As a professional guide, when people crave the outdoors in LA, I hear them mostly talk about wanting to get away to the mountains. That's a great idea, of course, but don't forget to Hike the Beach right here. I went on an 8 mile hike this morning, starting at the Santa Monica pier, walking along the edge of the water. Dolphins jumping. Surfers. Just a sprinkle of people, and views of the mountains and the ocean. A quick dip in that ocean before heading to work. We live in a magical place.