Walking is my favorite form of exercise. I am fortunate that I can walk out of my front door with a choice of several interesting routes around the neighborhood. There are other walks that entail just a few minutes’ drive, but that is another story. This morning I walked to the top of Culver City Park and back, about a 45-minute round trip from my front door. Culver City Park is a 41.55 acre park with an entrance at Jefferson Boulevard and Duquesne Avenue.
After crossing Jefferson there is a fairly steep uphill climb passing the skateboard park and picnic areas on the right. At the top of that portion is a wooden ramp that switchbacks up to the sundial and parking lot. I prefer to continue walking up to The Boneyard Dog Park. Although I am not a dog person, it’s fun to watch the doggies romping in their respective fenced-in areas, one for large dogs and the other for small or timid dogs. This morning there was a large dog in the latter enclosure, two or three times the size of the smaller dogs. His master had to throw his ball in the corner so he could catch it. If the ball rolled out into the main area, he refused to get it and his master had to retrieve it for him.
After The Boneyard there is more uphill, a left turn, and still more uphill past the soccer field to the parking lot where the wooden ramp meets the road. All the way along there are shady trees and drought-resistant plants. This morning the bright red California fuschia flowers were attracting the hummingbirds and bees.
The final push to the top is a short uphill to a parking lot below the main baseball field. There are always cars parked here with people admiring the view that stretches from Mt. Lukens in the San Gabriels (the highest point in the City of Los Angeles at over 5,000 feet) in the north east, to the Santa Monica Mountains and Playa del Rey in the west. On some days in the winter when it is exceptionally clear, I’ve seen snow on the San Gabriels and sailboats out on the ocean. Only in southern California, eh?
Today I took a photo of the middle view. On the left you can see the Getty Center up in the Sepulveda Pass (just below the mountain ridge). The row of tall buildings below the mountains is the Wilshire Boulevard/Century City corridor. In the foreground is Culver City: Sony Studios, Culver Hotel, and Culver Studios.
Today we have a Santa Ana condition, when the hot winds blow out of the desert and you can see the brown haze it causes on the horizon.
Leaving the park I walk down the wooden ramp that zig zags down to the main road in a more gentle grade than the road I take past The Boneyard. There are great views of Culver City all the way down, and again I am surrounded by trees and native plants. Towards the bottom, Fulcrum Adventures operates a high ropes challenge course. There is a fifty-foot-high climbing wall with wire walks and balance beams. Having a bad case of vertigo myself, it’s hard for me to watch the kids way up past the tree tops “building character.” I’d rather do it with my feet firmly on the ground, thank you.
So, anytime I am antsy to get out of the house, all I have to do is walk out my front door and huff and puff up the hill to be in a completely different environment.
(Photo copyright roslyn m wilkins)