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  • Extreme Kellie San Diego - Day 2 - The Ride of a Lifetime

    The alarm clock on the bedside table of my hotel reads 5:45 am. For those who have ever had one to many drinks, sometimes the most difficult conflict is that which rages between your body craving more sleep and your brain knowing it has somewhere to be. At 5:45 my brain was telling me that a film crew had to be in Mexico in 4 hours and I was the one responsible for getting them there. My body, however was begging to go back to sleep.

    Cue Vitalyte to the rescue. After downing a couple bottles of Vitalyte, a cup of coffee and a croissant from the hotel bakery, I was ready to begin our trek south of the border. The scheduled departure time was 8:00am and about 8:15 I realized that I wasn't the only one struggling with the decision to get out of bed and begin the day. After 20 minutes or so, the whole entourage arrives and we begin our trek to Ensenadas, Mexico. But first, people need caffeine and grease.

    This is the part of the blog that I recommend you pay attention to as it contains some very valuable lessons about driving to Mexico.

    Lesson #1 - Not all McDonald's are created equally. 2 miles from the Mexican border we pulled into a McDonalds for a much needed coffee and food break. Needless to say my egg McMuffin had the consistency of a racquetball and my coffee could melt steel. Not the best thing for a sour stomach. Luckily I had more Vitalyte.

    Lesson #2 - It occured to me as I was crossing the border that I never informed my rental car company of my destination, so in an attempt to be proactive, I called the rental car company as I was crossing the border. There response was simple: You can't take that car to Mexico. Oh well. Better to beg forgiveness then ask permission I recall someone once saying.

    Lesson #3 The 900 plus signs you see in the last 5 miles before you reach the border that say "Get Your Mexican Insurance Here" actually have a purpose. Apparently if an American vehicle gets in a wreck in Mexico, standard insurance doesn't cover the accident. Without the Mexican insurance, the driver gets a one way ticket to jail. So here I am driving in an uninsured rental vehicle in a country where the vehicle wasn't suppose to be in the first place. Sometimes things just get interesting. (By the way, I upgraded to a car with  built in GPS so I wouldn't get lost in Mexico. This, of course stops working about 400 yards past the border.) Oh well.

    So now we are running late, we have no insurance, are in a car that isn't suppose to be in Mexico and the GPS isn't working. All of this on the heels of one of one of the deadliest border shootouts in recent memory. Border patrol, which apparently is usually fairly tame, now consisted of M-16's, tanks with really big guns mounted to the tops and a lot of soldiers. Not a good day to be hungover.

    Luckily the directions to our destination were on my laptop and only 2 hours late, we finally arrive at the Horsepower Ranch to begin our Baja tour with Wide Open Baja.

    There have been few moments in my life where I have been truly excited and surprised and this was one of them. After driving through some rougher areas of Ensenadas (more because I was lost) I was beginning to think that this was a bad idea. But then we found our exit, thanks to James who led us off the main road to one of the most beautiful ranches I have ever seen. Tucked back in the mountains and hills of Mexico is Horsepower Ranch, the hub of Wide Open Baja. And parked in front of the ranch were 4 of the coolest machines ever made. This is the reason we are here. Extreme Kellie runs the Baja.

    Now this is where you the reader would do well to tune into the live broadcast (or watch online) of the show, for I lack the words to describe the collection of cars they had out for us or how the next 30 minutes went. I will do my best and say that within those short 30 minutes, we were introduced to the amazing staff at the ranch, given a introductory walk through of the cars, fitted with helmets and led off to begin the adventure.

    "I can't believe they are letting us drive these things," was the collective spoken idea said amongst us we took off. With little or no training, James put us behind the wheel of these machines and led us out on the off road adventure of a lifetime.

    With Kellie and Noah in the lead car behind James, and Brian and me following, we set out to conquer terrain that was, needless to say, quite intimidating. At first I think we are all a little skiddish but once you get behind the wheel of one of these cars, understand what they can do, we were all having the time of our lives. Hitting jumps at 80 miles an hour, taking 90 degree turns almost as fast, watching the beautiful hills of Mexico blaze by as these cars handled the most aggressive terrain like it was simply a long stretch of highway is an experience I'll never forget. After a couple hours of driving and shooting, James takes us to a beautiful meadow where the crew at Wide Open prepared the mos amazing meal.

    After fueling up, taking some pictures for future blogging, we were ready to get at again.

    For the next couple hours we all took turns driving, slowly but surely get more comfortable with these incredible vehicles. Eventually the sun began to set and the night air let us know it was time to head back. We pulled into the ranch and even before we were all fully out of the cars, one of the ranch guys was there with a beer. After a quick shower we were all once again treated to an amazing meal and after, we sat around with drinks in hand reliving the events of the day. From Kellie's mud facial (you have to see the show to catch this, one of the funniest things I have ever seen) to the high flying jumps and everything in between, it was truly a day to be relived over drinks in front of a fire, and certainly a day that I will not soon forget.

    From weekend warriors to the nitro charged metal heads, this a vacation I would recommend everyone take at least once in a lifetime. Go to www.wideopenbaja.com for more info, and thanks to the entire staff at Wide Open for putting this together and showing us an amazing time.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 12

    Housekeeping Items - The response to the 30 Days Campaign has been overwhelming and once again we want thank you all for taking the time to read, comment and write your own blogs.

    We are still giving away Free Vitalyte to the best blog of the day so keep em coming.

    If you haven't had a chance to check out Kellie MacMullan's blog from the KWGN News Channel, I highly encourage you to do so. Lots of great of stuff in there. It's available in an RSS Feed from Vitalyte's website.

    Vitalyte is also running our "Weekend Warrior" campaign. With lifestyles being as hectic as they are, sometimes the weekends are really the only opportunity to get in some fun. We at Vitalyte would love to hear about it. Whether you are a top rated triathlete competing, an adrenalin junkie like me looking for something crazy to do, or a family spending an afternoon at the [ark, we want to hear about. The goal of Vitalyte is to inspire everyone to take advantage of all the opportunities that lie away from the T.V. Remember, great prizes in store for the best stories.

    Some days the weather just doesn't corporate, but that doesn't mean awesome has to take place outside. Of course, as I get nearer to leaving for Lake Powell for a good friends 30th b-day, I wish the weather would be a little bit more cooperative as I try to get in as many lake days as possible perfecting some of this summer's tricks. Soon it will be time to hang up the wake board and tune the snow skis. Of course that brings a whole different kind of awesome.

    Speaking of, I want to congratulate Tami for passing her open water dive test last night. Hopefully she will soon be exploring the majesty of the great blue with me soon.

    Anyway, in lieu of the ability to go to the lake and with the days training session in prep for the Muddy Buddy completed, I figured it was time to bring awesome to the kitchen.

    Growing up in the kitchen of my families Italian Restaurant, I got to watch my grandmother do things with food that I'm sure no will ever be able to do ever. The woman was a magician in the kitchen, taking the most simple of recipes and turning them into the things of legend. I learned a lot from her and although I will never be able to match her skill in the kitchen, every now and then I come up with something worth bragging about. Last night it was Pizza.

    My grandmother was famous for her pizza and would she have been with me last night, I'm sure I would have got that subtle but approving smile from the master for my work in the kitchen. Of course, had she have been there, I wouldn't have been stuck doing the dishes alone. Oh well, small price to pay. The pizza was awesome and I was able to get some shots of the weird storm system moving along the front range.

    As the night wore on the system moved through the sky turned all sorts of funky colors. It was really a cool thing to watch as I enjoyed my pizza and a glass of Shiraz.

    I don't issue challenges or advice very often but I will today. If your parents or grandparents are around, pick up the phone just to say hi. It gets easy to forget about the people in your life amidst the hustle and bustle, but simply taking the time to pick up the phone and spend a couple of minutes with someone is such a valuable gift.

    Have a great day.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 9

    Ladies and Gentlemen. We are now midway through our second week of the 30 Days of Awesome and campaign and I wanted to thank all of you for following me on my journey this summer and I also want to thank those of you who have submitted to the Vitalyte Blog. I have had a chance to read some great stories this summer and even award a couple of Vitalyte Prizes.

    Check out the website and our Facebook page to read some of the other entries, especially Kellie MacMullan's blog. Kellie is an anchorwoman for WB News here in Denver and has a segment of her show called Extreme Kellie. This woman is awesome!

    Keep the entries coming.

    The Weekend Begins

    When I was younger and caught up in the world of corporate travel, usually spending 4 days a week on the road, I had to reserve my weekends for the all the things I couldn't do during the week, such as laundry, paying bills, watering the plants, (this one became less and less of a problem as I realized I can't keep a plant alive). As I get older and paradoxically less mature, I have found that the weekends are a great opportunity to really kick back and have some fun.

    Some times that fun begins at a local watering hole for Happy Hour, or an early flight out for a long weekend away from home. Somtimes a relaxed weekend is all you need to recharge and a quiet dinner party is the thing to start it off. That's what I was thinking when I invited a couple friends over for some drinks and dinner Friday night. Of course, in typical high school fashion, the couple swiftly multiplied and the next thing I knew there were 16 people in my loft.

    What started out as an attempt at a quiet evening quickly turned into a great party with lots of friends. Who am I kidding, I never really liked the quiet evenings anyway.

    The party was a great time and more importantly and opportunity to begin the trash talk between the three Vitalyte Teams competing in next weekends Muddy Buddy Challenge.

    The Teams are:

    Brian and Tami

    Sarah and Evan

    Brooke and Joe

    We as a group are having a hard time deciding what the victorious team should get as a prize so I would like to open this up to suggestions (keep them clean people, this is a family site). Post suggestions to the blog or our Facebook and Twitter page.

    Check back this week or updates on the brewing rivalry.

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