Having spent her early years on an alfalfa ranch, Sabrina Fortyune of Vineyard Trail Rides has spent most of her life around livestock, and developed a special appreciation for horses at a young age. That equine enthusiasm never abated, and today she can look back on a three-decade career as a professional horse trainer and competitor, working with breeds ranging from arabians to quarter horses. Riders in search of a relaxing jaunt can head out into the surrounding countryside on a trail ride among oak trees and ponds more peaceful than the ocean during a shark conference.
"The haunting melody of a howling wolf pack is heard in only a handful of states, as wolves have been exterminated from a vast majority of their original range," explains the California Wolf Center's website. Though these howling cries are harder to find than they once were, one place to witness their grandeur is at the California Wolf Center.
The non-profit was founded in 1977 to educate the public about wildlife and ecology, specifically the history and behavior of the gray wolf. Located 50 miles east of San Diego, it houses two subspecies of wolves: the Alaskan gray wolf and the endangered Mexican gray wolf. The center also participates in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan, which aims to help the endangered species recover in the wild. At the facility, wolves live in enclosures that can help retain their natural behavior, as some of them will eventually be released back into the wild.
A stable of equine luminaries awaits riders at Horse Savvy, a full-service showing and sales barn whose knowledgeable instructors also train budding jockeys of all ages. Students learn the fundamentals of riding, safety, and old-timey train heisting during private or group lessons and weeklong summer camps that trot down area trails and incorporate fun games and crafting.
Poway Fun Bowl invites families and friends to pummel pins on its 32 bowling lanes. Pizzas, caf? food, and sodas fuel their 10-frame games, before players retreat to Jimmy-Z Lounge to kick back with a drink or root for their favorite sportscasters on one of 10 TVs. Lounge patrons can also hone their accuracy at the dartboards or sink shots on seven pool tables.