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Jaime Goes West

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Over the St. Patty’s Day weekend, my good friend Abby & I got to adventure through the rolling hills of Los Angeles, CA. The beautiful four hour trail ride covered over five miles of trails through Griffith Park. The 5000 acre park is located in the heart of Los Angeles and the sights were incredible. Along the way, while being told various tales behind the history of the park, we were able to see the famous Hollywood sign, stop for lunch at the Viva Fresh Mexican Restaurant in Burbank, drop by the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, and witness a 360 degree view of Los Angeles.
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The tale behind Griffith Park is actually somewhat uncanny, yet intriguing. Before the Hollywood Hills were donated to the City of Los Angeles for use as a public park, the area had offered a trail of bad luck to anyone who owned it. It began with Don Antonio Feliz who owned Rancho Los Feliz, when he became ill with Smallpox and sent his niece away so that she could not contract it. In the meantime, the ranch was signed over to a Colonel leaving Feliz’s niece with nothing; she in turn, swore a curse on the Colonel. The park is now closed at night, so if the ghosts who stalk and ride the old trails of Griffith Park make an appearance after sunset, they are left in peace until the land changes hands again.
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All in all, the trip to Los Angeles was such a fabulous experience. The city is so full of life and spectacular sites. Our four-legged “guides” Roxy and Kennedy, made for a great experience through the Hollywood Hills and I can’t wait to go back someday!
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