The first time I entered Simi Valley city limits through the Santa Susana Pass (CA-118), dry, tan-colored slopes lightly covered with brush and studded with boulders loomed up on either side of the highway. Each time I drive through this region, the experience is varied, depending on the weather and time of day. At dawn and dusk, the golden tones in the soil shine through; at night, only the lights of the city in the valley below are visible. During the day, the bright sun and the blue sky bring the mountainous features into sharp relief. How can one not feel the intensity of such a landscape?
As one travels East-West through the Valley region, different kinds of trees dot the foreground on either side, with the hills in the background standing up against a bright, clear piercing shade of blue, so far uncontaminated by the brownish haze characteristic of the Los Angeles skyline.
My apartment complex is in the north edge of Simi Valley, almost up against the hills. If I stand in the brightly lit parking lot at night and look up, I can actually see stars in the sky. Contrast this to my experience with living in Plano, where if I was lucky, one star would peek through the light pollution.
In the past few weeks, we've had light to moderate rainfall. Now, the slopes of the hills have turned a gentle green. If I look out the window at dusk, I am presented with a pretty picture of grassy slopes against a blue sky, topped with pale pink and gray clouds. The perfect launchpad to a delicious daydream............
To be continued....
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