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Urban Birding: The Sepulveda Basin

If you live in the Greater Los Angeles area and you really love to watch birds, you need not go far for some fun birding. In addition to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, famous for its many peacocks, and the serene Huntington Library in San Marino, as well as the multitude of urban… Continue reading Urban Birding: The Sepulveda Basin

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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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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: Chantry Flat Trails

An area we frequent on our hikes is Big Santa Anita Canyon in the mountains above Sierra Madre and Arcadia.  This is located in part of the Angeles National Forest. From I-210, follow Santa Anita Avenue north into the foothills. Parking is at the top of the winding mountain road, in what is known as Chantry… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Chantry Flat Trails

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Flight of the Butterflies

I was driving to Pasadena from work two weeks ago and in the air were hundreds of butterflies. Even in the suburban jungle I call home, California butterflies from the sweet Cabbage white to the majestic Western swallowtail are fairly common. But the swarm of butterflies heading west was a sight that I had never… Continue reading Flight of the Butterflies