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Hansen Dam Lake

Hansen Dam Lake

Jun 5, 2016

The dogs and SFV Granny headed to the little remnant lake of what used to be a huge lake in front of Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace (generations learned to sail here). We wanted to see how much water was left before the hot weather evaporates it. The basin is crisscrossed with miles of trails through the riparian environment. Sunday afternoon brings out...

O’Melveny Park

O’Melveny Park

Dec 31, 2015

San Fernando Valley is the recipient of two significant parkland gifts memorializing names of early LA pioneers who would have known each other. At the far southeast corner of the Valley is the “Central Park” of LA that everybody knows: Griffith Park. It’s the largest park in LA. Can you tell me the second largest park? SFV Granny was...

Beale’s Cut – the original LA “highway”

Beale’s Cut – the original LA “highway”

Dec 10, 2015

You have to know what you’re hunting for when you go looking for Beale’s Cut. This is the historic, super important Fremont/San Fernando Pass. But you’d never know it because it’s not marked. You’ll find it in a triangle of land between Highway 14 and Sierra Highway north of SFV in Newhall. This was the way in and out of Los...