August's Hiking for Heartbeats Recap
How did Hiking for Heartbeats go the first Saturday of August?
This month changed our HPHP history as we ventured to the GOGA Southlands, Mori Point so participants could get to know another gem of the local national parks. Nearly everyone participating had never been to Mori Point before. We had diverse group of participants coming from Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco's Presidio, Mission, and Excelsior Districts to name a few.
A new feature this month was free transportation offered to participants who had difficulty getting to Mori Point on their own. A PresidiGo shuttle was chartered to meet hikers at the Crissy Field Center, who were greeted by Ranger Fatima. This shuttle was reserved for folks to have a central meeting location which they can get themselves to by car or the city's public transportation and to have a consistent meeting place month to month- a need which was discussed in our HPHP meetings. Since the HPHP programs take place in different sites in the GGNRA, the shuttle meets participants at the central location- the Crissy Field Center- then heads out to the program sites. Since it was our first time getting a PresidiGo shuttle for HPHP, we only managed three riders; we tried our best to spread the word! Additional to the PresidiGo shuttle, another chartered bus from Harris' Tours was provided to an entire group of families from a partner organization, Good Samaritan, which picked up our 18 happy hikers at their community center. These shuttles were a huge help to getting new audiences to the park who are now excited to return.
The sun came out then Mori Point's Hiking for Heartbeats program split into two separate hikes after stretches and a special introduction to the area and its endangered wildlife. The low impact hikers stayed close to shore with Ranger Fatima and Jennifer for a stroll along the Mori Promenade while the mid-high impact hikers made their way up to the sweeping 360 degree views atop Mori Point with Rangers Mariajose and Alejandra. Though separate, the participants all had a fabulous time being healthy at Mori Point and hearing about its colorful history.
The program ended in high spirits after closing stretches all together on the boardwalk followed by the popular HPHP healthy snacks of fruit infused water, apple slices, natural peanut butter and string cheese. Soon enough our Healthy People made the trek to the only porta-potty in the area before loading onto the bus once again to head back home and Mori Point's wild sounds grew louder than our laughs .
Low, Mid or High Impact?
Everyone splitting into their fitness levels and strolling along the boardwalk towards the beach!
Dirt bikes you say?
Heading back down the hill to hear more about Mori's history.
Reach for the Sky!
Closing stretches after a gorgeous hike for our heartbeats!
Healthy Parks Healthy People Series Program, Hiking for Heartbeats
Hiking for Heartbeats Program Description
Hiking for Heartbeats!
Saturday, Aug. 3rd, 10-11:30am
Mori Point, Seaside Drive and Fairway Drive, Pacifica, CA
Join a park fitness program with your friendly National Park Rangers
Every First Saturday of the Month. This month head on down to Mori Point, another beautiful site in the Golden Gate National Parks.
Embark on a challenging mile and a half loop or stroll along the beach promenade, both with breath-taking views. Hear about Mori Point's colorful history including an Inn, bootleggers, a fire, and which endangered species are now protected in that area.
All fitness levels welcome! Todos bienvenidos! Wear comfortable shoes and clothing you can move in. Don't forget your water bottles. Free transportation available if needed. Registration required.
For more program details, transportation information, and sign-ups please call:
Presidio Visitor Center (415)561-4323
Hiking for Heartbeats Program Agenda
Participants who will require transportation:
9:00 AM Meet at Crissy Field Center
9:15 AM Shuttle departs to Mori Point
10:00 AM Welcome to Mori Point!
10-10:15 AM Stretches
10:15-11:15 AM Hike around Mori Point
11:15-11:20 AM Closing stretches
11:20-11:30 AM Closing & Healthy Surprise!
Participants who will require transportation:
11:30- 11:45 AM Board shuttle and depart back to Crissy Field
12:30 PM Arrive back at Crissy Field Center
Join us for September's Healthy Parks Healthy People Program: Family Fun Fitness!
Saturday, Sep. 7th, 10-11:30am
983 Marine Drive
San Francisco, CA
Meet the Rangers next month outside the Warming Hut next to the West Bluff Amphitheater.
Enjoy an energy packed morning featuring family games. We'll learn how we can work out our bodies while having fun exploring the Presidio. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in and don't mind getting dirty. Don't forget your water bottles!
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We are Golden Gate National Parks' Healthy Parks Healthy People Rangers!
Is getting fit difficult because you could use some motivation and change of scenery? Join Rangers Alejandra, Mariajose, and Fatima each month as we work our way to fitness and explore our various park sites. Find us having fun and getting fit in your local National Parks the first Saturday of the month.