Inside Oceanside: Climbing to the top

A cross fit gym is dedicated to the idea that there is more to working out than just lifting weights and becoming strong. 

The idea, says Cory Capella, is that you also have to be quick and develop that cardio-vascular system as well.

That’s why you regularly see runners sprinting outside Capella’s Pariah Cross Fit on Airport Road in the San Luis Rey Valley.

“We want to train you to be able to deal with whatever Murphy’s Law throws at you,” says Capella who opened Pariah’s in March. “If you need to push a car, or climb a mountain, or carry people, we train people to move as efficiently as possible.”

He showed some of his trainee’s first hand what he means when he and three men and two women recently climbed the highest mountain in the continental U.S.

Capella and his team experienced the furlough first hand when they arrived at Mt. Whitney.

“We got there Oct. 3. It was a gnarly venture. A wheel literally fell off my car on Highway 395, 70 miles south near Ridgecrest. We had to spend a whole day to fix it.”

He says the team arrived at Whitney Portal at Sequoia National Park (elev. 8,600) at 8 p.m. “All the gates were closed. We were worried the park rangers were going to tell us we couldn’t be there. There were two rangers just hanging out but they didn’t say anything. If we had an accident on the trail, we wouldn’t be able to contact anyone.”

The first trek was a six-mile hike up to 12,250 feet. One of the men aborted the mission early and went back to Camp Portal.

“The next morning we left at 7 (a.m.), hiked another 11 miles to the peak, which is 14,500 feet.

“It was dangerous. The entire time we were exposed to ice and falling rocks. Acute mountain sickness can onset at any time. Especially if you are coming from sea level.”


Beach Shorts

Looking to get a fresh start? Jennie’s Cafe on South Coast Highway will be moving across the street in December. The breakfast and lunch eatery will be taking over the space that housed the Azafran Cuban restaurant for some 10 years. The place is getting remodeled as we speak. A new counter is being built from scratch.

Longtimers will remember that that the current Jennie’s building was built in the ‘60s, to be a Minnie Pearl’s chicken cafe. A sign went up featuring the late country comedian and her trademark hat-with-sales sticker but the place sent empty for years. Eventually the sign came down and the place finally opened as a coffee shop cafe, first as Sharon’s, then Grubby’s, now Jennie’s.

The adjacent restaurant next to Jennie’s is now fast food Mexican but it started off as a Topper’s Steak House. One former patron recalls it was fine if you had teeth like a wolf to negotiate the tough entree.

When it moves, Jennie’s will face a challenge that many eateries on Coast Highway face — a lack of parking. The city of Oceanside appears to be lenient on enforcing parking standards when dealing with new restaurants.

Legacy Brewing opened its doors last Friday. The new brewery on Airport Road near Highway 76 is housed in the old Transworld Media building. Transworld left Oceanside and moved to Carlsbad four years ago. Transworld publishes a number of action sports related magazines. It just folded Transworld Surf about two months ago. Apparently it just didn’t seem to make sense being No. 3 after Surfer and Surfing.

Some Republicans know that they need to be less right wing kook and more Latino friendly if they are going to be a relevant national party. It seems like former USMC Col. Rocky Chavez may have a bright future with the California GOP since he fits the bill in both cases. He is Oceanside’s state Assemblyman. The problem is Oceanside’s congressman Darryl Issa and his pals who keep pushing the party to the right

Oceanside born and raised, Ken Leighton is an Oceanside business owner. He may be reached at


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