Our Thanksgiving Trip To Las Vegas 2021 Part I

It was so much fun that the whole family was finally able to travel to Las Vegas to spend couple of nights together. The food, hotel design and of course the holiday festivity are what make Vegas such a charming destination for the holiday season.

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Weekend Hiking

There is nothing to beat up the heavenly experience of hiking on a sunny fall day with lush greenery, jewel-toned flowers and eye-pleasing colorful foliage in peaceful nature. The trails that feature various of terrains of mountains, valleys and lakes seem never ever ending.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Hiking

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As we planned, we did a hike over the Thanksgiving weekend. We were so lucky that the weather was nice for this year’s Thanksgiving weekend–sunny and warm. And the air is crisp and clean too.

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Saturday Hiking

Sometimes, the best plan comes out of no plan. We planned another hiking trail in San Gabriel valley today and it was closed today. So we went to nearby Santa Fe Dam. We are not really keen for this area. Every time, we passed by on 605 Freeway, we always saw those hard-core cyclists riding by and they kind of beat down by the sun all the time since there are no trees and no any shades at all. But it turned out the other side of the dam is such a heaven.

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A Day in Pasadena

The weather was nice on Saturday. Since we usually don’t have a long workout on Saturdays. We often plan to visit some places locally during this pandemic crisis. After all, we have being stayed at home too long. It is good to just scroll around local towns and get some inspiration, So far, we have visited DTLA China Town and Little Tokyo, so we decided to visit Pasadena this Saturday.

A little bit information about Pasadena here. Pasadena is a city in California, northeast of downtown Los Angeles. In the center, Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining district known for its Victorian and art deco buildings. The strikingly modern Norton Simon Museum houses notable European and Asian art, plus a sculpture garden. The Rose Bowl is a sports stadium known for hosting the Rose Bowl Game, an annual college football clash usually held on January 1. Read on to enjoy the local journey with us.

We had a scenic drive around Arroyo Seco area. The Arroyo Seco Bridge is pretty amazing. With its majestic arches rising 150 feet above the deeply cut Arroyo Seco, the Bridge was proclaimed the highest concrete bridge in the world upon completion in 1913.  The bridge impressed travelers from the day it opened.  Until then, the crossing of the Arroyo Seco required horses and wagons to descend the steep eastern slope, cross a small bridge over the stream, and then climb the west bank through Eagle Rock Pass.  Given this harsh topography, the Colorado Street Bridge proved a challenge to design and build.  Solid footing eluded engineers in the seasonally wet arroyo bed. Hopefully, we are able to get a better video when we drive through again. In case, you want to take a “country-in-the-city walk, check out this article from LA Times.

Then we stopped by ArtCenter of College Design to take a photo with its famous Mural wall outside of the campus.

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A Day in Little Tokyo / Art District

 

Last weekend we did a small walk in China Town, DTLA.  It’s quite amazing experience and we quite like the authenticity of China Town and cannot wait to go back to get some Dim-sum.  This weekend we decided to visit Little Tokyo to check out what life look like during Post-COVID19. 

Little Tokyo also known as Little Tokyo Historic District, is an ethnically Japanese American district in downtown Los Angeles and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America. With roots dating to the 1880s, Little Tokyo is a major cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California.  It is one of  only three official Japan towns in the United States.   Before COVID-19, we often came here to visit museums, restaurants, bars and all kinds of art events.  Read on for our walking tour today in Little Tokyo.

 

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A Drive-Through in DTLA

As you know, we had a little get-away in Historic State Park and China Down  yesterday.  We actually also had a quick drive-through in DTLA at the end of the day. After all, it has been more than three months we haven’t been there thanks to the pandemic lock-down.  Here is a quick video we put together.

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A Little Weekend Local Get-away

 

Our Saturdays are all about exploration.  Specially in the new normal under the current pandemic, we will have to get out to nature as much as we can to take good care of  our wellness physically and mentally.   Since locked-down in March, we haven’t been to DTLA. We decided to have a morning hiking in Historic State Park and  go to visit new Proper Hotel in DTLA.  Here is our little weekend journey.

State Historic Park

Saturday’s visit to SHP is our first time . We were really amazed by this 34-acres  park , where rail-yards thrilled long time ago.   Often referred to as “Central Park of Los Angeles,”  the park occupies acreage just north of Chinatown between the L.A. River and the Elysian Hills, where pobladores who journeyed from Mexico and later arrivals from Europe, Asia and the United States drew their water. It was where, beginning in 1876, a generation of migrants from points east ended their rail sojourns to California, disembarking at the Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station. With the dawn of the 20th century, it was where the town became an industrial city as the depot, restaurants and hotels gave way to rail yards and switching stations. It became known as the Cornfields, although there was scant evidence that corn ever grew there. You can click here to read more.

 

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The public arts in the park are just mind-blowing. One of  the public art inside the park includes this  “Origins,” in above picture,  a sculptural piece by Debra Scaccothat was inspired by the nearby L.A. River. “When I conceived the piece, it was particularly with this patch of land in mind because it really is about the changing courses of the river and the changing courses of this site, the original Zanja Madre,” says Scacco. “There’s a particular relevance to it and I’m delighted that it’s going to live here.”  The material  he used here is mirrored steel to reflect water rippling.

 

 

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Sunday Beach Day

 

Finally, our beaches are re-opening.  “It’s as if we were in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, all asleep, all frozen, and suddenly there’s light and space.”  It seems like we haven’t seen ocean for ages. With the beautiful warm weather, nothing can really beat spending a day by the beach for some fresh air and Vitamin D. And we got enough of them after 4-hour non-stop hiking by the beach.

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