Tucked in a canyon off Highway 14 in the Santa Clarita Valley is a little gem called Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Placerita Canyon is a east-west canyon on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains. It has a seasonal stream and waterfall and is home to interesting landmarks, different plant communities, and California wildlife. With lots of hiking trails and some picnic areas tucked in various places, it’s the perfect place for a quiet stroll through the wilderness. It also has a small museum with exhibits from the area and park guides to answer all your questions about the surrounding landscape and to introduce you to some of the canyon’s inhabitants.
The nature center is a great place to spend the day and if you want to learn more about the park, they are having a open house on May 11, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I’d recommend getting there early, though, because this park is very popular with the locals. For more information and directions click here.
This past Saturday I attended the first event of the Castaic Lake Fit For Fun Program. Designed as a preview of events to come in the following weeks, this first hike was a Preview Hike and the park guides gave us a quick tour of the main area of the park and the starting points of some great hikes in the park.
We gathered at the park headquarters for some introductions and then started out on our tour. Read more
It’s good to see that the hummingbirds are still hanging around here in the winter. It was pretty cold this morning, but that didn’t stop this little gal from coming to get her breakfast.
Isn’t she cute? And she doesn’t even look that cold! (It was 38 degrees when I took these shots.)
Yes, it’s true. Some of the trees here in Southern California are a little bit mixed up. This picture was taken yesterday, January 5, 2013.
I finally made it. After watching the space shuttle fly overhead on its journey to the California Science Center, I finally got to see it in person. Words can’t describe what you feel when you stand next to the Endeavour. It was just plain jaw-dropping.
The first thing you need to know is that you have to purchase a timed ticket. Seeing the shuttle is free to the public, but there is a $2 service charge when you buy it online. Then when you get there you get in line at the appointed time.
Today I’ll be at the inaugural Banana Festival in Port Hueneme. They are celebrating 75 years of being the ocean link to the global market for the agricultural community along the south central coast. They handle over $7 billion in cargo every year and supply over 1,500 jobs to the local area.
Nothing is more exciting than seeing the space shuttle. Many people in southern California have been on shuttle watch since it was announced by the California Science Center a few months ago that they would be getting the Endeavour. The youngest of the shuttles, the Endeavour has it’s roots firmly planted in SoCal. Those who were a part of its creation and those who watched it fly in space waited anxiously for the day it would come home and we got our chance to see it fly one last time yesterday.
I woke up early and headed up to the Antelope Valley. The Endeavour had landed the day before and was sitting up at Edwards Air Force Base outside Rosamond. It was from there that it would fly low over the valley, head up to Sacramento and San Francisco, and then come home to fly over Los Angeles and land at LAX. From there it will make the trip along the streets of Los Angeles to its final home at the California Science Center.
The spot I picked for viewing was at a lookout along the aqueduct on the southwest side of Lancaster. It was a gorgeous morning in the Antelope Valley.
One of the benefits of living in the Los Angeles area is that there is stuff happening everywhere. This morning we were in Oxnard for the Salsa Festival and late this afternoon we were in Burbank for their annual Car Classic. Two towns with two totally different events…all in one day.
A festival about salsa? You bet! And where would such an event take place? Why Oxnard, of course!!!
We’re a little early.
Tasty!!! For $5 you get ten tickets and a bag of tortilla chips. Each ticket gets you a sample of salsa from restaurants and food vendors from the local area. We tried them all!!
There were lots of great craft vendors.
And live music with salsa dancing.
All in all we had a really great time. I absolutely loved trying all the salsas and the weather today was just perfect. I am definitely going back next year.
The day has finally arrived!!! In just a bit we will be heading out to Santa Paula to see the hot air balloons illuminated at dusk. I am so excited! Pictures will be coming!!
A little funnel cake before the festivities begin.
These people take their balloons seriously.