We've been doing a lot of hiking lately. There are so many wildflowers out this time of year. This hill was quite a schlep.

And when we don't get out of the city, we take stairway walks. Most of them can be reached from our front door. The Vulcans Stairs are one of my favorites. They're the length of a city block; in fact they are a city block — an official street comprised only of stairs and lush gardens. The gardens are gorgeous, and are maintained by neighbors. Quaint old houses along the Vulcan Stairs have no other access than the stairs, so residents must carry everything they bring from up or down the stairs.