My Friend John

exercise, Experiences, fitness, Hiking, issues, Media, Memoirs, writing
. . . by depending on the kindness of his friends. John is just about finished working on a video for a friend. He doesn't get paid for this. It is a labor of love and wishes that his friend would pay him something for his work. It took just about the whole day to finish this video. He chose to work out of the local Barnes & Noble where it was warm and he had access to a free WiFi, coffee, and he could read all the newspapers for free. and he spend it at the local Barnes and Noble. The baristas are kind and let him stay as long as he wants. Plus, he can read all the magazines and books he wants or work on one of…
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Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center

exercise, fitness, health, travel, writing
The Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center In San Pedro, California is great for the incredible views and great for the numerous walking / hiking trails. Be prepared to climb several hills and appreciate the incredible view. A beautiful park, tucked away in the hills - I only found the trails by accident and after several walks around the playing fields and the children’s playground. This park is in my opinion a locals only park. If you don't live around San Pedro, you wouldn't even know it is there. Not off any major street. It’s tucked high up in the hills and has great views of San Pedro, Los Angeles pier, Palos Verdes hills, Catalina island, and the Pacific.
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Redondo Beach

exercise, Experiences, fitness, Seasons, Walking
I am currently visiting my son, Kieran, who lives in Torrance California. Each day I welcome the dawn and visit one of the many little towns west of LA that have access to the beaches of beautiful Southern California. This morning, I visited Redondo Beach. It's a little town that is part of LA county and a suburb of LA proper. The little town and its beach is about 8-10 miles from Torrance. It was still very dark when I parked the car as it was only 5:00 am. The beach was deserted and I had it all to myself. I met a fellow walker or jogger once in a while but for most of it, I was alone. As I was walking, it kept getting clearer and finally I could see…
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Fisherville Hike

fitness, health, writing
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge – That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Well, the title is well deserved. It is wild and tucked away with no signs pointing the way – A true refuge from civilization. I had planned to walk the refuge this early this morning but fate had another plan. First, I couldn’t find the refuge on the maps. Then, when I finally found the road to it, I found the road impassable and risky. I finally opted to park the car at the crossroads and walk to the entrance about a mile in. The road I walked on was a dirt road, washed out by the rains, with deep gouges on the sides, and it went downhill sharply for about a mile. Finally, I found the entrance and the parking…
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Exploring Tikal

fitness, Hiking, travel, writing
During my travels to Guatemala, I spent 3 days visiting the ruins of the Mayan city known as Tikal and the town of Santa Marta in Guatemala. First we flew to Santa Elena, then took a bus to Tikal. The ruins of this Mayan city sit in the middle of the jungle north of Guatemala close to the border with Mexico and British Honduras. This city was complete with two temples at either end of a city square the length of many football fields.  For the next two days, we spent exploring the ruins. Walking up one of the pyramids was fun, hard exercise, and exhilarating at the same time. You could sense the amount of time these pyramids have been in existence and what they have witnessed. A civilization's rise,…
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