Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Lazy Day in LA

Joe and Ned Wade Into the Blue Pacific

This morning we dropped Mary off at the airport. We wouldn't see her again for at least three weeks so it was sad to see her go. It was great having her along and we wished she could have continued with us. We wouldn't be on our own for long though. My dad was joining us on Monday for the next week to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

Since we were in town for the rest of the day we had time to head to the beach and actually go into the Pacific Ocean. The water was cold. After a short walk we dried off our toes and went to the Getty Center. Located high on a hill in Los Angeles the Getty Center, designed by architect Richard Meier and opened in 1997, houses a number of Getty institutions including the J. Paul Getty Museum. You park at the base of the hill and take a tram to the site. We didn't really get to see much of the art inside the buildings. On arriving we joined a garden tour and spent the next hour and a half touring the grounds and looking at the different gardens. Then we spent time in the sculpture garden participating in the family program creating our own Calder inspired pieces of art.

After the museum we stopped at the La Brea Bakery for a sweet treat and returned to the hotel. The boys swam in the pool for a couple of hours and we went to In-N-Out Burger for dinner. Joe was upset because he doesn't eat burgers. But I convinced him to try one with just ketchup. Soon it was gone and he was planning his next one with cheese. In-N-Out makes some great burgers.

That's a Big Ocean

The Getty Center

The Bouganvilla Trellises In the Central Garden

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