To the five people who read my blog, I apologize. I know you must have been wondering where I've been the past three months. So, my reasons for not blogging: I started a new job. I took a vacation during which I also let my mind take a vacation.

And I got a new puppy!!! This is Winston. He's a French Bulldog.

The five people who read my blog already know all that. But regardless, now that summer's ended I'm back in writing mode and ready to share more stories.

So, LA. That place has so much energy. I've been there three times and I don't think you could run out of things to do. The first time I visited, I didn't quite know what to expect. People told me the City of Los Angeles was dirty, and I wondered if I'd see celebrities on Hollywood Boulevard.

I did see one on Sunset BoulevardRachael Leigh Cook (everyone remembers She's All That)and sat across from Lucy Hale at an airport gate, but famous people aren't what interests me about LA. What I love about it is the sunny, hot, dry climate. It makes me want to be outside all the time.

Hiking in Runyon Canyon Park is a must-do in LA.

Hiking in Runyon Canyon Park is a must-do in LA.

Runyon Canyon is a 52-sq km park in the Hollywood Hills. Even though it's near a dense urban area (it only took me 15 minutes to walk there from my friend's house in Hollywood), it provides a fresh air-filled escape from the city.

The park's trails wind up into the hills. There are trees all around and it feels a bit desert-like. Of course, it's not the Rocky Mountainsyou can still see the LA city skyline and the Hollywood sign. But it beats walking down a crowded downtown street. The hike is also a great workout as it's fairly steep. 

Santa Monica Beach is another of my favourite places. Yes, it's full of people, but so is Banff National Park most of the year. It's still an amazing place to be in nature. The ocean is beautiful. Rent a bike and ride it along the boardwalkyou can go for hours.

You can easily spend a whole day at Santa Monica Beach.

You can easily spend a whole day at Santa Monica Beach.

Another place to get close to naturespace, reallyis Griffith Observatory. This is a great nighttime activity for those who want to skip the bar scene. You can even make it a hike to get there if you want, as the observatory sits at the top of a huge hill. And, it's free to get in!

When I visited, my friend and I didn't spend too much time inside as it was pretty packed, but the grounds are beautiful, so we were just fine with staying outside.

Even if you think of yourself as someone who doesn't like cities, chances are you'll find something in LA that you'll like.

Have any more suggestions of outdoor stuff to do there? Get in touch and let me know.