Strolling through Griffith Park

Finding ourselves with a free Saturday afternoon, we decided to check out Griffith Park and do a little hiking and a little sight seeing. It is the largest public urban park in the United States. The 4,210 acres of greenery is named after Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, a Welshman who struck (lots and lots) of gold in California and purchased the land in 1882. In 1896, he donated the majority of his land to the city so that it could be a "place of recreation and rest for the masses." As he had requested, the Griffith Observatory was built in 1935 with funds left by Griffith after his death.

The famous Hollywood sign on Mt. Lee is a part of the grounds of Griffith Park

Along the hiking path

A new plant sprung from the open bark of a tree

Downtown LA in the distance...talk about urban sprawl!

More views...the weather oscillated between sun and rain...see the rainbow in the middle?

Griffith Observatory from a distance

Entrance to the Griffith Observatory
Fans of James Dean may recognize this building as the backdrop in "Rebel without a Cause" (1955)

The giant telescope within the Observatory...unfortunately, the smog and pollution in Los Angeles hampers the visibility

All in all, it was a good day.

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