Hello and good morning.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend that left you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for the week ahead. Andrew and I had a fun weekend that started with some happy hour drinks at Oldfields on Friday night.
Saturday started off slow, but ended up being a productive day. We spent a couple hours inside a magical camping store called Adventure 16 (Outdoor and Travel Outfitters) making some final purchases for an upcoming camping trip. The store was magical in how un-REI it was.
It felt like being inside a giant log cabin, and had little camping displays set up, along the lines of ones you’d see in a natural history museum. There were signs around the store warning that they’d be closing early on Sunday because the whole staff was going camping. They’re really walkin’ the walk there, if you know what I mean.
I also baked a cake! My first cake, in fact. A double decker.
I’ll be sharing more on this cake at a later date, but the two most important things to know about it are: 1) it was a great-tasting lemon raspberry yogurt cake, and 2) it was a hilarious Pinterest fail from an aesthetics standpoint. More to come…
Baldwin Hills Stair Hike
The highlight of the weekend for me was discovering the Baldwin Hills stairs. They’ve been recommended to Andrew and I on several occasions, but we’ve never been able to figure out where they are until now. (They’re not difficult to find once you actually pull up google maps.)
Baldwin Hills has a pretty cool scenic overlook that you can access several ways. You can drive to the top, hike along a 1.25 mile zig zag dirt path, or you can take the stairs.
A round trip stair climb is about 2/3 of a mile, and many people do several rounds. There’s a nice open spot at the top where you can check out the view or do some body weight exercises if you feel so inclined. Andrew and I took the stairs up and the dirt path down two full times.
I’m glad we finally found the Baldwin Hills stairs. It’s certainly a popular spot; there were tons of people, but crowding wasn’t an issue on the stairs at all. There’s a gazebo that I know you can reserve near the overlook for ceremonies and events because I vaguely remember looking into it when we were planning our wedding a couple years ago.
One other nice thing about hiking Baldwin Hills is that there is a visitors’ center near the top (apparently it’s rarely open) with restrooms that are always unlocked. It’s a nice feature for those who drink a full cup of coffee right before starting the hike.
How was your weekend? What did you get up to? LA locals – have any of you ever done the Baldwin Hills stairs?