Descanso Gardens

In the 1930’s, E. Manchester Boddy purchased this 150 acre rancho in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, north of Los Angeles near the town of La Canada.  He was then the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News.  He named it Rancho del Descanso.  In addition, he commissioned the design and construction of a home for himself and his family.  The result was a 12,000 square feet, 22 room mansion that was fully restored in 2007.

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Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains

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The day after Christmas seemed like a good day for a hike.  After enjoying the many fun holiday foods and beverages the idea of getting out for a hike to burn a few of those calories was appealing.  Our friends, Tim and Dinah, had recently done a hike in the Santa Monica mountains and invited us to join them for a return to that trail.  Their daughter, visiting from Ohio was able to join us as well.

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