I don’t know about you, but I can live in a place for a long time and still not know all of the amazing sightseeing.
I’ve lived in São Paulo, Brazil for almost my entire young life, and I don’t know many of the great cultural and singular places. I also lived in LA for four years before going to interesting and cool places, including the amazing Wisdom Tree hike. Fortunately, I’ve corrected this mistake at beginning of the year.
I GIVE YOU THE WISDOM TREE:
The Wisdom tree is located at the top of Cahuenga Peak, west of the Hollywood sign, and is famously known for being the only tree on top of the mountain. Yes, that tree is a loner. There are many legends surrounding the appearance of that tree, but the one most commonly known is that a fire burned the entire mountain years ago, and the marvelous tree was the only one that survived. Tragic, yet poetic, no?
The hike takes about two to three hours, depending if you decide to continue on the path to the back of the Hollywood sign. For me, it was a great experience. The view is simply amazing, where you can see the city stretching for miles and miles beneath your eyes. Suddenly you feel so small, yet you feel like a part of that never-ending sea of people.
THE HOLL of the Hollywood sign:
The exercise feels great because you really have to push your legs and lungs on your way up. At the top of the mountain, beneath the tree, lies a box full of people’s thoughts, poems, drawings, and love declarations. If you feel like sharing, make sure to leave your insights in that box, or you can just sit on a rock and read some of the people’s creations.
Take a friend with you to make the experience even more fun, and make sure to look up and around, so you can really absorb the beauty and wonders of the place. But be really careful, on your way down it can get very slippery (trust me, I fell on my butt in front of a lot of people).
Get out of your comfort zone! Every single city has something amazing to be discovered by you. Even your own city. The more you see from this world, the more you will be fulfilled as a human being. We are part of this planet earth, so you better get a head start on knowing your home.