Beth and I planned to cover two stairway walks today from Secret Stairs: “Whitley Heights” (# 36) and “Hollywood Bowl and High Tower Loop” (#37), both of which start and end at the intersection of Highland and Franklin Avenues in Hollywood. Before driving to Hollywood though, we fortunately noticed the 2023 Academy Awards on schedule for this very evening at the Dolby Theatre … only one block away from our start/finish point. My dislike of the hunt for a parking space and Beth’s aversion to slow traffic convinced us to change our plans and to reschedule those stairs for another day.
We instead went on Walk #2, which, in the community of Eagle Rock, takes only a few minutes to drive to. Soon after (easily) parking the car, we saw two large tiltrotor aircraft flying from west to east. We guessed that they might be in use to aid rescuing snowbound people in the mountains around us that took huge snow loads last week. But we saw several other military aircraft – jets and helicopters – moving in varying directions, so we decided that they either had Sunday training to do or were part of festivities at the Oscars or some other big event. We enjoyed a perfect-weather partly cloudy day for our ups-and-downs today that made us a little sad that winter might be done for this year.