And by getting high, of course I mean (a) going to the Griffith Observatory high in the Hollywood Hills, and (b) huffing hydrocarbon fumes at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits. What else would I mean?

So first, some words of advice for anyone going to the Griffith Observatory.

  1. Get there early. At least 30 minutes before it opens. There is limited parking and you don’t want to have to parallel park on a steep, winding, two lane road next to a thousand foot drop, do you? (Ok, maybe it’s not a thousand feet, but it’s high enough to hurt.)
  2. If you’re using a GPS, don’t count on it to get you to the observatory. Mine produced a couple big gaps in the route, and I didn’t find any teleporters, so I’m not sure how it expected me to get there. Also, don’t fall for the idea that if it just gets you to Griffith Park, you’ll surely see some signs pointing you to the observatory. The kindly Los Angeles city planners apparently didn’t think that would be a good idea. I spent nearly an hour driving through Griffith Park, with no signs to suggest the Observatory even existed. Tell your GPS to take you to the Greek Theatre. By the time you get there, you’ll have seen enough signs to know that the Observatory is just a little further along the same road.
  3. See the planetarium show! It’s worth the extra $7.
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