Angels Flight Railway

Welcome to “The Shortest Railway in the World”. With a reputation like that, I knew this was one place I had to add on my LA Bucket List. If it says anthing with “_____ in the world”, hook line and sinker…I’m in.

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Located in Downtown LA on South Hill Street (for bottom entrance) and South Grand Avenue (for upper entrance), you can take this baby one way for 50 cents, round trip for a dollar! Who says you can’t buy anything with a dollar anymore? Give your glutes a rest and let Olivet or Sinai (yes, the cars have names) take you up.

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At the very top you are greeted with a panoramic view of Downtown and the gorgeous California Plaza. Standing up at the top, I felt like I lived in a real city. A city with a past, a city with history, a city with diversity and culture. Things that I found lacking growing up in San Diego. You look at the buildings and they mirror a time that once existed but holding their own in this modern age.

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There’s so many things to discover about this city, and everytime I cross something off, all I can this is just how much I’m starting to fall in love with LA. Why did I spend so many years despising a city that I hadn’t truly gotten to know? LA gets a bit of a bad repuation for being superficial, materialistic and overpopulated. But if you can look beyond that, you’ll see what I see and find a place for LA in your heart like I have. Well, until next time, I hope you all have a great day.

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Home to Venice to Santa Monica and Home again

I couldn’t think of a clever name for this entry. I could call it Venice but Venice was just the beginning. Regardless, Saturday morning my friend, Melissa, came up from San Diego and we walked 12 miles. 12 miles! One mile short of a half marathon. We love walking so this wan’t anything out of the ordinary.

Our first destination was Venice. This was my first time being at the famous Venice beach and it was as entertaining as movies make it seem to be.

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The skatepark was awesome, I could spend hours watching skaters do tricks all day. The boardwalk was lined with vendors and street performers. It gets a little overwhelming but I couldn’t help but smile thinking “Wow, I can’t believe I live here.”

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One item I really wanted to check out in Venice was the Binocular Building. Another Frank Gehry creation. That man, I would love to be inside his brain when he’s creating. That thought process must be very entertaining.
From Venice we walked Main Street and got into Santa Monica.

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I’ve been to Santa Monica so many times but still love it, can’t get bored with it. You have a little bit of everything; from the Pier, 3rd Street Promenade and Montana, you’ll be please no matter what.
The following day we went to Melrose and Downtown. I got to cross of the Angel Flight Railway off my Los Angeles Bucket list, more of that to come in my next post.

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Murphy Ranch

I love hiking. I especially love hiking when it ends at a cool site like a waterfall, or in this case, the abandoned Los Angeles Natzi Compound.

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The hike itself was pretty easy, according to my GPS app, I hiked about 5 miles. To get to the good part, you walk about a mile and see an opening in a gate, or go further and walk another half mile where you will see an iron gate. Both directions will take you to the final destination.

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I opted for the opening in the gate, which I named, The Path of the Never Ending Stairs. I think I read somewhere that there were 300 steps, I believe it. I thought I was never going to see a flat surface again. We took a right after the stairs, then turned left at the fork where we were greeted by an abandoned shack.

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This is the part where my stubborness came in handy, you have to keep going after the shack. It seems like there’s nothing after the shack but oh, you would be wrong. Just follow the red markers on the trees and it will verify you are on the right path. About 5 minutes, you’ll see a huge cactus and a little behind that is a rusted arch way, attached to a building that is completely in ruins.

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A couple of step and ta-da! The brick building now fully covered in graffiti. It’s very creepy. Empty, covered in spray paint, it’s hard to imagine what it looked like before it was abandoned.

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This was such a fun hike, you got everything. A great view of the Santa Monica mountains on the way up, a little bit of nature and just the perfect amount of historic creepiness to keep you entertained.

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I can’t wait to take my friends here, definitley something to check out. Rumor has it, the City of LA purchased the land and there are talks of destroying it.