Join us for our last reading of the year at the Abandoned Cabin above the Old Zoo.
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If you are familiar with the park, make your way to Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Walk through the trailhead towards the picnic areas and turn left. Take any trail, making your way toward the stairs. Go up the stairs, and you will see the Old Zoo across the open field to your left. Walk past the enclosures until you reach a fork in the road. A paved trail will make a sharp left turn up the hill behind you--walk up this trail to the Abandoned Cabin. We will have signs up pointing the way, and chairs and a refreshment table set up inside the cabin. The cabin is less than a ten minute walk from the parking lot.
Make your way to Los Feliz Blvd. and turn onto Crystal Springs Drive into the park. We will have signs along Crystal Springs to assure you that you are headed in the right direction.
Continue straight through the first stop sign, which is the turn-off for the 5.
Soon, you will reach another stop sign. We will have a sign up here, and there will likely be many other signs up as well. The Ranger station is to your right, but you will turn LEFT, following signs for the MERRY-GO-ROUND.
At the top of the hill, turn right into the parking lot. This is Merry-Go-Round Lot #1. Drive through this lot to the next parking lot, Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Park here. The Old Zoo is a short (5-7 minute) walk from the parking lot, and the Abandoned Cabin is just a minute or two above the Zoo.
Walk straight along the road, but do not turn right down the hill.
Continue walking straight through the trailheads towards the picnic areas. We will have a sign up at the trailhead.
Do not walk towards the cars ahead.
The trails around here all lead in sort of the same direction, so don't worry too much about staying on a particular trail. Soon, you will see a purple fire hydrant. Turn left up the hill and keep an eye out for staircases. There are two staircases, and either one will lead you to the Old Zoo.
Walk up the stairs and there will be a wide open field before you. Head left towards the ruins.
Continue up the hill past the Old Zoo enclosures.
Just past the last enclosure, there will be a paved trail that veers sharply to the left, up the hill. Take this trail up to the Abandoned Cabin.
Once past the enclosures, we will have a chair and sign set up at a trail juncture. We will also have signs up along Crystal Springs and along the trails. The Abandoned Cabin is about a ten minute walk from the parking lot. We look forward to seeing you!
Andrew Choate is the author of "Too Many Times I See Every Thing Just The
Way It Is", "Language Makes Plastic of the Body" and "Stingray Clapping." His next book, "Learning", will be published by Writ Large Press in 2014. He is also working on a book called "260 or 77 Aquariums" that will combine his "Horizon Poems" with his landscape architecture photographs.