Hi Everyone– You’d think that living near a big, beautiful, bountiful city, we’d be forever exploring the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. But the truth is, we pretty much hole up in our comfy little suburb– until Ani & Brian came to stay. Ani suggested a Saturday hike. Larry tracked down his “Urban Hikes in L.A.” book. And off we went.
We started out at Griffith Park– hiking through the leafy dell and up into the hills to the Griffith Park Observatory, past the “Hollywood” sign, looking down across the panorama of Los Angeles. I was huffing (all uphill!), but happily enjoying the views. We ducked into the observatory and had a little science morning…
(photos: Larry & Ani about to start off on our hike, view into L.A. from the Observatory terrace, ceiling of the entrance hall–with pendulum hanging, model of Galileo’s telescope)
We stopped for a little post hike snack at “the Trails”–a sort of snack shake meets log cabin. We sat under the trees sipping strawberry lemonade tea and munching on a lavender, mint, rosemary scone with lemon glaze. So tasty. (photos: Finding our way up to “the Trails,” and cooling down under the trees)
Then lunch! We headed back down into the city to Canter’s– an old fashioned deli, open in Los Angeles since 1931. We dug into pastrami and corned beef on sour rye bread–with piles of pickles and all those of mustard choices. The decor is a bit 1950’s and the food nostalgically good. (photos: Three hungry eaters at Canter’s and Larry’s crazy Matzo Ball soup.)
We drove through Hollywood, past crowds of tourists at Grauman’s Chinese Theater and tour buses on Hollywood Blvd.– And ended in Westwood to track down Diddy Riese, source of fabulous “design your own cookie ice cream sandwiches” (mine was a chocolate chip walnut cookie, a chocolate chocolate chip cookie cradling espresso chip ice cream!) and to stroll across UCLA for a little tour of the campus. It was a fine full day. Thanks Larry, Ani & Brian. (photos: cup full of ice cream sandwich–oh yumm and onto the UCLA campus…)