I wanted to go to Baldwin Hills as I had read about them being worth a visit. I ended up at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area instead. It turned out that there was a 2 mile hike that one could go on. I spontaneously decided to do it.
The way was at times a bit steep and uneven but luckily I was wearing trainers.
What at first seemed a dull walk, soon turned out to be quite exciting as the higher I went up, the more amazing the view became.
From the highest point I could see the sea, Century City, The Hills and the Hollywood sign, as well as Downtown LA.
What I like about the view above, are the different horizontal layers.
As I was walking the path, I thought of it as a metaphor for life. Even though I hadn't been on this path before, I continued walking with the faith that eventually I would make it back to my car. The path was uneven, there were ups and downs along the way, some people I would pass would say 'hello', whereas others didn't.
Sometimes the path would split but whichever way I took, I would fall back into the right direction. And it's the same with life. One day we are at the top, the next at the bottom, people come and go, but at the end of the day we are following the path that we are meant to be on.
At some point I walked past a group of youngsters and I heard one say, 'It's gonna be fine'. I didn't know what he was referring to but it was just the perfect tagline to the thoughts I was having about life.
After the hike, I found my way back to my car. I walked on to see the Japanese Garden, which is also part of the area. The red bridges were unfortunately closed off.
I ran into a couple who warned me about a rattlesnake in the middle of the road. I would probably have walked right up to it because I did not expect it to be there. The snake quickly made its way into the bushes where it blended in and became invisible.
The couple told me about the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, what I had come for initially and they explained to me how to get there.
You can hike all the way up, like the motivated people in the photo did but I drove up by car. This decision was justified by the fact that I had just been on a hike.
The view from the top was similar to the one from Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, except that it was more clear as there were less trees blocking the view. The city is really huge; it's half the size of Luxembourg.
After Baldwin Hills, I drove past this motel (I took the photo out of my car while queueing at the red lights). I saw this old lady with an adult walker. She was pushing it, stopped and then sat down. Her make up looked flawless. It made me sad to see this. But then again, getting old is the only way not to die young.
Think of Amy Winehouse.
I thought that the motel looked very similar to the one in her video 'Tears Dry On Their Own' (by the way, it's my favourite song of hers). So, while I was writing this post, I looked it up and I had remembered correctly indeed! It's the Grand Motel on 1479 S La Cienaga Boulevard. You can see it in the video below.