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Mountains of Monrovia

Penny and I enjoy the mountain views. With the state of California slowly opening up, I am happy to report that for the past several weeks, parks and playgrounds across Los Angeles County have been open. We still have to follow social distancing procedures and wear masks, but to be honest, after these many months,… Continue reading Mountains of Monrovia

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The Fires Around Us

It has been a sad week here in the San Gabriel Valley. Since Labor Day weekend, amidst a record-breaking, infernal heat wave, the mountains above us have been scorched by fire. A persistent brown-grey cloud has hovered over the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and the valley below, causing extremely poor air quality, yet… Continue reading The Fires Around Us

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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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Weekend Plans: Brunching and Botanical Gardens

The first week of school is in the books, and I am so glad it's the weekend! This will be the first weekend in I-can't remember-how-long that we haven't had someplace to be and probably the last until Christmas break, so I plan on lazying it up and enjoying the hot, sunny weather with the fam. For… Continue reading Weekend Plans: Brunching and Botanical Gardens