My second week in Los Angeles felt even busier, although largely because I didn’t have a bunch of days off. A trip down to San Diego, an evening with one of my favorite bands, a lovely contemporary art museum, and finally some crazy, giant towers.
Sunday I headed across town to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was the last day of the Guillermo del Toro “At Home with Monsters” exhibit. I ended up liking the exhibit a lot more than I expected, mostly because it was such a vivid exploration of how hard it is to try and represent horror and the supernatural in visual form without it all falling flat combined with del Toro’s clear love of presenting the subject matter coming through.
This trip has been a mix of staying in cities or being somewhere with a lot of hiking. When I have a full day off it’s easy to figure out what to do if I’m near a national park, but what do you do when you’re in a big city where most everything is closed? You go to the beach!
I spent a busy couple of weeks in Los Angeles. I checked out a large amount of art, so that’s going to be the majority of pictures but I also managed to take my scooter down the beach for Thanksgiving and eat and drink my way through Atwater Village.
Saturday I did one last hike in Joshua Tree, the popular (for good reason) Ryan Mountain trail and then headed out and around the park, circling counter-clockwise until I arrived in Palm Springs. The next day I happily high tailed it out of there and it was up through the mountains and into my destination for the next two weeks: Los Angeles.
I was enjoying my time at exploring Joshua Tree but there’s only so many hikes that are short enough and close enough to Twentynine Palms. On Thursday and Friday I headed back towards Amboy, driving through the desert and down the crazy maze of dirt side roads that make up Wonder Valley.
Ok, so I scheduled a night in Vegas, but let’s be honest and note that the only sinning I had planned was checking out the arts district and probably drinking too much. Still, I left Utah on Saturday morning, took back roads briefly into Arizona, and then on to Nevada and the Valley of Fire! Oh, and Las Vegas.