Category Archives: Offbeat L.A. Outdoors

Offbeat L.A.: Just a Few Miles Away- Snow in Los Angeles at Angeles Crest Highway

  Southern California winters are very close to perfection. Sure, we grumble when the temperature dips below 65º and try to be happy when the rains come, knowing that to complain of rain during a drought is truly looking a … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The Bewitching Mosaic Sculptures of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido, CA

It is not hard to enchant me. I am captivated quite easily by things of beauty, places of mystery, anything that calls to my heart, my soul and my imagination. And yet the spellbinding mosaic sculptures of French/American artist Niki … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Get on Your Pony and Ride – Sunset Ranch in Griffith Park

One of my very first adventures in sunny Los Angeles after I arrived, half a lifetime ago, from grey-skied Buffalo, NY was a horse ride up in Griffith Park at Sunset Ranch. It was the first time I said the … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Gone Fishin’…Troutdale in Agoura- Stocked Trout Ponds for Fun & Relaxation

Originally published July 25, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Tucked away in Agoura, on mountainous Kanan Road, between the 101 freeway and the Pacific Coast Highway, lies an unusual and peaceful sanctuary that has been a destination for pond … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: An Octopus’s Garden- The Weird & Wonderful 1960s Sea Monster Sculptures of Benjamin Dominguez

Originally published April 25, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat “I’d like to be under the sea, In an octopus’s garden in the shade… We would sing and dance around, Because we know we can’t be found, In an octopus’s … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Ripe For the Pickin’- Experience Farm Life at Underwood Farms in Moorpark

Originally published April 15, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Most of us buy our fruit and vegetables at the grocery store, and although we technically know that our food comes from farming the earth, there is inherently a disconnect … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: All Dogs Go To Heaven- The Quite Bizarre Los Angeles Pet Cemetery

Originally published April 12, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat About 40 minutes northwest of Los Angeles lies a most unusual cemetery. Traditional decorum of tastefulness and quiet mourning is replaced with blasts of color, whimsical wind spinners, laminated photos … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Highway to Hell- The Mysterious Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena

Originally published February 25, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat “When I was sweet sixteen I was the juke box queen Down in Devil Gate Drive I led the angel pack on the road to sin… Down in Devil Gate … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Fresh Squeezed- Orange Picking at Heritage Park in La Verne

Originally published January 5, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat It’s hard to believe, but it wasn’t too long ago that if you headed East out of Los Angeles, beautifully vibrant orange groves stretched as far as the eye could … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Barnyard Love- Animal Acres at Farm Sanctuary in Acton

Originally published December 29, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Hanging out with animals can be the greatest confidence builder, ego check and source of unconditional love. If everyone in the world would regularly make a habit of spending quality … Continue reading

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