What shall I do with this website?

I’ve haven’t been working on this website for quite some time now…I have been very busy with my dog services (JustinsDogServices.com), which is how I make a living. I do however love this site, and like the idea of sharing all of the amazing plants I have found in these wonderful hills, as well as sharing some of the lesser known trails for those who enjoy being off the more popular paths more… I’m aware of the irony with that…It’s hard to know where the balance is in sharing a lesser known nature spot. On one hand I think its such a good thing to spread the love by allowing others to know of a spot that they will likely also love… but if you are like me, you feel that the less people around you when in nature, the better.

Griffith Park closures due to Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 Information

CITYWIDE PARK CLOSURES – Last Updated: March 28, 2020

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with the most recent LA County Department of Public and Health orders, and the Mayor’s Safer at Home directives, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) provides the following update on programming, events, facilities, park amenities and usage.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the following remain closed to the public:

  • All recreation centers are closed.
  • All recreation and cultural programming, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses and group sessions are cancelled.
  • All aquatic facilities are closed.
  • All golf courses are closed.
  • All indoor & outdoor sport amenities are closed. This includes all skate parks, tennis courts, playgrounds, baseball fields, turf & natural soccer fields, and basketball courts.
  • All recreational group sports or activities are prohibited.
  • All public hiking trails and trailheads in the City of Los Angeles are closed.
  • All equestrian-only trails remain open with practiced social distancing.
  • The Venice Beach Pier is closed.
  • All public beaches, public beach parking lots, piers and beach access points are closed.
  • The Venice Beach Boardwalk/Ocean Front Walk is closed – with limited access to essential businesses.
  • The following Griffith Park areas are closed: the Observatory, Travel Town, Train Rides, the Pony Rides and the Merry Go Round, all trails and trailheads and some access entry roads.
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Sherman Oaks Castle, and the EXPO Center are closed.
  • Access to census stations will be permitted, but there shall be no more than 10 people at a time in the facility.
  • All senior citizen centers remain closed. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered to seniors enrolled in LA City Department of Aging program. To enroll in this program, please call 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for more information regarding meal services.
  • Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours.
  • All events and permits at all RAP sites or locations are canceled.
  • New reservations for facilities or permits at RAP locations will be temporarily suspended.
  • All Dog Parks remain open subject to mandatory social distancing requirements.

Parks still remain open for walking or running; however, when visiting a park for exercise or respite, you MUST adhere to the City’s Safer at Home social distancing directives and must not participate in recreational group sports or activities that are incompatible with the City’s social distancing mandates.

Additional Resources

LA County Public Health Beaches & Trails Addendum

Mayor Garcetti Safer at Home Order

Novel Coronavirus in Los Angeles County

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact rap.publicinfo@lacity.org or call 213-202-2700.

Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse 2018

I went to Griffith Park to see the eclipse which was definitely something I am glad to have witnessed!  My camera phone however did not do justice capturing it.  I did however wait until the sunrise and snap a few pictures that I liked while hiking up towards Dante’s View.  Click here and here to view some VR photos on facebook. Otherwise click the photo or to see the Sunrise pics...