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Griffith Park Hike

Griffith Park in is a backyard getaway from the traffic and smog of Los Angeles far below. At more than 3 1/2 times the size of New York's Central Park, it has trails with views, a pleasant creek, the LA Zoo, as well as the iconic Griffith Observatory, the scene of James Dean's knife fight in the1955 youth gone bad film, "Rebel without a Cause."

In 1896 wealthy Colonel Griffith J. Griffith donated the park to the city. He had made his money in mining, and was due to make more money in the coming LA land boom.

Unfortunately, he had developed a 2 quart a day whisky habit that proved to be his undoing. Convinced that the Pope and his wife were out to poison him, while on vacation in Santa Monica in 1903, he shot his spouse. She fell though a window, landed on an awning, and survived. Col. Griffith was convicted of attempted murder brought on by alcoholic insanity. After serving 2 years in San Quentin he tried to burnish his reputation by donating $150,000 to build the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theater.

On a warm Sunday, Carolisa Pomerantz and I shared an invigorating heart pounding, walk along the sun drenched hills, a much needed getaway from the desks where we spend much of our work time.

 

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