Friday, July 01, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
Today, Santee's a bustling coastal city with over 500,000 residents and is home to many of San Diego's coolest attractions (yes, we're blowing our own trumpet!). But it wasn't always this cool; in fact it was practically stitched together over a 200 year period.
What grew into modern day Santee first started around 1779, after the Spanish arrived in California. The establishment of the Mission de Alcala by Father Junipero Serra, gave rise to the first major irrigation project on the Pacific Coast, the iconic Old Mission Dam.
Over the next century, the surrounding land was slowly carved up and changed owners, one of whom was the businessman George Cowles. Naming the 4,000 acre tract he bought, Cowlestown, he divided the land into two ranches. He planted grapevines, olives, fruit trees, raisins; he's even credited for introducing pomegranate and magnolia trees to the region.
He soon became known as "Raisin King of the US", due to the high quality of his ...
Friday, June 24, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
When most people hear the phrase “martial arts”, they immediately think of ninjas, kicks to the head and probably the UFC (Go Rousey!) But martial arts is so much more than that; it can be used to improve the mind as well as the body.
Whether you choose to learn taekwondo, jiu jitsu, karate or kenpo, the benefits are simply HUGE. It's also one of the few activities that the whole family can take part in.
Who Should Learn
Past the obvious use in self defense, traditional martial arts helps keep practitioners fit and limber. Compared to working out in a gym, martial arts can provide a low-impact way of getting in shape.
For the elderly members of the family, this can be a good way to get the blood pumping and increase their flexibility. Practitioners of tai chi have known this for years and the positive effects makes many practice it everyday.
Kids, teens and tweens can also benefit from learning a martial art; in fact parents are encouraged to start th ...
Friday, June 17, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
Summer activities tend to fall into one of two groups; the ones you enjoy as an adult and the types only the kids will have fun doing. One of the few exceptions that everyone can enjoy is a trip to the beach. In many cases, no summer would be complete without a visit to the beach.
But, what happens when you just don't feel like making that drive? Take Santee, for example; the closest beach is down in La Jolla, a 30 minute drive away. The point of the beach is to cool off, not to get heated driving down there!
But if you're in the Santee area, there is an alternative spot where you can stay cool without driving down to the ocean. Only four minutes outside the Town Center Community Park, is a place referred to as East County's best-kept aquatic adventure area.
As part of the Town Center Community Park, which includes the local Y and a Sportsplex USA complex, the Santee Aquatic Center is a unique chill spot. At the Aquatic Center, there is something for everyone ...
Friday, June 10, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
Halfway through the summer break and you seem to be running out of fun stuff to keep the kids entertained.
The pandas at the San Diego Zoo? Been there.
Hiking up El Cajon? Done that.
Playing at the Waterfront Park? Booooooring!
You've grown so desperate that you've held three campouts in your backyard already! Lucky for you, the City of Santee offers a wide range of activities for everyone. Everything from the Senior Sing-a-long to the Ruff Reader event, where children (and their parents) can read with a therapy dog.
However, we know kids can have so much energy to burn that a quiet afternoon spent reading just won't cut it. With tourists trooping in to enjoy Santee and its charm, places like the Santee Lakes Regional Park may be a little crowded.
One location still stands out as the most fun that kids can have this summer. Open 7 days a week, the Urban Jungle Park has been voted San Diego’s Best Indoor Play Place and the Best Place for Kids to Break a Swe ...
Friday, June 10, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
Does having to choose between going bouldering, top rope and traverse climbing leave you cross-eyed? Do you know when to bail or how to use belay? Do any of these terms even mean anything to you?
Whether they do or they don't, there is somewhere in Santee where you will learn. And have fun learning too!
Santee's West Hill Park sits on 8.5 acres of parkland and offers visitors covered picnic areas, hiking trails, a sand volleyball court, kiddie playground etc. It sounds like more than enough to keep the family entertained, right?
There's more! Right across Mast Boulevard sits one of Santee's hidden gems, the imposing Santee Boulders. Whether you've done some rock climbing before or are new to belaying and crash pads, bouldering out here is some of the best fun you can have.
While indoor rock climbing is a ton of fun and provides many benefits, climbing outdoors just gives you something extra. Maybe it's the fabulous view from the top of the ...