- member since July 13, 2009
Etienne D’s last login was Saturday, June 8, 2013.
Hello Etienne! Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. I hate to admit it, but I've been horribly negligent when it comes to Shelfari. The love for books and reading certainly hasn't abated (bought a whole new stash to go through just this weekend *g*) but my internet time is usually used...uh...elsewhere. :-)
Anyway, lovely to have you around. Hope to be sharing titles and recommendations with you. (Hope to be around Shelfari more too.) Currently, I'm going through a major short story phase and can't get enough of short story collections/anthologies.
Hi Etiene: Portuguese Bend is on the Rancho Palos Verdes penninsula - - an area infamous for its landslides which effected million dollar homes. But it's an area with good trails, but I don't know if I would make the long drive there from Beverly Hills unless you're interested in searching for the endemic California Gnatcatcher or such rarity. I explored the area because it was close to where my in-laws lived (Torrance) and it had native habitat - - there's an interesting little book on the area called "Handbook of Wildflowers, Weeds, Wildlife & Weather of the Palos Verdes Peninsula" by Donald Moore Gales.
Otherwise, I'm not too knowledgeable about So Cal hikes (but I have been to, and liked Will Rogers State Park).
Thanks for your Shelfari friendship request; I'm honored to accept! If you're looking to escape the Southern California heat, I would highly recommend hikes on Mt.Tamalpias (Marin County) and Big Basin State Park (near Santa Cruz). They're some beautiful hikes, waterfalls . . . and fantastic flora/fauna!
By the way, just curious where you live in Southern California? My wife grew up in Torrance, and her sister still lives in Palos Verdes. I've hiked an area called Portuguese bend where there was some pretty interesting flora, plus California Gnatcatchers (I'm a naturalist geek).
Hey, I dig your books, too. Very interesting, and you reminded me about a couple books I've either read or keep meaning to read, so thanks! Are you an artist, or just an art lover? Apparently we have some similar tastes in art and philosophy. (PS if you're really interested in my art, you can visit my site at www.melissaearley.com)