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Riding the Rails at Griffith Park

Today was a good not-ridiculously-hot day here in LA, so Larry suggested we get out and walk or do something.  He thought Griffith Park would be a good idea, and instead of just repeating ourselves, I brought up Travel Town.  So we headed over there as it is quite easy to get to from where we live in Glendale.

First up was checking out the Travel Town complex.  It’s got a bunch of old train cars set up that you can kinda walk by and see.  Some are open and you can enter, but most are closed off.  There’s also a train ride that circles the complex twice – it’s a tight squeeze to fit two men in a seat, and there’s not much exactly to marvel at, but I imagine for the price of $2.75, it’s a cheap way to entertain your kids.  I took some pics of our time there with my brand new Nikon Coolpix S9900 and I LOVE IT so much.  Very good pictures, and kind of puts my previous Canon to shame, honestly.

2015 07 05 – Travel Town

Welcome to Travel Town
Welcome to Travel Town05-Jul-2015 13:29, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:29, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:30, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
05-Jul-2015 13:30, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:30, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:30, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
05-Jul-2015 13:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 125
 
05-Jul-2015 13:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:34, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
05-Jul-2015 13:34, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 13:34, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 125
Larry knows how to work a farewell from a train
Larry knows how to work a farewell from a train05-Jul-2015 13:34, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 

We then started a walk, anticipating it would be much like our walk at the end of 2014, but the ground was really soft and sandy as it was a horse trail.  Kind of annoying to walk in.  But we did stumble our way down to the Steamers Train place, which was extraordinarily lucky of us as THIS PLACE IS AMAZING.  The train at Travel Town is quaint, but it’s kind of boring.  Here, the train ride is the absolute focus and point of the whole place.  I liken the ride to being able to ride in a model train set.  You straddle a cool scale model of a train and then proceed through a bunch of various themes, bridges, tunnels and locales.  It’s amazing, and most importantly, fun.  It’s apparently only open on Sundays from 11am – 3pm, and we got there right at 2:58pm, so we just squeaked in.  I’d highly recommend doing the same, and get there right around closing, as it looks kinda crowded before that.  Anyway, just know it’s awesome and well worth the effort to go and visit.

Riding the Awesome Train at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Train Museum

The WAY better place for a Griffith Park train ride
The WAY better place for a Griffith Park train ride05-Jul-2015 14:57, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
The Steamers Museum - you MUST go
The Steamers Museum - you MUST go05-Jul-2015 14:58, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 14:58, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Awesome model train set - the ride within is kinda like riding on this
Awesome model train set - the ride within is kinda like riding on this05-Jul-2015 14:58, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 14:59, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 14:59, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
05-Jul-2015 14:59, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 15:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 125
On this train ride, you straddle the car
On this train ride, you straddle the car05-Jul-2015 15:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 125
 
05-Jul-2015 15:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
We got to wait for a little bit
We got to wait for a little bit05-Jul-2015 15:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
05-Jul-2015 15:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 125
 
05-Jul-2015 15:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
05-Jul-2015 15:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
This was the Thomas Train
This was the Thomas Train05-Jul-2015 15:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
 

Go ride this train!  It’s incredible.