Thursday, April 7, 2011

I Don't Get it...

You know how there are those structures that are just iconic?  Like the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge?   (And those three in particular are scarily photogenic).  Here in LA, I think the closest thing that comes to "iconic" is the Hollywood sign.  According to the Wikipedia entry, it originally read "Hollywoodland" and was meant to advertise a housing development in the area.  And then, of course, it became associated with the movies, glamour, and all that jazz. 

I never really understood all the fuss about the sign, so H and I combined our plan to hike with some Hollywood sign inspection.  We took the Hollyridge Trail which takes you steeply above the sign.  It was a good, short hike and I got to see the back of the sign up-close.  Eh.  Not completely sold.  The most entertaining part of the whole experience was what a motley crew gathered on that trail.  About 1/2 of the crowd came for the hike (shorts, sneakers, water bottles) and 1/2 were tourists who came strictly for the sign (cameras around the neck, jeans, bedazzled flip flops).  H and I were prepared like the former but gawking at the sign like the latter. 

Downtown LA in the distance; Griffifth Observatory in the foreground.  Cloudy Saturday.  Perfect for hiking.

These two photos here are misleading.  There's actually a high fence between the trail and the sign.  These were taken through the chain link for a clear shot.

High security much? 


  1. are you sure it's a "cloudy" morning and not just everyday smog?

  2. This is a valid question. But yes, I'm sure, because everyday that week the sky was blue and niiiice.


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