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.

SSEcho1

SSEcho2

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

SSecho3

SSecho4

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

 

SSecho6

Pattern!

SSecho7

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.

SSecho8

Don’t mess with this guy.

SSecho9

Hills. Up, up, up.

SSecho10

Gates are just a suggestion, right?

SSecho11

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

SSecho12

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.

SSecho13

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

SSecho14

SSecho15

What a pretty dumpster. Love the color.

SSecho16

Steep steps.

SSecho17

Flamingos on parade.

SSecho18

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.

SSecho19

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

Advertisements

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.

Echo1

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

Echo2

STAIRS!

Echo3

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

Echo4

Down, down, down.

Echo5

Graffiti fun. Local flavor.

Echo6

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

Echo7

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.

Echo8

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

Echo9

More roaming through the hills.

Echo10

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”).

Echo11

Echo12

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

Echo13

Echo14

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.

Secret Stair Walk #15: Avon Baxter 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!  —

It’s always a delight to take a Sunday morning Secret Stair walk in Echo Park, and even more fun when a few friends join in. We met up at Chango to explore walk #15: Avon Baxter Loop.

Baxter1

Haha the photo above still makes me laugh. People in this town are so creative. This Missing/Wanted poster is an ad for the play Terminator Too Judgement Play at the Dragonfly in Hollywood. It stars the original cast of Point Break Live (for those who got to check that out). Anywho.. the walk continues..

Baxter2

Graffiti fun!

Baxter3

Up, up up!

Baxter4

The above photo is to illustrate the steepness.

Baxter5

We walk down the hill to catch these massive stairs, up we go!

Baxter6

The views make it all worth it and distract from the stair climbing pain.

Baxter7

Baxter8

Toward the end of the loop, we made a friend!

Baxter9

Color fun.

Baxter10

Windows, doors and texture. I love it all.

Baxter11

We stopped into this shop, The Dog Show, to try on some clothes. It really felt like a Portlandia skit. One wall was completely covered in wig hair. I just couldn’t resist stopping in here.

Secret Stair Walk #14: Magic Gas

—  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!  —

Magic1

This walk begins by one of my favorite Echo Park spots, Chango Coffee. That strip of shops are very independent, local, hipstery spots. It’s adorable and a fun location that also feels like a set from Portlandia. The name of the walk, “Magic Gas”, comes from the gas station on the corner of Echo Park Ave and Morton Ave.

Magic2

The stickers and graffiti in this neighborhood are a lot of fun. It makes me feel like I should be slapping Life Absorbed stickers on all the posts.

MAgic3

Door and texture fun.

Magic4

Up, up up!

Magic5

Magic6

I feel like such an old person, as I have no clue what the above square barcode thing is called, nor do I know how to use it. Frankly, I’m okay being left in the dark on this.

Magic7

I think I’m being watched.

Magic8

Sculpture graveyard? Or sculpture maternity ward?

Magic9

Knock at your own risk.

Magic10

Magic11

Sometimes public roads start to look like driveways…

Magic12

… and then become steep dirt paths.

Magic13

I love the Echo Park hills and the views that accompany them.

Magic14

Graffiti fun by the recycling center.

MAgic15

Another great day of getting out there, getting exercise + vitamin D, getting to know the neighborhood, and getting to do it for the big price of zero dollars. Sometimes frugal activities can be awesome.

Secret Stair Walk #4: Glassell Park South- Taylor Yard

—  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!  —

It’s time for more Secret Stairs! Are you ready? This time I made my way to walk #4: Glassell Park South (near the Mt. Washington hills). That is such a up and coming area with some great properties and even better, secret stairs.

SS4Glassel1

SS4glassel2

You can see I picked a great day for a walk. The sky is blue and we had a rainfall the day before so the sky was very clear.

SS4glassel3

I love when secret stairs have their own street marker.

SS4glassel4

Such a cutie. This dog was super sweet.

SS4glassel5

Higher I go!! This was a beautiful set of stairs. The ivy creeps out on to the path, and sunlight marks the top tier of steps.

SS4glassel6

SS4glassel7

What a fancy scarecrow.

SS4glassel8

Steps become roads, which become paths.

SS4glassel9

LA architecture can be awesome. You would never see a house like this in CT.

SS4glassel10

SS4glassel11

Mural/graffiti fun.

SS4glassel12

Pretty colors and flowers as a reach the “down” portion of the climb.

SS4glassel14

The shadows get long as I get closer to the end.

SS4glessel13

But it doesn’t finish without stumbling upon a pasture of cows. Mooooo.

Secret Stair Walk#27: Silver Lake Court

Since I’m lacking Comedy Wednesday material, I thought I would share a Secret Stair walk with you. I know I haven’t shared many walks with you recently, but there are more coming. There’s nothing more calming than pushing stressful thoughts from my head, grabbing my camera and hopping in the car off to a clear-your-head walk. I find these walks force me to live in the moment and focus on what’s around me. You should try it, if you haven’t already. This time around I explored walk #27: Silver Lake Court.

—  In 2012 I have to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

This was a lovely quiet walk, which took me along the familiar Silver Lake Court, which is a dirt patch where the Pacific Electric Red Car trolley used to run.

Only this time we didn’t take my typical route up the stairs, but instead turned to the left, and headed in a new direction. Excitement!

I passed an adorable bunny guarding the gate to the Rose Sharlin Co-op Nursery School, and continued along the brush path.

Eventually I was spit out into another side of the neighborhood, where I noticed this spray painted on a trailer parked on the street.

Stairs, stairs, and more stairs.

Log cabin?? In LA??

Fun with color. I love the creativity in the Silver Lake neighborhood.

“Warning: People Before Profits”

An odd museum.

Architecture fun! I love this home above.

Above: The wide shot

Above: The close-up of the John Lautner’s Silvertop residence.

Assuming I got the address right, the home above is designed by Eric Lloyd Wright for Rupert Pole and where Anais Nin lived and died in 1977.