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DAY 62: LOS ANGELES, CA

The sixty-second day of touring with the I.D. 4 got its beginning near Gardena, CA. We drove north through Los Angeles and went to visit the Griffith Observatory. Since opening in 1935, the Observatory has welcomed over 85 million visitors. It is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park and is 1,134 feet above sea level. The Los Angeles Icon is a national leader in public astronomy and one of Southern California’s most popular attractions.  When we reached the top, we could see the downtown skyline. The skyscrapers were submerged in smog. From the Griffith Observatory, we could also see the famous Hollywood sign. The iconic white letters in the mountains stand out incredibly and give you a sense of nostalgia even if it’s your first time seeing it in real life. The landmark had been fully completed in 1923 as the “Hollywoodland” sign used as a $21,000 billboard by Harry Chandler to promote  his upscale Hollywoodland real estate development. In 1978, the old sign was scrapped and the sign we know today emerged. From this vantage point we could see the bottom of the mountains and some people hiking. We then checked out the famous Hollywood Blvd. We could see the Hollywood sign as we drove through the Hollywood streets. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a strip of red stars cemented into Hollywood Blvd presenting names of the four major corners of the entertainment industry as a means to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.”  We saw the star of the late Charles Aznavour. He was a French-Armenian singer, actor, and diplomat. We ran into a Spider-Man impersonator as we travelled the Walk of Fame. For a small tip he would show off some of his Spider-moves. We then visited the TCL Chinese Theatre, which has been home to the most prominent movie premiers and special events in Hollywood since 1927. It’s where the brightest stars come to watch their movies and it features cement hand and footprints of major movie stars from past to present making the movie palace one of the most famous in the world. Will Smith’s hand and feet prints are on display. Next we got to see the famous Beverly Hills neighborhood. We took a photo next to the sign as we entered. We saw some of the iconic palm trees being cut due to city maintenance. The tall recognizable trees typically grow around 100 feet tall, specifically in Beverly Hills. The well known shopping center on Rodeo Dr. became our next destination. We saw some palm trees around the incredible architecture. We managed to get a photo of the I.D. 4 in traffic as we drove through the shopping mecca. As we headed toward the beach, we made a quick stop at Fox Studios, a prominent media production company. We’ve arrived at Venice Beach and we’re welcomed by the warm sand and blue ocean. There were people enjoying the beach, sitting with umbrellas as the lifeguards patrolled making sure everything was safe. There was the typical red flotation device, called a rescue can hanging from the Lifeguard stand. We met some super cool surfer dudes. They were just like you’d imagine with their two VW Type 2 vans. They were running a surf school called Kapowui and were nice enough to take some pictures with their surfboards next to the I.D. 4. Conceived by Levi Ponce, his mural, “Luminaries of Pantheism”, is a mural depicting many great minds such as Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla to create an inspiring depiction of notable and influential individuals who hold pantheistic philosophies. At Venice beach people gather to enjoy the good vibes and watch some performers on the boardwalk. Lastly, we went to Muscle Beach. The iconic beach that bred famous bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1970’s. It is known as “The Home of Body Building”

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