Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A Walk in the Park

After a long stressful day at work, it's wonderful to take a walk in the park. LA has a cozy population of 4 million people, but we're fortunate to have a large city park nearby -- Griffith Park with 53 miles of trail.

Yesterday evening I went for a hike with the "hiking club". I really needed to "de-stress". As the sun turned orange over the hills, there were some wonderful trail views. But it was also just fine to see this urban sprawl from a distance rather being immersed inside it.

This view above overlooks the busy Golden State Freeway and the city of Glendale with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background. However it's possible to make a quick turn on the trail, and in five minutes there's no more roar from the freeway, and no more city -- it's quiet. (Click on the photos for a larger image.)

The above sort of looks like tangle of barbed wire behind the backdrop of mountains. In the photo below we walk back in semi-darkness illuminated by the lights of the city.


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