Hiking in L.A.
A new city always invites exploration. I can walk for hours. At home I have mostly driven. L.A. is a car city. There is public transportation, and I've made an effort to use the Metro, but I haven't quite embraced the system here, and I've lived in Los Angeles off and on for ages. I suppose at home I'm on a schedule so I really don't take time to check out my surroundings.
Now that I'm leaving L.A. I realize that there is so much that I haven't seen. I have not done the tourist thing, because, well, I've never been a tourist here. Sure, I've seen a few of the sights, mostly when friends come to town, but now I see it with new eyes, departing eyes...I've always enjoyed L.A. Yeah, there's heavy traffic and smog and blah, blah, blah, but it also has nice hikes and views, gorgeous weather, beautiful neighborhoods, beaches, blue skies, yes, real blue skies, the kind you see in the movies.
Here are a few pics from some of my local hikes. I live two miles from the "red carpet". I see the Hollywood sign from the front steps of my apartment. It is true that you see celebrities, and industry people at the most unexpected times and places, and the filming of TV and movies is just an everyday thing. You get used to it, and personally I like to respect people's space, so I don't make a big deal about it (maybe that makes them feel unrecognized, but I prefer that to being an annoyance).
I love the view from here at sunrise and sunset. There is something peaceful about it.
This sign cracks me up. I never noticed it in the daytime, but one late afternoon as I hurried to make it down before dark it jumped out at me.
I'm going to miss Griffith Park and all the other beautiful hiking spots in this city.