feet.
Parking lots at trailhead get crowded. Highly suggest carpooling.
We'll meet in the parking lot of Arcadia Park (the lot off of Santa Anita Ave, closest to Huntington Dr), 405 S Santa Anita Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006.
Will depart & drive to trailhead PROMPTLY at 7:10am.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
- At least 2 liters of water.
- Appropriate hiking shoes.
- A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for vehicles to park at the Chantry Flats Trailhead ($5 Day or $30 Annual); recommend that you purchase Pass (from a sports store like REI or Big 5) prior to day of hike.
- Bug repellant
If you can't find parking in one of the 3 lots in the Chantry Parking Lot area, you can park along Chantry Flat Rd. You will need to make sure you DO NOT park in the areas marked on the road as “No Parking” (paint might be a bit faint). Also, check for white parking signs with red text and arrows denoting where you are not allowed to park. Once you find a spot, make sure your vehicle and its tires are inside the white road line, otherwise you may get a ticket (even if you have an Adventure Pass showing). Finally, make sure your Adventure Pass is visible before you leave your car.
So Cal Fitness Fun and its Leaders/Organizers/Participants, including Venus Ramos, do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking to RSVP "Yes" or by attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, So Cal Fitness Fun, or any group-associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.
See you on the hike!
(Please text/call if you get lost or run late:[masked]
• What we'll do
Would you love to go on a vacation that indulges your desires, rejuvenates your spirit, and invigorates your mind and body? If your answer is YES, then “Awaken Your Senses: A Costa Rican Adventure Quest” is definitely for you! [NOTE: This event is cross-posted on several sites, so act fast before we sell out!]
“Awaken Your Senses: A Costa Rican Adventure Quest” is a 7-day, 6-night wellness vacation in a lush tropical setting that offers a truly magical experience. Join us as we set off on a quest to awaken each of our 5 senses with all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings that Costa Rica has to offer.
I want you to imagine yourself…
…venturing into the heart of Costa Rica’s untamed rainforests as you gaze upon the natural beauty of spectacular flora, intriguing wildlife, and amazing mountainous vistas.
…soaking in the natural hot springs at the base of the Arenal volcano as the luxurious warmth of mineral-rich waters soothes your body and relaxes your mind.
…sitting down at the table of a local Costa Rican farm as you enjoy the delightful flavors of a home-cooked meal made with freshly harvested foods.
…reveling in the roar of rushing whitewater as your raft conquers the rapids of the Pacuare river – rated one of the top rivers in the world.
…exploring an organic coffee plantation wrapped in the exquisite aromas of rich Arabica blends being roasted, ground, and brewed.
Now STOP! This doesn’t have to be an imaginary vacation. This magnificent wellness experience can become a reality for you. It’s time to indulge in the beauty, luxury, and adventure that awaits you in Costa Rica.
Check out all the details HERE: https://doctorvenus.com/costa-rica-trip/
We meet at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Upon boarding private transport, we begin the journey to Turrialba, about a two-hour drive through orchards, small towns, and beautiful coffee fields. Upon arrival in Turrialba, you will settle into your hotel, Villa Florencia. The hotel is an enchanting and elegant place located in the green and agricultural area of Turrialba. Your accommodations offer an experience full of harmony and exclusiveness. Just a stroll around the Villa Florencia gardens will have you feeling closer to nature. Tropical birds surround you – toucans, parakeets, and oropendolas.
Get to know your fellow “Awaken Your Senses” travelers at our Welcome Dinner featuring local cuisine.
Coffee Tour, Rafting, Ziplines, & Tarzan Swing: Welcome to the jungle! After enjoying a great breakfast, you are outfitted for the awesome two-day, one-night rafting trip on the world famous Lower Pacuare River.
On your way to the river, you’ll stop at a local organic coffee farm. This is an opportunity to not only learn about coffee, but also about the culture, traditions, and daily life in Costa Rica. Discover how coffee is traditionally brewed in Costa Rica and, of course, sip on a fresh cup made this way. Have you heard about the butter-in-your-coffee trend? We’ll learn what this is really all about…and if it’s a truly effective biohack to improve your health.
Then it’s time to enjoy 8 miles of exciting whitewater, and take river-side stops to hike up to secluded waterfalls. The rafting is a fun class III section of whitewater on a beautiful pristine river. After enjoying the wonderful hikes and incredible rapids, you will be taken to a remote eco-lodge. The Pacuare Eco-Lodge offers the perfect vantage point to survey the beautiful river and jungle.
Once you’re settled in at the lodge, take a short walk to the canopy/zipline course. Fly through the treetop canopy and capture a different perspective of the river, rainforest, and its environs. This is an experience as no other! You will face the exotic beauty of the rainforest head on, feeling the adrenaline of dramatic views, rappelling down towering trees and sliding along cables from tree to tree as you descend the jungle-cloaked mountain toward the Pacuare Lodge for a final thrilling rappel. You will experience this excitement secure in the knowledge that you are securely anchored with a safety harness, providing a unique experience that no other tour of this type offers. Two hours of unforgettable adventure in the tree tops! For the brave, there is also the amazing (and nearly heart-stopping) Tarzan Swing. You are almost guaranteed to be the only ones there! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Hike to the Indigenous Villages: The Talamanca Mountains are host to the Cabecar natives, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica and one that retains many of its traditional customs and beliefs. Spend the day hiking to the nearby Cabecar indigenous tribe. The challenging trail offers a wonderful opportunity to discover many secrets of the forest, interact with the ecosystem, and hike the same trails the Cabecars have trekked for centuries. Visiting the small community of Tsiobata offers a chance to see how some of the most remote natives of Costa Rica live today. Total hiking time will be about 3 hours (though we will add a break for lunch), and the elevation gain is around 1000 feet. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Rafting, Part II: Those who enjoy the early morning will especially delight in a scenic hike through the dense rainforest surrounding the lodge. After a hearty breakfast surrounded by tropical birds it’s time to get serious about whitewater fun. Your rafting trip continues down the most challenging section of the Pacuare as class IV drops seem to be around every corner. The spectacular river canyon and virgin rainforest create vertical walls of green, broken by waterfalls and hanging vines. This stretch of the Lower Pacuare River has been voted one of the top 5 commercially-rafted rivers in the world by National Geographic and will have you floating past primary rainforest, stunning waterfalls, and steep canyons while navigating lively class III and IV rapids. You will enjoy a sumptuous river picnic along the way before reaching the “take out” point in the Caribbean lowlands. After this exhilarating ride, you will board transport and continue your journey to Arenal where you’ll check into the magnificent Tabacon Resort & Spa. During our wellness chat, you’ll get to preview the hot springs featured at this resort, the fantastic benefits these thermal mineral-laden waters provide, and how you can simulate the experience at home. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Horse-riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall: The Arenal Volcano is a spectacular backdrop as you travel by horseback across the green countryside to visit the beautiful waterfalls near La Fortuna. Ride with an experienced Costa Rican cowboy and practice your Spanish along the way. Cool off in the rushing waters near the waterfall. The horses are well-maintained and this is an easy going ride. Return to your hotel for an afternoon of free time.
Tabacon boasts the best hot springs and pools in the country, and as a guest, you will have complimentary and unlimited use of them. There isn’t a better way to unwind after five full exhilarating days on our Costa Rican Adventure Quest. Guests also have exclusive access to Shangri-La Gardens, the adults-only hideaway.
Many hot springs destinations in the Arenal Volcano region and around the world drill wells and rely on pumps and mechanical systems to fill their pools. Others re-circulate and/or re-heat their supposed “thermal” waters, by means of gas boilers and other heating methods. All of Tabacon’s water is true thermal water, naturally heated by the volcano and slowly mineralized underground.
An essential part of exploring the wondrous world of the Tabacon Hot Springs is soaking in the cascading thermal waterfalls. This natural hydrotherapy is a surefire way to achieve ultimate relaxation. Bask in Tabacon’s warm, river-fed grottos in the mist of a tropical rain forest. And for those requiring a refreshing dunk, there is a cold river that winds through the property as well, offering up cooler pools that contrast nicely with the hot springs.
Breakfast is included.
Personal Time & Home-Style Cooking Experience: Enjoy a day to spend as you choose. That’s what a vacation is really all about, right? At the 5-star Tabacon Resort there are abundant options for adventure or relaxation!
Later, you’ll be taken from your hotel to a local farm that will open its doors to share insights about Costa Rican food and local agricultural products such as yucca, tiquisque, mamón chino, and sugar cane. You'll visit the farm's garden and farm animals. You'll get an understanding of what it takes to get the food from the farm to the table. You will then be taught how to cook up some Tico-style tortillas and "guisados" for a delicious sit-down meal. Afterwards, relax with a cup of coffee, share some recipes, and learn how whole food living can fit into your life. Then be transported back to your hotel to dream about the scrumptious food you'll probably want to recreate back home! Breakfast and dinner are included.
Time to head home: Say farewell to Costa Rica! Your private transfer will take you from the resort to the airport in time for your departing flight.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
• 1 night at Villa Florencia, Turrialba
• 2 nights at Pacuare Eco Lodge, Pacuare River
• 3 nights at Tabacon Resort, La Fortuna
• All ground transfers within Costa Rica by private shuttle
• Whitewater Rafting On The Pacuare River
• Organic Coffee Plantation Tour
• Jungle Canopy Zipline Tour & Tarzan Swing
• Guided Indigenous Hike Through The Rainforest
• Horseback Riding To The La Fortuna Waterfall
• Tabacon Hot Springs Access
• Costa Rican Cooking Experience
• Three Inspirational Wellness Chats
• Daily Morning Warm-up/Stretch
• Nightly Restoration Meditation
• Daily breakfasts
• 3 lunches
• 4 dinners
• Tips for our local tour guides, boatmen, and drivers are included.
• 10% service charge is included in all meal fees (as it is required by Costa Rican law).
Arrival - July 26, 2018.
Departure - August 1, 2018.
Please plan so that your flight arrives at SJO (Juan Santamaría International Airport) by 3:30pm local time on July 26th, 2018, and departs from the same airport at 3pm (or after) local time on August 1st, 2018. Shuttle will pick-up at 5pm on 8/18/18 for transfer to hotel, and will drop-off at airport on 8/24/18 by 12:00pm.
Total Trip Cost: $1699 per person (double occupancy)
Deposit of $975 required to book your trip, balance due by 7/4/18.
SPACE IS LIMITED to 8 participants in order to optimize the wellness experience for our group.
• What to bring
clothes to hike in, clothes that can get wet, hiking shoes, comfortable walking shoes, water socks, insect repellant, sunblock, hat, swimsuit, money for personal expenses, passport (also 2-3 photocopies), yoga mat (optional).
• Important to know
RSVP here does NOT reserve your spot. You MUST place deposit through this LINK - https://doctorvenus.com/costa-rica-trip/ - Don't wait! Space is limited. BOOK NOW before the trip sells out!
PLEASE join my team and participate in the 2018 Walk To Cure Arthritis. Arthritis is a disease that affects an estimated 50 million (one in five) American adults and 300,000 children. It is the nation’s most common cause of disability. The Walk To Cure Arthritis is an event which helps to fund arthritis research, health education, and government advocacy initiatives. I work on the planning committee for this event, and this year we are working to be the number one Walk in the country once again!
I do not require you to raise any minimum funds to walk for my team. I would just love to see a great turnout showing support for our cause. And there are NO REGISTRATION FEES! Once you RSVP "yes" for the walk event, you'll need to go to my team site to sign-up: https://events.arthritis.org/team/TeamDrVenus
AS A BONUS, I will donate $10 under your name if you join us for the Walk on May 20th!
This is a fun just under 3-mile course at Angels Stadium. (There is an option for a 1-mile walk as well.) This is your opportunity to actually walk on the Major League Baseball field and see your face appear on the JumboTron! You are welcome to take a slow or fast pace. We've planned a fun event with FREE food and drink, live music, and other entertainment. This is a GREAT family event as well, featuring a Kid's Zone complete with a bounce house, games, clowns, and face painting. Food trucks are featured as well.
WHERE TO MEET:
Although I listed 7:45AM as the meeting time, REGISTRATION actually begins at 7:00AM. So you can get there earlier when registration starts if you like, especially if you want first dibs on the food selection, lol! When you get to REGISTRATION, you may turn in donations (if any) that you've collected (cash or check). To claim your $10 donation to turn in from me, first head over to the VIP Tent, as I'll be stationed over there. The walk begins at 8AM. Hope to see you all there!
Call or text if you can't find me!
Let's get together for a casual meetup to socialize with other fitness-minded individuals. Of course, there will be some healthy snacks to enjoy while we chat.
We'll also have a short presentation:
"Biohacks To Live With Less Pain" - Presented by Randy Ramos (Masters in exercise science, licensed physical therapy assistant).
Bad knees limiting your daily jog? Sore back bothering you when you carry groceries? Whatever your problem may be, Coach Randy has got the right solution for you! Learn the common workout mistakes you didn’t even know were putting you at risk for physical injury…and find out how to fix them! Share your own achy joint concern or other nagging pain problem and see for yourself how Coach Randy “hacks” your body’s physiology & biomechanics to get you back on track!
LOCATION: We'll be set up at some picnic tables right across from the restrooms at the community center in the park.
This event is cross-promoted. So the RSVP list does not accurately reflect the expected attendance.
• What we'll do
Make 2018 the year you Plan, Prepare, Execute, & Achieve Health & Fitness Success!
Don't allow another year to come & go without achieving your health and fitness goals. Join us for our first annual Health and Fitness Vision Board & Goal-Setting Social! Let us help you create a plan and teach you how to overcome the temptation to grow weary and quit.
Once you have created your vision board. I'll review some ways you can achieve that vision. With the right mindset and motivation, you really can incorporate health into your daily life and finally achieve your health and body goals. When set up properly, your goals can motivate you and reward your progress. If you want an aspect of your health to change, you need goals and a plan of action to help you achieve them.
This event will help you create your vision, set your goals, and make a plan to incorporate healthy living into your daily life so you stay on the health track.
Light refreshments will be served. This will be a fun event where you can get creative and share your vision with like-minded individuals.
• What to bring
Get started NOW! If you see or have any pictures of body/lifestyle goals, create a folder of them and bring it with you. If you don't have magazines, search around on the internet and print them out. We will also provide magazines and supplies, so if you don't come with pics ready to go, you won't be left out. But it really helps to get those creative juices flowing before you arrive!
• Important to know
Get ready for your best year yet!
• What we'll do
We're headed to The Fit Expo!
This is a great event with lots of health and wellness seminars, competitions (such as Powerlifting, Strongman, Spartan Dash, & Calisthenics), group fitness classes, and health/nutrition booths offering FREEBIES!
For more information on the Expo, go to https://www.thefitexpo.com
WHERE TO MEET:
Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to find parking and purchase your ticket. Maybe get there about 20 minutes early, depending on when you plan to arrive. (In years past, there's been a long line for tickets outside the convention center during the first hour or two that the expo opens.)
I'll be giving a "Biohack Your Workout" presentation at 1PM in the Personal Training Zone located in Petree Hall (accessible through the West Lobby). You can meet me there starting at 12:30pm.
After my presentation, we can walk around to check out all of the booths and watch contests/seminars. Depending on each person's interests, we may split up into smaller groups.
$30 for single day admission. But you can get $10 OFF if you use my promo code RamosLA18 at www.TheFitExpo.com - code expires at 8pm PT on 1/5/18.
$10 OFF coupons are also available and Subway, Ralphs, and Vitamin Shoppe locations.
About My "BIOHACK YOUR WORKOUT" Presentation:
Bad knees limiting your daily jog? Sore back keeping you from lifting heavy? Whatever your problem may be, Dr. Venus has got the right prescription for you! Watch motivating demo’s of clients and patients who overcame long-standing injuries to reach a level of physical performance they never thought possible. Learn the common workout mistakes you didn’t even know were putting you at risk for physical injury…and find out how to fix them! Share your own achy joint concern or other training dilemma and see for yourself how Dr. Venus “hacks” your body’s biology to get your workout back on track!
• What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes (and clothes suitable for working out if you want to participate in group classes).
- Money for admission, food (if you get hungry), products (if you see something you want), parking, etc.
- A fun attitude!
• Important to know
Text (or call & leave message) if you can't find us.
Let's take a beautiful hike in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park to see the exotic red sandstone formations. What a wonderful way to start off the New Year!
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Length: 4.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Dogs: Not allowed
REQUIREMENTS: WATER (at least 1.5 to 2 liters). Comfortable hiking/sports shoes with good grip.
We'll meet at the entrance to the trailhead. Look for me at the nearby stone pedastal; I'll be wearing a blue KC baseball cap. We'll start the hike PROMPTLY at 3:10pm.
DISCLAIMER: SoCal Fitness Fun Meetup and its Leaders/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm, bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By RSVP'ing "Yes" or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike leader/organizer, participant, SoCal Fitness Fun Meetup, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.
Let's take a stroll amid the holiday lights display in Brea. The Eagle Hills neighborhood is well known for its festive and elaborate display of holiday cheer.
We'll gather at the Treehouse Bar & Grill where you can order some food/drink before we take a 10-minute walk over to Eagle Hills to enjoy the lights, decorations, music and nativity scene. (We'll probably depart from restaurant around 6:30-7PM.) And if you indulge in the hot cocoa or pastries that they sell in front of the houses...mum's the word...I won't tell.
Bring layered clothing to stay warm.
Treehouse Bar and Grill at Birch Hills Golf Course
What is Ultimate Frisbee? Basically it's like soccer, but you throw & catch a Frisbee instead of kicking a ball.
Don't worry if you haven't played Ultimate Frisbee before; we're just out to have some fun! Every newbie to join us has caught on within 5 minutes and came back for more. Plus, we'll be running around and having such a great time that you won't be thinking about the fact that you're working out!
First team to get to 10 points wins the game. We generally get in about 2 games, sometimes 3.
REMEMBER TO BRING:
-A white AND a colored T-shirt or tank-top so we can differentiate the teams.
-Sunblock and/or hat
-Athletic shoes, recommended.
(If we have fewer than 6 players show up, then we'll play Rapid-Fire Frisbee Golf...a hybrid form of golf with an element of speed to bump up the fitness level of the game.)
Text (or Call & leave message) if you can't find us!