Sunday, December 8, 2013
Hike 2013.055 -- Monrovia Canyon -- 935 Lemon Avenue to Monrovia Falls
I started the hike at 935 East Lemon Avenue, in Monrovia, CA. This is the southern terminus of the Sawpit Wash trail, which parallels the concrete drainage ditch that is Sawpit Wash as it passes through Monrovia. It's roughly six miles, roundtrip.
There's a pretty Craftsman house at this address, with a cute mailbox.
The main color on this hike was the sycamore trees that are common in the moister ravines along the way. I took well over 50 shots of just the leaves along the way. A particularly scenic spot was just before I joined the main trail that runs up the canyon from the in-park trailheads. Those pictures are further down in this post.
What ever the reason, I had time to take about a dozen shots, with various framing and shutter speeds. Knowing there were people coming soon, I still did rush myself a little. But it was still probably the most time I've had alone at these falls.
Unlike on the way up, I did pass a number of people heading down. It was still a relatively small number, though. Might even have stayed in single digits within the park.
That turned out to be both a good and a bad four months far from home. Good colleagues, lots of hiking opportunities, and an outstanding astronomy club, but a tough year. That's the last year I actually managed 100 hikes. About a half-dozen of those were on the drive coming and going to Kentucky.
This year has been even worse, from a hiking perspective. I'll barely break 60. I started this year working two jobs, and picked up a second part-time job (well, thanks to an improved budgetary picture, got to teach some classes at the same local college I taught at back in January 2012). Three jobs don't leave much time for hiking.
At any rate, next semester's schedule is mostly set, and I'm going to do my best to improve my eating habits. Then, come summertime, I'll have time to maybe figure out what, next.