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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

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Chasing Waterfall Hikes

It's going to be a million degrees here in So Cal this Labor Day weekend. So in typical Southern California style, we are going in search of some water to cool off in the shade of forest settings. Here are some of my favorite waterfall hikes, easily accessible from the foothill communities along Interstate 210.… Continue reading Chasing Waterfall Hikes

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Monrovia Canyon Park

Sami pretends to be Samson the Bear At the end of Canyon Boulevard in Monrovia, California, nestled in the foothills of this All-American City, sits Monrovia Canyon Park. This woodland park has long been a favorite spot of mine. Since my parents moved to Monrovia over my sophomore year in high school, I have enjoyed… Continue reading Monrovia Canyon Park

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Hiking the Angeles: Echo Mountain

Owen and I hike around Cobb Estate and the Altadena Crest Trail. Another fun front range hike with easy access from Altadena is the hike up Echo Mountain vía Sam Merrill Trail. The trail begins at what was once the Cobb Estate at the end of Lake Avenue and Loma Alta Drive. From here, you… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Echo Mountain

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Lowe

Albert, Toby and Chris the puppies enjoy the view of the Los Angeles area and Catalina Island In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic closures- as in way back three months ago prior to early March- I used head out on special adventures when the boys went on their camping trips. On one such trip,… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Lowe