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Hollywood!

So, you know those really tacky tourist bus tours around cities where they are all sitting there listening to the driver ramble on about the area, sites, stars and real bad jokes? Yep, we did one of those! No, we are not in this photo ;0)

IMG_0100We kind of knew what we wanted to see in the city and surrounding areas so considered touring ourselves, BUT it’s also a recipe for disaster when you don’t know where you are going or what you are looking for, one person driving (and traffic was nasty) the other navigating…OMG.  So, off we went on our ‘open bus tour’.  It was kind of embarrassing at times when locals would look over and laugh. Oh well, we are here to see their city!

It was actually a great tour and we were glad we took it. We would not have known the areas to drive to for example: the famous & scenic Mulholland Drive, Hollywood Sign, Sunset Strip, Melrose, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Rodeo Drive, Star’s Homes, Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theatre, Paramount Studios, Nickelodeon Studios, Griffith Observatory, Farmers Market. We got a little history on everything we passed by.

The outskirts included Mulholland Drive, Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills. We were shown some of the homes of stars, although you really don’t see much. Most have a simple facade and apparently open up to beautiful properties in the back.  Several of those could be seen from a distance across the valley where the property faces out to get their view.  Also, the majority don’t live there, only visit.

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From the Mulholland Drive lookout we could see much of LA, the Hollywood Bowl was also just below.

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Mulholland drive overlook. Hollywood bowl.

The last stop of the tour gave us an hour to check out the ‘Original Farmers Market’ at 3rd & Fairfax in LA which has quite a history.

At the height of the depression, two entrepreneurs approached the land owner with ‘an idea’ to build a “Village” at the corner of 3rd & Fairfax where local farmers could sell their fresh fare. The landowner, E.B. Gilmore, agreed to give it a go. In July 1934, a dozen farmers and a few other merchants parked their trucks at the corner of 3rd & Fairfax and sold their fresh produce from the back of the trucks.

By October 1934, just months after it opened, farmers and merchants, including restaurants, grocers and service providers, were moving into permanent stalls and the new Farmers Market was so popular that its founders staged a celebration, the first Fall Festival at Farmers Market.

The Clock Tower became an icon of the Farmers Market in 1948. Over the decades, it has become a worldwide symbol of food and fun. This photo (top left) of the first tower (which now sits atop Starbucks) features the iconic phrase “An Idea”.

We also explored the adjacent property, ‘The Grove’, a popular retail & entertainment complex.

 

A great way to see the highlights of the city.

ttyl,

S&K

Lions & Tigers & Bears! Oh My!

 

Yes we saw them all!
Hi all, wanted to share our visit to the San Diego Zoo in early May.  We had been in San Diego 2 days and still had not seen the sun, actually it was about 55 and rainy. This is not what I had heard about San Diego weather!

I figured with Kevin’s love for animals we would be there 2 hrs max, but he quite enjoyed it and we were there in our rain gear for 4-5 hrs!

First stop were the reptile exhibits – I thought maybe we should face this snake thing head on! 😲 There were some pretty crazy things in there from turtles to frogs to lizards of all kinds and of course the snakes. Big ones, little ones, poisonous and not… every one had a write up and he read everything.
The one that got me was the Komodo Dragon. This is the largest lizard
and is also venomous. They will eat almost anything, including carrion, deer, pigs, smaller dragons, and even large water buffalo and humans. Uh, ya, let’s move on!

Komodo Dragon

We moved throughout the various sections of the Zoo, what a fabulous place. Here are a few fun facts about SDZ:

  • Its well known for its lush, naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters
  • is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals
  • Has prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 plants.

Being one of those rainy, dreary kind of cool days, most of the animals were napping.

Others were going about their usual business, and some were quite intrigued with all of us on the other side looking in on them.

 

We did get to see the lions have their afternoon snack, several pounds of raw meat.

The jaguar, cougar, snow leopard and tiger were also great to watch

I’ll finish out this post with a little slideshow for more of my favorite pics

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Ttyl,

S&K

 

 

Our Way …

Hi all!

Once we finally landed on a name, we wanted to show it off somehow. Seeing so many other MH all the time we saw the many ways other people did this. These ranged from a decal on the side or rear of the MH to an actual sign that was placed outside when they were parked. The one that we liked best was the front license plate – since it was previously just an advertisement for the dealer! I checked online and couldn’t find one that I liked so I designed one myself 🤓

Here is what I came up with, I think it covers it all. The name, our adventure, and year all across the USA map🇺🇸, with a little bit of Ontario Canada🇨🇦 showing at the top since we will be dropping in to visit my family for Cdn Thanksgiving in early October.

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Adventure Tracker

Hi All!  I just wanted to share a couple of the fun things we are doing while we visit all these places …

First is our ‘National Parks Passport’

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It works similar to your regular passport in that you get a ‘stamp’ showing that you have visited a National Park.  We picked this up while visiting Alaska last year and have been adding our stamps since … including our tent camping trip when we drove to FL this past fall.  A couple parks that were added on that stretch were Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains.
Second is our USA states map.

This is basically the outline of the country and each state within it.  It’s a decal that goes on the outside of the RV and as you travel through each state, you add the sticker in its appropriate spot on the map.  We are using it to show 1) states that we have traveled in with ‘Our Way’ and 2) states that we visited without ‘Our Way’ where we spent time in a National Park and got a stamp while we were there.  This is why you see states like ‘Alaska’ filled in because we visited several of the national parks while we were there.