Sunday, December 11, 2011

Secret Stair Walk! Silver Lake


Hi everybody!

Yesterday, it was time for another Secret Stair Walk. Regular readers know these are walks that explore the system of stairs built into the hills in the Los Angeles area in the 1920's.

This time we headed to Silver Lake.



Here are my hiking buddies and me, ready to hit the trail!



This walk had 705 stairs and included this set which was featured in the 1932 Laurel and Hardy movie The Music Box. The duo try to move a piano up these stairs. I managed to move just my body up them and felt quite accomplished.



It was a gorgeous day in Los Angeles. The temps were in the upper '70's.
This Kansas girl still can't quite believe this is December weather.



Naturally, after the hike, it was time to eat! We found a fabulous restaurant called "Local." The food was great. Attention: set a plate of spicy French fries and a bowl of ranch dressing down in front of some hungry women and then, for your own safety, step away from the table.



This was the bathroom attendant at the restaurant. He was a little alarming upon first opening the door to the bathroom, but he was really very nice once you got to know him.

I had a fabulous time on the Secret Stair walk.



Oh! And I found my new builders along the way!


Hope you are all having great Sundays!


39 comments:

Tabor said...

Your exercise hobby is wonderful and I am jealous of your amazing friendships.

Leah J. Utas said...

Your stair walks are the best.

Flartus said...

Me too...I envy your get-together group! Looks like a fab time (aside from the wheezing and leg cramps and all that.)

Love your new header picture, too. I didn't know you lived next to the Griswolds!

Old Kitty said...

Oh BB!! What weather and what adventures!!! OH and The Music Box is one of my absolute favourite Laurel and Hardy films!!! Yay! take care
x

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty - looks great fun and well worth it for the food afterwards and that attendant. Excellent name for the builders ..

Love the photos - cheers Hilary

Brian said...

That is one big bunch of stairs...but you did it!!!

Momma Fargo said...

Oy. That's a lot of stairs. Congrats! You look marvelous! I could only hope to look as fabulous as you do!

Love the bathroom attendant. LOL

Madi and Mom said...

Happy Sunday morning BB!!
You and your gal pals sure know how to fill a beautiful LA day with fun. I have three words for you... BUNS OF STEEL...and you all desereved some carbs after that hike,
Hugs Madi and Mom

CiCi said...

You are in great shape to climb the stairs at each site. This really is a unique exercise/tour hobby.

The bathroom attendant looks comfy indeed. I would be a bit alarming to open the door and see "him" though. Ha.

jenny_o said...

The pictures of the bathroom attendant and the Latin Studs cracked me up!

You're a better woman than I am to climb all those stairs. Awesome!

Out on the prairie said...

I remember the movie well that was shot on those stairs.Fun day to enjoy with friends.

Bouncin' Barb said...

This sounds like great fun and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Unfortunately, when I see steps I cringe because of knee pain. So looking up that big staircase was excruciating for me. I did love that L & H movie. It's one of my favorites. Great post BB.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Betty, I'm really glad you're involved with this group!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Did the Latin studs show up, Betty? I just recorded that phone number. Thanks.

I can't believe I didn't know about this stair walk, in all my years in LA. It's great and you look great too.

Keep trekking, dear Betty.
xoRobyn

Cynthia said...

You are so great, Betty! Every time I check into your blog, I think, "She is going to be FINE." You've got a terrific sense of humor, an unbeatable attitude, and obviously a wonderful group of girlfriends too. (I love reading about the secret stair walks.)

Eva Gallant said...

I nearly got a coronary just looking at those stairs! Kudos to you for being able to climb them!

Lin said...

My legs hurt just looking at all those stairs!!

Ami said...

If you invited me along, you'd get more exercise due to having to drag me behind you.

Latin Studs. Hahahaa.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm tired just looking at those steps. Envious of the weather though.

Joyful said...

It looks like a beautiful day for a walk and dining al fresco. Happy Sunday.

Parsley said...

Looks like a great time was had. Please pass the fries and ranch!

Ms. A said...

Getting me up those stairs would probably look like Laurel and Hardy wrestling that piano! You must have a hellacious set of legs and a superb cardiovascular system!

Ann said...

I may need a nap after reading this :)
You really should hire those guys to do the work at your house.

Peggy K said...

Okay, BB, thanks for the exercise. I'm tired now. Need to take a little nap.

Mamma has spoken said...

What was in that attendant's mouth? It was in the girl's bathroom so I won't say what I thought it COULD be but am hoping that you say toilet paper....

Daisy said...

I would feel it was quite an accomplishment if I was able to get just myself up all those stairs too. Wow! Must be great exercise, but that would do me in.

Velvet Over Steel said...

What fun and great views on your stair adventures. I'd so love to go along with your gang if only I lived closer. 'sigh' ;-)

Hope you have a fabulous week!!
Hugs,
Coreen XO

floweringmama said...

I'll take the fries and you can have the stairs!!

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Secret stair walks followed by french fries makes me wish RI was hillier.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Okay, now I'm jealous! That's quite the accomplishment, Betty! And are you building a new house? :) xoxo

faye said...

You lost me at the 705 stairs ...
but I stayed around at the bottom and
enjoyed the remainder of your walk...
now pass the hot fires ..please.!!

SueAnn said...

Those stairs seem daunting!! But I am glad you had fun!
Nice pics by the way
Hugs
SueAnn

Pat Tillett said...

Latin Studs... that's funny! I've done some of those LA stairs, but it was a long long time ago. Maybe, I'll have to do it again...

Leanne said...

I love this secret stair club, Betty. I can see the cover of the novel already . . . You, of course, will be the main character. Love these posts of your stair adventures, and your new builders???? FANTASTIC!!!

Leanne said...

I love this secret stair club, Betty. I can see the cover of the novel already . . . You, of course, will be the main character. Love these posts of your stair adventures, and your new builders???? FANTASTIC!!!

Hilary said...

What did you do to that poor attendant!

Shan said...

I may need to borrow your builders. Will they commute? Heck, I might just pick them if I have to! Um, for a friend...

Baby Sister said...

You amaze me every time you do this. Looks like fun!!

KleinsteMotte said...

The things you find to post about never cease to amaze me. The builders had me smiling.