A travel journal
to Los Angeles by EmJay
Quote: I've lived here for over six years, and there's still so much to do and see!
Rule #2 - Carry a bottle of water at all times. The weather can be cool and foggy during the winter months, but the summers are very dry. Speaking from personal experience, being treated for dehydration is no fun.
Rule #3 - If you do spot a celebrity, take the high road. Don't gawk. Don't gush. They're just people, and they'd probably appreciate a little privacy. Admire them from a distance, and they'll be eternally grateful.
With basic fares running between 50 cents and .35, buses are a thrifty alternative to driving. A bonus for bus riders: parking won't be a problem.
If you do drive, allow extra time for fighting traffic on surface streets and freeways. Locals always refer to distances in minutes or hours rather than miles.
Once you're on the mean streets, remember that turning left at intersections is especially risky, due to a serious shortage of those handy left-turn arrows. And strangely enough, yellow lights seem to mean "speed up" instead of "slow down" in LA. Whatever you do, don't run a red light. Along with a hefty fine, you may also receive a lovely photo of yourself and your car, courtesy of the LAPD.
Believe or not, LA also has a subway system that was recently extended to North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley. It even stops at Universal City. Try it out!
Attraction | "La Brea Tar Pits & George C. Page Museum"
Okay, I admit it. I knew it was tar. But wasn't that a dramatic intro?
Seriously, this place is definitely worth a visit. I enjoyed learning about all the animals (and at least one human) who got trapped in the tar pits so many thousands of years ago, and watching the scientists who are still sorting out the fossil remains to this day. An entire wall is covered with hundreds of dire wolf skulls, but my favorite fossil has to be the sabre-toothed cat. I believe his scientific name is Smilodon californicus, but he'll always be Smiley to me. I also bought a tiny rubber mammoth at the gift shop.
For more information, visit the Page Museum's excellent and informative Web site at http://www.tarpits.org.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2000
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
Oh, and be sure to check out the Web site before you go: http://www.lazoo.org. Lots of good information there.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2000
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027
Los Angeles, California