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1 Mar 2005

Hiking to the Hollywood sign

Filed under: Personal — paulcook @ 12:25 am

My friend Greg Lewis, also my debating partner of great skill from my undergraduate days, has been visiting the last few days. It’s been good exchanging war stories from our respective PhD programmes!

On Saturday we went hiking up to THE Hollywood sign. It’s a really great walk! Took about three hours, perfect for a Saturday afternoon. One starts off in a valley in Griffith Park, with a number of streams (especially after the rain we’ve been getting). It’s as though one is in a completely different word — there’s no sign of Los Angeles around one, only the chirping birds and airplanes flying by. The path then rises steadily, till you end up on top of the mountain, with sweeping views of Hollywood on one side, and Burbank towards the San Fernando Valley on the other. In clear weather you’d probably be able to see a large part of LA.

While there, we saw possibly the most interesting idea for a tour company I’ve seen in a long time: Segway tours, offered by Segwow. Yes, instead of walking, these people had glided smoothly up the path. Bit steep at $60 a person, but what an experience!

My one complaint: nothing by way of a picnic area at the top. All you find is fencing and closed circuit TV cameras, ensuring that no-one gets near the actual sign. Which leads me to today’s…

Exercise for the reader: Write a proposal and submit it to the mayor’s office, to spend LA money on developing a picnic spot at the top of the trail. Then fly any guests that have visited me before now, back to LA, so that they can experience what I have to rate as one of LA’s better walking trails. By Thursday, preferably.

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  1. Did you touch the D?

    Comment by UALboy — 1 Mar 2005 @ 11:41 pm

  2. Unfortunately, no — the fences and cameras and stuff keep you too far away. But got some photos of the letters, at least!

    It’s interesting that there are tons of microwave communication dishes there too, which one would assume would really lead to problems if destroyed, but it’s the sign that has all the cameras trained on it. Amazing what being famous does to some simple metal cutouts!

    Comment by paulcook — 2 Mar 2005 @ 12:22 am

  3. I realize that there might not be enough money in the cities of Los Angeles and Hollywood, or in the state of California, to pay for a picnic table, but the least they could have given us is a park bench, or some folding chairs, or a ledge to sit on other than the bare ground. But otherwise, it was indeed a thoroughly enjoyable hike. Especially so now that my legs have healed. For a while I had sore muscles whose existence I had been previously unaware of.

    One other thing. When did you put in this “Live Preview” thing? I hate to say it, but I find it slightly annoying. It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t constantly a few characters behind me in my typing. Was it so much trouble before to simply hit the “Preview” button?

    Comment by Adam — 2 Mar 2005 @ 12:49 am

  4. Hi Paul,
    Found your site via blogafrica…nice work. If you take a look at mine, please don’t *groan* - I’m not an advertising exec - just an independent girl with opinions trying to *eek* (sic) a living from my apartment in jhb.

    Comment by Kerry — 5 Mar 2005 @ 11:25 am

  5. I’ve added you as a link from my personal blog (eMerging blogger)

    Comment by Kerry again — 5 Mar 2005 @ 11:32 am

  6. Thanks for the visit! It looks like you have some good ideas, I hope it goes well. There’s a lot of potential for that sort of thing in Johannesburg, I think, despite the best efforts of Telkom to price fast internet access out of the reach of all but a few.

    Comment by paulcook — 8 Mar 2005 @ 7:42 pm

  7. Hi Paul,
    Actually, Telkom’s adsl (and home dsl) prices have come down quite a bit! And competition may drive it even further down soon ;)
    Thanks for your feedback!

    Comment by Kerry again — 9 Mar 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  8. Hi Paul,

    Great site. Kinda disturbing to read about Segway tours, though….

    Just have to say this: I’ll bet that 9 out of 10 people on the Segways really could hike it, and SHOULD hike it, but instead are spending money to not sweat one bead. This great lazy country of ours, where people would spend $3000 on a Segway when their own two feet or better yet the bicycle (the original no-emission vehicle) costs less than 1/10th to own….

    Comment by Jim — 5 Jul 2005 @ 12:20 am

  9. Me and two of my friends hiked up to the Hollywood sign on a Sunday morning at 5 AM because we wanted to see the sunrise on LA and touch the D. We parked at the blocked off gate to Mt. Lee Drive and took the front side of the hill. After walking up a wash out and stepping over a matted down fence (clearly others have been there before) we were able to touch the D and take pictures. I knew it was “illegal” to do this and I later heard rumors that there were ground sensors and that if they caught you it was 1 year in jail. We were up there for about 2 hours on a Sunday morning. I did notice several cameras and loudspeakers on the sign, suggesting that if they caught you they could yell at you. That did not happen but we were able to hang out and enjoy the breath taking views of Los Angeles with a gigantic iPod commercial in the middle of it. So what is the real deal with the laws up there?

    Comment by Jeff — 8 Jun 2006 @ 2:28 am

  10. anyone know what the fines and penalties are for climbing the sign? - what the response time on the alarms are?

    Comment by Johny — 28 Aug 2006 @ 12:12 am

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