american west, california, Hiking, history, Travel

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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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

Family, Pets, writing

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. I also worked with them in the lab in years past.… 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 Highway 134 and Interstate 210, and 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

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Monday Night Hikes: Henninger Flats

It’s that time again: hiking season. Beginning in February, we hike up to Henninger Flat campground every Monday evening, weather permitting. With the atmospheric river and mild El Niño, we’ve missed a few weeks thanks to rains. But the reward has been much more green in the mountains than we typically see, and milder temperatures… Continue reading Monday Night Hikes: Henninger Flats