Hiking To The Hollywood Sign! – Part 1 (Pre-Hike Chapter) (February 5, 2015)

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

There was this cool night AE I worked with on a Project Runway spinoff who kept inviting me out on group outings and such.

I felt so bad because I’m always complaining about how no one in L.A. wants to do anything. (It can be so annoying!) Yet, here I had someone inviting me on multiple fun adventures, and every time I had to say no (mainly because The Jacksons ran my life for a couple of months, which I loved and all… point is, I couldn’t hang out).

Well, we still stayed in touch, even though he’d pretty much given up on me being a cool hang out person. But alas, when I wrote him to say, “hey, cool newsletter you sent out to people,” he asked if I wanted to do something!

Wouldn’t you know it? We were both funemployed (that’s just a happy way of saying unemployed), so sure! Of course I’ll go hang out in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday because why not?

I went to the red line station by his house. He said, “What do you want to do?” Then he started listing a bunch of things. “Eating? Movies? Hiking? Golf?” (I don’t know that he actually said golf. I sort of forget everything after hiking. The point is, he gave multiple options and seemed like he was up for basically anything.)

Another super cool friend of mine had recently instagrammed about hiking to the Hollywood sign (and she got a sweet picture). I asked if she’d give me the trail she hiked on, and she happily texted it me. Since that was fresh on my mind, I said, “I’d love to go hiking! How about to the Hollywood sign?”

Even though I’ve lived here for 3 1/2 years, and he’s lived here for 7, neither of us had hiked to the Hollywood sign before (which seemed a little preposterous to me, so I’m glad we remedied that).

I whipped out the webpage my friend had given me. Thankfully, you could click on parking directions and they opened in google maps. Griffith Park is huge. So, the directions proved wildly helpful.

I didn’t realize ’til later that for whatever reason, only part of the web page was showing up on my phone. Once we got to the parking area, there were a few different trails you could enter. I kind of wondered why the web page wasn’t super specific about which trail you go on. Later when I opened it on my desktop, I saw it was wildly specific. So, my bad on that.

We asked some fellow hikers which trail to take, and soon enough we were on our way. This is where I’ll pick up tomorrow.

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