outdoors: The Land of Oz: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve - 05/18/10 05:37 PM

I am not a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz.  I prefer to watch it with Pink Floyd doing the soundtrack.  (This works by the way.)  Anyway, not more than 90 minutes from Los Feliz lies the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.  I came a little late in the season but was still able to find some large clusters of California Poppies.  I was blessed with a reasonably windy day.  
The antelope valley can be windy enough to tear the paint off your car and wreck your windshield too, which is a Frank Zappa reference for those of you who might … (3 comments)

outdoors: Malibu Creek State Park - 05/08/10 08:40 AM

Lots of fun hikes in these mountains.  This mountain chain sits in between the 101 and PCH and has been mostly untouched over the years.  With no traffic you can make it here from LA in about 45 minutes.  A little touch of wilderness next to the big city.  Here is the official website:
Here is another link to a site I love which includes some pretty detailed trail information.  I want to be your source of outdoor activity info.  Who wouldn't want to live here?

outdoors: Channel Islands National Park VIII: More Cliffs! - 05/04/10 03:02 PM

I just want to reiterate that these cliffs are serious.  I hope you like to climb stairs.  This is the easiest way up I am sure.  I mean, I'm no Chumash, but jeez, under no circumstances would I try to climb up to the top of this chunk of rock in the middle of the water.  If it weren't for the stairs I would be happy to remain blissfully ignorant of what might be atop the cliffs.  I am afraid of heights.  I get enough cardiovascular exercise from the panic attack I have at the thought of having to … (0 comments)

outdoors: Channel Islands National Park VII: Boarding the Boat! - 04/28/10 06:38 AM

One of the most challenging parts of my Channel Islands trip was getting on and off the boat.  I am a "prepare for the worst" type who decided to bring about 65 pounds of extra gear in my pack.  I had extra everything-food, water, clothes and various survival paraphernalia.
You see, the cliffs of Anacapa are so sheer they prevent any kind of normal boat landing.  The very capable captain of this vessel reverses the boat up to a rusted ladder which you must climb up or down to embark or disembark.  This was challenging to do with a … (0 comments)

outdoors: Channel Islands National Park VI: The Cliffs of Anacapa! - 04/26/10 08:08 AM

The small blobs you can see down on the rocks are actually Sea Lions.  This is as close as I could get.  I have included this picture to give you an idea of just how steep and high these cliffs are.  There are no water sources on the island so it was never a permanent home to the Chumash Indians, the first settlers of the Channel Islands.  
However, there is evidence on the island of human activity, which would suggest that the Chumash would come here to hunt and forage.  That means they would have to paddle here … (2 comments)

outdoors: Channel Islands National Park II: Dolphins! - 04/15/10 01:26 PM

Dolphin!  I love this little guy, or girl, I am in no way qualified to tell the difference.  This is one of the added perks on the boat ride to Anacapa Island, a Dolphin escort.  They come up along the side and jump up out of the water,  I presume to get a better look at us.  Let me tell you they are fast.  I am surprised I got this shot.    

outdoors: Griffith Park Sunset - 02/06/10 12:26 PM

As you can probably tell, I like the Griffith Observatory...a lot.  This is taken from one of the many trails that surround the building.  This was a spectacular end to another awesome LA day.  It was in the high sixties and a little breezy.  Really, just perfect for winter.  Cold enough to maybe wear a sweater, maybe.  The sixties are balmy compared to a lot of other places, especially in the middle of January. 

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