Editor's Note: The following account of a 1910 horseback ride was written in 1970 when Adelaide Gillis McCormick was 80 years old. It was intended to be a permanent record of a treasured store of memories for her daughter and grandchildren. Her narrative forms a vivid picture of an earlier time when the automobile had not yet supplanted the horse and the Southern California landscape was untouched by housing tracts and freeways -- an era when it was still possible for two young women to ride horseback through the ranches and small towns from Los Angeles to San Diego.
It was Easter vacation at Girls' Collegiate School in Los Angeles, 1910, and the beginning of an adventure that had been a dream of mine for years. My parents had given their consent for me to ride horseback down the coast to San Diego and Minnewawa Lodge at Jamul, returning by the inland route, accompanied by Miss Freeman, my father's secretary and my riding companion.
Miss Freeman and I had often made short horse back trips out of Los Angeles. Several weekends we rode to La Crescenta through Griffith Park and back home by Roscoe Boulevard. We stayed overnight in the old La Crescenta Hotel, which was closed, except for the elderly woman who owned it. She lived in the back rooms and was a friend of Miss Freeman's. We were allowed to go upstairs through a long hall with many closed doors and choose any room we liked to sleep in. It was spooky, but I liked it.