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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Baldy

Also officially known as Mt. San Antonio Mt. San Antonio, affectionately known as Mt. Baldy, is located in the Angeles National Forest and at 10064 feet above sea level is the highest peak in Los Angeles County. This famous feature is typically snow-capped from about December-April and is known for its skiing as well as… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Baldy

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Snow Much Fun in the San Gabriel Mountains

There’s something magical about snow covered mountains. This is especially true in Southern California where we really don’t get snow at elevations under about 5000 feet. Last weekend, as we prepared for the advent of spring, we headed up our local mountains in search of an adventure for our pets. About an hour away from… Continue reading Snow Much Fun in the San Gabriel Mountains

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Dog Days at the Beach

Owen's leash drags behind him as he plays in the Pacific. In these golden years of our Golden’s life, we’ve been adventuring more with him and trying to make the most of the time. He's been a part of our family since his adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society over eight years ago, and although… Continue reading Dog Days at the Beach

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Christmastime is probably my favorite time of year. Everything from the bright and festive decorations to spending time with good friends and family bring a sense of home and happiness during the season. But I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge the myriad of holiday treats that are oh-so-delicious. The Haasienda kitchen is… Continue reading Cranberry Bliss Bars

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California Fun Along the 110 Corridor

Last weekend, on a day that was not so fun, I found one silver lining in the middle of life's metaphorical hurricane. My trip required a drive on California State Route 110, also known as the Arroyo Seco Parkway. One of my very first freeway driving experiences was on 110 from South Pasadena to Los… Continue reading California Fun Along the 110 Corridor