Today was a warm and sunny 70 degrees F, so I went for a hike in Griffith Park.
Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles, California. The park covers 4210 acres (17.0 km2) of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has also been referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles, but it is much larger and with a much more untamed, rugged character.
A ten minute car ride and I was hiking up the hill next to the Hollywood sign. On this clear day I had beautiful views of the ocean to the west, a snow-covered Mount Baldy to the east, and below my feet, the city of LA.
Spring arrived ahead of me. Several varieties of wildflowers in shades of pink, purple, yellow and white covered the hillsides.
Dante’s View, before the 2007 wildfire which burned 800 acres of the Park was a cool, leafy half-acre oasis at the top of the hill. Today when I rested up there on one of the newly built benches, I was delighted to see flowers on the ground and leaves on branches, where last year there were just blackened tree trunks and bare earth.