We figured this would be close enough to go into downtown LA and explore, and commute back here for two days. But we learned yesterday that Los Angeles traffic makes that somewhat difficult to do.
Despite the three hour drive home (!!), we had a good day!
We left the campground at 9:30am and stopped along the way at Dick's Sporting Goods and REI, looking for hiking boots for Tony. No deals, and not much cheaper than in England, so he decided to hold off.
Then, we stopped at Verizon and put another 5 GB on our hotspot to do us until we get back to Canada. That cost $60 USD ($78 CAD). We probably could have bought the smaller package of 2 GB for $35 USD and made it last. But, this way we don't have to be so careful with our usage. Plus, we wouldn't want to run out of data and not have your blog post ready for you on time, would we?!!
It was almost 12:30pm by the time we got close to downtown.
A little known downtown attraction is the viewing deck from the 27th floor of Los Angeles City Hall building. Plus...it's totally free! So, that was our first stop, but we had to find some parking. I had researched this ahead of time and found a nearby lot at a great price using www.parkopedia.com
Sure enough, we found a spot right near the city hall that ended up costing us $5 USD ($6.50 CAD) for 2 hours. Not bad!
Walking in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles City Hall.
We're heading up to the top!
Made it through security, and into the elevator. It's all self serve, and there was no signs to show the way to the observation deck. And hardly anybody around. Took an express elevator to the 22nd floor and then another one to the 26th floor. Then, walked up some stairs to the 27th floor observation deck. Maybe 5 other people there in total.
View of downtown LA.
Looking the other way.
The LA Times building.
You'll notice in the pics above that there is very little traffic on the downtown streets. That's because the cars are all on the freeways around the greater Los Angeles area!
From the roof, we spotted the arch that goes to the Chinatown area that is walking distance from City Hall. I looked up a restaurant that does Pho...a typical Asian soup that is filling, and usually inexpensive. So we walked over there for lunch.
Downtown seemed nice enough, except for this area that the "homeless" seem to have taken over.
Tony, taking a picture of the Chinatown entry arch.
Fancy restaurant entrance.
Tony and Helen. Tony opted for a plate meal instead of Pho.
Ruth and Kevin.
After lunch, and with full stomachs...we drove over to the ritzy area of Beverly Hills and the famous Rodeo Drive, with it's expensive shops and high fashion.
Beverly Hills. Swimming Pools. Movie Stars.
Rolls Royce convertible on Rodeo Drive.
Can I take it for a spin? Just around the block. Please??
I probably can't afford to buy the nameplate.
I guess one buys a yellow Rolls Royce just because they can!
These two models were being followed by photographers. No idea who they were.
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
We probably saw some famous people today. But I wouldn't know most of them if I bumped right into them! We certainly saw some rich people.
So, that was fun.
Then, we decided to head over to the Hollywood walk of fame, about 5 miles (8 kms) away. By this time, it was getting on to about 4:30pm, and there was a fair bit of trafffic. By the time we actually made it to Hollywood, traffic was bumper to bumper.
Sunset Blvd was closed off at one point because there was a special episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live being done. Lineups of people trying to get in. We couldn't even find a parking spot, and so we just decided to start heading home.
This was about 5:15pm. By 6:15pm, we had made it about 4 miles (6.5 kms)!
From the time we started heading back, it was almost three hours later that we pulled into the campground at 8:07pm! Yikes. Not fun, but you just grin and bear it. However, it has changed our plans for today. Glad we saw some of Los Angeles, but no need to do any more of that. I think we might head for the beach today.
I miss doing my workouts, and although we get a fair bit of aerobic exercise, we don't get enough muscle exercise. Obviously you can't carry around weights in the motorhome, so yesterday I bought one of these kits. A good deal, and it's lightweight and easy to use. Gotta keep in shape!
Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band Carrying Case
And in Canada, these motion sensing security spotlights are on at half price today...