March 13, 2017: Oscar’s 4th birthday

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Today my little boo-boo turns 4! He’s a rescue so it’s a made up date, but I imagine that on March 13th he was probably brought into that ASPCA by the police officers that found him tied to a tree/post outside. The ASPCA probably figured out he was approx 2 years old based on his teeth, and made March 13th his birthday. So while this is his “birthday” it is also his “I’m saved!” day. This would be the day that his rehabilitation began and transformed him into he love bug that he’s meant to be, and surrounded him with people that love him. He’s made my life infinitely more meaningful, and I’m so grateful to have him as my little boy.

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Secret Stair Walk #13: Laveta Terrace (Echo Park)

—  In 2012 I had the goal to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I was 10 walks shy of meeting my goal, but thats means I get to enjoy the Secret Stair walks in 2013! These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

I haven’t posted a Secret Stair walk in a while mainly because I don’t want them to end, so I’ve been savoring them. The Laveta Terrace walk #13 takes us through Echo Park. I parked up Echo Park Ave, which added a little bit to my trek.

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There’s nothing like walking along Sunset on a Sunday. The textures, colors, and fonts are fun to explore.

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This is where the stair walk begins. Up, up, up!

 

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Pattern!

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The next set of stairs was really fun and with a line of palms at the top, it felt like a scene in a movie.

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Don’t mess with this guy.

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Hills. Up, up, up.

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Gates are just a suggestion, right?

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From across the valley I saw this guy. I wonder what it is? A fancy jungle gym? Someones house?

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This was my favorite part of this hike. It was hidden amongst the trees, but by exploring I got to see this awesome religious space in the Echo Park hills.

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Look at how nice this space is?! And with the views… it feels so European.

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What a pretty dumpster. Love the color.

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Steep steps.

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Flamingos on parade.

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These steps lead to a little oasis above Sunset. What a nice surprise to take you out of the hustle and bustle of Echo Park.

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On the way back to the car Siquica Sara guides you.

Secret Stair Walk #16: Allesandro Loop

—  In 2012 I had the goal to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I was 10 walks shy of meeting my goal, but thats means I get to enjoy the Secret Stair walks in 2013! These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

My most resect secret stair walk was in Echo Park, #16: Allesandro Loop. I did it in conjunction with walk #17 to really make an afternoon of it.

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In quiet sunny Echo Park, you really get a great view of the city.

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STAIRS!

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The road might end, but the path continues. I got to meet several nice people along this trek.

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Down, down, down.

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Graffiti fun. Local flavor.

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Echo Park is colorful creative hillside. You never know what you’ll find.

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The dogs above were adorable. When I stumbled upon them the little dog was curled laying on the larger dogs arms… dog spooning. It was the cutest thing. Of course when I paused to take a photo, they jumped up and ran to the fence barking. Their friendship is really sweet.

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This was in the window above someones front door. Like a guard dinosaur.

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More roaming through the hills.

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The above home (and below, mailbox) are Paul Landacre‘s. He was a famous artist/printmaker/woodworker. It’s unfortunate this property is boarded up. I’m so curious to know what’s inside (signs everywhere say “do not trespass”).

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Above is a fun/tacky gardenscape that’s taken over an Echo Park property. The gnomes and their castle.

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I finished this walk passing by this home with a cat staring me down. Only after a few snap shots did I see there was another cat further back watching me, and then another cat on the stairs. They blended in so well, that before I knew it I was in front of MANY cats… all quietly watching me.

Puppy Love

I’ve been away all weekend dog sitting for the cutest little puppy, and neglecting you, the cutest little blog. I have to share this with you:

Is there anything happier than a dog playing fetch? She is awesome and now I’m returning to my regular animal-less life. (Except for my roommates cat Pepper, but she hates me and doesn’t count.)

By seeing this photo above, it also means my cell phone starting taking pictures again. Woo hoo!

And I’ve been leading up to the biggest news of all: friend of Life Absorbed, Kelocity, had her baby! See baby Adele Khalifa HERE!

The Lazy Dog Cafe

“Live like a cat, drink like a dog.”

After Lindsey and I did the Color Run in Irvine, we met up with an old friend of hers at a restaurant called The Lazy Dog Cafe. Infact many Color-Runners had the smae idea (see the group in the photo above). This place deserves it’s own post given the unique nature of it’s theme. It’s ALL about doggies. They even have a large outdoor patio intended for patrons to bring their pups to.

When we went to go wash up in the restroom (given our paint covered attire), I passed a wall with screens that had photos of patrons dogs rotating. If you send them photos of your pouch, they’ll add it to the rotating mix. Also, the art on the walls are all portraits of puppies. These people are serious about puppy love.

I’m normally not a midday drinker, but we earned a glass of $5 mimosas (one of their many brunch deals).

The waitstaff was friendly and interested in hearing about the Color Run, the decor was playful, and the place was huge so despite being busy we didn’t have to wait for a table. This place was a great choice.

I ordered off their special weekend brunch menu and got the chilaqiles for $8. I’ve never had this before, but if I had to relate it to something it was like eating egg/breakfast nachos. I’m sure not healthy at all, but delicious! Hey, I just ran a 5k so I earned it, right?

If you’re in the Irvine area, stop in for lunch. Its worth checking out their website HERE, just to see how creative they are. It’s also a great example of web design since it’s creative, unique and super easy to navigate.