Things That Go Still in the Night

I was coming back from dinner at my parents’ house tonight and had just walked into the front door when I hear from outside, “Come look at this!”  It was Will, telling me to look at something outside. I was wary of what I was going to see because he only uses that tone when 1.) there’s a big scary spider outside or 2.) there’s something gross outside.

What he found outside was this curious creature standing still on our back fence.  From far away, it looked like something cute and furry.

possumThen you turn on the light and it looks more menacing.


Then you look at it full in the face with the camera flash, and it no longer looks that cute.


This possum was trying to blend in by not moving much at all, but we were on to it.  It had something in its hand that it dropped later as a decoy. I’m still not sure what it was, but it made a hard thud sound. I hope it was one of those snails eating the greens in my garden.

Ellie’s Farm

Ellies Farm

My friend Kim invited me over to her parents’ farm this weekend to taste fresh mulberries from their mulberry tree.  I had only had dried mulberries before and now, after trying the fresh one, I have to say the dried ones are no comparison. Fresh mulberries are sweet, with deep, rich flavor like dark cherries. Right off the tree, they pop between your teeth and fill your mouth with sweet juice.

While on the farm, I also saw some chickens.

Ellies Farm

And some kittens.

Ellies Farm

And all sorts of other fruits like passion fruit, oranges, pomelos, and even a macadamia tree!

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A Hiking Story: From Fail to Win

It was such a gorgeous day on Saturday that the BF suggested we go for a hike, which surprised me because usually I’m the one who comes up with hike ideas.  Since we live so close to pretty good trails, we didn’t think to do too much research before hopping into a car and jumping on the 2.

Unfortunately, the closer we got to the base of the Angeles forest, the more we realized we should have looked some information up online.  All the trails up the 2 freeway were closed! What a fail party! We couldn’t even drive past the residential area of La Canada because there was a squad car by the roadblock just to make sure people respected all the closed signs.  My guess is that they’re still dealing with clean up from the fires a few months ago.


Defeated, we got back on the freeway and decided to try our luck on some trails north of Arcadia.  We ended up at Chantry Flats along with a lot of other people who must have had the same idea to enjoy the good weather.  I was worried that the trails to Strutevant Falls was going to be crowded because the parking lot was so full we had to park a good ways away on the side of the road.

Instead of following everyone down to the main waterfall, we noticed a little turn off and a sign for a closer waterfall so we took that path instead. We met a handful of people on their way up, but overall, it was a nicely secluded hike.  There was even some water to boulder hop, or if you’re like me, more like water to slosh through in my bare feet.  I’d rather stick my feet in fast flowing, cold water than to risk slipping on a rock and falling on my head.

After hopping over some water, the BF and I decided to rest and eat some muffins we had packed. What started out as a hiking fail party ended up being one of the best hikes ever!


I said ‘yes’