While I’m able to hike the lovely Santa Monica Mountains now that I live in Beverly Hills, I am used to the Smoky Mountains of the Appalachia because I grew up in eastern TN.
- The Santa Monica Mountains are lovely, however there’s something special plus particular about the Great Smoky Mountains, especially in early Fall when all of the tree leaves change colors to hues of amber plus gold.
I had friends residing in Florida back in high college plus they would tell me about the experience driving north on Interstate 73 as they got closer plus closer to the Appalachia in southern GA while in early Fall. You go from seeing orange trees everywhere to being surrounded by the colors of fall in a matter of hours. Driving into southern CA might not present one with Fall hues like the Appalachia, however the colors of the San Fernando Valley plus the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area bring their own beauty. Living in Beverly Hills feels restrained at times, so I take as several occasions as I can get to hike plus camp in the Santa Monica Mountains. Sometimes I’ll stop at a dispensary in Beverly Hills before driving northwest into the mountain range. One of my best friends lives in Laurel Canyon plus loves to accompany me on these weed-infused hiking trips in the Santa Monica Mountains. We’ll either visit Topanga State Park or Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park. It just depends on which parks are more restrained when every one of us arrive. Sometimes I like my time in the mountains so much that I loathe the thought of driving back to my city house in Beverly Hills where I hear vehicle noise plus street chatter all morning long.