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Finally, we make it to Southern California and weather befitting civilized society. We shrugged off our coats and scarfs to go shopping for sunglasses and eating sushi.

Despite having spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, one place I had yet to visit was the Griffith Observatory. My best understanding of the location was conveyed from Rebel Without A Cause, which left me wondering “what is the observatory like when it’s actually open?” One thing I now know is that the observatory hasn’t completely sold out like many other science museums re: planetarium shows. These presentations are live with a person talking about the night sky and space rather than a prerecorded celebrity narrator. I suppose this is a benefit of visiting an area with an overabundance of actors. Even science museums get great orators.

After enjoying the views and some fun displays, we took a quick gander at Bronson Canyon, home of the original bat cave. It was only fitting, then, to conclude the night with a viewing of the 1966 classic film staring Adam West, Batman—one of Hollywood’s greatest gifts to humanity.

Lexi lives in a truck camper down by the river.

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