We woke up this morning and had coffee and donuts before jumping over to the Hollywood sign for a short hike. We’ve fully embraced the tourist lifestyle, and are considering buying matching “I ❤ L.A.” shirts in the future.
After seeing the sign, we drove to the end of Hollywood Boulevard and walked the Walk of Fame. Some of our favorite stars were Chris Pratt, George Takei, Britany Spears, and the cast of Harry Potter. Oddly enough, we noticed that the only people interested in taking pictures of Donald Trump’s star were international tourists.
On each block of the boulevard, we passed by men and women selling Hollywood tours, as well as movie character impersonators. This included a pretty aggressive Spiderman and a flirtatious Marilyn Monroe. Our long walk left us hungry so we stopped on the boulevard for sushi.
At that point, we had seen a large portion of the city, so we drove out to Santa Monica to see the ocean and get caffeinated at Dogtown Coffee. This was our second time enjoying the Pacific on this trip, and we can’t wait to go back in the future!
After a relaxing afternoon, we drove back into the city to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA. We saw everything from 18th century African wooden sculptures to a contemporary mini-metropolis that filled up an entire room; with it’s moving parts, this tiny cityscape was an engineer’s dream!
The LaBrea Tar Pits were right outside, so we paid a quick visit after the museum. These tar pits are famous because the naturally occurring sludge has trapped animals for thousands of years. Scientists are still pulling out bones from the pits, and they recently discovered remnants of a dire wolf—yikes!
Also right outside of the museum is a giant rock balanced on two concrete walls. The “Levitating Mass” or “LACMA rock” is known for it’s size– at 340 tons, it was a feat to bring it into the city and place it above an empty space. Read more about it at http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-et-cam-best-view-michael-heizer-giant-rock-lacma-20150609-column.html
We had dinner at home with Jenny and John, then went to Chinatown for a quick walk through the square.
After a full day, we stopped at Salt and Straw, a western ice cream chain, and tried ice cream flavors like Honey Lavender, Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese, and Coffee. Because of our inherent need for caffeine, we went with the coffee ice cream and made our way home.
We will hit the road early tomorrow on our way to the Grand Canyon, our first Eastbound drive in over a week!
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