Road Report #15 – Los Angeles

Originally I had planned to leave South Carolina in early February to drive back across country in time to meet up with friend in Los Angeles by late February.  But that plan got derailed when I hurt my back while on barn duty.   I was upset that my back had derailed my plans and I really didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to experience LA with my friend, Robin, so I flew out to LA on February 22nd for a week.

LA wasn’t exactly what I expected.  I expected a lot of glitz and glam.  Yes, you can find that.  But the natural beauty of the place is just gorgeous.  Beaches and beaches and beaches with beautiful foothills plunging into the Pacific as the backdrop.  It’s also gritty and industrial. Oil refineries, tankers, cargo ships line the coast.  I stayed in the El Segundo neighborhood with a cute main street, a weekly farmers market, and small businesses that had been there for decades.  It was easy to forget that we were in Los Angeles.

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Beach off the El Segundo neighborhood.

We stumbled upon people hang gliding and riding the wind along the dunes at the beach near El Segundo.

I had nice relaxing visit with Robin and her folks.  We ate and drank well and poked around town and saw some of the typical LA sights.

 

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Hermosa Beach
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Outside the Comedy Club.
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Santa Monica Pier
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Roller boogie at Venice Beach.
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Muscle Beach
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Cocktails at lunch along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
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View from Point Fermin
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Popping into Walker’s Cafe for mid day beer with Robin and Mary.

A visit to the Getty Museum was a highlight.  The buildings and gardens and setting is just amazing.  The incredible art inside – BONUS!

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The Getty

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Cactus Garden at the Getty.  Downtown LA in the distance.
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The Pacific in the distance.

Another highlight of my time in LA was getting a ride in Robin’s dad’s 1952 MG TD! What a fun car!

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I left Los Angeles on February 28th and headed back to Aiken, SC, back to the farm.  More on that soon.

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