Sunday, October 21, 2012

Photos From A Gorgeous Hike: The Griffith Observatory, Downtown LA and The Hollywood Sign

I went for a hike up to Mt. Hollywood today.  The cloudy skies made for some great photos.  Here's a panorama looking all the way from Glendale to the Hollywood sign.

 A Rutan Long-EZ aircraft -

Photos From Love Ride 29: Harleys Galore

The Love Ride is a massive charity motorcycle ride that originates at Harley-Davidson of Glendale and ends with a big concert and party at Castaic Lake. I walked over and checked out the scene on San Fernando Road this morning. This year, they were raising funds for the USO to support the troops. 

MC Jay Leno with assorted celebs, including car customizer George Barris, Robert Patrick, Antonio Sabato Jr, one of the guys from Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Lorenzo Lamas.
big crowd
This Native-American themed bike was my favorite:

MC Jay Leno introduces legendary car customizer George Barris.

Updated**: *NOT* President Obama In the Skies Above Glendale

This afternoon I was at the Glendale Train Station taking some photos when I heard helicopters in the distance.  I looked up and saw two Sikorsky Sea King helicopters approaching.  As they drew closer, my jaw dropped as I could see they both bore the distinctive markings of Marine One -- the helicopter used by the President of the United States.  For security reasons, Marine One always flies with a decoy/back-up twin.  This sighting easily ranks with the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the B-2 stealth bomber as the most exciting aircraft I've spotted above Glendale.

*Update: I spoke too soon! When I originally wrote this post, I assumed that President Obama was actually in one of the helicopters, but after researching his schedule, he is at Camp David today.  From what I've gleaned so far, the helicopters are on a practice run for a future presidential visit.

*Update #2: Sunday's sighting of a pair of "Marine One" helicopters is explained: President Obama is going to be on The Tonight Show in Burbank on Wednesday 10/24; the helicopters were on a practice run.