Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove 10/31/2014

I took one of the last tram tours ever, through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park last month.  In an effort to preserve and restore the grove, the tram has permanently stopped running.  In the Spring of 2015, there are plans to remove the roads and have the grove to go back to nature.  Hopefully the trees will continue to flourish without the weight of the tram causing stress on the roots of the trees.  The restoration of the Mariposa Grove is expected to be completed in November 2016.

 

 

 

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Photo set: Tom Keifer at the Whisky a Go Go 10/26/2014

Photo set: Tom Keifer at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, CA on 10/26/2014

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The 31st Annual Love Ride, benefiting kids with Muscular Dystrophy. 10/25/2014 in Castaic, CA

Love Ride 2014

The 31st annual Love Ride was held on Saturday 10/25/2014 at the Castaic Lake Recreation Area.  This year, money was raised for kids with Muscular Dystrophy so they could attend a weeklong, barrier-free summer camp. Love Ride, founded by Oliver Shokouh, is the longest running single day motorcycle fundraiser in the world!  Since it started, Love Ride has raised over $24 million for charity!  Jay Leno was the Grand Marshall and co-emcees for the event were Robert Patrick and Emilio Rivera.

Love Ride 31 also featured live performances by: Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen, Buckcherry and Wildwood Highway!  Between bands, Freddy Nock, The Victor McLaglen Motor Corp Stunt and Drill Team, Unknown Industries and Juli “the Female Human Link” Moody entertained everyone with various death defying stunts as well as demonstrations of strength and skill.

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Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014, West Hollywood, CA

SSMF kicked off Friday, September 19, 2014 with a ceremony for honorees, Jane’s Addiction, at the House of Blues!  The hometown heroes were being honored with the “Elmer Valentine Award,” celebrating the band’s impact on the legacy of the Sunset Strip.  Jane’s Addiction first played on the strip on October 24, 1985, when they opened for Gene Loves Jezebel at the Roxy.  Their first album, an eponymous release on Triple-X records was recorded in part at a January 26, 1987 show they played at the Roxy.  Although they played all over Los Angeles, the Sunset Strip is a part of their history and it was great to see them get the recognition they deserve.  At the ceremony, they played an impromptu two song set, commandeering Dead Sara’s gear for Mountain Song and Ain’t No Right. The next two days were filled with an eclectic mix of music with Jane’s Addiction headlining on Saturday and Empire of the Sun getting the top bill on Sunday.

For all of my Jane’s Addiction photos from the HOB Friday night and the rest of their performance on Saturday, check out JanesAddiction.org, the ultimate online resource for all things Jane’s!

Photos: Friday, September 19, 2014 House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA

Photos:  Sunset Strip Music Festival, September 20-21, 2014, West Hollywood, CA

 

 

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Dunkin’ Donuts makes it’s triumphant return to SoCal!

September 2, 2014 Santa Monica, CA

I love LA.  I’ve lived here for eight years and the only thing missing, as far as I can tell, is Dunkin’ Donuts.  That changed yesterday as the first Dunkin’ Donuts opened in Santa Monica!  The MA- based coffee/donut chain had stores in CA at one time, but that was decades ago.  How can America run on Dunkin without California on-board?

I waited in line yesterday (twice) and had the fortitude to get in once.  The morning line was unbearable, so I went back yesterday evening to try again.  It was totally worth the wait.  Donuts-shmonuts.  I’m all about the coffee!  I hope they hurry up and open more throughout the greater LA area, starting with East Hollywood!  Everyone knows Eastside/Westside relationships can’t last.  For now, I’ll have my weekends with Dunks as I switch up my hiking locations to accommodate accordingly.  Make mine a large black iced with a turbo shot!  Welcome back to Cali, Dunkin’ Donuts!!

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