A lot of the time when people think of Los Angeles, they think of Hollywood. They think of streets lined with cars stuck in traffic, beaches with sun-kissed lifeguards playing volleyball, and taco trucks. Most of that is true -- LA is filled with a lot of those things.
But people never associate nature with our city.
A few weeks ago, I went on a hike over in Malibu. On the way there, we drove through the Santa Monica Mountains -- and I had to stop to snap few photos. For anyone who says that LA doesn't have it all, I'd like to argue. LA is great. LA is awesome. LA can throw at you amazing views through the mountains right next to the beach, not very far off from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Our hike consisted of two parts -- the first part to the waterfall, and the second part up the mountain. The first leg of the trip brought us around two abandoned homes that were burned down long, long ago.
They were covered in little bits of graffiti and wildflowers, mounds of rubble creating pathways for hikers to come explore.
The first part ends with a little seat by a trickle of water (otherwise known as a Southern Californian waterfall). Most people stay there in the shade to rest before heading back. We had other plans, and joined the very few other people who went all the way up.
A couple of switchbacks later, you're brought to an amazing view. Mountains on one side, ocean on the other.
The journey back is a breeze -- going downhill feels like you have a jetpack strapped to your back and you're flying down. In about half the time it takes to go up, you're all the way down and looking at this ridiculous view.
I can't complain about living in LA.
Man, are we lucky!
Quick note: I likely won't have a post up this Thursday. However, I will be going hiking this weekend so I'll be posting about that next week. In the meantime, make sure you're following me on Twitter and on Instagram!
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