Avila Beach to Los Angeles
Nice "relaxed" drive into and around LA today. Yeah right. I have never seen a better argument for banning cars and putting in some decent public transport.
I've been pleasantly surprised during this trip at how patient and relaxed US drivers are compared to their British counterparts. It doesn't seem to extend to the cities though and particularly not LA where patience seems to be in short supply - although we did arrive on a Friday afternoon which is always a cause for driving madness. That said, still not at the level of British road rage and to be fair, I suspect that LA works quite well if you get the hang of using the freeways and just dropping off near where you need to be.
So, bad traffic day but good food day!
We managed to find Slaw Dogs on the way into LA (this was one of Ethan's pre-researched food options). The Soy Bomb is a truly exceptional hot dog experience (as I suspect are the meaty options should you be so inclined). Another happy discovery, was Umami Burger near the hotel, so the taste buds have had a rare old time today.
Made an attempt to get to Griffith Observatory, but there was absolutely no parking to be had either at the Observatory or on the 2 mile road running up to it, unless you happened to time it just right and could outwit the lurkers.
Gave up in the end and headed to Santa Monica in the end. Very much like Skegness but without the charm :-)
But of course as with anywhere on the west coast, the sunsets are spectacular.