Thursday, May 05, 2016

A Hike to the Griffith Observatory

That morning we had family who were attending Coachella crashing at our house. In the morning we were talking about how we were headed to the Griffith Observatory that day. One girl asked..

"Oh cool! Are you going to hike up?" 

We laughed and laughed because we are NOT hikers. We were planning to park in the parking lot right at the top of the hill, right in front of the observatory. 

And then we got there and as we passed through the tunnel instead of letting up continue up the hill, a huge sign said "PARKING LOT FULL" and we were directed to go right and find parking along the side of a narrow road. We drove and drove and drove and finally found a parking spot. I really was about to just call it a day, but we were meeting my cousin Betty and her BF Danny there. So we started walking. 0.8 miles. Up a hill. We were all miserable, but we made it. 

I can remember going to the observatory as a kid. I remember going with my Mom and my Tia Connie. I think my Tia has some kind of school assignment. We had never taken the kids and with Phi being so into space we knew a trip was in store. When Danny suggested a trip we finally coordinated schedules and found a Sunday to go.

The place is small, and on a weekend pretty crowded but the kids LOVED it. Phi even said it was worth the hike.

They loved the hands on exhibits. We even caught a planetarium show. It was so awesome.

When you are a little too short to see into the telescope.

And the views! Wow.

As we waited for Betty and Danny to arrive we took a snack break on the front lawn. We got to see doggies, and people doing hand stands and enjoy the outdoors.

Did I mention the views?

How beautiful is my cousin Betty?

We had such a great time hanging out with B & D! They are so sweet and we are all kind of loving Danny and hope he becomes a permanent part of our family! (hint hint!) 

And just when we thought the views were spectacular, then the sun started to set...

And after the sun went down we got an amazing evening view of LA.

Phi was right. Totally worth the hike. 

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