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Goofster57
08-30-2007, 11:45 AM
So we had two sets of friends visit last week, a husband and wife from Orlando Florida, and a Mother and Daughter from Roslyn New York, during their visits we did some of the touristy things with them while they were here.

So here is a pictorial trip report of some of the things we did.

First up is our trip to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles


From the tourist pamphlet
The La Brea Tar Pits (or Rancho La Brea Tar Pits) are a famous cluster of tar pits located in Hancock Park in the urban heart of Los Angeles.

Asphalt (colloquially termed tar) has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years, forming hundreds of sticky pools that trapped animals and plants which happened to enter. Over time, the asphalt fossilized the remains. The result is an incredibly rich collection of fossils dating from the last ice age.

Fossils have been excavated from hundreds of the pits in the park. Work started in the early 20th century. In the 1940s and 1950s there was great public excitement over the dramatic mammal fossils recovered. By the 2000s, attention had shifted to microfossils, to fossilized insects and plants, and even to pollen grains. These fossils help define a picture of what is thought to be a cooler, moister climate present in the Los Angeles basin during the glacial age.

The George C. Page Museum in Hancock Park, part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, presents these discoveries. Of more than a hundred pits, one (Pit 91) continues to be regularly excavated for two months each summer, under the watchful eyes of tourists. The park's location in a major urban center, the history of dramatic discoveries, and excellent presentation in the Page Museum combine to make the La Brea Tar Pits a famous and accessible paleontological site.

Here we go;
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You can see where the gases are still bubbling up
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I can hear it now...
"Harold quit screwing around and get out of there and take Jr over to the Glacier"
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NAG NAG NAG thats all you ever do Martha, we have plenty of time....
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Here are some pictures of the only active dig site at this time
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Here is the front of Site 91
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Goofster57
08-30-2007, 11:49 AM
You could see where tar like material just seems to be bubbling up through the ground
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This another Observation pit that was closed
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Goofster57
08-30-2007, 11:50 AM
Here are some general shots of the grounds and surrounding area
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Mr Hancock himself
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Goofster57
08-30-2007, 11:51 AM
The Yellow buildings in the back ground are part of the student housing for USC
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Here are some Giant Slothís
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And a bear
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You could see where tar like material just seems to be bubbling up through the ground
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Goofster57
08-30-2007, 11:53 AM
Here are some shots of the Museum
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These shots are looking down into the atrium of the Museum
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See the Koi Fish?
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Some Turtles
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Here are a few of the gift shop
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Goofster57
08-30-2007, 11:56 AM
We ended our visit to the Tar Pits with this
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Our drive home


Check back to see reports on the Sony Pictures Studio Tour and a few pictrures of the The Grove

Thanks for stopping by

Montana Disney Fan
08-30-2007, 12:33 PM
Quit taking vacations and go to work! :mad:

Goofster57
08-30-2007, 12:45 PM
Quit taking vacations and go to work! :mad:


After the busy week we had going back to work was a "Vacation"

KathyRN137
09-01-2007, 09:53 PM
You're probably the only person I know who could post a trip report with a bunch of pictures of muck and vegitation and make it look facinating!! ;) I'm glad you and Sorceress had some fun with your friends...


Kathy

Goofster57
09-02-2007, 10:21 PM
Thatís nothing you should see what I can do with leftovers

blue_river
09-05-2007, 11:04 PM
What an interesting installment. :thumbsup2

I've never heard of these tar pits :confused3

See, the DIS can be educational at times!

What other tours did you take your friends on? Are you going to post some more mini TR's????

Goofster57
09-06-2007, 09:56 AM
Well we did take the Fredericks of Hollywood tour, but I can't post those pictures......:rotfl2:

We did go to the Sony Pictures Studio and the The Grove a outdoor mall near Farmers Market, so I need to post those yet.

blue_river
09-10-2007, 10:46 PM
Well we did take the Fredericks of Hollywood tour, but I can't post those pictures......:rotfl2:

We did go to the Sony Pictures Studio and the The Grove a outdoor mall near Farmers Market, so I need to post those yet.

This may be a stupid question......NM...I'm not going to ask here.

Soooooooo.....when are you posting the Sony Pictures Studio stuff??

It's not as if you're busy at work or something :rolleyes1

just sayin' :rotfl2:

Goofster57
09-10-2007, 11:53 PM
This may be a stupid question......NM...I'm not going to ask here.

Soooooooo.....when are you posting the Sony Pictures Studio stuff??

It's not as if you're busy at work or something :rolleyes1

just sayin' :rotfl2:

Yada Yada Yada

Maybe tomorrow, Iíll just cut down my visits to the bathroom

blue_river
09-10-2007, 11:56 PM
Yada Yada Yada

Maybe tomorrow, Iíll just cut down my visits to the bathroom

:rotfl:

Good plan! :thumbsup2

I have a day off and I'll be looking for some entertainment :3dglasses

krissy2803
09-11-2007, 02:57 AM
Cool pics! I was there last March. My brother lives within walking distance of the Tar pits. We also went to The Grove..walked there too.

Michael623
09-11-2007, 08:09 AM
You failed to mention that the tarpits are free. That makes it even better.

Goofster57
09-11-2007, 09:39 AM
You failed to mention that the tarpits are free. That makes it even better.

Good point :thumbsup2

Disneyolic
09-13-2007, 10:55 AM
This is one site I have not seen while out there. Let's see, when we do make it out there my kids will be 5, 8 & almost 10. I'm thinking this would not be on the list to see. What do you think? Maybe if we are already on Olvera Street?

Goofster57
09-13-2007, 11:12 AM
This is one site I have not seen while out there. Let's see, when we do make it out there my kids will be 5, 8 & almost 10. I'm thinking this would not be on the list to see. What do you think? Maybe if we are already on Olvera Street?

I'm not sure...My DD (21) and her DBF (25) just went and she said that it "Drew a Vacuum" I thought it was good, it might be a little boring for the young ones.

Now I did forget to mention that you could always sit on the benches out front and watch the working girls using the restroom to change outfits.

Trip Note: Use bathrooms inside Museum

Disneyolic
09-13-2007, 11:29 AM
I'm not sure...My DD (21) and her DBF (25) just went and she said that it "Drew a Vacuum" I thought it was good, it might be a little boring for the young ones.

Now I did forget to mention that you could always sit on the benches out front and watch the working girls using the restroom to change outfits.

Trip Note: Use bathrooms inside MuseumOh, this took me twice to read before I understood the Working Girls part. I'm thinking we'll leave this place off our touring schedule....;) Too many other places I, er, I mean WE want to see plus work in that family visiting.