My epic west coast vacation recap with pictures

     I have wonderful cousins on the east and west coast. Last week I visited my cousins Roger, John and Bronwyn in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. We took many pictures. Here's a recap of what we did and my favorite moments.  The first day of my trip we drove around Hollywood pretending to be paparazzi. 

     We went to see John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday.  It was his 40 anniversary concert with the LA Philharmonic.  This venue is almost 100 years old. Every seat is great. Steven Spielberg was a special guest. My cousin Roger's wife Sabrina packed wine and cheese for us to enjoy during the concert. My favorite moment was all the light sabers got turned on when the orchestra played the Star Wars theme.

     Earlier that day I hiked for three miles in almost 100 degree heat in the Hollywood Hills with my cousin Bronwyn. It was a long hike and we got pretty close to the Hollywood sign.  We had many laughs along the way. I started to hike about a year ago. This has become one of my favorite activities. 

     On Labor Day we all went to Dodge Stadium. Before the game I enjoyed the rooftop pool at my cousin's apartment. Those radio towers in the picture are historic structures in downtown LA.  The pool is 14 stores up and the towers are much higher. 

     My favorite picture from the ballgame was taken by my cousin John's wife Juliet.  It's me with my cousins John, Roger and John's son Johnny in the stands at Dodger Stadium.  The Mets won the game on a 3 run homer in the ninth. Dodger stadium cleared out quickly after that. It was a beautiful night so we walked from the stadium to my cousin's apartment in downtown LA after the game was over.  

     On Tuesday I made my second trip to the California Science Center to see the traveling King Tut exhibit. You can actually see the gold bands that were wrapped around the King's body linens to preserve it.  King Tut was only 19 when he died. His story is amazing.  The beautiful artifacts in the exhibit are almost 5 thousand years old. 

     Then it was on to Las Vegas by car. It was a 4 hour drive through the Mojave Desert. The Rocky Mountains are impressive. We drove for miles and saw nothing but sand and cactus plants. Then we reached Las Vegas. I was there for only one day but managed to walk the entire strip.  It overwhelming. So many places trying to get your attention. 

     The worst part of my trip was flying home. My flight was delayed 3 hours because of the weather. There were plenty of slot machines in the airport for people who wanted to keep on gambling! Pretty hilarious.      

  

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