After living in Los Angeles for over 30 years, I only recently learned about the Backbone Trail (BBT), a magnificent 67 mile trail that connects ridge lines from Will Rogers to Point Magu. In January, a group of friends hiked the first 11 miles, and our goal is to do the whole route before the year is over.
Los Angeles has a web of short, steep staircases built into hilly neighborhoods. While it may be the case that the staircases are not so "secret" anymore, that doesn't actually seem like a bad thing.
Set the coffee pot to brew early, and plan to spend a little extra time with what NASA is calling a "Super Blue Blood Moon" - on Wednesday, January 31.
The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle For Paradise, written by David K. Randall, unlocks the mystery and provides a fascinating glimpse of life in early Los Angeles.
It's our second post about VR this month, which tells you one thing: we're super curious about the many ways that VR will integrate into our lives and... we're pretty sure that the future has arrived.
If you live on the Westside, it's easy to get complacent about all the wonderful hiking available in the Santa Monica Mountains, which affords plenty of butt-kicking ascents to views of Catalina, as well as easy access off Sunset Boulevard. But, if you're willing to drive east for some new vistas, there is much to explore - especially in Griffith Park, where the network of hiking trails above Bronson Canyon offer amazing 360 degree views of Los Angeles and the Valley.
A popular, high-reward "starter hike" for families can be found just up the PCH at Solstice Canyon. The box canyon has a steeper, higher loop that more experienced hikers can add onto the adventure, with more of what Solstice is known for - waterfall elements and abandoned ruins of old homesteads.