Los Angeles - One of the many benefits of living in LA is having sizable mountains in our back yard. It was a cloudy day, a bit on the cool side and the hills were calling. I grabbed my jacket, dog and together, Amber and I drove up Angeles Crest Highway for an afternoon of 4-wheeling, exploring and a little wood-gathering.
It's been a few years since the dreaded Station Fire that took out a good portion of our local mountains. Thousands of trees caught fire leaving the once conifer-covered hills mostly barren except for a few blackened trunks.
Along the dirt roads we came across dozens of fallen trees that were taken by the fire. We stopped a few times and gathered miscellaneous limbs that littered the road. By the end of the day we had a fair amount of wood as well as a few laughs.