A winter stroll provides a chance to get a sense of place where this vast wet wilderness meets the land.
Hetch Hetchy Valley was the little sister to the valley of Yosemite, a glacier carved gorge lined with vertical granite walls where multiple waterfalls roared.
Not far from the L.A. coastline, at the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson is a small marsh.
So plant a few natives in the yard and call it a day, eh? I wish.
Starting east of Oxnard and encompassing the Santa Monica Mountains from the Malibu coast to the 101 freeway is the Santa Monica National Recreation Area.