Thursday, April 23, 2015

LA...LA...LA. Whatever.

 A couple of weeks ago we packed the car
 and headed to Los Angeles
to visit Caitlyn and celebrate her 24th birthday.
Here is a pictorial tour of some of the places we hung out.

But first let me say that THIS is how I felt
after spending a week on the LA freeways:

 (My photo of 'The Vexed Man' seen at The Getty Museum of Art.)

 After we arrived we picked up Cait and headed to Old Town Pasadena for a bite to eat
at the popular Blaze Pizza. It was yummy and after the long road trip made everything all better.
 Pasadena City Hall
 The beautiful courtyard
 Inside clock tower
 I sneaked this quick photo of Cait taking her own photo of the ceiling.
 Cool sculptures of hometown boys and star athletes Jackie and Mack Robinson.
 And of course a visit to Crate and Barrel so Cammy could pose on the cool staircase.
 It was nice to visit Caitlyn's charming neighborhood and check out her digs.
 And seriously, how cool to have an orange tree in the front yard.
 This is always one of my favorite sights to see in Southern California.
Such vibrant colors in the blooms.
 The following day, Cait's boyfriend joined us and we took a trip on a tram up the hillside
to the amazing art museum known as The Getty.

 It was fabulous to see originals by Renoir, Monet, Degas and Van Gogh among others.
 The panoramic view of LA was spectacular.
 We had lunch at a fun roadside greasy spoon called 'Fat Sals' with delicious sandwich wraps.
We then visited this popular spot that Caitlyn informed us is a favorite stop for the
Young Single Adults when they visit the LA Temple.
There was a line down the street.
Custom orders of ice cream sandwiches with cookies baked on the spot
 and filled with your choice of ice cream.
Nothing was over 4 dollars on the menu.
 Threatening skies showed that rain would soon be coming down
and we headed for the beautiful Los Angeles LDS Temple.
We hadn't been there since the girls were little.
It was wonderful to visit again.
 We were greeted by the missionaries as we entered the lovely visitor's center.
Two wonderful sister missionaries gave us an hour tour.
The center had recently been remodeled with some new exhibits.

 Walking by a large wall of many faces we all noticed at the same time the handsome
young man in the middle of this grouping and almost spontaneously said "It's Sean!"
(He attended BYU's London Study Abroad the same year as our daughter Coryn and they
became great friends as did our family. Sean is actually a special education teacher at our
Cammy's high school and he is so magnetic that it seems everyone knows him.
Even the Sisters said they know him because he drops by the center whenever he visits LA.)
 The following day we visited the famous Griffith Observatory up near the Hollywood Hills.
 Great views of the city.
 The weather was pleasant and not too hot.
You could certainly see the effects of the drought everywhere we went.
 Some of those smart astronomer dudes hanging out at the spot.
 In the afternoon we visited the Santa Monica Pier.
 It was a cool and breezy day to be by the ocean.

 It was a touristy and fun spot to spend an afternoon.
 We took a drive to Hollywood.
(Not one of my favorite places, and though I've visited a few times throughout my life 
it has never won me over. No offence intended to you Hollywood lovers.)
While in Hollywood, however, it is a good idea for music lovers to visit one of the 
largest and coolest record stores: Amoeba Records. 
I have never seen so many records of all genres in my entire life in one spot!
It was fun checking out all the old vinyls from back in the day.
We celebrated Caitlyn's birthday at a really fun spot in LA of her choosing.
A classic 1949 diner called 'Brite Spot."
The food was out of this world delicious!
I had some macaroni and cheese to die for (and probably would if I ate it everyday).
The pie was heaven.
The trip was a terrific time and especially because we got to spend it with Caitlyn.

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