Secret Stair Walk#9: El Sereno Circles

— My goal was to finish all the walks in the book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I only had about 10 walks left when I pushed it to the back burner. One of my 2014 resolutions is to finally share those last walks with you. —

I’m excited to say that today I’m completing my last Secret Stair walk from my book! It was one of my goals for February and I’ll finish today, just as the month is winding down. Since I’m still back-logged with walks to share with you, I won’t be able telling you about today’s walk until sometime next week. In the meantime, here’s my walk #9: El Sereno Circles.

This walk was pretty short (1.8 miles) and I completed it on February 14 (Valentine’s Day).

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This walk starts along a busy street. Seeing a pay-phone (minus the phone), I had to take a photo.

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It’s a short walk, but it’s got stairs! Up I go!

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The views are great, unfortunately it was a bit smoggy (classic LA).

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A cat joined me for a stretch of the loop.

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For some reason this Valentine’s Day was filled with so much sky writing. Constant skywriting. I took this photo above to try to line the stairs up as if to say “I heart the secret stairs”.

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Texture fun.

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This walk has a ton of barking dogs along it, so be prepared for that. As I took this photo of a decorative gate, the dogs on the other side of it went from silent to loudly barking at me.

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This staircase is not part of the walk, but it’s funny that the stairs sort of lead to nowhere.

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Patterns and texture.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day.

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I’ll leave you with this photo above. As I was looping back to my car and waiting at a stoplight, I saw this ad taped to a pole. It seems to be some kind of event where morbidly obese people in scooters slam into cars?? It made me sad, but I felt I should share it, since I am documenting the walk and this was along it. Also, who knew this was a thing?? More importantly, why is this a thing??

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