Monday, December 15, 2008

MY HIKING BUDDY

Paula kickin' it at Placerita Canyon, December 2007

This post is dedicated to my hiking and birding buddy, Paula Raissner. It was a year ago this month that we went on our first hike after we found out during a casual conversation that we both liked bird watching. That conversation proved to be the catalyst to a whole year of adventure and fun.

Our first hike at Placerita Canyon was one of the best times ever (see December 16, 2007 post). We started out out on the main trail, which wound along the creekbed and through a steep, shaded canyon. It was mighty chilly that morning though, so we turned back to find a sunnier route, and wound up on top of a hill with a grand view overlooking the park. Later one we were also treated to a 'nature show' put on by the park volunteers that included up-close looks at a Great Horned Owl, Kestrel, and Opossum.

It was, as they say, the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Since that first hike, we have gone on many more hikes around the mountains surrounding L. A. and have been camping twice; most of those adventures are chronicled in this blog.

So here's to you, Paula! Thanks for being such great friend and fun partner in outdoor adventure. I am looking forward to the coming year and more forays into the urban wild!

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