My Latest Epic and Historical Hike: To An Abandoned Gold Mine Near Los Angeles!

May 31, 2017

There’s gold in them thar hills! Well, there used to be. And miners used this tunnel to dig it out of the San Gabriel Mountains.

My long Memorial Day weekend began with a fantastic hike to this gold mine, known as the Dawn Mine, in the mountains north of Altadena, California. I went with two friends, Mark and Brian, and it ended up being a half-day adventure! Read the rest of this entry »


A New Workout in an Old Location. No, Wait, Make That TWO Old Locations!

May 24, 2017

I can’t believe it took me 15 years of living in Los Angeles before I checked out Ferndell. Shameful! Ferndell is a lovely 1/2-mile trail in Griffith Park that follows a meandering stream through a lush and green forest that seems downright out-of-place in a desert city like Los Angeles.

I’ve known that Ferndell was there. I even knew where it was. The trailhead is off a major street, Los Feliz Boulevard, that I’ve Read the rest of this entry »


Crabs, Beet Juice, and Other Highlights From My San Francisco Trip

April 27, 2017

Competing in the San Francisco Fight For Air Climb was certainly a highlight of last weekend, but the weekend had lots of fun stuff – and the stairs at 101 California weren’t even the only stairs I climbed!

Check out the view from these public stairs! Gorgeous. These are the Read the rest of this entry »


Two Hikes: One Historical, One Completely Illegal

January 16, 2017

I love a historical hike. I’ve blogged about hikes to a Cold War missile defense facility, the ruins of a Nazi compound, and to the site of a hotel that overlooked the city (until it burned down 117 years ago). My most recent hike adventure was… to an abandoned zoo!

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The Griffith Park Zoo was the main zoo in Los Angeles from Read the rest of this entry »


A Hike to a Military Facility From the Cold War

December 1, 2016

I love a good historical hike. Whether it’s to the ruins of a 100-year-old hotel, an abandoned bridge that goes nowhere, or the remains of a Nazi sympathizer compound, there’s lots of places to hike around Los Angeles where you’ll get a great workout and see something unique, too!

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Go Blue!

My friend Mat and I met up before Thanksgiving for a hike at a super-cool location Read the rest of this entry »


Maude’s Final Resting Place

September 18, 2016

In August, when I got back to Los Angeles after six weeks out of town, the first thing I did was pick up my dog Maude’s remains.

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I ended up leaving town two days after her passing, but I made arrangements with the crematory before leaving, and they kindly held her ashes until I got back. I didn’t know what to expect as I Read the rest of this entry »


Hiking, Horses, and a Helicopter During A Wedding Weekend in Phoenix

May 3, 2016

What a fantastic weekend! My high school friend Emily got married to a great guy named Rich, and that was an excellent reason to head to Phoenix for a few days. Here I am with the bride, and our high school friend Heather:

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That’s Heather’s husband Adam photobombing us in the back! You may remember Emily from this post, which has a photo of her in one of her jaw-dropping ballroom dancing costumes, but she was also Read the rest of this entry »