It was a little hard to find - despite having a great Yelp page, the Yelp directions are not rooted in reality. However, the Yelpers were kind enough to give better directions, and after a wrong turn or two, I found it. It's in a weird area: between the 710 freeway/LA River, and a trailer park. There's also the bike path, and the Blue Line off in the distance. I felt a little uneasy at first - I wished I'd had a dog or a friend along with me - but after a while I relaxed and just walked and looked around.
There is a marshy area that stretches along the path. I can't call the 3 miles (I traveled one portion twice) I walked an official "hike" because half of it was paved, but there was some wildlife and flowers and plants, and I have quite a few little rocks and pebbles in my shoes. It really was beautiful. Next time I will bring a hat, though, because there isn't a lot of shade.
- Two dudes on horses having a rather inappropriate conversation
- Three other solo walkers - all walking in the opposite direction
- Two dog walkers - one leashed, one not (the dogs, not the walkers)
- One runner
- Countless ducks and little birds
- Four lizards
- Dozens of butterflies
- Three dragonflies - one flew beside me for quite a while
- The Italian cycling team (hey, it could've been. I think it's been too long since I saw "Breaking Away")
I used to just walk the residential area near the school because the homes there are huge, obviously expensive, and beautiful. I will admit that I probably prefer eyeballing the rich houses to this sort of isolated, possibly artificial, but still lovely, wilderness. It's good to have an alternative, though, and I did feel a bit more meditative and peaceful than usual.
Afterwards I drove to Starbucks and got an iced Cafe Americano; that feeling might be short lived.