A few weeks back, the Los Angeles Times did a story on Sandstone Peak. The title of the story, L.A. Walks: A step-by-step guide to Malibu's Sandstone Peak, of course made me think about walking; but then that transitioned into hiking, sightseeing, and just general exploring. The author, Charles Fleming, starts the article with a question to the age old adage about the people of the Greater Los Angeles Area, "Nobody walks in L.A.?"
Of course, many of us know (or know of) the song by the 80's new wave band, Missing Persons, which has evolved into a statement to the lack of walking by the people who inhabit the City of Angels. But is this still true?
Every year, starting November 1st, visitors who desire to join the NPS Backbone Trail hike sign-up via e-mail. They put their name on a list to be one of the select few who jump feet first into a hike of a lifetime. For years now, the rangers guess how fast the list will fill up. Will it be one week, one day, or even one hour?