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Eye of the Beholder

1379959_10100777770019897_4662411434176356769_nI was talking to my boss about my adventures I have been planning this year, and boy do I have a lot of places I plan to explore. However, she mentioned that Los Angeles has many different cultures and environments to explore as well. It’s like a little world all on its’ own! Well, since I’m in LA majority of the time I thought I would look into those environments and cultures and do a little exploring.

I have a friend that is really into Geocaching so I decided to join her and do a few searches around my apartment. Besides, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. So couldn’t I learn to love where I am as well?

10425419_10100777769979977_4183336679517274897_nHere’s my first ever find, only about 1/2 a mile from my place. Didn’t take us too long to snag this one and I can’t wait until we find our next one. I’d give you more info, but in the spirit of geocaching maybe you should just check out the website, geocaching.com, and figure this one out on your own.

 

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Just Wing It LA

10393777_10100770108229187_2823600484894730512_n I spent the morning surfing the Venice Breakwater with the Santa Monica Surfer Gals on my Zuma Jay 9′ board. It such a nice sunny day, the waves were perfect. And I met a few more surfers while I was out there.  After our session we headed to REI because they were having a sale and then to RipCurl and Swim Spot. By the time I was on my way home I was starving. As took my last turn and drove down my street I saw a food truck. Just Wing It. Yum! I hurried home, brought my stuff up to my apartment and booked it back down to get some wings.

10888395_10100770108348947_3859434253774022261_nI walked up to the window and gave my order to Dre. There’s really only 4 options at the moment, Tangy BBQ, Sweet Teriyaki, Spicy Buffalo, or Unsauced and they only have 2 sizes, 3 at $7 or 5 at $10, but you can mix and match flavors as you wish. The cook, Mike, mentioned that the lack of numerous flavors is only due to the fact that they just opened. Soon they will have many more! I waited for my food and Dre and Mike were very nice. We talked a bit about the football game that was on inside the bar and about how they plan on being outside of The Oak Tavern every Sunday for the new few weeks, they couldn’t tell me exactly how many weeks though.

10891671_10100770107954737_4972112451029576890_nI got my food after a bit of a wait, but they are still working on figuring out the timing and I wasn’t in a rush so it was all good, and I headed home to dig in. To my surprise their wings weren’t what I was expecting at all. They were battered, deep fried, and then sauced. I looked at my Tangy BBQ and Sweet Teriyaki ones a little concerned, but took a bit. After biting into them all I have to say is yum! Those Sweet Teriyaki ones were to die for! I will definitely be going back when I see them again. You should go check them out too!

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Ducks!!! At Franklin Canyon Park

10888467_10100760784379257_7899926835494415472_nIt was the first of the year and after a very eventful New Years Eve I was once again aching to get somewhere new. This time I stayed local. Only about 15 minutes from my apartment is Franklin Canyon Park. It consists of a reserve, a few trails, and is the location to many films and tv shows, including Combat.

My roommate and I arrived late in the afternoon and as soon as we arrived I realized that I had been there before. We had worked on a Hallmark movie, Backwoods, with Haylie Duff and Ryan Merriman, filming up and down the main road. However, since I was working in base camp that production I didn’t really get to experience the park at all.

10891603_10100760782977067_2727342950880979912_nWe started our journey on the road and walked down and up the small hill. We came to a cute trail around  what I will call the duck pond. There were all different kinds of ducks including Mallards, Mandarin Ducks, and Wood Ducks. They were very friendly and would come right up to you. It was quite obvious that no one was following the “Do not feed the wildlife.” signs posted.

We continued to the first reserve and it was beautiful. The mountains and pine trees shut out all the city noise that you would normally expect. And the reeds and ducks bring nature right to the center of Los Angeles. It’s just a little lake in the middle of the city that you would never expect to be there. You feel as though you could be in the mountains in the middle of the wilderness.

10451735_10100760783076867_3151645784572961153_nWe continued our journey down the road, past a small house, a few other trails that I will need to go back and explore and to the gated off end reserve. I’m sure at one point the reserve must have been open to visitors, but it no longer is. We turned around and headed back up the road we came down, remembering how we flipped the car in Backwoods right on that very street. We turned up a side trail that brought us back to the beginning of the park.

A few things to know if you plan on going are that there are several parking lots inside the park, including one at the entrance and one at the very end. The trails are relatively easy so it is a good place to go for a short hike for both young and old. Also, be aware that there are several stop sign cameras inside the park. Make sure you come to a complete stop or you will get a ticket in the mail. Other than that, parking is free. So enjoy!

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2014 Geminid Meteor Shower at Templin Highway

78c8dff1The week of Dec. 13th I had been daydreaming about shooting stars, astrology and much more. The 13th came and I had an aching to go somewhere new and explore something I’ve never seen before. On a whim I googled meteor showers and stumbled across the 2014 Geminid meteor shower that was going to occur that night. I finally knew exactly how I wanted to spend my Saturday evening, staring up at a dark sky watching screaming hot balls of fire light it up.

I did one more quick search for the darkest spot in or just outside of the city. Templin Highway, Angeles National Forest was number one on the list and sounded perfect. It was close, 45 minutes outside of Downtown LA and a popular spot among amateur astronomers meant there would be at least some others around too.

I picked up a friend and her nephew and we headed out to Castaic. We exited “the 5” and tentatively drove the .7 miles east until we spotted the dark, wide gravel lot around 9 p.m. We bundled up in extra layers and stepped out of the car. The show had already started and we were the only ones there to watch it for a good hour.

Other spectators slowly arrived as the night progressed. Some were in trucks, others in convertibles, and even some in campers that brought out small tents. But no matter how they chose to share the experience everyone was there for the same common purpose. To watch the amazing sky.

oY3ayprWQlewtG7N4OXl_DSC_5225-2It was absolutely gorgeous. Stars were flying across the sky every minute and it didn’t matter which way you looked. Some were soft streaks that you would barely see while others were so bright you swore they were going the strike the earth before they burned up. We were in constant awe, shouting out each time we saw one. We were so excited we would forget to make wishes. It didn’t matter much though. We must have seen over 100 or 200 shooting stars that night. There were plenty of wishes to be had.

Eventually, much later than every website had predicted, the half moon rose above the mountains. It was a beautiful sight and was the cap of our night. We watched the stars a little longer and then headed back to our bright city. An amazing evening and an amazing experience.