La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles

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  1. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    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.


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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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  3. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    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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  4. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    Here are some general shots of the grounds and surrounding area
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    Mr Hancock himself
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  5. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    The Yellow buildings in the back ground are part of the student housing for USC
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    Here are some Giant Sloth’s
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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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  6. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    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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    Some Turtles
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    Here are a few of the gift shop
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    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    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
     
  8. Montana Disney Fan

    Montana Disney Fan <font color=blue>GAT-Master Extraordinaire<br><fon

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    Quit taking vacations and go to work! :mad:
     
  9. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    After the busy week we had going back to work was a "Vacation"
     
  10. KathyRN137

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    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
     
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    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    That’s nothing you should see what I can do with leftovers
     
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    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

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    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????
     
  13. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    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.
     
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    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

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    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:
     
  15. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    Yada Yada Yada

    Maybe tomorrow, I’ll just cut down my visits to the bathroom
     
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    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

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    :rotfl:

    Good plan! :thumbsup2

    I have a day off and I'll be looking for some entertainment :3dglasses
     
  17. krissy2803

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    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.
     
  18. Michael623

    Michael623 WDW 40 trips, DL 10 trips, DLP 2 trips, Currently

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    You failed to mention that the tarpits are free. That makes it even better.
     
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    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    Good point :thumbsup2
     
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    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?
     
  21. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    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
     

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