Monday, April 27, 2009


We next moved on to LA. We got to hang out with my super cool cousin, Ryan! He had us over to BBQ & swim one day. Our kids have decided Ryan has the coolest job ever! (He's in film) And they kept trying to get him to take them to work with him so they can watch new movies. He met up with us another day too at the LeBrea Tar Pits which was really interesting and FREE one day a month, which happened to be the day we were there. A must see if you are in LA! There is tar still bubbling up from the earth. not really what you expect in the middle of LA! Lots of really cool ice age fossils of huge sloths, dire wolves, mammoths and lots of others! There is an open excavation pit where you can watch them work too. We boondocked right across the street from the pits. Nothing like free camping in LA!

Bryce, Isabelle, Winston, Conner, Ryan and Lincoln

Steve, Isabelle, Winston, Conner, Lincoln and Ryan

The fam at the tar pits

Tar pits

Conner, Ryan, Lincoln, Isabelle, Steve and Winston

that's a BIG Bone-r

Conner, Isabelle and Winston

Ryan and Lincoln

Pit 91 is still pulling stuff out

Pit 91 (lots of tar)

Ryan, Bryce and Winston

Where we stayed for a few days in L.A.

Right next door, on the same block is the big LA Art Museum (can't remember the real full name??) It is free (donations) after 5pm. We only got to see 2 of the buildings, before our kids good behavior had expired. LOL! Steve took pictures of some Picasso's, umm yeah they yelled at him, cause no photography was allowed. Then we snuck and took some pictures of some Jackson Pollock's (he's a relative of Steve's).

Isabelle, Lincoln and Bryce in front of Picasso's art

Steve in front of Jackson Pollock's work

We also went to the Griffith Park Observatory. We parked down by the Greek Theater and watch a big coyote wonder around the parking lot. This is an amazing planetarium and it is FREE! We did pay to watch a laser show which was really cool. As it got dark we could see the whole city lit up. Great views! They also had some big telescopes out on the grass and we were able to see Saturn and it's rings.....very cool!

the Hollywood sign is across from the Observatory

Isabelle in front of the Observatory

L.A. view from the Observatory on the mountain

view of the Observatory on our hike up to it

Coyote near the parking lot at the Greek Theater.


Mattsbrt said...

I have been to the observatory & thought it was neat! Coyote huh? That would be cool and scary at the same time!

chels said...

Good times! I've always wanted to visit that observatory.

Nick, Amber,& Easton said...

Love free stuff for sure!!! I showed East the blog and he kept saying "cousins come over and play?" I love that he got to hang out with them while you guys where are way.