During the second half of my LA adventures I discovered Runyon Canyon, a Los Angeles public park which offers multiple hiking paths up the local mountains. Even though Los Angeles is not one of the most beautiful cities in the world, its views from the top of the Santa Monica Mountains are amazing! I sat on the top of one of the mountains for awhile taking it all in – as I approached the top of the mountain I saw a lady sitting on the bench and decided that I’d ask her to take a picture of me perched on the top of the mountain, but as I got closer I saw that it was Uma Thurman, and decided that instead I’d just sit and enjoy. I determined that this hike is good preparation for my upcoming hike in the Andes Mountains which is 14,000 ft high – I figured the mountain had to be like 4,000 feet high – but I was thoroughly disappointed to learn it was only 675 ft, which I don’t even know if that qualifies as a mountain. I’ve got a long way to go!
I spent a lot of time driving up and down the coast, north to Malibu and south to Long Beach. It was gorgeous both ways! I drove up one mountain and pulled off on an overlook that just took my breath away. I felt like such a small piece of this earth surrounded by huge mountains, the beautiful ocean ahead of me and the palm trees and other foliage around. I hadn’t heard such silence in awhile – it was a little eerie but also awe inspiring - incredible!
I kept returning to the Hollywood Hills and other communities perched on the mountainside to wind my way up and down and through the streets. The houses are gorgeous and tucked so perfectly into the mountainside. I love how the streets curve so tightly. You never know what’s around the bend but it’s always more spectacular than from where you came. I could drive around in the hills forever!
I took in a Lakers game, got thoroughly ripped off on my seats that I bought from a scalper (seriously, what did I expect?) and found myself sitting in the very last row of the stadium with nothing but a wall behind me. But all in all, I was there, which was pretty cool!