A Fun Day in LA!

One of the final things we did with Josh’s sister and her boyfriend during their visit to California was a day visit to Los Angeles. Our plan was to see as much of LA as possible: to start off at the La Brea Tar Pits, visit the Griffith Observatory, check out the Walk of Fame and finally see a movie at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Although we would get to see all of these places on our visit there were some bumps in the journey.

We started off the day at the La Brea Tar Pits, which despite being born and raised in So Cal I have never been to. You can walk around the park area and view the tar pits that are scattered around. Entrance to the park is free and if you can find street parking you can save some money as opposed to parking in the parking lot. One inside the park there are various sized tar pits and you can even see the pits bubbling up. Be careful though if you get too close you can find yourself covered in some tar…not a good idea.

One of the displays at the La Brea Tar Pits

One of the displays at the La Brea Tar Pits

Close up view of one of the tar pits

Close up view of one of the tar pits

One of the excavation sites where you can see skeletons and other things being pulled out

One of the excavation sites where you can see skeletons and other things being pulled out

On the premises is a museum which you can pay to visit. I think a visit to the museum is worth the money if you have never been. Inside the museum are various exhibits of all the animals that have been found in the various tar pits. You can even get a peak at new skeletons being cleaned of tar through glass windows.

Look at the museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Look at the museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

A small recreation of a mammoth found in one of the tar pits

A small recreation of a mammoth found in one of the tar pits

There are displays that show various skeletal remains of animals that lost their lives in the tar pits. These are all dire wolf skulls.

There are displays that show various skeletal remains of animals that lost their lives in the tar pits. These are all dire wolf skulls.

Watching various items found in the tar pits being cleaned

Watching various items found in the tar pits being cleaned

One of the displays showing some __ found in the tar pits

One of the displays showing some saber toothed cats on what they would have looked like before being found in the tar pits

Once we had completed our visit the the La Brea Tar Pits we then went to see the Griffith Observatory. On the way to the observatory Josh’s sister started to feel ill and he decided to stay in the car with her. We kept the visit to the observatory quite short and only stayed to run around and take some quick pictures.

The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory

On the day we went for our visit something was happening in the surrounding areas and there were ambulances in the parking lot and helicopters in the sky

On the day we went for our visit something was happening in the surrounding areas and there were ambulances in the parking lot and helicopters in the sky

After the quick visit to the Griffith Observatory it became clear that Josh’s sister would need to be taken to the ER. I’m not going to go into any specific details since I think it’s a personal matter. But, I will say that 4 hours later all four of us left the hospital and she was doing good. We then decided to take a little break and still see a movie at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. I know that tickets to see a movie in the main Imax theatre are a bit expensive, but if you are visiting LA I think it is well worth the movie. There will be an announcer who will introduce the movie (even when there are less than 20 people in the audience) and the theatre itself is quite impressive.

After the movie we ventured down the Walk of Fame for a little bit before heading back home to Orange County.

A look at the crowds of people exploring the Walk of Fame on a Summer night

A look at the crowds of people exploring the Walk of Fame on a Summer night

All in all despite the unplanned visit to the hospital I would say that our day visit to Los Angeles was pretty successful and full of all the sights and sounds one would expect when visiting LA.

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2 thoughts on “A Fun Day in LA!

    • thesockmonkeyproject says:

      Thanks for visiting! 🙂 I checked out your posts on LA and looks like you had a great time as well…and the food looked soooo good!!

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