E3 2016 Last Day Blog – La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rodeo Drive
E3 2016 Day 8, Last Day
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the E3 week blog. Today was our last day in Los Angeles. I am currently writing this from the airport as our flight is delayed by four hours.
We wanted to make the most of our last day in LA so we jammed in as much activity as we could. After checking out of our hotel we went to see the La Brea Tar Pits. We had never seen tar pits before, so we were quite excited. All I wanted to see was a bubbling tar pit, and I was not disappointed- there was one right out front of the museum. The La Brea Tar Pits are pools of asphalt (unlike the name suggests, they are not actually tar) that have seeped up from bellow the earth’s surface, essentially creating deep sinking pools that have been around for tens of thousands of years. What makes them exceptional, is that due to their sinking nature they have trapped animals between 11 000 to 50 000 years ago. Since excavations of the tar pits began in 1906, more than one million bones have been found. These include dire wolves (I didn’t know these were real!), coyotes, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats. We thought that the museum showcasing the fossils was only okay (appeared dated), while the outside tar pits were more impressive. The La Brea Tar Pits filled up about 2 hours of our day.
Next we visited the Los Angles County Museum of Art, which was less than a 5 minute walk from the tar pits. The museum consisted of multiple buildings with different section of art. Coming from Ontario, we are a bit spoiled with the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario which have fantastic collections. With the exception of several Picasso and a few Monet pieces, we found the LACMA a bit lacking. Firstly, the lighting was weird. Sometimes the way the light shone on paintings, actually made it difficult to see the entire painting due to a reflection. It was also not possible to enter some exhibits from the second floor. For example, we were on the second floor of a building which we had traveled to from the second floor of an attached building. To get to the first floor of the same building we had to exit, walk around, and enter directly from ground level again. That was very strange. We spent about 3 hours at the LACMA.
Afterwards we had about an hour before we thought we had to be at the airport (didn’t know about flight delay until we dropped of our rental car). We decided to visit Rodeo drive since it was nearby and we had never been. Although most of the stores were closed we still really enjoyed it. With the stores being closed we didn’t have to fight any crowds, and we were still able to window shop Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Rolex, and Chanel.
As a I mentioned before, we are currently sitting in the airport for another 4 hours until our flight leaves at 3:20 AM. It will actually be leaving at the time it was supposed to arrive in Toronto. Overall, we enjoyed our time in LA and at E3. We had more appointments this year than we have ever had. It was exhausting, but productive and worthwhile to meet all the people we did. After being away from home for over a week, we are eager to get back to our normal schedules and be reunited with our fur child. This will be the last E3 2016 blog post. Until our next trip to Comic Con in August- all the best!