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Ballona Lagoon and Venice Canals--and garlic-fest at Gaby's





4 MILES AND 2 HOURS HIKE/WALK, part on a dirt path, part on sidewalk in the Venice Canals


DIRECTIONS: In West L.A/Marina Del Rey area--take Washington Blvd all the way to the beach. Two blocks before the Venice Pier, turn left on Via Dolce and go 1/2 mile. At the fork, go straight. (The left fork is Marquesas and that leads to Via Marina--DON'T go that way!) The right fork stays called Via Dolce and we will be parked next to the big lagoon, between Marquesas Way and Roma Court.




A GOOGLE MAP TO THE HIKE:,+Marina+Del+Rey,+CA&hl=en&ll=33.976036,-118.46019&spn=0.010463,0.01929&sll=33.974969,-118.45886&sspn=0.010463,0.01929&z=16



BRING: water, flashlight, comfortable hiking shoes.




8:30 pm--DINNER AFTERWARD: Gaby's express on 3216 Washington Blvd., a block west of Lincoln Blvd.




MAP TO GABY'S:,-118.448737&sspn=0.006645,0.016512&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=3216+Washington+Blvd,+Marina+del+Rey,+Los+Angeles,+California+90292&z=17&iwloc=A






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  • Christi

    I am sorry Rex, I had totally forgotten about your hike when I saw you on the other side of the canal, but me and my friend was walking back from our walk, and I just wanted to go home and eat... next time!!! N.t.w I wish you good luck with your surgery.

    April 13, 2013

  • Susan D.

    Rex, prayers that all goes well. Enjoyed the hike through Venice Canals. My first meetup -- I will definitely be back for more hikes. Thanks, Susan

    April 12, 2013

  • Sandy o.

    Rex, wishing you a speedy recovery. This is one of my fav hikes... especially with Armonds music! I've been to the real Venice,Italy and this one comes close.=) Thanks!

    April 11, 2013

  • Nancy J

    Angus & I both loved it. Best of luck on your surgery Rex.

    April 11, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    Hi Rex. First thing, my prayers to you for an speedy recovery from your upcoming surgery. As for last night it was a lovely walk. There's something to be said about walking through the Venice canals at night. Good walkabout, good music, and best of all, good people to walk with. Sorry, I couldn't stay for the eats at Gaby's.

    Take care,


    April 11, 2013

  • Larry T

    Thanks for organizing this event Rex!!!

    April 11, 2013

  • Nancee

    I tried to get there on time, but we were delayed by traffic. We walked the canals on our own and really enjoyed seeing spring blossoms around unique homes!

    April 10, 2013

  • Peter

    Kate- thanks so much for the chips and salsa. Much appreciated!

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got hung up at work and missed the hike. :( But I'm going to make it next week, which is on the Jefferson end, right?

    April 10, 2013

  • jeff

    Rex, When are you having another hike at the Jefferson location?

    April 10, 2013

  • AgapeSoul S.

    Coming with Brenda and Peppy!

    April 10, 2013

  • Nancy J

    Charge for parking?

    April 10, 2013

    • rexfrankel

      parking is free on the street. You have to pay if you wanna park on someone's front lawn, though.

      1 · April 10, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Do I need to wear hiking books, or will walking shoes do?

    April 9, 2013

    • Todd

      As long as they are comfortable for a few miles, no challenging terrain really.

      April 10, 2013

  • jing

    Can anyone give me a lift? I'm in Alhambra. [masked]

    April 10, 2013

  • Vince

    That's great....pepper wants to hike!

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in the area. Dogs are welcome. However not in the restaurant. Will have to tie him outside. If we can get outside will be nearby. People do it all the time.

    April 9, 2013

  • Vince

    Are dogs allowed?

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My father-in-law help save this area from development and I've always wanted to explore it. So looking forward to this hike!

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is right in my neighborhood!

    April 7, 2013

  • Cass S.

    Last minute family emergency. :(

    April 4, 2013

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