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.
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.
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.
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.
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.