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Secret Stairs - An Urban Hike

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Silver Lake - Los Angeles is home to countless stair cases dating back to the 1920s. That's what I went to scout out on my hike today.

I was amazed, impressed, and frankly just blown away by this neighborhood, which back in the 70s and 80s was overrun by gangs. Looks like clean-up here has been successful, and young families with kids have moved back in.

An urban park around Silver Lake Reservoir.

Hollywood is over there.

Quaint houses.

A street cafe.

Oh, and stairs...

... stairs...

... stairs...

The entire urban hike was about 8.5 miles long.
We did roughly 2400 stairs - 1600 up and 800 down.

It definitely was a different kind of adventure.

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IUHRYTR 11/25/2012 9:36PM

    Those stairs sure look like a good workout. Is this town close to you so you can hit them again? Enjoyed the pictures, as always. -- Lou

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CELLISTA1 11/24/2012 10:19PM

    I lived in Silverlake in the 60s when it was kind of dilapidated but beautiful. I live in the Hollywood Hills now, and your photo "street cafe" is where I have my hair cut. I am amazed that you hiked 8.5 miles around there. The stairways are wonderful remnants of the 1920s.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/24/2012 6:18PM

    Wow! That's a LOT of stairs! I'm so glad they managed to reclaim that part of the city. It looks awesome.

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/24/2012 4:48PM

    Wow! Fun and hard work, a perfect hike!

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RUNNER12COM 11/20/2012 12:36AM

    That is SO cool!

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FRAN0426 11/20/2012 12:18AM

    Great pictures and lots of stairs to climb---too many for me( more going down than up would be better for me)---glad you had a good time. The outdoor cafe would have had me stopping to rest my legs a bit.

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BOVEY63 11/19/2012 10:52PM

    Looks like an amazing area and wow that is a lot of stairs!

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CARTOONB 11/19/2012 10:44PM

    Looks like fun...even with all those stairs!

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MARLINDA5 11/19/2012 6:48PM


The area looks great - the outdoor cafe is a nice addition.

Your stair climbing - great job. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 11/19/2012 4:13PM

    Awesome job on the Hike and thanks for sharing these pictures. emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 11/19/2012 12:54PM

    What a nice change of pace and the scenery was lovely too with great pictures.

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TRAVELISMYGAME 11/19/2012 12:45PM

    Good job! Thanks for posting the pics!

10k Leader

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2012 12:03PM

    What a great adventure - I haven't been to Silverlake for years but it sounds like it's time for another visit!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/19/2012 11:42AM

    Great change of pace for you emoticon ! The park was very nice. Didn't one of your mountain hikes rack up a huge number of equivalent flights of stairs? Not nearly enough hand rails for me on some of those stairs.

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KAYOTIC 11/19/2012 10:14AM

    Think about how nice your glutes will look after that!

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JACKIE542 11/19/2012 9:49AM

    Great adventure, thank you! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/19/2012 8:10AM

    OH MY, and I thought 400 stairs was a lot.
I guess I have a goal now!



thanks for sharing your beautiful adventures with pictures

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KITT52 11/19/2012 7:40AM

    looks good

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MALEXANDER4 11/19/2012 6:52AM

    Awesome hike. I love the scenery but the stairs.....awesome.

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DEBRA0818 11/19/2012 5:58AM

    What a great way to get in stair climbing!


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Rain, Fog, and Mud

Saturday, November 17, 2012

That pretty much sums up today's hike.

My new boots got a great workout today.

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BOVEY63 11/19/2012 10:50PM

    You're breaking them in darn good!

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MARLINDA5 11/19/2012 6:46PM

    wow emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 11/18/2012 6:14PM

    Who needs ankle weights when you can carry an extra 5 pounds of mud on your boots, instead? emoticon

Looks like you had a great hike! emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 11/18/2012 8:03AM

    So much for "new" boots. They sure got broke in. Next time better weather.

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ANDYLIN90 11/18/2012 5:43AM

    Loved the pictures. Where was your hike? I live in the desert where the sun seems to always shine, so a muddy, rainy, foggy day seems kinda nice to me when I'm sweating under the blazing sun.

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CARTOONB 11/18/2012 12:49AM

    Your boots say it all!

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_LINDA 11/17/2012 11:40PM

    That reminds me of what it was like hiking in the rainforests of Hawaii.
Christened those boots well, you did! Which reminds me I need to put protective spray on my new boots before I use them :P
Have a Super Sparking Sunday!

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RECREATING_ME 11/17/2012 10:13PM

    That's a good way to break them in! Love the picture of the fog in the hills.

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KNITTABLES 11/17/2012 9:44PM

    Wow, all that mud on your new boots. How were they and how was the new way of tying up your hikers. Glad you had the hike. Great Pictures. Hgus

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HEALTH4LYFE 11/17/2012 9:24PM

    You might be ready to participate in a mud run after trekking through all that mud. Is there one in your area?

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NORWOODGIRL 11/17/2012 8:27PM

    Phew. I was beginning to think that you only had clear sunny days there!
Rain and fog are OK, but I'm no fan of mud. emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 11/17/2012 8:18PM

  Hope YOU had a great workout (like your boots!)!

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Yesterday I Finally Learned how to Tie my Shoes

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Still on the lookout for the perfect pair of hiking boots, yesterday I set out to find them, the boots with the widest toe box. I was on a mission. I googled, searched, read, compared and when I had zeroed in I went to REI.

Decided on the Keen Targhee II Mid.
I am so excited, can't wait to hike them on Saturday! It will be a smaller, 9-mile hike, which will be the perfect distance to try them out.

And while at REI I learned that it actually matters how you lace your shoes. They showed me a technique I can use to lock my heel in place more securely. Now, I'm not sure, I might be the only one out there who did not know this and you're all thinking "duh", but hey, better late than never.

Did some more internet research about that, too, and found this nifty little video.

Happy trails.

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DESERTJULZ 1/17/2013 11:41PM

    Oh that video is fascinating!

Hey, I just bought new Keens at REI too. Maybe even the same ones. I love mine.

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    This blog is a GOD send...was wondering about the same thing...need a great hiking boot for small wide feet with high arch...going to check these out. I didn't know about the lacing either....great information...appreciate you sharing the info!


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TRAVELGRRL 11/24/2012 6:30PM

    HOW have I missed your blogs? I learned some of these techniques from the woman at the outdoor store who spent nearly an hour with me trying to find the right boots. However, I can't wear boots because of screws in my ankle -- they inevitably are rubbed by the boots and cause a lot of pain. So it's shoes for me!

KEEN doesn't work for me because I have a narrow heel. The Scarpas are great and even though I took back the Vasque boots, I ordered Vasque shoes online. (They don't carry them in our stores.) I really envy you your REI!!!!

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SPEEDYDOG 11/22/2012 7:55AM

    REI is a dangerous place for me. I can always find something there I did not know I needed! Footwear is critical to any outdoor activity. Nice boots. Thanks for the link to the video.


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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2012 1:44AM

    Congrats on your new boots - hope they work great for you! I've had trouble finding Keens that fit but I also know that we all have such different needs, there isn't one single boot or shoe that works for everyone! I'm glad to see the video, too - I knew the 'ankle hold' technique for walking shoes but it never occurred to me that I could do it with boots and the hooks so glad to find out - maybe this will help me deal with some of the many foot problems I have!

Happy trails!

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ANDYLIN90 11/18/2012 5:46AM

    If REI doesn't have it, it's not made. I love that store. And Duh, thanks for posting the link, because I didn't know it made a difference either.

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BOVEY63 11/15/2012 9:49PM

    Have a great hike in your new boots!

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/14/2012 9:48PM

    Thank you because I have trouble keeping my heel
down also. I'm gonna go watch it!

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MARLINDA5 11/14/2012 8:34PM

    cool looking hiking boots - I didn't know that either.

Enjoy the hike - and will look forward to your pictures - :) emoticon

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KNITTABLES 11/14/2012 5:57PM

    I learned this trick when I started at Lady Footlocker so many years ago but had forgotten how to do it. Thanks for sharing this tip with us. I will be using this tip every day when I tie up my walking shoes. Hugs
Let us know how the new hikers are.

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RECREATING_ME 11/14/2012 4:15PM

    I didn't know that, but it makes sense that different sized/shaped feet would require different ways to secure them in shoes. I hope your new boots are exactly what you wanted!

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MALEXANDER4 11/14/2012 8:20AM

    Enjoy the new boots and the hike. Pics for sure.

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KITT52 11/14/2012 7:45AM

    they look great, I too am always looking for a wide toe box...

thanks for the info and have a great hike....let us know how the new shoes worked for you

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LIVELAUFLUV 11/14/2012 5:43AM

    Thanks for the info! I learn something new every day.

Enjoy those new boots!


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DEBRA0818 11/14/2012 5:34AM

    Very interesting suggestion about securing the heel -- thanks for posting!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/14/2012 12:23AM

    That is so cool. I didn't know how to lace my boots. Thanks for the education!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/13/2012 10:56PM

    Enjoy the boots!

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CARTOONB 11/13/2012 10:26PM

    I've heard good things about Keen. You'll have to let us know how they are! Btw, tying your laces is new to me. Gonna go watch your video now!

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Mountains and Canyons

Sunday, November 11, 2012

It's a 3-day weekend for me so I decided to hike both yesterday and today and will still have a chore-day left tomorrow (oh joy! :))
We had marvelous sunny weather both days, though a bit on the cold side, with frost on both mornings.

About 40 miles north from where I live you can hike the mountains.

We even found a little patch of fall amongst our mostly always green trees.

About 60 miles southeast from my house you can hike the canyons. A much different world. Much more exposed, but temps were cool enough to enjoy the sun.

A bit of poison oak

And here is a place holder for the beautiful waterfall which we were going to see. But --- no water... (Last winter was extremely dry so water is scarce everywhere.) Pretty nonetheless.

Total for both days about 30 miles.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/13/2012 10:58PM

    Great mileage, way to go!

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MARLINDA5 11/13/2012 7:53PM

great pictures - thank you for sharing.

emoticon on the hiking.

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KNITTABLES 11/12/2012 11:57PM

    wow great pictures thanks for sharing

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NORWOODGIRL 11/12/2012 10:50AM

    Your pictures just make me sigh.....with pleasure and a bit of envy. There are beautiful areas where I live but the woods are so thick you'd have to hack a trail through them and even then it would be tough going. Guess I'll just have to hike vicariously! emoticon

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DARKCHILD 11/12/2012 7:38AM

    I would love to be able to hike in that environment! Ab-soul-lutely beautiful!

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MALEXANDER4 11/12/2012 6:51AM

    You amaze me with the amount of hiking you do on the weekends. You go girl. Your amazing.

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DEBRA0818 11/12/2012 6:26AM

    A great bonding with nature and a wonderful waterfall to hope for!


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RORYLYONS 11/11/2012 11:26PM

    How great on the hike...fantastic pictures.... emoticon

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CARTOONB 11/11/2012 11:10PM

    Two great venues for hiking. I'd say skip the chore day and hike again on Monday!

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IUHRYTR 11/11/2012 10:52PM

    Makes me envious that we have such flat land in FL and no mountains. -- Lou

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STANSANGEL 11/11/2012 10:49PM

    Schoene Bilder und man kann sich direkt dahin denken emoticon
Bleib warm.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/11/2012 10:39PM

    emoticon pictures. What a beautiful hike!

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KATI5668 11/11/2012 9:53PM

    wow it looks like a great way to spend a day!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/11/2012 9:49PM

    It looks just awesome! THANK YOU!

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A Visit to the ol' M*A*S*H 4077th

Sunday, November 04, 2012

After last weekend's monster hike I had decided to do a small recovery hike only this weekend. We hiked out of Malibu Creek State Park (the old Reagan Ranch) to the M*A*S*H Site. Round trip just shy of 7 miles.

Beautiful morning.

Past Century Lake. So clear and still. Upside down mountain anyone?

A skinny path through the rocks.

Only a couple of props left.

Anybody remember this mountain range? (Oh wait! It's in Korea...)

A pretty trail

My hike for next weekend is already planned.
See you on the trail.

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RECREATING_ME 11/10/2012 4:14PM

    Gorgeous pictures, as always! Seeing the pictures from the M*A*S*H set immediately brought the theme song to mind (and now I can't get it out...)

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MARLINDA5 11/6/2012 11:36AM

    What beautiful pictures - I enjoyed watching MASH and that is so cool you got to see where they filmed.

emoticon you are doing so well on those hikes -

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SWEDE_SU 11/5/2012 5:38PM

    nice hike - and how cool to see the M.A.S.H. set!

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SPEEDYDOG 11/5/2012 4:59PM

    I know that every planet in the universe and every country on the earth looks remarkably like the area near Los Angeles, California.

The scenery looks quite beautiful.

Thanks, Bruce

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AEHEGE 11/5/2012 11:56AM

    Love the photos! We visited the Reagan Ranch a couple of years ago, but most of it was off limits. What an incredible hike and lovely photos!

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MALEXANDER4 11/5/2012 7:12AM

    Girl that is awesome that you got to see the set of M*A*S*H. I love that some of it is still there. The rest is awesome though. I love the mountain in the water.

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IUHRYTR 11/4/2012 11:22PM

    That must have been exciting visiting the old TV set. Have a happy hike next week. -- Lou

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CARTOONB 11/4/2012 10:38PM

    You hiked in South Korea?!!??!?!? LOL! Looks like a great hike.

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ALIHIKES 11/4/2012 8:15PM

    Wow what beautiful photos of a lovely trail! Thank you for sharing. I had NO idea that MASH was filmed there.

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NORWOODGIRL 11/4/2012 7:48PM

    What fun! I used to love watching M.A.S.H. It's neat to see the set.

Great hike. Great photos. Thanks!

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TJCADDO 11/4/2012 7:25PM

    That location is from the show. Glad you went and that you shared pictures with us!

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/4/2012 7:17PM

    I am so proud of you and it's so beautiful there

ANy wild animals you need to be looking for?

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/4/2012 6:33PM

    The big hikes are fun, challenging, but they do take their toll. Very nice, great pictures. Thanks you.

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