T.G.I.F.

May 2, 2014

Fryman Cyn. Studio City, CA.

Every once and a while it’s good to get away.  Sometimes that means exploring some place new with friends for the weekend, sometimes it’s hopping on a plane and taking trip to another country, and sometimes it simply means taking an hour out of the day to enjoy the quiet breeze away from the city traffic.  For me, (and most everyone else in LA) hiking the canyons around Los Angeles have become a wonderful escape from the bustle of the city.  Whether I’m blasting Beyonce and attempting to jog up parts of the trail on solo exercise runs, or catching up with friends while trying to conceal my huffing and puffing between laughter and talking, I am so grateful for the many trails that overlook this beautiful city. 

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As cliché as most people think it can be to “go hiking” here, it’s always a place where I can go and feel free, relaxed, and appreciative of everything this great city has to offer.  Looking past the smog at all the tall buildings, lavish homes, and private pools, it’s hard to imagine that Hollywood is just a couple minutes away from the oasis provided by these natural trails.  Sometimes it even feels like I’m back home in New Hampshire with all the greenery, wildlife and flowers, but regardless, I have always found these hikes to provide a retreat of sorts from the chaos of the city, which can be found just a couple miles away. 

Courtney and I went this morning to Fryman, which is closer to the Valley and a little quieter than some of the trails near Hollywood.  Even though we started pretty early, we couldn’t escape this incredible heat and roasted up there!  It was still great though and I must say, it is always my favorite way to start out the day.  Oh and look at all the beautiful yellow flowers!  They were absolutely everywhere- glad Court wasn’t wearing yellow or else I would’ve lost her! 

Anyways, I hope you are all able to do something fun this weekend. Whether you try out a new lunch spot or get out of town, it’s always important to recharge your soul.  TGIF!

I got all my workout gear from Forever21.  They really have the cutest options and of course, they’re incredibly affordable! Who wants to break the bank in something they’re going to be sweating in anyways?

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”   – Nelson Mandela 

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