LA is always challenging your view of her. the minute you think she’s a bastion of liberal thinking, you meet a conservative from the valley already wistful for the last eight years of republican rule. as soon as you think mother nature couldn’t have smiled more brightly over eden, a fire sweeps through the hills and destroys that one patch of green you could just make out through the concrete jungle. because of this, i wasn’t a bit surprised to come upon this sight in the middle of my morning hike up griffith park today — cowboys…cowboys within spitting distance of the hollywood sign. i had no idea what they were doing there, and i didn’t really care. instead, i smiled a little and thanked LA for keeping me on my toes.