James Dean, and other stars

Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
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Trip End Jul 30, 2008


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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

We headed back to Hollywood this morning.  This time we were going to visit the Griffith Observatory.  This is where much of the movie, "Rebel Without a Cause"  staring James Dean, was filmed.  The Griffith Observatory is located some 1100 feet above sea level on top of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park.  Griffith Park is huge.  It is 5 times bigger than Central Park in NYC.  It is mountainous and rural looking.  Many TV shows have used it for filming rural and western scenes.  Old westerns used many parts of the park for filming also.  I read all this on the Internet and the guide book I spent $20.00 on.  You will find all of this funny in just a minute.

                                                                Observatory

We arrived at the park around 10:30am.  The parking lot is small so we were excited to be able to park in the lot and not have to hike up the steep hill.  We walked around the grounds for a few minutes, looked at the James Dean bronze bust, and then headed for the entrance.  Minor set back here.  The entrance was not open.  In fact it would not open till noon.  I read and remembered all of the useless facts, but not the hours of operation. 

We decided that instead of hanging around waiting for the place to open for an hour and a half we would head to the Simi Valley to visit the Reagan Library.  Our retreat turned out to be a good decision.  As we were heading back to our car, 3 school buses full of 4' summer campers pull in.  The retreat turned out to be a better idea than originally thought.  

We returned to the Observatory around 4:30pm.  The Observatory was great.  First we watched a star show in the planetarium.  Then it was dinner time.  We ate Wolfgang Puck fast food in the cafeteria.  I don't think Wolfgang would appreciate me calling his creations fast food, but I didn't appreciate dropping $30 bucks on two sandwiches, some chips, and sodas.  I am over it so he can get over it too.

We sat outside on the veranda, (fancy LA word for balcony), overlooking LA while we ate.  That was neat. 

                                 LA                  Sarah at Observatory

We continued exploring the building.  The basement has a replica of the solar system.  Each of the planets has a scale on which you can check what your weight would be on that planet.  I wanna move to Jupiter.  I weigh less than 100lbs there. 
                                             
                                                           Planets

Sarah got to mess around with the bronze statue of Einstein. She even played the pull my finger game with him.  Ah, 12 year old humor.  I don't know where she gets this stuff. 

                                                           Einstien

Unfortunately the telescope was not going to open until after 8pm.  We decided to head back down the mountain to the hotel to rest for tomorrow. 

                                                            Valley







           
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bonniebarr
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Observatory!
Wow, that observatory looks so cool. I wish we would have gone there. The pictures of LA and the skyline always amaze me. It's just soooooo big! Is the GPS helping with the driveing? I know Adam mapQuested everything for like the first few months they were there. Glad you all are having a good time and the pictures and funny comments are great. Keep them comming, please. Chip

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