Aaron and I headed to Los Angeles for the weekend for a photo shoot. There are a lot of memories packed into Southern California for me from my time living there. It’s always a little bitter sweet to go back. Sure, there are things I really hate about it now, but I also got to experience a lot of beauty and California ideals during my years there. Sometimes life in LA really was like a overly romanticized song, and when it was… you felt special to be a part of it. Sometimes I miss feeling special, or young and carefree, or whatever that feeling was. The weather helped too.
Chris, my ex-husband, had been on my mind a lot as I drove around our old town. When we returned to Portland I was greeted with nicest most graceful email from him about my engagement. Our relationship didn’t work out, but I’m so glad I married him when I did. For the experiences we share together, for who he made me, and for what he still has to teach me about forgiveness and kindness. I’m equally as grateful for fresh starts, and for new memories and lessons with someone who also makes me better. I just want to say the men I’ve chosen in my life have been the best versions of men I could have ever hoped for.
On your next trip to Los Angeles be sure to hike up to the Hollywood sign at sunset. There are a few ways to get there, we went this route:
The hike begins at the corner of Lake Hollywood Drive and Wonder View Drive. From the 134 Freeway, take the Forest Lawn exit. Go southwest on Forest Lawn for 2.3 miles and turn left on Barham Blvd. Go 0.8 miles and turn left on Lake Hollywood Drive. Follow Lake Hollywood Drive for 0.5 miles and park on the corner of Wonder View Drive. From Highway 101, take the Barham Blvd. exit and head north for 0.3 miles. Turn right on Lake Hollywood Drive and follow it half a mile to the corner of Wonder View Drive and park there.
The hike begins with a quarter-mile climb up Wonder View Drive, a private paved road. On the way, you get great views of the Hollywood Reservoir and the L.A. skyline. At the end of Wonder View, look for a single-track trail branching off to the right, and get ready for a steep climb. The trail gains 700 feet in three quarters of a mile, and you’ll be huffing and puffing by the time you reach the ridge that connects Burbank Peak (to the west) with Cahuenga Peak (the highest point in the Hollywood Hills) and finally Mt. Lee.