May has been a very busy month for me. At the beginning of the month, my father in law came to town and we went to a Dodger game, followed by our monthly Disneyland trip, Mother’s Day, Rylie’s 4th birthday, hiking, a trip to Santa Barbara and San Diego, another Dodger’s game – the list goes on. Not to mention I finished my CPT coursework and hosted my first Instagram giveaway. Needless to say there wasn’t a dull moment. I also realized that I haven’t done a hiking post in quite some time so I thought I’d end this month with a recent hike roundup.
Some of you are probably also wondering what’s with the new name?
Back in 2015 I had another blog before becoming a stylist. It wasn’t very good and I wasn’t really into it at the time so I quickly abandoned it. After that, I knew deep down I wanted to try again later but the timing just wasn’t right. I then renamed my personal Instagram account “@mysocaledlife” and that was that. I also later joined Twitter and Snapchat with the same names just because it was easier for me to remember and I thought that’s what you were supposed to do.
Fast forward to 2017, I decided to revisit this whole blogging idea. I was going to switch my profiles to public and go from there but 1. I had years worth of really bad quality images on my personal profile that I wasn’t dedicated to sifting through and 2. I discovered a similarly titled yet inactive website. I let this deter me and came up with “Living Los Angeles”. As much as I love L.A., you guys should know I spend equal amounts of time in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties so it never really felt 100% right. For the past few months I’ve felt hindered by that name and went back and forth 100,000 times whether or not to change my name at this point in the game.
I realized however, that for me to be my true authentic self, I need to do what feels right for me. Therefore, I’ve lunged wholeheartedly into this new name and given up my “extra” social profiles as well.
But to get back on track, here is my May hike roundup:
Secret Swing Elysian Park
It is a very quick, very steep out and back hike (approx 1.1 miles total – so barely long enough to count it). To find it, use Google maps and search “Secret Swing Elysian Park”. The view over looks DTLA, Dodger Stadium and the beautiful I-5 freeway 🙂
Rocky Peak, Simi Valley
I believe that the trail in it’s entirety is roughly an 8 mile out and back. However, you guys know that I have a now 4 year old and 5 year old and that ain’t gonna happen. We had fun exploring and made it a total of 3.5 miles. The parking lot is tiny so you may need to park across the (118) freeway and walk over the overpass.
Potato Chip Rock, Poway
This wasn’t our first time *trying* to attempt this hike. For whatever reason Waze and Google maps are pretty reluctant to let you find this place. I hear you can access it from Lake Poway but that will add about 5-6 miles to your hike. If you enter from the Ramona Forrest Fire station it will be a steep 4.25 mile out and back climb. Climbing to the chip is not for the faint of heart and requires some lower body strength and rock climbing.
Central Park, Santa Clarita
This hike is great for kids, pets and beginners. It’s a short, moderate 2.5 mile loop trail overlooking the City of Santa Clarita. A bonus to this hike is that it is located in a major regional park so your kids and/or pets can run around and play afterward. It isn’t the most exciting or the most difficult but it is a great way to stay active.
We Also Tried a Few New Restaurants Worth Noting
I hope you all had a great month too, let’s make this next one even better! If you like this hike/restaurant roundup idea please let me know below.