To the uninitiated, the dusty, mountainous expanse just north of the Mexico border might sound like a war-torn battleground?it has borne the boots of soldiers in the US Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. However, the troops simply visited to practice plane evacuations at Skydive San Diego, whose private, skydiving-only airport is buffeted by steady winds and outfitted with state-of-the-art Cessna and DeHavilland jump planes.
Civilians can jump there too, drinking in views of the Pacific before leaping out of an aircraft for solo jumps or tandem dives, in which a USPA-certified instructor is securely attached to the jumper with professional harnesses and a powerful hug. With 8,000 square feet of padded packing area, the full-service facility not only houses an airport but also a bunkhouse for overnight stays and a deck for barbecuing post-jump feasts.
When golfing legend Gary Player designed Steele Canyon Golf Club, he did so in a manner that both respected and showcased the region's natural beauty and terrain. Gary divvied the 27-hole championship course into a trio of nine-hole courses, each presenting golfers with different challenges and vistas.
Located on the Ranch Course, the signature hole, "Parachute," has players tee off from more than 175 feet above the fairway. Not to be outdone, the Canyon Course features some lofty shots of its own. Hole four, for instance, challenges players with a sloping two-tiered green, but earned the nickname "Goosebumps" for its panoramic view of the canyons.
Chances are Laurence Olivier never studied at a place like Active Shooter Defense School, though he would have fit right in. The outdoor firearms academy often works with actors, training them to shoot correctly so they can mimic those techniques on stage and screen. But a role on the latest crime show is hardly a requirement. Instructors?all of whom are combat veterans?also teach public classes in pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Their outdoor range also hosts a monthly shooting competition.
Crunch caters to exercisers of all interests and fitness levels, cramming each state-of-the-art fitness facility with name-brand equipment and a welcoming, nonjudgmental attitude. Members have the opportunity to pay for access to each club's diverse syllabi of classes, organized into categories such as action sports, chill outs, and dance rhythms. DIESEL classes incorporate interval training with cardio interval bursts for a total-body workout. Fat Burning Pilates combines cardio- and Pilates-based toning to help cut out cellulite. Aerobics with an Attitude sends students in a free-spirited dance workout without any rules or judgment. Crunch also offers personal-training sessions that begin with a physical assessment and include a comprehensive body-composition analysis. One-on-one drills foster the seeds of self-improvement, as this level of personal attention allows the experts to forge an engaging workout as well as a custom nutrition plan for each exerciser.
Even if clients can't make it to the gym, Crunch Live turns any living room or office into a workout space with an online video library of over 35 workouts. Students sweat and move along at home to easy-to-follow exercise routines led by energetic trainers as they tone targeted muscle groups and burn fat with courses in yoga, core strength, workouts for athletes, or Pilates.
Stepping into Tower Dentistry is like stepping into the house of a neighbor?a neighbor who?s really into the Middle Ages. One of the sunny, yellow walls in the reception area gives way to the stone exterior of a castle, where children climb through a kid-size archway to enter their own play space. Overhead, a flat-screen TV entertains parents as they shift focus between the screen and their progeny, sipping coffee or juice on the plush cushions of the sofa. Nearby, a vibrant blue-and-orange flower painting crowns the fireplace, complementing the blue backlighting of the rotunda-like ceiling and the dark-wood cabinets.
If you can bring yourself to leave the cozy comfort of the foyer, you'll find that the rest of the office is just as calming. Satellite TV or music await in treatment rooms, where dentists Adam Raschke, Paul Pierce, Paul Velton, and Frank Duran would love to hear the nicknames you've chosen for each of the fish in their 1,000-gallon aquarium. The caring team maintains its patient-centered philosophy with timesaving, state-of-the-art dental technology. They use a CEREC software system to design and fabricate ceramic restorations in about an hour, and offer mini dental implants that stabilize ill-fitting dentures in a single visit.
For a long time, owning a quilt shop was a dream deferred for Daniela Stout. In fact, the way she describes it, it was basically a fantasy, albeit one with not enough dragons. But she was determined to make it happen, and when it did, she was almost surprised when her Cozy Quilt Shop developed a loyal following of customers who loved quilting and everything about it.
Today the shop, which boasts more than 4,500 square feet home to more than 3,000 bolts of colorful, high-quality fabric, contains all the tools, accessories, and inspiration quilters want and need. A monthly quilting club, cheekily named the Strip Club, gives crafters a chance to get together, sew, and share ideas. For those who need a little more instruction, Cozy Quilt Shop teaches patrons the basics of sewing in a variety of classes.