Los Angeles, California: Though Los Angeles is crowded, polluted and suffers from terrible traffic, there is so much to see and do in this vast metropolis. Nearly every time we visit, Lisa and Lenny take us to a new park, museum, restaurant, shop or exhibit.

Today we visited the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – which, as far as I can figure, is practically on the USC campus, and next to the Los Angeles Coliseum – host to the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.

The Natural History Museum houses all sorts of dinosaur skeletons and a vast variety of taxidermified critters, most of which, you can only imagine, are of great interest to a two-year-old boy.

We had to watch-out for dinosaurs attacking us as we toured through the exhibits… and museum employees selling us touristy photos of dinosaur attacks.

Yo! Somebody could use a little teeth whitening!

Just a little Photoshop fun

Lisa and Leo take a break

Rose Garden with fountain

The museum has a really wonderful hands-on live animal exhibit for kids. Leo loved watching the turtles and (inset) rats. The rats have an elaborate system of tunnels and pipes to travel around to several areas inside the children’s area. Pretty-much creeped me out, but Leo was fascinated.

After exploring the museum, we had lunch at their on-site cafe, then took a stroll through their gardens before someone became very cranky and needed a nap. The museum building itself is just gorgeous – I highly recommend a visit the next time you find yourself in Los Angeles.

Statue honoring art, science and history in the ornate rotunda

Edible Garden area outside the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

After a nap and a little wrasslin’ with Bubba, we headed out to a nearby park.

The playground had a massive sandbox

Leo – looking at his Beloved Bubba – went down the slide about 20 times.

Bubba went down the slide once… and Leo with his “hmmm, what can I wreak havoc on next?” look.

Our Little Girl is still our Little Girl

As Mr. Buffett says… I’m growing older, but not up!

Life is good, and life is fun – especially when you have a squealing toddler on your lap in a swing. 

Until my next update, I remain, your youthful correspondent.

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