Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Picture tour of New Years Eve run


These pictures are not great, because my camera phone is only 2mp, and if you are not perfectly still, they get blurry. How is that for a run on sentence?

Also, I am not a good photographer.

To start, the wife dropped me at Will Rogers State Park. You can see the whole run here in wiki maps. Will Rogers park is on the right, towards the bottom.

I busted up past inspiration point (where the high school kids do all of the things they are not supposed to do), to the start of The Backbone Trail

If you look carefully through the smog and haze, you can see downtown LA

and this was one of the mountains I was climbing

Tought to see, but that is the San Fernando Valley (you know, Valley Girls) in the background.

The Hub

Top of the hub, looking west. This is at about 2000 ft. above sea level. Mountains in the distance are the same range. It is Malibu. Lots of chances for brush fires.

Angeles National Forest in the distance throught the smog. Home of the Angeles Crest 100.

Same peak, looking towards the ocean. The fog has rolled in, so you can not see it. That is the direction I went.

Almost all of the way down, looking back up at one of the peaks I was just on.

Down at sea level now looking at the info on the lifegaurd station.

Lifegaurd station where "Baywatch" was filmed. Also station where yours truly was a jr. lifegaurd in the early 80's. No Baywatch
Babes today.
The "4th Street Steps" or "Santa Monica Steps" (they also show up on the Wiki map). This is ground zero for stair repeats. I got my start there in the early 80's. 170 steps as steep as steps can go.

San Vicente, the street I grew up on. Still fun to run on.

And that was pretty much it. I am home now trying to catch up.

Hope you enjoyed this tour. I was attacked by red ants at the top of that peak, and I still have welts on my feet. Amazing what little ants can do.

Hopefully will have a 2009 calendar put together this month.


Carl Gammon said...

I'd be smiling, too, if I were running nice mountains in warm weather.

Thanks for the pics!

SteveQ said...

The lifeguard sign seems to be advertizing the Arrowhead 135! Try to stay there another 2 weeks - the weather's getting worse.

Runnin-from-the-Law said...

Love the pictures! We were in Santa Monica for a girls trip a year ago and ran along the beach, which was very fun. I had heard about the steps, but missed seeing them.