04.11.2016 - 04.11.2016 75 °F
Our last day in CA was spent putzing around. It was a beautiful day and we spent the morning sitting on the beach watching surfers try to ride the big waves. They were definitely the biggest waves we've seen since we've been here and the surfers were struggling.
On our drive up to LA we stopped at Redondo Beach to see seals a King's Harbor Marina. We learned that last year the seals food supply was interrupted due to warm waters so they were underweight, sick and dehydrated and unable to swim to cooler waters. They were resting on the docks of the King's Harbor Marina which was causing damage and making it difficult to walk to boats. The city put up a dock in the middle of the marina for the seals use. We were looking for that dock and we think we may have seen it, but it was pretty far from shore. As we wandered around the marina, trying to get a closer look, we ended up running right into a seal! He/she was the only one we saw, but that was good enough for me! We also got to see a woman who was training a hawk in the marina. She used a target for it to fly by and try to grab. Pretty neat.
Satisfied we got to see a seal, we then headed to LA for lunch at the 101 Coffee Shop - a diner that's been featured on TV shows and movies such as Swingers and Entourage. Supposedly it's not unusual to see celebrities stop in. Spoiler alert - we didn't see any. Tim had brunch, french toast, eggs and bacon. I had the roast beef po' boy that left a lot to be desired. The only thing that was good was the side of mash potatoes and gravy that tasted homemade. The diner was only a few blocks from the Scientology Celebrity Center. Tim was hoping to see a few celebrities but they must have all been out making money in order to advance to the next alien level.
From there we got back in the car and headed up to Griffith Park. On our way there we passed the Hollywood Tower apartments, which are supposedly the inspiration for the Hollywood Tower of Terror at Disney! We were hoping to visit the observatory but the sun was going down and everyone and their brother were there. It was the first touristy thing we visited that was crowded. We drove up and down a few times hoping to find a parking spot, with no luck. We drove around the park on our way out. It was really pretty and movie-buff Tim mentioned the tunnel we drove through looked just like the one in Back to the Future II. Turns out he was right!
Next we drove Mulholland Drive and stopped at the Hollywood Bowl outlook. Somehow we were able to snag a spot in the 4 spot lot! The view was amazing; you could see all of LA, the Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater.
Before we left LA Tim really wanted to see a Bansky (street art) that was downtown. We got all the way downtown to discover a brand new building being built which covered the Bansky! They left a little space between the new building and the building that the art was on, so you could see a tiny bit of it, but there was scaffolding in front that prevented a picture. Whomp, whomp. We closed out our last day by going to In-N-Out. Of course. And it didn't disappoint.
California was fun! We could definitely see ourselves coming back and taking surfing lessons or heading up to Northern CA to see Yosemite and the Redwood National Park. Until then!