Don’t Pay at the Pump: Bus to the Trail
Follow Dan Koeppel and photographer Michael Darter as they jump a magic bus in L.A. and camp in Angeles National Forest. You may never drive again.
The group heads out on a three-day trek. Their first obstacle: big packs, crowded bus.
The 32 miles of walking included quite a bit of road and sidewalk hoofing.
Dan invited companions already inclined towards alternative transportation: bike messengers.
Despite warnings of rattlesnakes and mountain lions, the group heads for the San Gabriels.
Trail Canyon path begins along a shady creekbed & passes a year-round waterfall.
After two summits, a brief trip on the PCT helps the group back to L.A.
A rare specimen, Pinaceae cones, not often found in L.A.
A beautiful view to the right, miles of tire tracks underfoot.
The juxtaposition of two energy sources--or a pretty sunset.
Sometimes, even the best-laid plans require some last-minute adjustments.
By letting someone else do the driving, the trip to the trail becomes a relaxing jaunt.
Camp shoes get more action on an eco-friendly commute to the trail.
The sign said: "MARIACHIS - HAPPY HOUR MARGARITAS - $2.00."
(Photos by Michael Darter, www.michaeldarter.com)