Earlier this year I married one of my John Muir Trail hiking partners. Three months ago we relocated from the sleepy beachside town of San Clemente to the bright lights of Los Angeles. Many people probably assume there is no hiking in LA, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are some great parks right in town. I saw the Space Shuttle arrive in LA from a trail in Griffith Park last month. There is great access to the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains. And the city itself invites you to walk.
There’s really no better way to get to know a city than walking through it, and in that spirit, I’ll be joining a few hundred others for this year’s Great Los Angeles Walk on Saturday, November 17th. This 17 mile walk extends from the steps of the Disney Concert Hall downtown all the way to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica. Now in it’s 7th year, this route will follow the entire length of Melrose Avenue — on the roads I take to-and-fro the gym on a regular basis. Getting to know it more closely will be a treat.
I’ll be bringing my camera and photoblogging the walk. Just to prove that people really do walk in LA.