For the fourth of July, I went to Griffith Observatory and Mount Hollywood with my church (Hill Community Church), a large portion of which is Caltech students. During the evening of July 4th, we had a picnic potluck dinner on the grass outside Griffith Observatory, then started on a short hike to Mount Hollywood, a small peak nearby. Before starting on the hike, we had some time to go inside the observatory and enjoy the view; from the back of the observatory, we could see all the way to downtown Los Angeles!
View from Griffith Observatory
The normal trail to Mount Hollywood is very wide and not very steep. However, there's several "shortcuts" that are slightly harder and steeper.
Hollywood sign from the trail
Griffith Observatory from the trail
Several of us decided to take a shortcut up a rather steep hill. (It really didn't look that steep until we started climbing up.) It was steep enough and had enough loose dirt that everyone had to use their hands at some point of the climb. It actually didn't end up being much of a shortcut either; the other group caught up with us as the last of our group finished climbing up.
We took a "shortcut"
After some time, we came to a 3-path fork in the road. The trail branched into three trails - easy, medium, and hard. The hard path was the shortest - we could actually see Mount Hollywood from the fork, and the hard trail went directly up. It turned out to be easier than the first shortcut we took because there was much less loose dirt on the trail. And it turned out to be noticeably faster than the other trails as well, unlike the first shortcut.
From Mount Hollywood, we had a great view of the surrounding area. We could see downtown Los Angeles on one side, Burbank/Glendale from the other side, and most likely Pasadena as well (it was dark and hard to distinguish places). We could also watch lots of fireworks - the largest two shows were one in Glendale or Burbank and the one at the Rose Bowl stadium.
As a Caltech student, I obviously have a love for STEM. But for me, that love is incomplete without the bigger picture—the role that STEM can play in helping society. That connection between science and humanity served as the initial motivation for one of my primary passions: organizing for environmental justice.
Now that the 2021 baseball season has come to close, I want to take a little trip down memory lane to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. To set the scene, after an exciting wild card game win, the Washington Nationals (my team) began a five game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers win the first and third game of the series, and the Nationals win the second and fourth game, making game five a do-or-die situation. The final game took place at Dodgers Stadium, a mere 20 minute drive from Caltech. I pounced on this opportunity, going to the game with my fellow baseball-fanatic and Caltech student, Arya.
Hi y’all – this is my first post on the blog, and I’m glad to be here! This is actually a continuation of my friend and fellow blogger Tyler Colenbrander’s previous post about our experience living together over the past three virtual terms at Caltech. You can see his post at this link.