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Erin Harris
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Erin Harris is the editor of sustainable living blog SimpleFives.com and author of "Walking LA: 38 Walking Tours Exploring Stairways, Streets and Buildings You Never Knew Existed." She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two kids.
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    While many of us associate ATVs with freewheeling good ol' boys wreaking havoc on the natural environment, they're actually incredibly useful to farmers and ranchers too. And those same farmers might let you take a whirl.
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    Despite my suspicions, Red Bread is the real deal when it comes to keeping it local and sustainable, and the food is doggone delicious.
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    The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium was designed by Frank Gehry and is located in San Pedro's charming Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park, which is also home to a kids' play area, beaches, tide pools, a native garden and a saltwater marsh.
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    When heading north on the 101 to escape Los Angeles, it's all too easy to bypass Ventura and head straight for Santa Barbara. But by doing so, we miss out on all the mellow charm this down-to-earth beach city has to offer.
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    In the foothill community of Altadena, Gloria Putnam and Stephen Rudicel have taken the urban farming concept further than most with Mariposa Creamery, the goat farm and dairy they run on the grounds of the old Zane Grey estate.
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    The Nature Gardens and Lab have injected a shot of adrenaline into the dignified NHM, adding the allure of a botanical garden and the kid-friendly, highly interactive displays of a science center.
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    Here in Los Angeles, we've got sea salt air, night blooming jasmine, and chlorinated pools, but for my money, the quintessential scent of summer is a good old-fashioned campfire
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    You may think that Venice's Rose Avenue is just the latest example of glam-hippie-style gentrification ... and you'd be right. But there's more to this 'hood than meets the eye.
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    The Baldwin Hills Stairs provide an epic opportunity to get outdoors and work up a sweat right in the middle of our big, sprawling, concrete-bound metropolis.
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    Any fashion-conscious gal with Champagne wishes on a Coors Light budget will be delighted to discover Give + Take, a clothes swapping boutique in Santa Monica.