Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

The last few days have been epically amazing. Life really does just keep getting better and better!

On Saturday I had a small bout of reckless abandon. After waking up at 6:30am, I had a whole free day ahead of me. Waking up at 6:30am, in itself, is a major challenge for me. I’m slowly working towards getting an earlier bedtime to match the early wake up, see #16.  Realising that I had a world of opportunity in front of me, I decided to go on a hike that I’d never explored before, Franklin Canyon.

It’s hard to think of something that feels as good as going completely MIA, turning off your mobile, and wandering through the bush for a few hours. Going “walkabout”, if you will.

I parked at the Sooky Goldman Nature Centre, where I found a map of the area.

After noticing a snake warning in the top corner (though not on this picture), I put the map and warning back where it came from, ignorance is bliss.

The hike at Franklin Canyon is not a strenuous one, but absolutely refreshing. All the people who I met along my journey were not the typical Hollywood types that frequent Runyon Canyon with their pathetic excuse for dogs. Have you ever noticed exactly how much dogs look like their owners? Its uncanny; check it out next time you see someone walking their dog, I guarantee if the dog has big poofy hair, so does it’s owner. It was so invigorating to go on a hike and not feel like I was running on a catwalk with the beautiful people (à la Runyon Canyon). It almost felt like I was back home in Australia.

Franklin Canyon is made up of many little trails that allow you to walk from one to the next and get lost if you so please. It was so beautifully lush and green, almost all the trails were barely worn down at all (in comparison to Runyon).

The trails are far enough from the road it allows you to lose track of space and time, in the blink of an eye

three hours had passed. Although not necessarily the safest option, I usually prefer to hike alone. The fresh air and sounds of nature has a delicious way of clearing my head. I brought my trusty Canon with me to capture the days serenity, and came across a sweet little hummingbird that was just asking to have its picture taken.

Taking photo’s like this makes me want a DSLR so bad!

Hastain trail, other than being the only trail name I remembered, was amazing. You could hear a stream running through part of it, I found some bees lunching further along, then came the sensational lookouts. I could only imagine how beautiful the views are on a clear day.

Every time I take a step back and see Los Angeles like this it reminds me how  grateful I am to be here and how much I do love this city. Is there a better way to start a weekend than with fresh air, a clear head, and a bit of sweat? I think not.

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