Tuesday, July 5, 2011

California Part 1: LA Zoo and Griffith Observatory

Our first full day in California was spent at the LA Zoo and Griffith Observatory. It was a fun filled day! The weather in California was great in the morning and evening, but during the day it got pretty hot. We loaded on the suncreen and packed our lunches and we were ready to go! Here we are at the entrance to the zoo.

Inside the Zoo we saw lots of animals...This is the VERY LARGE orangatan that decided to climb up the fence while we were there.

A great picture of some silly monkeys in front of some real monkeys. :)

Papa showing Jacob the Hippopotomus. It was HUGE, and it's body was just barely 3 inches off the ground!

The hippo in the water. By this time, the heat had kicked in and I was thinking that if I was that Hippo I would be in the water too...

Such a sweet picture! Cheese! See the Black Bear in the background?

By the time we had gone through the whole Zoo, Jacob was tuckered out! We found a spot to eat lunch under some umbrellas with misters. They brought the temperature down quite a bit!

After lunch we drove over to the Griffith Observatory. From the top of the hill we could see the Hollywood sign, so we snapped a few pictures of Jacob with Papa and GJo, and a family portrait as well. You can barely see the Hollywood sign, but it is there! ;)

The Observatory

Jacob loved running around on the top part of the observatory. He thought he was so cool!

Papa, GJo and Jacob. What great smiles!!!

We had a great time seeing animals and also learning about the sun and moon from the observatory. And...even though it took us 3 hours to get home because of LA traffic, we still had a great time. On the way back to GJo's house Jacob had been asking for water and we were out of water. So Jeff said that we would have the best water when we got to GJo's house. So Jacob began repeating that phrase over and over until we got home. So...when we got home, we had "the BEST water" at "GJo's house" and it was refreshing!

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