One of the great things about living in Southern California is the proximity of open space to just about all developed areas. I live in Los Angeles, and am rarely more than a 30 minute drive from a solid hike in the backcountry. Today, the hiking destination was Las Virgenes Canyon, a hilly area on the west side of the San Fernando Valley.
For much of the year, the SoCal backcountry is yellow, dry, and crunchy, but for a couple of months in the spring, after the winter rains but before the summer heat, there’s a little water and the hills are green flecked with yellow mustard grass.
All you can hear during the hike is the wind, frogs, and the birds. There are hills, ponds and wildflowers for as far as you can see. If you are a bird enthusiast, then bring your binoculars or a budget spotting scope. Oak trees and rocks provide excellent nesting sites for hawks, owls, and other birds.
On today’s hike, I encountered all sorts of creatures – frogs and swarms of tadpoles in small seasonal ponds,hawks, small mammals, and even a very large rattlesnake poking his head out of the bushes on the side of the trail. There’s nothing like almost stepping on a rattlesnake to liven up the senses. From then on, every stick lying on the trail becomes a potential snake…
The Second Annual League of Gentlemen Adventurers International Invitational Croquet Tournament & Symposium was a shining success. I’m sure somebody won something, and that prizes were distributed; we certainly spent a lot of time drinking champagne and enjoying good company on a lovely day in the park. Beyond that, our attorney advises that we neither confirm nor deny rumors about this event…
Sorry for any confusion, but due to circumstances beyond even the LGA, we’ve found it necessary to push the date back for the Second Annual Invitational International Croquet Tournament and Symposium.
So update your calenders folks, because the IICTS will now be happening in Balboa Park on Saturday, May 21st! Nothing else has changed! We’ll start at 11am and the entry fee is still just $10! Reserve your space below!
My brother Kellen is on the precipice of falling from the not-nearly-as-noble-as-advertised bachelor ranks. As I was unable to attend his bachelor party weekend, I offered to join him on a bicycling jaunt around town. He graciously accepted and the result was a day of snowcapped mountains, giant fish, and naval combat, which you might have guessed from the title of this post.
As Kellen’s idea of a bachelor party puts a great deal of stress on the “gentleman” half of “gentlemen adventurer,” the end of his life as an independent, thinking person had a much different tone than similar celebrations in the League’s history. And by that, I mean the mountains we saw were actual mountains. We met downtown, hopped on our respective bikes and rode 10.8 miles (if Google is to be trusted) to Cabrillo National Monument.
On the way, we passed through the Navy’s Point Loma base. Talk about prime real estate! If the US government ever decided to abandon the defense of the Pacific coastline, they could make a pretty penny off of the sale of that land. Keep that in mind, politicians. That’s a plan that can’t possibly fail twice.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we here at LGA Manor are proud to announce the Second Annual Invitational International Croquet Tournament & Symposium! For those who were there last year, we’d be delighted to have you back. For those who couldn’t make it, shame on you! We expect to see you out there this time! Info on the Tournament after the jump!