This is Hermon and Highland, #6, from the book “Secret Stairs” by Charles Fleming. Hermon is a small district near Pasadena. It was 80 degrees on this January day, a great day for a stair walk. One thing about living in Southern California is that we have nice weather most of the time. I met my friend at 5526 Monterey at what used to be Cycleway Coffee. Charles Fleming mentions this coffee house as a place to start your walk. I drove past the place a couple of times and then I realized it is now 5526 Café. They had a grand opening sign out in front.
After going up the first set of stairs, my friend and I came to downtown Hermon, which reminded me of small-town USA. Turning the corner from downtown onto a residential street I came across some walls that had been painted with murals.
Further down a ways from the painted walls is La Tierra de la Culebra park, which features rock walls with painted rocks, a tile-lined rock pool, a couple of sitting areas with painted chairs and tables and a stage. The paintings are a combination of pictures and graffiti. I guess you can say these things are tagged. This park, which is operated by the non-profit Arts Community Land Activism organization, offers art classes and workshops for children. Right next to the park is a house with bird-like figures painted on it. The last set of stairs actually lead to nowhere. They go up a slope, then there is a walkway and then the stairs go down and drop you off at the end of Terrill Street. From the walkway you can see the snow capped mountains in the distance. I was relishing in the fact that I could choose between driving a couple of hours to the snow or 40 minutes to the beach. It’s nice living here. We finished our walk with lunch from 5526 Cafe. I hope this place makes it. It’s a charming place with good food and very reasonable prices. I had Belgian waffles for $6.95.