West Coast USA Day 3

Published: September 24th 2011
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Los Angeles to San Diego

The Tar PitsThe Tar PitsThe Tar Pits

The Page Museum is located at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles. Rancho La Brea is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles Basin. Through windows at the Page Museum Laboratory, visitors can watch bones being cleaned and repaired. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured.
Had a little sleep in today......yeah!, after breakfast we make our way to La Brae tar pits, mmmm, there is a story to this trip. As you know in the USA you drive on the opposite side of the road (well,to us it's opposite), and in some carparks in LA they have spikes along the driveways for those drivers who try drive in the wrong way, Now, you know what I'm going to tell you, right, yep you guessed it, Steve for some reason went into the left lane and the parking attendant, a little man came running out of his little hut yelling STOP STOP, oh no, to late and Steve drive over the spikes, "oh oh, 2 flat tyres", the two front wheels went straight over the spikes. We get the car to a parking bay and then had to arrange a tow truck, $50.00 bucks, nice bloke though and he knew someone who could fit some second hand tyres for $100.00 for the 2. So off we go, driving further & further into what was like the Bronx and I didn't want to look at anyone, Amanda, focus ahead and don't look at anyone! We finally get to
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One of the displays inside Page Musuem at La Brae Tar pits
the tyre man and while we wait I go next door to get a drink and a man is watching me, omg, I have never run so fast out of shop in all my life, I jump in the car and Steve pays for the tyres and we get the hell out of there. That was scarier than the ghost house! We return to the La Brae Tar Pits, driving into the correct entry this time and the parking attendants were very impressed with the two tyres and the price we paid. The Tar Pits and Museum were very interesting and when standing looking at the Tar Pits it's a little bit surreal and your mind wanders back to all those years ago when only the animals would have been here in this flat plateau of the past and it's sad to think that most are now extinct.

We're back on the the road to San Diego, the main freeway from Los Angeles to San Diego is huge and in need of repair and unfortunately we're running a couple of hours behind ( due to the tyres) and arrive at the Marriot San Diego about 6 pm, our room
Homeless Homeless Homeless

This guy was a strange one
is nice, we have some dinner and an early night......... tomorrow up early for San Diego Zoo. Weather – overcast but warm.


Courtyard San Diego
1-8 Hotel Circle South
San Diego California

Thoughts: Nice room,close to the Zoo and Balboa Park and would stay again.San Diego is one place we are planning to return to.

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The Stead, broken

This is what happens when you drive in car park the wrong way when the drive has spikes
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Them Bones

Inside the Museum at the La Brae Tar Pits

24th September 2011

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Cheap tow, Cheap Tyres, sounds like quite an upmarket place where you had them fitted,actually sounds like a bit of an adventure you could do without, still you are getting to see it all, boy how would Mum and i Go., Quit mucking around Steve. Cheers,

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