Runyon Canyon Park @ Los Angeles, California

On a trip to the west coast of the US, a longtime friend had invited me out for a hiking excursion into Runyon Canyon Park @ Los Angeles, California. At the entrance, we had picked up bottles of water available via a local hiking association. This was important because of the sunny arid weather and trail length. For the ascent, there were paths ranking from basic, intermediate and advanced.

My buddy and I had selected the basic incline for our morning hike. Heading up into the first leg of trail, we were provided with view of downtown LA on the horizon. Before arriving at the first lookout ridge, the trail had switched from asphalt to loose dirt. At this overlook, we had a more complete view of LA including the emblematic Hollywood sign.

Heading toward the next ridge, we were treated to various flowers including even a yellow bloom from a massive cactus. Moving up the clay mountain top, I had noticed a sign with the following text “Beware of rattlesnake nesting areas.” Then the thought had crossed my mind,”What are the odds of sliding down the orange clay fishers into a bunch of snakes? Hmm.”

After reaching the final overlook, we had started maneuvering down the hill side. Exerting less energy on the decline, I was able to better focus on distant views of LA and the surrounding hillside for snakes. Yet, despite all the foot traffic and fear, the park still had provided a calming place to connect with the outdoors. This had fulfilled all the promise of exploring California while traveling for business. This was time well spent, even if for just a few passing moments in time.

Runyon Canyon Park is located at 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Admission:Free
Facility Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: Dawn to Dusk
Saturday – Sunday: Dawn to Dusk

Read More:
Runyon Canyon Park (laparks.org)

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On the road to friendship from Florida to California

This upcoming week, I had volunteered to head out to California for work. First, I had loathed traveling for business. Over the years, job opportunities had come across my email, most including more pay and lots of travel. Sure money had provided a better means of living but, at what cost to prime time with family, friends and other loved ones. My motivation for California had stemmed from seeing some great topography and a good friend.

Earlier in the year, my friend and I had talked about catching up but, competing Labor Day plans did not allow us to. The irony regarding our Labor Day plans, we had come within 50 miles of each other in West Florida. Unknown to me, his fishing trip had remained on shore because of bad weather. Go fish, pun intended! The great thing about friendships, with a little effort, hanging out had always seemed to materialize.Tomorrow, I had looked forward to documenting my free-time adventures in Cali, sans Disneyland. The big payoff though was just reconnecting with my friend, Joe.