Tracing the Remains of Busch Gardens – Photos

We had a great time exploring the remains of Pasadena’s Busch Gardens on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Made some new friends, found a secret guest book, and even got invited in for a private look at one of the most impressive remnants of the Gardens! Thanks for walking with me!

Photos by Sarah Emery Bunn


Tracing the Remains of Busch Gardens – 1/28/18

midwinterinbuschgardensSunday January 28, 2018 | 2PM
Meet at 2PM at the southwest corner of Arlington & Orange Grove.

Pasadena’s Busch Gardens is long gone, but thanks to a great article/item at KCET recently, we are going to take a walk to see the hidden remains of this piece of our city’s history. This won’t be a long or very vigorous walk, just a chance to explore and walk and talk!

Approximate Route:

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From Petrea Burchard: “Hi everyone. In 2010 I wrote a series of posts about some of the sights in Busch Gardens. These were on the blog where I posted every day for about 5.5 years, Pasadena Daily Photo.”


Just Below Old Town Walk

17647vSaturday, November 26, 2016, 8:30AM
Meet outside Whole Foods Arroyo Parkway
465 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105

There are some great features to this walk south of Pasadena’s Old Town – come explore Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues with the Walking Pasadena group! We’ll meet at the entrance to the Arroyo Parkway Whole Foods, and wander 2-3 miles on Fair Oaks, Raymond Avenue, California Boulevard, and Arroyo Parkway. There may be a few alleys we discover on the way that we can explore! You have probably driven these streets many times, but have you walked them? There are Art Center murals, hidden alleys, great coffee shops and antique stores, interesting architecture, and more!

Wandering Washington – Photos!


It was a small group walking Washington Blvd this past weekend – I think the gloomy weather kept people snug in their warm homes that morning! But we had fun exploring the shops and peeked into the empty St Luke’s Hospital building. On the way back some of us sampled delicious Armenian pastry at Sarkis Bakery, and I hear others enjoyed Salvadoran cuisine at La Caravana!

4/25/15 – Wandering Washington


Saturday April 25, 2015
Meet at NW corner of Washington & Sierra Madre
(in front of Pasadena High School)

Explore Washington Boulevard from Sierra Madre Boulevard to Fair Oaks Avenue – a significant tour of central Pasadena. There are lots of interesting old and new businesses especially on this route.

About 3.8 miles one way, double that if you do it round trip. (or Bus #268 can take you back near PHS – Orange Grove/Sunny Slope).

La Pintoresca Hotel, Pasadena CA. Image courtesty the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration (

La Pintoresca Hotel, Pasadena CA. Image courtesty the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration (

Some things I’ve learned about Washington Boulevard from Wikipedia: Washington Boulevard was constructed in the early 20th Century to facilitate vehicular access to the Hotel La Pintoresca at Fair Oaks & Washington, and to service riders on the East Washington Streetcar line. The line ran for 2.5 miles between Los Robles Avenue and Santa Anita Avenue. Washington Boulevard originally terminated at Arroyo Boulevard and Altadena Drive. An extension west to Linda Vista was built in the 1940s and another southeast to Pasadena High School in the 1960s.

Trivia: In Pasadena, five streets are named after U.S. Presidents and eight are named after states. Washington Boulevard is named after the state because of its east-west orientation (all streets named for presidents are north-south). Now you know! 🙂

Caltech Ramble – Photos

Photo Credits: Linda Delez, Patrice Harkins, & a random nice lady who used my phone for the group photo.

What a wonderful morning shared with 18 human walkers plus 2 dogs! I enjoyed strolling around the Caltech campus with everyone. I worked there for many years and it was a pleasure to be able to see the campus through the eyes of people who are not quite so used to the pretty place I used to work. We admired the architecture and landscaping, smelled the flowers (SO many flowers!), said hello to the turtles, and got to know each other. We had quite a few new walkers this week, was so great to meet you all!

For those who asked, they do have guided architectural tours of the campus. From the Caltech website:

Community tours are given on the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m., beginning at the entrance to the Athenaeum at 551 South Hill Avenue. Tours last from 1½ to 2 hours and are open to all members of the Caltech community and visitors to the campus.

Thank you for walking with me!!

3/21/15 Easy Caltech Ramble

Saturday March 21, 2015
Meet at NW corner of Del Mar & Hill
(in front of Knox Presbyterian Church)

About 1.5 miles. We will walk at an easy pace and take in the beauty of Caltech’s architecture and landscaping. Suitable for everyone – especially those just starting out in walking for fitness.

*If anyone is looking for a longer walk Saturday AM, I will be setting out from Del Mar & Sierra Madre – SW corner – at about 8:45. Comment here if you want to meet up! This will add another ~3 miles (RT) to the route, and I will be taking this section at a faster pace. -S