With a few days free because my son is working in Napa, his wife and I headed to my Mom’s house so I could show her LA and my home town. Usually during the summer it’s pretty cold and foggy by the beach, we’ve hit a heat wave like no other (since there’s no global warming). It’s fine if it’s just to hop in the water, it’s another thing if you’re a tourist in your own ‘hood.
Of course I had to go in the water first off, might do that today before we head back up an incredibly smokey I-5 back to my real home. Most of the time when I come down here, that’s the extent of my visit…a day at the beach. Really, just a few hours to swim then dry off, don’t lay out anymore.
From there, we decided on dinner in Marina Del Rey – a place my DIL from Turkey has never heard of so we wandered up to Venice instead. Venice is not my favorite, it was crowded, hot, smelled like pot and to me is like a poorly run carnival. As soon as my DIL figured it out, we were free to leave.
Instead of MDR for dinner, we then headed up to Gladstones on Sunset & PCH in Malibu, which was surprisingly not very crowded. I’m used to “back in the day” where it was tough to get seated it was so popular. It was a Tuesday night though, not like a weekend.
To be total tourists, we had to go to Hollywood and Universal Studios on the hottest day of the year with what looked like 58% humidity. I brought a water bottle or I would have never made it through the 2+ hour line (90 minutes on the board, which must have meant 90 minutes to get to the indoor line). It was for the Harry Potter ride, which was actually a lot of fun once we got on it without heat stroke.
The other ride was the tram tour I remember as a kid. I’ve only been there once, it was after Jaws came out. My fading memory is the fake shark coming at us, then going from set to set and seeing the “I Love Lucy” & “Bewitched” sets. They weren’t still shows, the Bewitched set was showing us the magic of Hollywood and how they made her disappear to show up somewhere else though the editing. WAY before cell phones!! Now you can do everything on you phone, that’s pretty much magic.
One thing Universal did that was amazing on the rides was the 3D and that Harry Potter ride. Even going to sit down in that Kung Fu Panda theater (not something I’d ever planned to see, I needed a short line and to sit down) puts you right in there. Those rides were amazing, didn’t anticipate that at all.
We stayed until around 9p, I time everything around LA traffic. My usual route here is the 405 S. through West LA and LAX airport. The downtown LA route through the 101 to 105 at night was spectacular, don’t think I’ve done that since my friends were at USC? Even then, I didn’t pay any attention or those buildings weren’t lit up like that. Downtown LA is someplace I never go, thought it was just office buildings with some hospitals and a whole lot of traffic.
Going to be a tough drive back through all the smoke in the central valley. Take my dive in the ocean and head back for the long drive. Thinking about asking the NBA players a few doors down from my mom to help me put my bike back in the car 🙂