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View from Griffith Observatory

Like any city, LA can be viewed from a number of different angles. And right from the get-go, I’ll tell you that my least favorite angle is the one you get when stuck in traffic on Highland. Between all of the adventures I’ve had out here, I’ve always managed to find a way to view things way off the ground, flying high like a G6. Yes, I did just make two Far East Movement references in one post. WIN.

I’ve always been afraid of heights. But maybe I’m now getting over that phobia. Surprisingly, my first aerial view didn’t even come from the plane on my flight into Burbank. We came right down through the infamous Los Angeles haze, so needless to say, views during that descent were less than spectacular. However, as much as it pains me to think about my flight home, I am excited to literally get a birds-eye view of this great city. Much to my surprise, I’ve learned my way around over the last three-and-a-half months, and have come to identify the different areas and landmarks of the city. So, I am excited to see all of those places and wish them farewell from the air.

Ironically, the building in which my two internships are housed both have roof access. HOW COOL IS THAT?! Granted, one is only three stories high, but the other is … one, two, oh yeah, THIRTEEN stories off the ground. Coming from a guy who’s been on top of the Empire State Building multiple times, I’ve definitely been more terrified to look down at the street below. But hey, the Live Nation building is one of the tallest structures in Hollywood, and being on the roof provides some pretty incredible views. From there, I can see everything that’s worth seeing in LA: the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, the downtown skyline, Century City, Hollywood Boulevard … the works. What’s cool about being on the roof of the Fanscape building is the awesome view you get of Beverly Hills. The mansions of that community literally dot the hills, providing me with a pretty cool sight, but I’m sure the view would be just a little bit better if I happened to be the proud owner of one of those houses. ::sigh:: Someday.

In my opinion, the view that trumps them all comes from the Hollywood sign. Two weeks ago, my roommate had friends visiting from home, so we took them on the hike to the top of the sign. Unfortunately, the weather was nearly as nice as it was on the day of our first hike in January, but is was still awesome to gaze out on the areas of the city we could see. Since the first hike, we’ve obviously done the vast majority of our trekking around LA, so it was cool to see the different places while enjoying time in the fresh air and with good friends. That night, we took a drive back up that mountain range to Griffith Observatory, a MUST GO for any and all ICLA students, especially at sunset or at night. We missed sunset, but managed to go once the skies had cleared up a bit. Believe me when I say, I could barely put my camera down. And from the looks of the resulting photos, it seems as if the days I served as The Ithacan’s Photo Editor served me well. I guess it just goes to show that when you least expect it, all of your Ithaca College experiences will someday connect.


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