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BotCon Pics 6/2/11 - Part 2

After Hollywood Blvd, the GPS (Gift Primus Sent) directed me to the Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits.
Parking cost me around $6, but at least it was a close walk. 

My camera SD card was full and I had forgotten to take the extra ones with me.  derp.
So these pics are from my phone.  I was surprised they came out as well as they did. 

Main entrance of the museum.  I walked from the back around the building, just under the embossed overhang and down the steps. 


First thing you see is the Lake Pit with the mammoth diorama. 
First thing you smell is tar.  Have you ever been around when a flat roof is tarred?  Well, it smelled just like that - the not-quite-asphalt, not-quite-diesel smell.  Reminded me of when I had a torrid affair with a roofer back in the 1980's.  He had the biggest....
Ah, never mind. 
The pit was pretty cool.  That black stuff is the tar, with a layer of water over most of the pit.


Noxious gas would break through the surface quite often, bubbles shooting sometimes three feet across. 
That circle to the left is a bubble break.
Guys were talking that birds still get fooled today and end up stuck in the tar.  I don't know if they try to save them or not.


There were about 6 pits all around the grounds.  This one was the size of an above ground pool. 
Those are ferns at the foot of  the tree.


There are a couple active pits where work was being done.  Volunteers work on 23 crates excavated during the construction of an underground parking garage.  No one was there when I walked by, and I didn't want to waste my camera space on giant wood boxes that were just sitting there. 
Sloth statues.  If there had been anyone else around, I'd have asked them to take a pic of me sitting on the one. 
They were under 6 feet tall.

We were supposed to follow the cat prints to different pits. 

Done with the grounds, I went into the museum. 
$11 admission, and once through the gates, a donation box.
I thought it was really cute.  I want one for my garden.
I fed the kitty $1.


There were theaters with continuous films, but I didn't have time to sit there.
Harlan's Ground Sloth - the same ones from the above pic.

Some of the skulls that came from the pits.  There was even a tiny mouse skull less than an inch long.
So awesome - I love skulls.

These sabertooth skulls had me drooling. Look at those teeth.

Stab and slice, indeed.


Although I have read that now they don't think there was much slicing involved.
Just the stabbing to make the prey loose blood quickly. 

American Mastodon cow and calf. 


Columbian Mammoth.


I can't even express how huge this guy was. 
The tusks were way above my head.  I don't think I could have touched them even if I jumped. 
His leg bone was about 3 feet long.
You can see another leg bone on the table in front of him.
So, so cool.



hahaha - never mind.  It's a condor.

A whole wall of Dire Wolf Skulls pulled from the pits. 
I counted them, but lost the paper with the total.  I believe it was close to 400 skulls.


All these volunteers were working on separating bits of bone, insect parts and whatnot.
What a tedious job.

See those tiny bits - some were working on pieces that were only a millimeter in size. 
Looked like dust to me.  


It was getting late - I think around 4:30pm, and I wanted to get to femme's BD dinner.
But, I ran into traffic which slowed me up.  I was late getting there and had to call to find out where everyone was.  Parking on the street, I was juggling my phone, car keys and debit card (to pay for parking - surprise!) and I lost my card.  I presume I dropped it on the sidewalk because I wasn't paying attention.  Ah well, good thing I always take 2 different cards with me on vacations. 
I would have never found that restaurant if femme hadn't come out to get me. 
Went inside and met everyone.  Promptly forgot almost everyone's name!  I had to make notes for myself. 
Sitting there, I realized I never paid for parking!  derp.
So I had to run back to the car (hoping I didn't get a ticket in the meantime) and put $$ in the meter. 
And I called my bank in the meantime.
Back to the restaurant just in time to leave to get in line for our packages and badge.  ('Badges?  We don't need no stinkin' badges!')

"The Line"

I got in line around 7:15pm.  By the time I got my stuff to make me legal, and went through the additional line at the Club Store to buy the 'special stuff', about 3 1/2 hours had passed.  Me feets hurt sooo bad.   
Amazingly enuf, I remembered where I parked, and managed to drive back to the hotel and crawled into the room about 11:15pm.  All my roomies were already snoozin - except for femme, who was worried that the parking garage had closed and I'd have to walk home!  It was nice that someone cared.

What a day.

Next I'll post pics of the con, proper.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 11th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh man, I would love to go there.
Jun. 11th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
This place was top of the list of places to see when I was in CA.
Followed by the observatory, then Hollywood.
Jun. 11th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Worrying and fretting are things I do very well :) I was glad you made it back ok XDDD
Jun. 11th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
haha - I think it's a 'mom' thing.

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Jun. 11th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)

Am I weird because I think dead animals are cool?
Jun. 11th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
I was in that line somewhere! And actually, a lot of La Brea used to be tar and swamp. Funny how now that area is the well to do part of LA. :B
Jun. 12th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
That line was really something. They seemed very unorganized and short on staff. I wonder what perks you get if you volunteer to help. Might be a cool idea to think about next year.

It's hard to imagine there is a city all around those pits. They really belong out in the country somewhere.
Jun. 11th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
Thanks to your pics, I don't have to visit the Tar Pits. The main views have been captured by you! :-)

A roofer, eh? I bet he really knew how to lay.


Jun. 12th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Ah, if you have the chance, you gotta go yourself.
The pics don't do the place justice, although I did the best I could.

Jun. 11th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
Very awesome photos. <3
Jun. 12th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you inspire me. Your pics are the lambos in the car show.
Hmm. Odd saying - that. You know what I mean. ;)

Jun. 12th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
Aw, you're welcome! :)

funny pictures of cats with captions

And thank you for the lovely compliment!!
Jun. 12th, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
La Brea! Huzzah! I haven't been there in years, and the last time I was in SoCal they were closed for rennovations. Happy to see they're open again and they still have the excellent grassy hills for rolling down! Wheeee!
SABERTOOTH SKULLS!!! <3333333333333333
Jun. 12th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
OMG - Is that a coelacanth icon!
When I was a kid in the 60's, I devoured a book about finding them in some river in Africa. So cool to find a living fossil.

Skulls = cool.
SABERTOOTH Skulls = coolest.

Jun. 12th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yep! Coelacanths and nautili are favorite relict species. <333 And off the coast of India, too. It was a while, I think? before anyone brought one up live and kept it alive in a tank. But I think there are some in aquariums now? There are a couple of different subspecies. ::waves hands::

YES. <3
Jul. 6th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
La Brea
I would love to see that locality (geospeak for place!) for myself. My degree is in geology (as you know Bob) and this is a classic locality, as well as being a TF location in Animated. I once got 99% in a palaeo exam. anyway, La Brea looks really cool. Pleased to see you went to the observatory as well - my other speciality, astronomy/planetary science. I'd have loved that trip, though I don't think I'm up to hiking 5 miles yet!
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