Another beautiful Sunday morning. Approximately 820am. I quickly walked the dog, wiling it to take a take a crap immediately so I could rush back home, shower and then head out. I had the chance, no wait. I MADE the chance to go finally check out the Culver City Steps yesterday (called the Baldwin Hills Scenic Outlook on Yelp). I had texted several people and even tried to guilt-force Preeti into going, but there were no takers. So I stepped forward alone. It was exhilarating! I found out about the steps at a friend’s gathering where a college football player casually mentioned that he has been using the steps to work out his quads. Steps? Huh? I asked what he meant, and he explained that these steps were in Culver City, and were a great workout option and a great way to see the whole city in one shot. I was immediately intrigued. I love finding out about new things to do in Los Angeles. I have been stuck in a run lately with just running around laps in my neighborhood, and I know the key to killing boredom when exercising is to switch it up. Yet it was more than that. I am intrigued at finding hidden things to do in the city I call home.
There is so much to do in Los Angeles, but I have been mainly focused on finding places to eat. I think part of the problem with a vast area such as Southern California is that you have to make choices on what you want to focus on (similar to life), but as someone who gets antsy after a few months. I want to break these artificial boundaries of land that I have set for myself. For the first time, this summer I actually made it to the beach more than once. I live in a beautiful area, yet I still have not tried all the things that it has to offer. One day. I want to hit up every restaurant and hiking trail in Cerritos, and Artesia. I see in me a need to connect with the larger picture not just the one I have painted for myself.
I managed to do the steps twice and although my sore calves are still not talking to me. I know that I made a step forward, and at the end that’s all that matters.
- A Los Angeles Primer: Culver City (kcet.org)
2 thoughts on “Stepping Forward”
Great blog about the real Los Angeles. Your post “Bollywood and Bullshit” reminded me of how Los Angeles is portrayed in Hollywood – such BULLSHIT! This is why I love posts about genuine LA. Thanks to the shoutout on Baldwin Hills. Have you seen the bowing oil rigs?
I heard Artesia has good Indian food and sari stores. (Sigh) I want a sari. I bet you could write a cool memoir piece on Artesia.
I love discovering LA.
I’ve been wanting to go here but its been much too hot. If you haven’t already you should try Abalone Cove. I love LOVE that place.
I also have been wanting to go to Bridge to Nowhere. A stream in LA? i’m there!