Saturday brought out our adventurous sides as we piled in the vans and traveled to Angeles National Forest to attempt to hike Mt. Baldy, the highest peak in the National Park, recommended by Dr. Wiles. We enjoyed the views of the San Gabriel Mountains from a ski lift which took us part way up and we began our trek. Frequent stops were made for water and picture breaks and to enjoy the warm California sun and cool mountain breeze. The hike proved to be long and steep so we did not hike to the summit of Mt. Baldy however it was still a great workout and a wonderful scenic view. After our decent, we traveled down the ski lift one last time and several took nice long naps on the drive back to the hotel.
A smaller group of fellows opted out of hiking and spent the afternoon at Santa Monica Pier, riding a ferris wheel and enjoying views of the Pacific Coast. Additionally, this group ate at an incredible seafood restaurant overlooking the water. Upon walking through Santa Monica, they stumbled upon a farmer’s market and tried the local fruit, cheese and juice that LA has to offer. After we returned, we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring downtown Pasadena.
The cohort joined local KU alumni Saturday evening for a Jayhawk Reception in the courtyard of the hotel. Fellows and alumni chatted over heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. This was a wonderful experience for fellows to talk with alumni from various backgrounds and graduating years and to build connections in Los Angeles. Discussions ranged from alum career paths to advice for relocating from the Midwest and everything in-between. The cohort is extremely thankful for all the alumni who made time in their busy schedules to meet with us.