Griffith Observatory and Santa Monica Pier

After the La Brea Tar Pits, we headed over to the Griffith Observatory (I splurged for a car for the day – highly recommended!)

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The iconic Hollywood sign! I was expecting a bright sunshine-y LA day, but it was actually pretty smoggy and overcast the whole day.

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But it was still lovely! This is the view from the roof of the Griffith Observatory. It’s a happening place!

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We drove down to Santa Monica beach.  Neither of us had our swimsuit (I was traveling too much to unpack!) but we took our shoes off and walked through the surf.

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There was a fantastic old-school arcade! Afton played DDR and I went for skee ball.

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Then we headed out to the fairgrounds and took a ride on the Ferris wheel.

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This is the beach from the Ferris wheel! You can’t see it from here, but the beach has a great gym set-up.

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And finally, the one and only Afton, enjoying our Ferris wheel ride.  I love having adventures with her!

P.S. Afton, come visit me in New Zealand!

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