Saturday, March 5, 2011

Arbor

If you're not joining us for the Hahamongna Walkabout today, you might head on over to Linda Vista and plant a tree.

Arbor Day is April 29th. Pasadena is celebrating early by planting 50 new trees today along Linda Vista Avenue, with volunteers staging from the corner of El Mirador Drive. The trees (coast live oak, jacaranda, American sweet gum, sawtooth elm and one of my favorites, Chinese elm) were donated by the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Pasadena has about as many trees as it has people. Such a friendly and diverse population.

20 comments:

Petrea said...

I just got back from the Walkabout. I think all my commenters were there...

Katie said...

I wasn't able to make it to your hike (still waiting for that high-speed rail from SF-LA), but I was there in spirit! I'm sure everyone had a fabulous time. This is a lovely photo -- makes me want to go out and walk where there are lots of trees.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Yes, P, all your commentators were there from what I could see. I especially thot de AltadHiker never looked better! (imho)

You did a wonderful job. You could always fall back on as a tour guide for a 2nd career. But we indeed need more time to cover even a part of Pasadena. Thanks, again!

Speedway said...

I was there in spirit as well. The photo is lovely. I can almost feel the breezes moving among the trees.

Petrea said...

Hi guys. I took this photo almost exactly a year ago, when Altadena Hiker Karin took me on a tour of the back roads of the Huntington.

Katie, I don't suppose it's an easy trip for you to the Muir Woods, but I just read an article about how they're mitigating sound there and making it a quiet place.

Cafe, it was great to see you!--although I lost you and a bunch of folks at the end. Once the tour was over and everyone knew their way around, folks went their own way.

Speedway, you'd have enjoyed it. We had a good time!

altadenahiker said...

So tell us about it...

Susan Campisi said...

You did a fabulous job guiding the Walkabout, Petrea. It was a fun and educational romp that made my fondness for Hahamongna grow. I sure wish I knew how to save it.

Petrea said...

Susan, Cafe, how many people do you think were in the group? It was supposed to be 20-25 but I think it was larger. I believe they had six groups.

We set out from the Oak Grove parking lot at about 9:10 after a speech about the Arroyo from Tim Brick of the Arroyo Seco Foundation and an overview of Native American history from Michele Zack. At stops we heard from experts about birds, habitat, water and wildlife (Bellis!) and all the experts were really interesting. I'll have some photos tomorrow.

This was the first Walkabout and we learned a lot today. If/when we do it again, there may be a few changes. The people in my group had good suggestions for improvements, but I think they all had a good time.

Susan, you're one of the people I lost at the end!

Cafe Pasadena said...

It was much larger to say the least! There was a grand turnout. My estimation is hundreds & hundreds made up the numerous groups!! (A point the authorities need to take note.)

Those who've never been to HaHaMongNa either went their own way, or lost their way back. HaHa is a small part of the entire ArroyoSeco. So everyone was accountable at the end in my estimation.

Bellis said...

You led the biggest tour group, Petrea, but they just kept coming and coming. I enjoyed talking to everyone and learning from them. Great to see so many FB friends and/or bloggers there, plus people I know from Caltech. Frustrating that I couldn't speak to everyone I knew individually, though. Maybe we should do a Friends of PDP Walk one day, ending with a picnic at Johnson Field?

Petrea said...

Thanks, Cafe, it did seem more like 35 or 40 to me.

Bellis, that's a good idea. I'll put my thinking cap on. (It's a large, straw thing with a wide brim and flaps, and feathers like you wouldn't believe.)

Susan Campisi said...

You were ahead of me as we walked back but I lost sight of you. I had parked in the upper lot and I was running late so I didn't walk back to our starting point. Did I miss anything other than a proper good-bye?

A Friends of PDP Walk would be great fun. I can't wait to see your hat.

Bellis said...

So it's not like the Harry Potter Sorting Hat? Just as well.

Petrea said...

You didn't miss anything, Susan, but I missed you!

Bellis, if it could sort my brain it would be more useful.

Dina said...

I'm sure you are a good guide in all things and all places, Petrea.

Petrea said...

Dina, in that case, let me lead you down this here garden path.

-K- said...

Not far from here there's the Franklin Canyon Reservoir which looks just like this, a few trails but virtually untouched. The sounds and smells alone are worth the trip. Its hard to believe its almost in the dead center of LA County.

Petrea said...

A lovely place, K. I haven't been up there in ages.

Ibarionex R. Perello said...

Sweet shot. Love it.

Petrea said...

Thanks, Ibarionex. That makes me happy.