There are a bunch of nice hikes in the San Gabriel mountains, just 15 minutes drive from Caltech. Over winter break, I hiked the Mt. Zion trail via Lower Winter Creek Trail (this one). The trail is 9.6 miles long and has an elevation gain of 2,100 ft, and it took us about 5 hours to hike.
Both me and my boyfriend recently got new hiking shoes, so we took a photo just before we started to break them in :P Too bad we didn’t take an after photo though – they became all gray from the dust on the trail!
The trail actually starts off with a steep descent from Chantry Flats to Lower Winter Creek Trail. It was definitely smart to start this way – I wouldn’t want to hike up that steep slope after a long hike.
We made a small detour (0.5 mile) to Sturtevant Falls, which is a 50 foot waterfall into a small pond. (Sorry about the rotated photo, for some reason I can’t save the post after rotating the photo).
Continuing on the hike, we went through some amazing forests where the leaves were a mix of yellow, orange, and green. It was spectacularly pretty. I would love to come here again.
The trail also passes by Sturtevant Camp, which surprised me. I’d actually passed through the same camp, although going on a different hike, 3 years ago on a house event!
At the very top, we got a nice view of the surroundings :) We also saw a bunch of acorns on the ground, with their caps and nuts separated, which was pretty interesting.
On the way down, the Upper Winter Creek trail follows the side of the mountain and you constantly get a view of the surrounding mountains. It’s very different from the forested first half of the hike!
Overall, I thought this was a really nice hike. Not too long, moderately strenuous, and beautiful!
When we think of Caltech and the Avengers, most of us would not make any sort of direct connections between the two. The only connection that comes to my mind is that many Caltech students enjoy Marvel and the Avengers. But what if we made another sort of connection. Where instead of Caltech students liking the Avengers, the Caltech students WERE the Avengers. If this was the case, what major would each Avenger be? (Note: For my emotional well-being, in this scenario, everyone is alive and happy with their lives at Caltech)
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.