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I’ve got to get away — hiking, San Pedro, a desolate place

The last couple days, I’ve been in kind of a funk.  My batteries were low.  I needed to find some energy.  I’ve been working at this freelancing gig pretty hard the last couple weeks, and I couldn’t remember the last time that I just got away from the desk and, yes, “got off the grid.”

So I thought about going to Laguna to El Moro Canyon.  But that was too far.  I thought about going to Hollywood to hike the trails around Griffith Park.  Nope, too far also. I even thought about Joshua Tree, but who has that type of time?  That’s when I remembered a trail Heron and I went to in San Pedro.  We found it on Yelp, and it was incredible.  It’s right near the Donald Trump Golf Course, and you can bring dogs.  You can park on the street. The address is 2300 Warmouth Street, San Pedro, Ca.  I recommend it.

It was a pretty incredible moment.  The photo to the right is the entrance.  Behind that gate is a California I only dreamed about.  Click more to see the rest of the photographs.  I ended up bringing my dog, and it was quite an adventure.

On the trail, Hendrix and I climbed down this zig-zag path that lead to this rocky beach.  We were the only ones there.  We had the entire place to ourselves.  I can’t ever remember being in California and having an entire beach.  I sat on a rock, and I started to talk.  I had a lot on my mind.  I’m not sure if I was praying or just mumbling to the universe, but there was no one within an ear shot of me, so I just talked louder and louder to the point where I was yelling.  That was a good feeling.

Hendrix loved the water.  He would just sit down in it and relax from the heat.  I was worried that the waves were going to crash into him, and he would break his legs on the rocks.  But he handled himself fine.

On the way out, I watched a surfer, sitting on his board.  He was the only other surfer around, and he had the entire beach to himself.  That was a pretty remarkable feeling.  I just needed to get away today.  I have a deadline tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.; then I’m going to attend an info session at USC for a journalism program.  Just going to check it out.  Hope you enjoyed the post.

Everyone Should Go To Skid Row

Good news.  I had a pitch accepted today.  So this means I have another freelance job.  Still need more though.  So tomorrow morning, I will be back at it again, pitching and searching like crazy.  And as I wrote a little bit ago, I’m going to be sharing the successes and failures, no matter how big or small.

And I received the news when I was on the 710 on my way to Skid Row.  I spent the evening around San Pedro, wandering around the streets and then volunteering at the Union Rescue Mission.  Heron was bit nervous, and she called a lot.  It was an amazing experience.  I was looking for a story, and I am hoping that someone will want to buy my story, so I won’t share too much yet.  There might be a piece here; there might not.  I do, in the meantime, have a couple of photos that I would like to share.

Big shout out to Shane Coyle for bringing me along.  It’s great to see that there is a person out there so committed to change and service.  Click more too see the photos.  Continue reading “Everyone Should Go To Skid Row”