Monday, February 21

Remembering Napa Valley

Recovered some photos from a trip to Napa Valley, California from December of 2010. Tooled around with the looks a bit in Lightroom.

- Pride Mountain Vineyard -

Pride Mountain was a really unique vineyard sitting atop a windy mountain drive that is well worth the seclusion. With a great tasting tour & beautiful settings all around one couldn't go wrong for an afternoon in the mountains.

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Saturday, February 19

Rainy Eagle Rock Stroll - Secret Stairs

Between the rain on Saturday afternoon, a few good friends managed to get a nice outdoor stroll in. Notice Carlos planning out next move at the top of this set. This is a beautiful view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

This particular secret stairs adventure brought us to the middle of Eagle Rock. Beginning close to the bustling Boulevard, we quickly ascended into the quiet terraced neighborhoods just east of Highway 2.

[Driveway to nowhere]

Only as we explored further did the neighborhoods really become secluded & refereed to at times as 'Italian villa' style through the narrow mountain lanes.

This portion of Los Angeles is a real treasure. When you look up into the hills & exploring throughout them, one can find a lush green wonder of dwellings tucked into the slopes of north east LA.

Monday, February 14

Secret Stairs - Valentines Day

Enjoying a nice afternoon with my girlfriend Georgette, we ventured off to find some more Secret Stairs this Valentines. This time heading to the hills of Eagle Rock & Pasadena.

What a magnificent neighborhood, tucked away behind numerous small hills & terraces, quieter the farther we ventured in. We snuck into a house that was under construction.

This was one of the most covered and shaded walks yet, with many chances to venture off through the close knit neighborhoods.