We spent Tuesday-Friday at my Mom's house in Azusa, California.
Her house backs right up against the foothills of Azusa Canyon,
and we continued to be blessed with beautiful weather. We had
clear sunny days, it was warm without being too hot, and I
enjoyed a few short hikes in the canyon:
When I was a kid growing up in this area in the 60's and 70's, a
huge part of the San Gabriel Valley in So. Cal was undeveloped
like this, and while many of these parks still exist, back in
the older days the natural land was much more vast.
My friends and I spent our summers birdwatching, catching
crickets, grasshoppers, lizards, snakes, and frogs. We used to
ride our bicycles for miles and miles around, and when I see
land like this it puts me at the very doorstep of Heaven.
It is wonderful to see that right in the middle of LA County,
places like this continue to exist, even though they are smaller.
Hummingbirds are attracted to the feeders in the back yard, and
they don't seem to mind if I get very close to them:
Whenever I visit there, a lot of my old friends who still live in
the area come by to see me, and we spent several days
reminiscing, having dinner, and partying a bit like we used to.
Peace be with you.