Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bekah's visit!!!

My dear friend from Sophomore and Junior year came to visit!  Bekah and I became friends my first year at WCBC and we've been friends ever since.  She graduated last year so I hadn't seen her in about 10 months or so.  It was so nice to catch up and have fun together.  I got this "great" idea to go hiking on Saturday.  I looked up all of this information about an abandoned Nazi sympathizer compound and how to find it.  Apparently in 1941, a man named Herr Schmidt who lived near Los Angeles convinced a husband and wife that the Nazi's were going to win the war and they needed a compound near LA where Hitler could set up shop when the Nazi's arrived on US soil!...so they built this hidden fortress thing deep in a canyon very close to Santa Monica, which is close to LA. 
 
 
This compound happened to be behind the property of Will Rogers' Ranch.  So we parked at the Will Rogers State Park and hiked down the canyon to find my "ghost town."






 
After the path ended, I started following the directions I found online, written by visitors of the compound, since the Will Rogers State Park does not advertise it.  These directions were somewhat confusing so I led Bekah up the side of the canyon and when we got to the top, the path we'd been following disappeared. 

 
It was at this point we began getting discouraged and thought we might never find our way back.  We'd been climbing for a good hour when I finally decided we should head back down into the heart of the canyon.  This was a dangerous move and I nearly cause Bekah to die, sliding down the canyon side through the mud...but we made it to the creek bed finally.
 
After hiking about another hour, we started coming upon "clues"...such as these old overgrown steps.


Then we came to this artificial dam, and knew we were on the right track!
 




The cacti was tempting...

 
Bekah found this gigantic leaf

 
And then we came upon our first dilapidated building!!!!  The graffiti was not from WWII, but from hippy artists who tried to turn the compound into an artist colony after the FBI closed down the Nazi regime.

 
Another building

 
The unmaintained road that goes to nowhere....

 
The Machine shop! 

 
The entrance to the compound



 
The stable


 
I had such an amazing time!  The hike was thrilling and a tiny bit eery...just being in the compound where I know Nazi's were planning to take over the United States.  It was a lot of fun...


 
Later, Bekah and I got 20 bellows to remember old times sake (we would always get 20 bellows on breaks and special occasions when she was in school with me).
 
I had a lovely time with her here....and now I miss her!  Can't wait to see her again.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Banqueting with friends

Every semester my school has a big banquet for the students to go to.  Primarily, they want it to be a formal event that guys ask girls too, like a prom or ball.  Except for us, there is food and a skit and preaching.  Anyway...I've been to one in my four years of college.  Not because I didn't have someone ask me most semester's, but because I think dressing up in fancy clothes and eating food is awkward. 
 
Well this year my three closest friends on campus insisted I go with them.  I had to borrow a dress, since I don't ever bring them to school from home.  I ended up having a lot of fun with my friends and it wasn't awkward in the least. 
 
 
We took a lot of goofy pictures.  This is Sarah and Marianna.  I'm so excited that I was asked to be a bridesmaid in Sarah's wedding in June.  I'm excited for that!
 
 
Me and Kim were sampling the hors d' oeuvres- Humus and veggies.


We sat right beside my old roommate from Junior year!  So we were acting goofy too.  She's married now and living back in the area.

 
The theme was Arabian Nights, so they had some cool decorations. 



 
After the banquet, I went back to my room and ate  four packets of fun dip.  My tongue turned green....;)

 
Anyway, I'm sorry it has been such a long time!  My life has been slightly hectic here of late.  :)I'll write more later!