Another fun filled weekend in the books. It was a nice 4-day weekend for dad so the family all enjoyed a few more local hikes. The best part, aside from gas maybe snacks for the trail, it was FREE entertainment!
Our first hike was the Pumpkin Rock Trail in Norco, CA. It was a short hike but the kids were excited to reach the top and see the big pumpkin rock sitting at the peak of the hill. As you can imagine, this is a popular hike during the month of October. I hear people even do this hike in costumes during that time!
PUMPKIN ROCK TRAIL
(Pumpkin Rock from local residential streets)
(Pumpkin Rock close-up)
(views from the top looking into Norco and Corona)
My wife and I did try our best to focus on the pictures (and not so much the words) and explained to them that it was somewhat like art. At the end of the day, we tried to remind them of the waterfall and recall how fun it was to jump and play in it to get them to hopefully forget about the graffiti images. Hopefully it doesn't leave a long and lasting impression. :)
GRAFFITI FALLS TRAIL
(view from opposite hill to provide a sense of scale)
For those that don't know the history behind the Murphy Ranch, it was built and occupied by Nazi sympathizers and was essentially a refuge and/or self-contained stronghold. Murphy Ranch was designed to serve as a hold out for fans of the Third Reich waiting for America to fall to the Nazis. Instead, the Ranch was raided by U.S. authorities and closed in 1941. The abandoned buildings were transformed into an artists' colony in the 60s and 70s, but were abandoned after the Mandeville Canyon Fire in 1978. Today, the grounds are uninhabited, dilapidated, and covered in graffiti. While much of the history is lost, several structures remain, along with several long cement staircases.
(remains of Murphy Ranch gate)
(main road down to Murphy Ranch)
(remains of old barn)
(close-up of old barn)
(abandoned truck remains)
(one of many stairs)
(remains of power building)
(remains of machine shed and garage)
(view of 500+ concrete steps from bottom)
(view of downtown LA on way back to our car)
(view of southern California coastline)
So with the recent hikes completed this past weekend, I am happy to say that I am well on my way to completing my 2016 fun goal of 26 hikes. With just a month and half into the year, I am already roughly 1/3 of the way there!
Hope you all had a great weekend! Also, hope everyone is enjoying the added personal touch to our blog this year. :)
Best wishes, AFFJ