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The Hollywood Bowl

The LA Phil gets ready to perform There are few things that are so quintessentially LA than summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. This historic 17,500-seat amphitheater has been an icon since its founding in 1922. With its distinctive bandshells built at the base of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood sign in the… Continue reading The Hollywood Bowl

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson

Since I was a kid, Mt. Wilson has been fascinating to me. It is a prominent peak in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains, distinguished by the radio towers. Perhaps some of the fascination was because my dad loved talking about those communications antennas. Having worked in radio broadcasting, he enjoyed sharing with… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson

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Hiking the Angeles: Strawberries on Strawberry Peak

The July 4th holiday weekend brought a new adventure in the form of a new hike. Continuing on the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge, I opted to attempt the hike up to Strawberry Peak beginning at the trailhead on Angeles Crest Highway and Red Box Road. The morning started off smoothly, then turned into an… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Strawberries on Strawberry Peak

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Get Your Eats on Route 66

The mention of Route 66 evokes images of a bygone era- of old cars and cross country road trips, summers spent national parking with stops at diners for a slice of pie and a cup of joe. In some ways, the old route, or at least portions of it, was what brought my family to… Continue reading Get Your Eats on Route 66

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A Six Pack of Peaks

And Peak #1: Mt. Baden-Powell After a few years of seeing social hiking groups on the trails and on my Instagram feed, I finally caved and signed up for the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks Challenge to kick off the summer. The Six Pack of Peaks Challenge was started by Jeff Hester when he was… Continue reading A Six Pack of Peaks