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Adventure Club Goes West

January 26, 2015

For the past year or so, I’ve been doing a lot of outdoor activities with a few of my coworkers.  We’ve been to Yosemite, Big Bear, and had plenty of fun in our own “backyard”.  After a while, I just started calling us the “Adventure Club”, which to me seemed quite fitting.  I don’t know many other groups of “adults” that will climb random trees, go hiking at 6 am to watch the sun rise, or go for a run in the mountains in 18 degree weather just to get outside.  Whenever we’re together it’s nothing but good times.  No drama, no issues, just pure fun in great company.

Our most recent meet up took us to a coastal hike in Santa Monica, CA.  The trail is called the Lower Canoynback Trail, in Kenter Canyon.  The whole trail is about 4 miles (roundtrip).  The first mile leads to a great viewing area with a single tree that holds a bench swing.  From the swing you can look out to see Santa Monica Beach (and beyond.  We were able to see Catalina Island very well)!  In the view area, you get a complete panoramic view of the Los Angeles area from Hollywood to East Los Angeles to San Pedro and Palos Verdes.  On the other side are rolling hills of green (not sure if that’s a seasonal thing, but it was gorgeous).

On our way up the trail

On our way up the trail

Just keep one foot in front of the other

Just keep one foot in front of the other

We hung out in that area for a long while.  Just enjoying the scene, each other’s company and chatting with the occasional hikers and their pups (dog-friendly trail, yay!).  The tree that held the swing is also a great climbing tree, so naturally the adventurers were all for it.  It really was a great time on a Sunday afternoon!

Looking through binoculars

Looking through binoculars – That’s Catalina in the center of the photo

Swing chillin

Swing chillin

Of course we brought snacks and water

Of course we brought snacks and water

4 little monkeys sitting in a tree...

4 little monkeys sitting in a tree…

Sometimes I'm a scary flag

Sometimes I’m a scary flag

Always interesting to see who was here before you were

Always interesting to see who was here before you were

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Peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo

The Adventure Club

The Adventure Club

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