The Hutch

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The Hutch is the name of my small one bedroom apartment in The Canyon, a small neighborhood close to Los Angeles built into the feet of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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In recent years, the drought has forced wildlife downhill, often into neighborhoods in the foothills. The bears love the avocado trees in the neighborhood, but they knock over our trash once a week.

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The Hutch our home, a beautiful cabin (now two units) built in the 1940s that sits at the end of a canyon road, across a small covered bridge that spans the Little Santa Anita wash.

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The Canyon is a unique neighborhood with a long and fascinating history.

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It used to be a favorite escape for city dwellers looking for a relaxing hike and splash in the creek during LA’s Great Hiking Period.

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They say Michael Blake wrote Dances with Wolves here. They say this was the Haight of Los Angeles. They say Hendrix once played in the Canyon.

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Today it is a quite oasis. California Sycamore and Canyon Live Oaks provide shade to this neighborhood of narrow winding streets lined with walls of river rock.

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It is populated with retired hippies and young bohemian families who hold the lifestyle the canyon provides in highest regard.

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