Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2021 Recap: For the 16th Edition, We Retraced the Steps of Los Pobladores

A year after being socially distanced, the Great Los Angeles Walk was back in person this year, in time to try something different: In honor of Los Angeles' 240th birthday, we decided to retrace the short journey of Los Angeles' first settlers -- Los Pobladores -- from the San Gabriel Mission to downtown L.A.

We weren't sure who might show up, but the attendance was strong, as a hundreds joined us in San Gabriel for the 16th edition of The Great Los Angeles Walk on Saturday, Nov. 20. We hiked through Alhambra, and the El Sereno, stopping at spots including the Ming Ya Buddhist Association and exploring Lincoln Park. We later passed by Los Angeles County General Hospital, and the coroners office, hiked over the Los Angeles River and past Union Station, walking through Chinatown and Olvera Street before moving on to Grand Park, Spring St., Broadway, Grand Ave. and ending for a photo in front of Angels Flight. From there, some moved on to celebrate at Grand Central Market

This year's Walk eschewed our normal downtown-to-the-ocean route to try something a bit different. After a brief gathering at the San Gabriel Mission -- now being renovated after a 2020 fire -- we walked nine miles to Los Angeles' Pueblo and Olvera Street, followed by an afternoon traveling through downtown and adding on around four more miles.

Thanks to everyone who made all of the trek, some of it, or even just helped give rides to their friends. Here are some highlights from the day:


Monday, October 11, 2021

CicLAvia Returns to the 'Heart of LA,' and We're Back Too

It had been a while since we grabbed our bikes and headed to the open streets for one of our favorite Los Angeles events, CicLAvia -- a function both of the pandemic and our busy schedules. But Nathan and I made it out to Chinatown on Saturday, and rode our bikes all the way to Mariachi Plaza and back, enjoying the sights and sounds of the city along the way. 

It's been easy to get a little down on Los Angeles lately. There are a lot of frustrating things about the current state of our city. But being back out with thousands of other Angelenos and enjoying the beautiful day... it brought back some of the passion for LA that had been starting to wane. (Later that evening, we also hit a Lakers preseason game — quite a day in LA!) More shots from our Sunday in downtown:

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Freeform's 'Halloween Road' Returns to Heritage Square, With More Candy and More Sanderson Sisters

“Freeform’s Halloween Road” is back, and this year visitors can get out of the car and experience it first hand. Held once again in Highland Park's Heritage Square, the outdoor, immersive event features the worlds of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Hocus Pocus,” “The Addams Family” and more.

Continuing through Tuesday, here are some of the attractions for this year's event:

• Extended “Hocus Pocus” Drag Show – In-depth drag show featuring scenes from “Hocus Pocus” and starring the Sanderson Sisters.

• Finkelstein’s Lab from “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas”

• “The Addams Family” Mansion – Pose for a photo in Pugsley’s new electric chair.

• More trick-or-treat stations

• Halloween characters including Sarah and Winne Sanderson, Billy Butcherson, the Ghostbusters, Uncle Fester, Wednesday Addams and more

• The Sanderson Sisters’ cottage and Billy’s grave in Old Burial Hill from “Hocus Pocus”

• Spiral Hill, Halloween Town Hall, Oogie Boogie’s Lair and Lock Shock and Barrel’s Treehouse from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

• Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Ecto-1 from “Ghostbusters”

Some pics: