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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

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

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Tournament of Roses: What was Missed

It doesn’t happen too often, but there are breakdowns and other issues that happen on parade day. For that, there are towing companies at the ready just in case something goes wrong. At yesterday's 130th Tournament of Roses, there was indeed a malfunction toward the end of the parade. With two floats behind it, in… Continue reading Tournament of Roses: What was Missed

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California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

Something I take for granted living in Southern California is how close we are to many events. This morning was the 130th Tournament of Roses lovingly better known as the Rose Parade. The theme this year was "The Melody of Life," in celebration of the music in our lives and was a beautiful and multicultural… Continue reading California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

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Another Fun Hike… and Easy Camping

About two weeks ago, a small brush fire at Eaton Canyon disrupted our usual Monday night hike up to Henninger Flats with our Boy Scout troop. Fortunately, our awesome L.A. County and Pasadena firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the wind-fueled blaze before it got more than about an acre. The bad news was that… Continue reading Another Fun Hike… and Easy Camping