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    Epic Stairs Day

    Dear (walking) dairy, Today Rob and I did not one but two walks from Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming, and I ordered Finding Los Angeles By Foot:...

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    Walking Dairy (?)

    Sometimes you have to set a deadline to make make anything happen. I’ve wanted to start a walking blog/dairy for a while now and I decided I...

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Dear (walking) dairy,

Today Rob and I did not one but two walks from Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming, and I ordered Finding Los Angeles By Foot: Stairstreet, bridge, pathway and lane by Bob Inman from Amazon.

We headed out around 3:00 and started at the familiar stairs walk corner of SLB and Effie to do #25 from Secret Stairs, AKA Swan’s Way. As is often the case, it was a lovely day for wandering around out in wonderful Los Angeles.

I kept telling Rob that I wasn’t totally sure we hadn’t done this walk before. I try to keep up with marking the dates in my book, but I’ve been slacking off. We were crossing Silver Lake and I said “Wow that is a steep hill, it’s probably got our name on it.” It did.

So this walk starts with three staircases broken by streets, which take you up a pretty damn steep hill. The neighborhood at the top is super cool, and then you wander back down again. As always, three cheers for Secret Stairs.

We could have done this walk again but I had a plan to do another shorter Silver Lake walk instead. So on to Sunset Junction…

Walk #20: Sunset Junction Loop. This was one of the first areas I spent anytime in LA as my friend Jeff used to live on Maltman and Sunset. We lived in Santa Barbara at the time, and I would come down to see him sometimes. I took a pic of a Maltman Street sign which I plan to post on his Facebook since he now lives in Canada. : >

This walk also had a long series of stairs with an amazing neighborhood at the top. The book filled us in on some of its history and the history of some of the places we walked past. By the end of the walk the sun was setting through the slightly smokey air due to the wildfire raging to the East.

As is our tradition it was time for beer on tap, or as I call it .. “Stairs Then Beer!” So we went to Good Microbrew. We split a huge and very good Chipotle Burger and had two Figueroa Danish Red Lagers. Soooo good and the 49ers were playing the Seahawks for the NFC championship so we got to watch part of that.

I just looked this up to find out the date. It was exactlyish 15 years ago today that Rob and I worked concessions at the Metrodome for the Viking’s NFC championship game. We were in college at the University of Minnesota and were “just friends” at the time. It was a job through some horrible temp agency and we had to be there before dawn. As we were walking in the freezing cold darkness to “the dome.” (which demolition began on yesterday as a matter of fact.) I remember Rob saying that he knew they were going to make him cook hot dogs while I would get a register. This is exactly what happened, and by the end of our shift he had been completely marinated in wiener steam.

I just informed him of this fifteen year marker of time. We reflected on how he has moved up in the world as today he got up late, had homemade quiche and went on a four mile stair walk before sipping beer and watching the NFC game, rather than getting up in darkness to spend the day hovering over a wiener rotator.

I may never mention football or wiener steam again on this blog.

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Sometimes you have to set a deadline to make make anything happen. I’ve wanted to start a walking blog/dairy for a while now and I decided I would start it before the end of September. It’s 9/30 at 11:29pm as I type this so I’m down to the wire.

Rob and I have been going on walks around town since we moved here in the summer of 2010. This is an amazing place. There’s a sense of limitless discovery and possibility here in Los Angeles if you know where to look, and that’s what these walks and posts will be about. I think that will be part of it anyway …

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