Mute the noise, turn up the thoughts

I did the 52 Hike Challenge last year because wanted to move more and get more exercise. Through this journey, I found a lot more. Most of the hikes, I hiked alone. I did not mind it. I knew better to pack more than enough for my hikes like water, more water, lots of snacks, and… Continue reading Mute the noise, turn up the thoughts


The 2017 52-Hike Challenge reflections

I finished the 52 Hike Challenge on December 31st. It really did take me all year to do it. I almost thought I was not going to finish this challenge because in the beginning of December, I was on #43. But another part of me thought it was still possible to power through 9 more hikes… Continue reading The 2017 52-Hike Challenge reflections


Ascending to Mt. Lukens

This was from one of my hikes earlier this year. This is Mt. Lukens, the highest point in Los Angeles city limits. Round trip, this was a 10 mile loop -- if you followed the map. I did get lost and a 10 mile hike, became 14 miles. This was the beggining stages of the… Continue reading Ascending to Mt. Lukens


Hike 35/52: Cave of Munits

Date: September 5th Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Hot Distance: 2.53 miles Say what? A cave in LA? Yes there is a cave in LA and not too far from my house. It was my first time exploring the El Escorpion Park. It's funny how you come from super suburbs to this vast park in a few steps. Unfortunately… Continue reading Hike 35/52: Cave of Munits


Hike 34/52 Exploring along the river

Date: September 3rd Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Cool, rainy Distance: 2 miles We spent our last day in Sequoia and Kings Canyon exploring along the river until it rained. When it rained too hard, we had to stop exploring otherwise it'd be too slippery to hike. I think it'd be impossible to climb back up! Koda did a… Continue reading Hike 34/52 Exploring along the river


Hike 33/52 – Hume Lake

Date: September 2nd Difficulty: 1 out of 5 Weather: Hot Distance: 3.3 mile loop Usually Teddy hates being in the water. Because it was so hot, they did not mind taking a dip.

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Hike 32/52: Wandering Through a Forest of Giants

The Grant Grove is a popular spot in Sequoia/Kings Canyon because it has the General Grant Grove tree -- one of the largest trees in world. Before going to Grant Grove, I thought the trees through our daily drive out of the camp site was huge. These trees in Grant Grove certainly dwarf them all!… Continue reading Hike 32/52: Wandering Through a Forest of Giants


Hike 31/52 Caballero Canyon Hike

Date: August 18th Neighborhood: Tarzana Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Hot Distance: 3.54 miles (out and back) This was my Friday off from work. It's been a while since I've gone on a real hike. This hike is close to home, my go-to Whole Foods, ice cream parlor, and my new favorite brunch place! On the top of the hill… Continue reading Hike 31/52 Caballero Canyon Hike


Sky light

Yes, there is a cave in Los Angeles. This was from one of my hikes (hike 38/52) last week and it was probably one of the coolest hikes I've done this year. I did a bit of rock scrambling and made my way to the top of the cave. Stay tuned for more pictures! This… Continue reading Sky light

Temescal Canyon Loop Pacific Palisades

From the hills to the ground to the sea to the sky

This was from my hike to Skull Rock in Temescal Canyon. I stopped and admired the horizon. For a moment, I thought I was at the Amalfi Coast. But I am not. I am in the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, which is about 30 minutes away from my house. It's good to know I… Continue reading From the hills to the ground to the sea to the sky


Just Chill

Our miniature schnauzer, Teddy tends to be resistant to water unless it is in a water bowl. But from our camping trip, we went hiking around Hume Lake. It was a hot day and Teddy did not mind taking a dip in the water before completing the rest of the loop. There's nothing wrong with… Continue reading Just Chill


Hike 29/52: Palos Verde Nature Preserve

Date: August 5th Neighborhood: Rancho Palos Verdes Difficulty: 3 out of 5 Weather: Hot and Humid Distance: 5.2 miles (out and back) There are a lot of hiking trails around where we live -- we have mountains such as the Santa Monica mountains, San Gabriel, and Verdugos. We have canyons such as Eaton, Fryman, La Tuna, Franklin, and many other… Continue reading Hike 29/52: Palos Verde Nature Preserve