Hiking to Sturtevant Falls

A couple of weekends ago, I spent a few hours ago with my brothers, nephew, and niece and went hiking. It was the first time I’d gone hiking in… 5 years? So, I was pretty excited to go. We hiked in the Big Santa Anita Canyon and took a trail to Sturtevant Falls then took another trail up to the top. We arrived around 6:30am and the parking lot at the top was PACKED! We parked a little big down the hill on the side of the road, the trek up to the beginning of the hiking trail wasn’t too bad from where we were parked.

I figured this blog could use some different pictures aside from all the beauty products, so enjoy! Note: These were all taken with the iPhone5s.

This was one of the first views we got when we started the hike down the paved road.





Much of the trail was canopied by beautiful trees so it didn’t get hot at all.





This is one of my favorite pictures. I love the reflection in the water.



And the main reason why we came– the waterfall!





This next photo was from the second trail that we took that went up along one of the hills– literally, on the edge of the hill, the path was so narrow and pretty rocky. It went up higher than the waterfall. We made it about half way through the trail before I started to die and we made out way back down.



And back down we go, back to civilization.


Hope you enjoyed the photos! I’m excited to go hiking again and explore different trails and when I do, you know I’ll be posting pictures again ;).


Exxopolis Luminarium

A couple of weeks ago, Cal State Long Beach hosted the Exxopolis luminarium on campus and it was open to the public for four days. When I saw pictures, I immediately knew… I HAD TO GO. There are a few things that I have always been fascinated by: fireworks, pretty colored lights, water fountains, and funky shaped architecture. I think Exxopolis loosely fits into the pretty colored lights category as well as funky shaped architecture.

I perused the Architects of Air website for information about Exxopolis. So on the Saturday of the exhibit weekend, four generations of the women in my family made the short drive to the university ready to be mesmerized. When we pulled into the parking lot of the Pyramid, we saw this funky thing in the grassy field: IMG_5152

Kind of looks like a blow up version of something out of the King Arthur days, doesn’t it? OK, maybe it’s just me who thinks that. We purchased our tickets and waited in line for about 30-45 minutes. It was a cloudy day with questionable rain and I had an impatient 2 year old bouncing around so it was a very long 30-45 minute long wait. But I thought it was worth it because when we stepped into the unusual “building” I was immediately in awe.

Now remember when I said it loosely fits into the pretty color lights category? That’s because there are no lights! No man-made lights anyway. The entire plastic luminarium is lit by natural light. The colors that you see are created by the natural light through different colors of plastic material. It was remarkable. The structure had three rooms– red, green, and blue, curved walls, with round alcoves in and around each room. One in particular had AH-mazing panels that were created to resemble stained glass windows.


Another housed a structure called “The Tree” for obvious reasons.


I couldn’t get crazy with the angles because there were quite of few people already inside by the time we got in and I wanted as many people-less pictures as I could get. We wandered around for about 20 minutes which was the “time limit” everyone was given. My kiddo didn’t seem to pleased about leaving either.


Anywho, read on for more pictures.

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