Koren Wetmore, the videographer for Harvey Mudd College, once told me–on my Fall FAST visit as a pre-frosh–that Mudd’s location offered simple access to three different climates–sunny beaches, mountainous forests, and sandy deserts–all within a three hour’s drive. I remember the enthralled, almost disbelieving, look on my face as I heard her talk about this. And two years later, I’ve tasted this (almost complete) diversity in climate for myself.
Two Sundays ago, my friends and I decided to take out a Zipcar for the entire day and journey around the surrounding natural area.
We set out toward Mount Baldy (the mountains about an hour north of Mudd) at 5:30am in search of a sunrise view from the East. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck finding a good vantage point, so we settled for watching the sunrise near the ski lifts.
Having been underwhelmed by our visit to Mt. Baldy (we were there for a total of 45 minutes, which explains the dearth of pictures), we then decided to go to Malibu, spend the day there, and stick around for the sunset. Our day consisted of admiring the beautiful, extremely expensive cars in Malibu, lounging on the beach and procrastinating on homework (which we finished that night), and walking around enjoying the epic union of sunlight, temperature, and soothing breeze. And finally, at the end of the day we met our goal and witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets.
All in all, I had a blast with my friends, and the trek around the Greater Los Angeles area was something quite unlike what I’ve done before. Finally, I’ve seen why Koren praised Mudd’s location so highly, and I can’t wait until my next adventure.