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Hollywood Franklin Park

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  • Day41

    Los Angeles

    May 30, 2015 in the United States

    We planned that our first day after Trek America would be a 'rest day' thinking that we would need it. However after spending most of yesterday sitting in a van from Las Vegas to Los Angeles we felt restless and wanted to get out in the California sunshine. With our hostel situated in Hollywood we are well placed for views of the Hollywood sign as well as getting to the Griffith Observatory, both situated high on the hills of Griffith Park. Our hostel had information on three hike routes of varying difficulty and we chose the moderate climb. However even this started with an ascent of 600 feet over the first mile of the trail. Furthermore it was a two mile walk from our hostel to the trailhead. As said, we felt restless...

    We arrived at the trailhead in good time, leaving paved streets for sandy tracks which quickly rose above nearby houses. Being Saturday morning there were a number of families, dog walkers and hikers out on the trail, there were even groups of horse riders whose shit stank in the rising heat (the horses' not the riders at least). With the city below us we moved up and around ridge lines of hardy thorny shrub.

    When we reached the junction with the Hollyridge Trail (the first and more gentle ascent) we thought we were getting close, however as we moved closer to the Hollywood sign we could see the trail continue to rise and switchback across the hills. Midday was closing in and the trail simmered in the 26C degree heat. We would approach a blind bend in the trail with only bright blue sky visible over the lip. Approaching, we were poised to turn the corner and see something to indicate that we were closer to our goal. Yet we only found another steep rise to another blind bend. We trudged on, determined to get to the top and eventually we did. To our surprise we found that we had actually risen above the sign and made it to the peak itself. We sat under some scant shade to greedily drink from our water bottles before making the descent. From our position we could see Los Angeles stretch out to the horizon in all directions, however heat and air pollution obscured much of this.

    We could see in the distance, across the ridge lines, The Griffith Observatory, built in 1933 to observe stars in the night sky but made famous by stars of other kind from its use as a location in films including 'Rebel Without A Cause' and 'The Terminator', leading it to become an emblem of the city.

    Whilst at the observatory we managed to meet with Matti from Trek America, who is staying in Santa Monica before he begins his surf school tomorrow. Matti has been a very good friend on our trip so it was brilliant to see him as we toured the observatory with its exhibits on space. However it was also bitter sweet because it involved a further goodbye. We really hope Matti has a great time at surf school and that we are able to keep in touch.

    By the time we returned to the hostel it was after 6:00pm, having hiked a total of 11-12 miles. We arrived back proud but exhausted. So much for a 'rest day'!
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  • Day42

    There be signs...

    May 31, 2015 in the United States

    Here are some of the signs that have caught our eyes along our journey through the USA

    One that we didn't manage to get a picture of but remains in our memory -

    'Don't park your car here. If you do it's number plates and wheels will be removed'.

    Now that's a warning.

    Also here is another playlist of music that kept Alex going on the long plane, train and automobile trips that have made up our journey across the USA (http://open.spotify.com/user/somebodyalreadyhasit/playlist/2jQil3oREduPGqhcobkFui) -

    Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn
    Big Country - In A Big Country
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
    Jimmy Reed - Big Lights, Big City
    Nirvana - Lounge Act
    Canned Heat - On The Road Again
    The Who - Baby O'Riley
    Johnny Cash - Jackson
    The Blue Stones - Rolling With The Punches
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
    Johnnie Allan - Promised Land
    Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man
    The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication
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  • Day126

    Everything comes to an end...

    April 22, 2017 in the United States

    ... leider auch unser Roadtrip. Wir sind nach dem Sequoia NP nach Santa Barbara gefahren und haben es uns dort nochmals richtig gut gehen lassen. Wir sind im Meer geschwommen, haben einen Seehund aus 5m Entfernung beobachtet, Delfine gesehen, einen Wal entdeckt, den Sonnenuntergang bewundert, Sushi gegessen, das Städtchen angeschaut und unseren Bier und Whisky Vorrat leergetrunken. Ich habe es einfach genossen und mal keine Fotos gemacht.
    Heute ging es wieder nach LA wo ich mein Velo geholt habe und Coco und Dominik sind dann zum Flughafen gefahren um ihren Flug nach Zürich zu erwischen. Schade dass die Zeit schon zu Ende ist. Wir hatten einen genialen Trip der mit vielen Highlights gespickt war. Danke dafür!

    Ich werde jetzt noch 2 Nächte in LA verbringen um ein paar organisatorische Sachen zu erledigen und mich dann auf den Weg nach San Diego machen.
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  • Day7

    Hollywood

    May 20, 2015 in the United States

    Met de huurauto op weg naar Hollywood. Wel even wennen. Het is een automaat. Daarnaast heeft hij geen pook, maar een hendel als bij een bus waarmee je de standen kan wisselen.
    Uiteindelijk bij de Hollywood Boulevard aangekomen (je weet wel, met al die sterren op de grond) en we hebben een busritje genomen door de wijk. Vervolgens op weg naar het hotel. Die bleek 3 straten verder te zitten, dus daar waren we snel.
    In het hotel middels gratis wifi een goed restaurant opgezocht. Op dit soort toeristische plekken zitten de fastfood restaurants namelijk op de centrale plekken. Het is dus even zoeken als je dat niet wilt. Twee straten verderop bleek een hele goede italiaan te zitten. Daar zijn we gaan eten en was heel gezellig. Met live pianomuziek en een serveerster die ook nog 1 liedje mee zong.
    Het tijdsverschil met New York/Washington is 3 uur. Dit verschil gebruiken we mooi om de korte nacht van gisteravond in te halen. Het totale tijdsverschil is nu dus 9 uur. Wel vreemd om te eten en te bedenken dat het in Nederland dan 3 uur 's nachts is. We hebben trouwens een super grote kamer hier.Tamara heeft zelfs haar eigen Hollywood style opmaak hoek.

    Omdat we niet altijd de foto's van het toestel kunnen halen komen foto's soms pas later bij een tekst of verschijnt een verslag pas later. Deze zien jullie echter wel in de juiste chronologische volgorde. Het kan daarom soms zijn dat verderop de website nieuwe verslagen of foto's zijn verschenen.
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  • Day13

    The Greek..

    October 15, 2017 in the United States

    Today is Hollywood Day! This morning I switched from my hotel in Marina del Rey to The Magic Castle hotel in Hollywood - usually rated #1 or #2 in all of Los Angeles. I have stayed here several times before and it is indeed a very good hotel. The service is just great, and they have all these extra touches like an ice cream machine and free soda. As much as you want! It’s also located very centrally in the touristy section of Hollywood.

    After checking in I went for a walk in that very area - the Walk of Fame is indeed the only place in Los Angeles where people actually walk. I then tried the half hour tour of the famous Chinese Theatre, which was actually very interesting. I also browsed the Hollywood & Highland center, where you can see the Hollywood Sign from a distance. I’ve been here 8 times now so I kind of know the sights very well but still a fun place to visit.

    It was 35 degrees C today - very hot! - so I spent a bit of time by the nice pool at the hotel. After some dinner I eventually made my way to The Greek, a legendary venue where I saw Evanescence live. They were playing with a symphony orchestra as part of a new production and tour that launched just yesterday. It’s a bit of a contrast from their usual rock shows, but great performance from Amy Lee and a lot of beautiful songs.
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