Mary and I visited my Mom in Altadena for Christmas. Although the weather was fairly cool by southern California standards, the air felt pleasantly mild to us.
Christmas morning we took a walk in Mom's neighborhood. Apparently Santa had a rough night.
Perhaps the kids left him something stronger than cookies and milk.
Near Mom's house there is a great little trail leading down to Mallard Canyon.
The first section of the trail sees very light traffic, so the canyon has a pleasantly wild feel.
These chairs are ideally placed for soaking up the serenity.
A bit further up are some wonderful old cabins.
Continuing up is the beautiful Mallard waterfall.
There dry winters have kept the creek's flow low allowing a nice hanging garden to flourish.
San Gabriel granite! Not as solid as Sierra granite, but solid enough for folks to put up a few climbing routes!
Nice to hike from Mom's front door!
We enjoyed Christmas with Mom tremendously.