Hooray for Hollywoooooood

Look what I found!!


SO COOL seeing it in person!

It was another gorgeous day yesterday here in southern California, and my cousin Willow and I headed into the Hollywood Hills to do some hiking!



The hike we did was wonderful. It was 5 miles round trip and took us about three hours due to multiple photo and packed sandwich/snack interludes ;)


Not only were there awesome views of the Hollywood sign, but there were also gorgeous views of downtown L.A.!



Did you know that the Hollywood sign originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND” and was erected to advertise a housing development?

Some more fun facts:

The Hollywood Sign was originally erected in 1923 and then rebuilt in 1979, each letter is 50-feet high and 30-feet wide and the full sign spans 450-feet across the 1,675-foot summit of Mount Lee, overlooking the entire LA basin. (source)

I can’t believe how BIG it is!

It was pretty heavy, too ;)



We had such a blast. It was so nice to get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful weather and fresh air! I love hiking :)028012


After our hiking adventure, Willow and I went to meet my friend Christie from college at… you guessed it… CRACKPINKBERRY!!! So obsessed!


And then I destroyed this deliciousness at dinner:


Beautifully displayed chicken, veggies, and fried rice. YUM! I was HUNGRY after all our working out!

Willow and I have been joking that this is like Anne’s Vacation Boot Camp or something ;) We’ve gone biking on the beach in Santa Monica and Venice, running & then walking all over Hollywood and Malibu, and now hiking 5 miles through the Hollywood Hills! I just love being active, what can I say ;)


Today’s boot camp continues with kayaking and more biking at Ventura Beach!! It’s my last day in California… I leave tomorrow morning to head back to D.C., which apparently should currently be renamed Antarctica. Boo!!!

I’m off to enjoy my last day of warmth and sunshine for quite awhile! Have a good one, friends!  073

What’s your favorite outdoor exercise activity? I pretty much love them all :) 


  1. 1

    Dancingg! Outdoors :)

  2. 2

    This is so amazing. I want, make that need to get myself to southern Cali. Or just Cali.

  3. 3

    so fun! my absolute FAVORITE outdoor activity is hiking…which is a great thing since i live in Colorado :) there’s just something about getting to the top that i adore!

    looks like you’ve had SUCH a fun vacation. hope you enjoy every moment of your last day :)

  4. 4

    Looks like so much fun!!!! I love being active on vacation too! My favorite outdoor activity is running, surprised?

  5. 5

    I didn’t know L.A. HAD fresh air… :-)

    Lol ;) We could totally see the layer of smog hanging over the city! -Anne

  6. 6

    The pictures are breath-taking. My favorite outdoor activity is walking/hiking the trails and wooded paths that run thru our farmland.

  7. 7

    you are fully of touristy information, maybe you should stay there and give tours, I think it would be far warmer than your house right now!

  8. 8

    What a fun day! I love hiking :)

  9. 9

    Hiking is def. my favorite too! It’s fun to do with friends and doesn’t even feel like working out! Plus amazing scenery is always a plus!
    Stay in CA for as long as you can. I’m in DC now and today it is 30 degrees and WINDY!!!! Brrrrr!!

  10. 10

    Look at you in your tank and shorts! It’s FREEZING here! I’m jealous :)

  11. 11

    This looks like a fabulous day!! I’m jealous tooo!!!
    I LOVE eating chineese food when I’m starving… for some reason it just hits the spot!

  12. 12

    Looks awesome! Maybe I should move there so I can go hiking all the time…

  13. 13
    Jen Robinson says

    That last picture is awesome! I like lying on a beach… Does that count as an outdoor activity??

  14. 14

    OMG I really think I hiked on the same mountain!!!! It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen!!!

  15. 15

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little bit now and absolutely love your pictures of Hollywood. I’ve been to San Fran but not LA and would love to go sometime!

    I’m obsessed with running and biking, those are my outdoor activities of choice. Love the blog! Can’t wait to keep reading.

  16. 16

    I love hiking too :) Have you hiked any of the trails out in the Shenandoah’s in VA? There are a ton of good trails (but much better suited for summer/spring).

    Don’t worry it’s supposed to be less than an inch of snow. Good luck with your flight tomorrow!!

    Yes I LOVE the Shenandoahs :) Especially Old Rag and White Oak Canyon Trail! -Anne

  17. 17

    Your pictures are amazing! It looks like you had so much fun :D

    when i went to hollywood i didn’t get a very good pic of the sign. so cool you hiked up to the top of it!

  18. 18

    Having recently moved from LA to Philly these posts are making me homesick!! :)

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