Saturday afternoon the Santa Mountains were breezy, sunny and the vineyards hopping with wedding parties, wildlife, fresh food and a lot of horsing around. My childhood friend Dina has a ranch and handles horses at Saddle Rock in Malibu. She invited me up for a little cruise on a golf cart around her playground to check out the wildlife. I cracked up as I watched my childhood friend go through the middle of a pasture with dozens of loose horses while she tried to coax Rolan the camel to prance around for me.
I am always amazed at how easy it is to find hidden gems in the hills above Los Angeles or in the middle of the city. Saturday I got to feed a zebra a carrot, talk to a camel, see a local food truck transform a meadow into a casual gourmet country wedding, check out water buffalo as I am preaparing for my adventure to East Africa next spring. All in a day in Los Angeles.