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Staff pick BEST HISTORICAL HYPERVENTILATION In its nearly 12 decades of existence, the Dipsea Steps have acquired legendary status among runners, hikers and anyone in the mood for a good pulse-pounding alpine workout. Built, along with most of Mill Valley’s other tucked-away footpaths and staircases, when the town was laid out in the early 1890s, the three ﬂights that make up the Steps were originally constructed of 671 logs and have the expedient if exhausting effect of delivering you from the ﬂoor of Cascade Canyon to the ﬂanks of Mt. Tamalpais in a matter of minutes. The stairway has attained global fame as the ﬁrst and most grueling challenge of the Dipsea Race, a 7.1mile Mill Valley-to-Stinson Beach marathon now in its 110th year. (“Old Dipsea runners never die,” said Jack Kirk, the local legend who ran every race from 1930 to 2002. “They just reach the 672nd step.”) It’s said that if you want to get from Lytton Square to the ocean in the space of an hour you’ve got to scale the stairs in 4 minutes and 15 seconds, a daunting concept, but it’s much more beatiﬁc to take on this fabled, bucolic staircase one step at a time, enjoying the dappled
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The Queen of Healthy Hearts WITH ALL THE RUNNING around, croquet playing and power walking taking place in Lewis Carroll’s books, it’s amazing how out of shape everyone seems (the Duchess, Queen of Hearts and the Tweedle twins would all beneﬁt from a few more jumping jacks, if you ask us). We’d advise them to check out this year’s Best of Marin winners in health and ﬁtness—from health club and sports apparel to yoga and Pilates studios, we could get Humpty Dumpty into a single-A-sized egg carton in no time. BEST GOLF COURSE Situated as it is in the gorgeous pastoral landscape west of Fairfax, the San Geronimo Golf Course is a breathtaking place to drive, chip, slice and putt. “We’ve got rolling hills, coastal oaks, almost 150 acres in all,” says co-manager Chris Bright of the 18-hole championship course. “There are coyotes, deer, foxes and wild turkeys, and salmon spawn in San Geronimo Valley Creek.” Built in 1967, San Geronimo 38 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 26 – APRIL 1, 2010
features creeks, ponds, sand traps and encompassing redwoods that have made the course a fun-ﬁlled challenge for golfers at every skill level (including Bob Hope, Samuel L. Jackson and Jim Plunkett). The clubhouse is a destination in itself, offering a banquet room with ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the green and “live music for dancing and a great buffet supper every week for only $10,” says co-manager Jennifer Kim. The venue also hosts several
charity fundraisers and golf tournaments each year. ----------------------------San Geronimo Golf Course
5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo 488.4030 2ND Indian Valley Golf Club, Novato 3RD McInnis Park Golf Center, San Rafael
BEST HEALTH CLUB The 2007 renovation of the Osher Marin JCC’s health club brought state-of-the-art equipment into a welcoming, safe environment, with separate studios for spin classes, group ﬁtness and yoga/Pilates—plus an indoor and an outdoor pool. Certiﬁed instructors, under the direction of Kelli Maciel, offer 80 ﬁtness classes per week, in addition to personal training. Teens to seniors, novices to experienced athletes feel right at home. Childcare and the on-site esthetician and massage therapists enhance the experience. Joining this health club can improve body and mind. Operations manager Barabara Rosenstein and marketing director Iris Lax say the JCC puts on a variety of performing arts and family and cultural events, at discounted prices for members—another bonus for working out at this up-to-date facility. So what are you waiting for? ----------------------------Osher Marin JCC
200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael 444.8000 2ND Mt. Tam Racquet Club, Larkspur 3RD Marin YMCA, San Rafael
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BEST MARTIAL ARTS When he was a scrappy 15-year-old kid, Mikyo Riggs originally wanted to be the toughest street ﬁghter around. But what he got out of mixed marital arts instruction was so much more: “It taught me how to live my life by a code, a value system. I became a competitor not a street ﬁghter.” Now a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt who has competed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kickboxing, and trained with the top champions in wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai and MMA, Mikyo has a double-goal as an instructor: to teach students how to win martial arts tournaments, and the life lessons that come with regular
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harles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, was a photographer, mathematician, logician and Anglican deacon, but his enduring fame is as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and other timeless examples of intellectual absurdity and literary nonsense. He was born the third of 11 children in Daresbury, Cheshire, to a country parson and his fruitful wife. An effortlessly successful academic (he never studied), young Charles earned a Christ Church Mathematical Lectureship at Oxford, a job that bored him and that he kept for 26 years. Although groomed since youth for the ministry (his great-grandfather was a bishop), Dodgson rejected The avid shutterbug. the priesthood and set his sights in several different directions. He had a passion for photography and created thousands of images alfresco and in his own studio, mostly of young girls, an abiding interest that has inspired psychological diagnosis and historical speculation for decades. He invented a stamp case, a double-sided adhesive, a writing tablet for note-taking in the dark and new and improved rules for tennis, wagering and parliamentary procedure. He wrote half-a-dozen books on algebra and geometry (the Dodgson Condensation algorithm is named after him) as well as four books on the science of logic and one titled Some Popular Fallacies About Vivisection. Adept at wordplay and a logician’s sense of the absurd, Dodgson had also been writing and illustrating a home-grown periodical called Mischmasch since boyhood and had modest success selling his humorous and satirical poems and short stories to national magazines (one poem, “Solitude,” was published under his soon-to-be-famous nom de plume, an Anglo-Irish rearrangement of his ﬁrst two names). Despite a lifetime stammer, Dodgson was an adept singer, mimic and tale-spinner who enjoyed telling stories to his friends’ children. One story was so popular among his young fans (especially a girl named Alice Liddell), he spent two years getting it down on paper and submitted it to Macmillan. Published with woodblock illustrations by the great John Tenniel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland became an immediate bestseller. Carroll’s combination of fantasy, satire and a linguist’s smorgasbord of nonsense rhymes, puns, neologisms and portmanteaus has captivated readers young and old ever since. A sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, was published six years later and was even more successful. It’s best known for its poems “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and especially “Jabberwocky,” a triumph of literary nonsense that gave us the words “frabjous,”“chortled” and “galumphing.” But despite the fame and fortune the two books brought him, Carroll continued to teach at Oxford and wrote only one more novel, the unsuccessful Sylvie and Bruno. He died of pneumonia a few weeks shy of his 66th birthday, a renaissance man among the Victorians. A page from Dodgson’s original manuscript, with illustrations —Matthew Stafford by the author. John Tenniel’s famous woodblocks would grace the published version.
martial arts training. “When people start, they come for the external beneﬁts, to get in shape,” says Mikyo. “As they stay, the beneﬁts are internal: conﬁdence, self-esteem, it also helps with anxiety. It’s the oldest system of self-improvement. It’s a lifestyle. But also what you learn is realistic self-defense.” Aside from their regular classes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and MMA, Marin Mixed Martial Arts is planning on soon adding yoga classes, as well as women’s defense and martial arts ﬁtness. ---------------------------Marin Mixed Martial Arts (MarinMMA)
222 Greenﬁeld Ave., San Anselmo 456.1557 2ND Practical Martial Arts & Marin Karate Kids, Terra Linda, Corte Madera 3RD United Studios of Self Defense, San Anselmo, San Rafael
Tubgg!qjdl BEST NON-MOUNTAIN BIKING Mother country of mountain biking, Marin also offers superb road riding. Among the best is aptly named Paradise Drive around the Tiburon Peninsula. Apart from occasional trucks or speeding sports cars, the road has surprisingly little trafﬁc, especially during weekdays. Recommended ride: From Blackie’s Pasture, cruise the bike path past the soccer ﬁeld, go right at San Rafael Avenue through Belvedere—single ﬁle, note the stop signs— then through Tiburon past the ferry landing. Climb past the lighthouse to the end of the residential district, and the real fun begins—a spectacular, exhilarating multimile mix of curves, hills and sweeping views of the bay. It’s 8 miles from Blackie’s Pasture to the ﬁrehouse at the top of Trestle Glen, and a screaming downhill back. (Real lung-busting maniacs go the opposite way.) There’s also a nice approach from the Corte
Madera side, and detours to Paradise Beach County Park or Paradise Cay.
BEST PILATES STUDIO Mill Valley Health Club & Spa is serious about your ﬁtness. And you seriously appreciate that! Clean, spacious, wellappointed with lots of natural light, the family-owned club offers a comfortable yet focused facility to unleash the toned health-nut deep within you. For over 13 years, the MV Health Club has boasted the most comprehensive and unique Pilates program, incorporating current trends in biomechanics and props, encouraging cardiovascular ﬁtness, strength, ﬂexibility, balance and coordination. And with additional customized, results-driven ﬁtness training programs and camps, along with small group classes, yoga and spa services, there’s little room for exercise ennui. So really, what have you got to lose?—except inches and pounds... ----------------------------Mill Valley Health Club & Spa
639 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley 380.8787 2ND Novato Pilates, Novato 3RD Elan Fitness Center, San Anselmo
Tubgg!qjdl BEST PLACE TO BELLY FLOP ON THE CHEAP Probably unknown to many Marin residents, College of Marin’s Indian Valley campus has the largest swimming pool in the county—if not the entire Bay Area— and it’s often open to the public. Site of all sorts of swim meets, from kiddie level to high school championships, the IVC pool is truly spectacular—25 yards by 50 meters, with 19 available lanes, and two diving boards at the deep end. Lifeguards are on duty. If your aquatic skills aren’t quite at the Michael Phelps level, inquire about IVC’s 42 >
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