california, Hiking, Historical sites, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

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 of mine. Since my parents moved to Monrovia over my sophomore year in high school, I have enjoyed many… Continue reading Monrovia Canyon Park

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Echo Mountain

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 may also hike Altadena Crest Trail. The hike to Echo Mountain is… Continue reading Echo Mountain

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Mt. Lowe

In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic closures- as in way back three months ago in February- I used head out on special adventures when the boys went on their camping trips. On one such trip, Sami and took a trip up the Angeles Crest Highway, heading to Eaton Saddle, in the front range of… Continue reading Mt. Lowe

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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 starting to open up.  We were in the OC for the first few days of the trails reopening, which was probably a good thing. Because everyone has been getting cabin fever, I heard reports of the Pasadena-area trails being very busy.… Continue reading The Mountains Are Opening, So I Must Go

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The End of the World as We Knew It

It has been nearly a four weeks since we closed our schools, began a stay at home order, and slowly backed away from life as we knew it.  What started as a two week closure of our schools extended to a month-long closure, culminating with an April Fools Day emergency board meeting which ended in-person… Continue reading The End of the World as We Knew It