Adventure Challenge – Day 74: Monrovia Canyon Park

I am in Monrovia, CA this week for work. I was super excited to find there are a lot of trails in the area. I’m also kicking myself for not bringing my hydration vest. 

When I arrived at my hotel they turned me away with a 5 hour wait until my room was ready. I grabbed lunch and looked for trails in the area. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are several. I went back to the hotel and used their lobby bathroom to change clothes and fill up a water bottle. Then I headed to Monrovia Canyon Park. 

It was absolutely amazing. It may very well be the prettiest trail I’ve been on in a long time. It promised a waterfall at the back of the canyon. The trail had parts that were thin and had lots of seductive curves calling me around the next corner. It ran next to a stream bed that was dry but had beautiful rounded rocks leading the way. 

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There was a very pungent sweet smell that I couldn’t identify. I stopped a local and asked but she did not know either. She did say she hoped the waterfall was running. It hadn’t been because of the drought. When I got to the back of the canyon, I was happy to find that it was indeed running. It had rained that morning before my plane landed. On my way out, I ran into a park ranger who told me the smell was Laurel, also known as bay leaf. 

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I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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