Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Secret Stair Walk!


Last Sunday I went with some gal pals to Los Angeles to do a little hiking.


My friend Karen had purchased this book and so we went on one of the hikes suggested in it.

In the 1920's the plan was to make Los Angeles a city where people got around on trolleys, so stairways were built into the hillsides so people could get to those trolleys.

I guess you know by now that trolley idea didn't really work out....

However! The stairs, built around 1927 are still there.


We went up a lot of stairs.



And then hiked up more stairs.



Did I mention there were a lot of stairs on this hike?



At the end of the hike, we paused to look over the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Look at these sophisticated, intelligent women taking time to gaze out on the mighty ocean, contemplating deeply the wonder of life and the power and beauty of nature.



Oh yeah. Nature was looking pretty good too.

We ended the day with a great meal.

What would I do without my gal pals?

They help me up some mighty challenging steps, both real and figurative.


39 comments:

Susan in the Boonies said...

That looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!

(except for how the thought of all those stairs makes my knees hurt)

But the gal pal part, the history part, the ocean part, the gorgeous male torso part, all that? That? I love!

You look so young and pretty, Betty!

Daisy said...

Just looking at those stairs made my knees hurt! ha! Love the ocean and "nature" view though! :D What would we do without friends. Hope you have a great day today, Betty.

Green Monkey said...

lot of force behind a pack of women. keep climbing betty! you're doing great :)

Teresa Evangeline said...

I just love how you and the Universe are working it out, one metaphor-filled day after another.

Flartus said...

I'm guessing you slept pretty dang well that night. I hope so, anyway.

ahhh, nature... ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

It's great to have friends like that. Those stairs look challenging.

ellen abbott said...

Girl time is the best.

Eva Gallant said...

Sounds like a fun day except for all those stairs!!!

john said...

It appears you went on/up the set for a 3 Stooges film [the one where they were delivering ice] ; how could you possibly miss the historical significance of this?
Musta been too busy looking at boys. Girls... ;)

E.R. King said...

That's a lot of stairs! I bet your bum was burning!
And the eye candy on the beach, did you guys plan that? : )
I'm glad you gals had a great time!

Old Kitty said...

I think your nature watching at the beach was the highlight. Well for me anyway! LOL!!

Awwww yay for you and your gal pals!! Take care
x

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. wonderful day out - looks such fun .. a bit of a puff and a pant .. and look at what you got to see from the top .. Fun - so good to read and hear about .. cheers Hilary

Ms. A said...

Oh.My.God... my legs got cramp and spasms just looking at your photos! Impressive!

Donna said...

OH!!! You POOR Things! To have to endure such a SIGHT on that Beach!!!Hahaaaa
Glad you enjoyed it!
hughugs

Linda said...

It says a lot for you, dear BB, that you have gathered some good friends around you during your life. Friends that are now stepping up and helping you ease into your new life.

Kristina said...

Looks like an amazing time!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you got a show when you were all through climbing!

Madi and Mom said...

What a fun day!! You and your gal pals must have buns of steel by now!! Ummmm nature was looking pretty good on the beach.
Hugs C

Annie said...

I need a nap after seeing those stairs. It wore me out.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Wow, what great exercise!! Sounds like so much fun! Just what you need!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Hello Betty looked a fun day. Hope there are more like that.

Yvonne.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'd race up all those stairs for that view. Keep on trekking, dear Betty.
xoRobyn

Joan said...

Holy moly! That's a lot of stairs! It was nice that there was a sweet reward at the end. ;)

Shrinky said...

Now THAT'S the type of nature watching I could happily settle into! Love the photo's, but, um, I think I would much prefer to do a DOWNstairs walking tour, meself..

Mamma has spoken said...

My thighs feel tight just thinking about all those steps.
Glad you had a wonderful day!

Pat said...

Looks like a fun day, but I would have never been able to make it up all those stairs with my knee problems! I like your idea of nature! Ha ha! Good to see you getting out and having fun!

Bouncin' Barb said...

I could actually feel pain in my knees and hips looking at all those stairs. God bless you all!!! Friends are the answer to ones prayers at times like this aren't they? Sounds like you had a blast. Good for you.

karen said...

What a great day out with good friends. You're coming along...

Julianna said...

I love when history can blend seamlessly into today.

And when you find beautiful men on the beach. :)

Lin said...

And look at you SMILING! :) That's the bonus.

Linda Myers said...

When I do stairs I'm pooped but boy do I feel virtuous!

Sush said...

Nothing like stairs to tone the tush, and doing it with girlfriends is wayyyyy better!
Hugs~

SueAnn said...

Nothing like some good "nature" shots!!
Ha!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Pat Tillett said...

It's really good to see you out and having some fun! I remember the old trollies that ran from Long Beach to Los Angeles. We used them a lot when I was a kid. They didn't take the tracks out for years. There is one of the old trolley cars displayed in a park in Seal Beach (only a few blocks from where the shootings took place yesterday).

rainbow said...

Great shots and it sure looks like everyone had a fantastic time. THE BEST HELP IN TIMES LIKE THESE ARE GAL PALS LIKE YOU HAVE and GREAT FRIENDS IN THE BLOGGER WORLD. Thanks for being our friend.

rainbow (Momma Lyn)

Ally said...

Looks like so much fun, Betty. Beautiful too!

Leanne said...

HAAAA! I love the picture of the guy on the beach! Almost spit out my coffee with that one!

Look at these ladies, Betty. They are your strength. Love them!

Baby Sister said...

Oh wow. Those them stairs look awful!! But, it does look like a lot of fun and with such nice scenery too. ;) *hugs*

Shan said...

Love it! Did you know that there are a bunch of stairways in Berkeley, too? I don't recall seeing Nature while trekking through there, though.