The only reason I know that Hermon exists (just a few miles from Downtown LA) is because my friend Leana used to live there. Hermon sits across the 110 Freeway from Highland Park and borders South Pasadena. It has a small-town feel to it and nobody knows it's there - even those who are native Angelinos. This was our fourth walk (38 more to go!) and we continue to be surprised.
The 110 Freeway begins in Pasadena and ends at the harbor in San Pedro. The segment stretching from Pasadena to Downtown runs for less that 10 miles and is the earliest highway in Los Angeles. It was not built for current speeds or volume. Not only are the onramps/offramps extremely short but there are so many curves that you really have to pay attention.
Part of the walk brought us to Figueroa Street and we discovered that the reason for the closure of the street was for a peace march. While we waited for the march to start we grabbed some coffee at Antigua Bread and resisted the appealing breakfast entrees. I am a sucker for a parade and we saw the whole thing as it lasted no more than a few minutes. It's the unexpected that makes these walks so fun!
As we walked through one of the oldest parts of Highland Park we came upon a neighborhood park - La Tierra de la Culebra. It's a very rustic local plot of land not run by the city but by a local non-profit and it has quite a bit of charm to make up for the lack of upkeep and fancy gardens.
Back in Hermon once again and near the freeway was the next set of steps. We heard roosters crowing and chickens clucking as we started climbing and there they were! There were dozens of chickens and roosters in coops and cages which could easily be seen as we climbed.
Steps walked to date: 1,733
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