Even at 2,500 feet in the air, you may have never have felt as still as you do inside one of Skysurfer's balloons. It's quiet?"There's no noise from engines," one passenger remarked?and balloons follow the wind's lead instead of resisting it, making the colorful aircraft's motion hardly noticeable. And because there are no windows between you and the sky, as team member Kaleena Brundage says, "You can reach out and feel the clouds that you're next to."
Skysurfer's team of FAA-certified pilots, many of whom have been with the company since its inception more than 35 years ago, boast a perfect safety record. They embark on two flights daily, one around sunrise over Temecula wine country, and one at sunset in Del Mar. Each flight can accommodate 8-16 people in the balloons' roomy wicker baskets, which are large enough for each passenger to comfortably stand at the basket's side and look out over the Pacific Ocean and surrounding countryside. Pilots pour chilled champagne to celebrate the excursion, each of which lasts from 45 to 60 minutes depending on conditions and the balloon's curfew.
Kempo’s movement patterns may look beautiful—fluid, swooping kicks, graceful evasions, smooth takedowns—but underneath the beauty lies a tradition nearly 2,000 years old. Since 1968, the instructors at United Studios of Self Defense have armed students with these techniques, leading classes where participants of all ages and skill levels soak up fighting skill while galvanizing self-confidence.
But before they can share their tactics and Mortal Kombat cheat codes, the instructors themselves must be trained. Each instructor who cinches the black belt around their waist has graduated with honors from the Studio’s own rigorous training academy. The training doesn’t stop there; every week they meet with the founder himself, 10th-degree black belt Charles Mattera, who refines their strategies and instills them with advanced techniques.
Equipment: English and western tack, selection of boots and helmets
Students should bring: Long pants (preferably jeans) and closed toed shoes.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Feel free to bring treats for your horse. They love carrots and apples.
Yoga Del Mar is a renowned house of Hatha yoga that reinforces limb-limbering postures with spiritual guidance provided by some of San Diego's stretchiest experts. Instructor Geri Portnoy was one of the area's first certified teachers of the Anusara style—poses emphasizing alignment and focusing energies—and fellow instructor Roger Cole, PhD, teaches precise Iyengar yoga and contributes to Yoga Journal magazine. In terms of class options, neophytes can begin with level one, which moves at a careful pace with detailed instructions, and grizzled flex-meisters can skip to higher levels to test their seasoned skills. Beyond traditional class formats, the studio also hosts breath- and stretch-minded gatherings for the prenatal crowd.
Robotics, archaeology, cooking?6- to 12-year-olds enrolled at Rigatoni & Robots learn such unexpected skills. Class topics include culinary, craft, science, and engineering. Kids here have the opportunity to whisk up multicultural dishes in the Tastes of the World club, glimpse shimmery views in Rocks, Gems, and Fossils, and learn woodcraft skills so they can whittle a whole tree from a bigger tree. The school also offers memberships that include 16 different classes that are held once per week for an hour each.