Monday, May 5, 2008

Hurray for Hollywood

The most well known symbol of Los Angeles is probably the Hollywood sign. It was originally built to advertise a housing development in the hills and was officially dedicated in 1923.

Although it is viewable from many areas of L.A., it is a little tricky to find the trail head leading up to it.

Tricky but not impossible.

Even though I live here, it's fun to act like a stupid tourist.

It took about half an hour to climb to the top of the hill, just above the sign. You can't get right to the sign because of a tall fence and threats of fines.

Apparently they want to end vandalism to the landmark. Over the years, the sign has been transformed into HOLYWOOD, HOLLYWEED, GO UCLA, and even OIL WAR. Such creativity was frowned upon and a high tech surveillance system was installed.

This is the view from the top. You can just make out the letters behind me.

My friend is less impressed with Hollywood than what I am.

The view was absolutely spectacular. On a clear day you can see forever.

The plants were growing right into the rock. You see, even the flora must struggle to survive in this damn place.

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