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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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The Mountains Are Opening, So I Must Go

While the stay-at-home orders haven't exactly ended, the trails in Los Angeles County are finally starting to open up after over a month-long closure.  We were in the OC for the first few days of LA Co trails reopening, which was probably a good thing. Because everyone has been getting cabin fever, I heard reports… Continue reading The Mountains Are Opening, So I Must Go

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Penelope Jane: A Bunny Story

I had zero intention of adopting a rabbit, certainly in the near future and possibly ever. It isn't that I don't like rabbits; I used to be a teaching assistant for a biology teacher who had rabbits in class and I loved those bunnies. In my past life, long long ago, I even worked with… Continue reading Penelope Jane: A Bunny Story

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The Lower Arroyo Seco Trails

An iconic Southern California landmark is the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, running alongside California Route 134 and Interstate 210, spanning what is known as the Arroyo Seco.  Translated from Spanish to mean "dry stream," the Arroyo Seco is a stream and watershed in Los Angeles County.  It begins in the San Gabriel Mountains, and… Continue reading The Lower Arroyo Seco Trails