by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum
We decided to get out of the city one day a few weeks ago to do some hiking around Mt. Baldy. We had been once before on a hot day in September of last year, and since it was still pretty warm at home in LA we expected it to be consistent with our collective memory and similarly summery on this trip. BUT! Most pleasant of surprises, it ended up being a perfectly autumnal day on the mountain, complete with colors and smells of your (my) midwestern youth, but conveniently still warm enough to not wear jackets or pants. We were so taken by the whole thing. We stopped along the trail to lay on rocks and watch the light do weird things with the leaves through the lenses of our cheap sunglasses.
Once we finished the hike, we decided to just check out the situation with these "ski lifts"...the signs for which we saw on the drive up. A few minutes later we find our chilly selves riding up to the top of a mountain on a ski lift, in awe of the best scenery and our excellent luck. It's definitely among the most unique and wonderful activities to do within an hour of LA, highly recommended for an impressive romantic date (if that is an option/need for any of you). 12$ per person for a one-way ticket, and you can eat at the Top of the Notch, the ski lodge at the top! Sigh, the whole thing was so unexpected, and so good that we went back two weeks later to share it with a bunch of people who we love.