When my sister asked me if I'd like to visit Griffith Park while I was in California, I very enthusiastically said, "YES!" But, I didn't want to tell her WHY I wanted to visit Griffith Park; she would roll her eyes and be one step closer to convinced I had a screw loose. She guessed I wanted to see it because of the Hollywood sign...well, I did want to see the sign, but "no, that's not the reason." When I finally told her that it just so happens that Griffith Park is an important setting in my favorite book (L.A. Requiem) by one of my favorite authors (well, duh)...she was convinced I had a screw loose! She pointed out that Griffith Park is huge - and huge it is at 4,467 acres! But that doesn't matter, just take me there!
We had a beautiful day to spend in the park. We started off at the dog park because she brought along my nephew...Riley!
Riley made some friends...
And for Alafair, please note the Frenchie, Emma, in this picture who was cracking me up :
I think RC should include this dog park in the next book. Do you think he could take Cat there? From the dog park we drove past the L.A. Zoo and the Autry National Center, drove around the outside of the park where we could see the Disney Studios, NBC Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, and Universal Studios, then back into the park to Lake Hollywood Park where we indeed saw the Hollywood sign:
Here's Lake Hollywood Park looking down from above:
And Lake Hollywood Park while standing IN Lake Hollywood Park:
And Lake Hollywood:
The plant life is magnificent. I just loved all the green. Such a delightful change from all the white I've been experiencing for that last several months! The architecture of the homes is fabulous - how they almost sculpt the house to sit on the jagged hillsides. I see why this makes such a great setting for any book.
Sadly the Merry-Go-Round was closed. We couldn't even see the carousel horses because it was all closed up. We also didn't make it to the Griffith Observatory. Guess we'll have to save those for another trip! However, Mother Nature and Joe Pike were conspiring on my part. A coyote crossed the road in front of our car while we were driving! Too cool!
My sister snagged me a map from the Visitor's Center, so now I can consult it whenever I'm reading and come across a scene from Griffith park.
This was the perfect way to top off my fabulous weekend. Thanks Little Sis!