Sunday, October 18, 2009

Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls is described as a "wow" waterfall hike. Unfortunately, since we've had about an inch of rain in the last ten months, the falls were little more than a trickle.

The trail is located in Malibu and the first mile runs through an extremely affluent neighborhood. This is where some of the "richest 1%" live, and they make sure hikers know their place with plenty of "Stay on the Trail" and "No Trespassing" signs. The day was unusually warm and humid next to the coast. Seems every time I hike in this area, there is a thick marine layer that coats the mountains for about a mile inland.

The trail had plenty of visitors today. When driving home, I decided to take Sunset Blvd. from the coast. It passes many wealthy neighborhoods, including Beverly Hills. It also passes many trendy restaurants, stores, and cafes. Once I entered the "Sunset Strip," I was bombarded with signs and advertisements. For some reason, it seemed so strange to notice everywhere I looked, someone was trying to sell something, or grab the consumer's attention. In that moment, it all seemed completely ridiculous. Can there be a better way?

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