1924, two ladies ride the steam shovel while Beachwood Canyon undergoes development:


Now, when I used to hike with friends from back east I had a set route, across the canyon to Wolf’s Lair, then down the path behind it to Lake Hollywood and then out onto Mulholland’s dam where we would lean over the side to see the rank of sculpted bears heads peering out over Deep Dell.

Often my guests would inquire as to the heady scent on the sun kissed hills and I had a pat answer — sage. Of course it was so much more. So, this post is for the ever elegant Lanier Smith ofยย  — drop by his place for a visit and see the world in an evocative drop of perfume.


  1. Eugene Mccarthy

    The heads on the face of the dam are bears not lions. Specifically the state animal of California, ursus californicus, also known as the California Grizzly Bear. Sadly extinct since 1922

    • I like these ladies joie de vivre – the thought of hovering over the Hollywood sign in a metal bucket makes me seasick! The photo of the house is from the twenties, now there are residences all around it.

  2. George Kaplan

    Oh, I love those images, and I adore your stories of hiking, Vickie. So evocative. Those names: Beachwood Canyon, Wolf’s Lair, Deep Dell.
    Ah, the “heady scent”. Ah, you’re writing is perfect bliss…
    Another great repost.

  3. George Kaplan

    “*you’re* writing’s perfect bliss”! I thought I’d made that illiterate mistake ๐Ÿ˜ฆ A-ha!, a warning for me not to rush-write posts while I’m busy doing something else. Bwahahaha! Whatta maroon… ๐Ÿ™‚

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