Washington DC in October

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Temescal Canyon Hike, Sunset

30 Photos – Temescal Canyon Hike, Pacific Palisades, California

2014.01.24

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Sam Merrill Trail, Echo Mountain, Inspiration Point, Altadena

20 Photos – Sam Merrill Trail, Echo Mountain, Inspiration Point, Altadena

2014.01.13

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Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California

19 Photos – Echo Mountain Hike, October Sunset

2013.06.30

My first experience with Echo Mountain was last October. After arriving at the mansion ruins we were surprised when suddenly the moon rose over the San Gabriels looking especially close. The sun was about to set so we stayed to watch. It was definitely an awesome view of the city at night.

Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaThis trail is well maintained which makes it nice for trail running. Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaThe power lines that once loomed above quickly start to appear much further below you.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaEvery once and a while you just have to stop and admire the view.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaYou can still see remnants from the old railway system near the mansion ruins.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaIt’s cool that the Recreation and Parks Department keeps these informative little tablets around key spots at the Castle Canyon mansion ruins.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaIt was so close to sunset that we decided to stay and watch.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaIt’s fun to imagine what it must have been like to spend time in a building this high up the mountain. Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaOn a clear day you can see to downtown Los Angeles and all the way to the pacific ocean. It is interesting to check out the view with binoculars or a decent telephoto lens.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California“Epic” is an overused word but, whatever, watching the sun set here is definitely epic.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California

While waiting for the sun to set we got a surprise visitor. The photos may not do it full justice, but the moon was looking huge.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaThe sky is such a beautiful gradient of colors. The lighting at this hour is truly magic.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California

Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, CaliforniaI sneaked in a little reference to OTB inside the old water reservoir … using a burnt stick.Echo Mountain Hike, Altadena, California

And there it is. Totally worth the wait… and having to hike down the mountain via cell phone light. Echo Mountain is a great place to watch the sunset. Just bring a flashlight. As an added bonus; watching the city lights flicker at night from this vantage point is pretty incredible.

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Super Moon, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

5 Photos – Super Moon over Los Angeles from Hollywood Blvd

2013.06.27

The super moon was in full effect last Sunday! The night before I was stuck driving along the beach and couldn’t exactly get the best photo while in motion. When I had another chance the following night to grab a tripod and hit the roof top I just had to take it.

Super Moon, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

I love that the lighting in this picture makes the moon look like the sun.Super Moon, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

You’ve got to dig on these rare astronomical occurrences. Super Moon, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

I wish I could zoom even further. Hoping for an even beastlier telephoto lens in my future.Super Moon, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

Quintessential Los Angeles. Palm trees and skyscrapers.Super Moon, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

Watching Hollywood Boulevard from this rooftop is one of the perks of being friendly with your neighbors.

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14 Photos – Hiking Point Dume State Beach, Malibu, California

2013.06.25

This hike is pretty short and when we visited the sky was a bit hazy. Nonetheless, the landscape and views from Point Dume are pretty spectacular.

Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

For you monkey types, there’s a cool place to climb jutting out from the sandy beach.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

The rocky part of the coast is beautiful and treacherous.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

There were some gorgeous homes in this area with abundant flowers.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

I’ve definitely never seen a flowering plant like this before. Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

Furry security system. Fat burglars beware.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

I decided to collect some textures, like this brick driveway.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

…And this well manicured hedge wall.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

Here is a flaky tree bark texture.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

This color of wood combined with the slatted texture makes this pattern really pleasing to me. Cool gate.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

Every garden needs a horse statue. Takes notes.Point Dume State Beach, Malibu California

Naturally someone decided to accentuate the landscape with some aluminum litter. Sick sad world.

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22 Photos – Topanga State Park, Hiking the Santa Monica Mountains

2013.06.24

This week in hike adventures we headed over to the Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. A peaceful hike, this California state park offers views of the Pacific Ocean and a really interesting rock formation called Eagle Rock. On our way back to the car the super moon crested the mountains and was our beacon as we followed the winding canyon roads down to the beach.

Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

I wish the photo could convey how cool it feels to be under these trees. Awesome canopy here.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

This part of the trail is basically a fire road. Not too challenging but great for running. Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Attempting to keep my noggin from burning to a crisp.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Layers of mountains. Always pleasing to the eye.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

On our approach to Eagle Rock, it finally comes into view.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Topanga State Park is fully stocked with interesting rock formations.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

This little eroded cave was a sweet little sanctuary to hide out in. It would be a cool picnic spot.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Sure, it’s not complete without chicken-scratch vandalism.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

I’d imagine this is what the view from inside a large robot looks like.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Hiking in the Los Angeles area can really give you a great escape from the city, and some perspective. Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

This view is looking straight down the cliff edge.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

The golden bath of the setting sun.Super Moon at Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Such a peaceful end to this hike as we cruised through the meadows back to civilization.

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31 Photos – Echo Mountain, Inspiration Point, Sam Merrill Trail, Altadena, California

2013.06.18

My favorite hike so far in the Los Angeles area has to be Echo Mountain. Here are some photos from a recent trek up this beautiful trail.

Echo Mountain, Inspiration Point, Sam Merrill Trail, Altadena, California

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54 Photos – Escape to LA

2013.04.29

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Folly Rae – Free Your Mind

2013.04.22

I was hunting for new podcasts and this song came up on a BBC 1Xtra podcast that was completely outside of everything I was browsing through previously and it really caught my attention. Beautiful voice. I hope you like it too.

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