An Ethel Among Mermans (thornwolf) wrote,
An Ethel Among Mermans
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La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum

A little late on posting these...was1 and goldwing came for a visit and we went to the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum. I've visited the tar pits before but never got a chance to see the museum, so it was a real treat. It's a little weird, because the area itself is a park where people like to plant themselves and have a picnic, only difference is tar sometimes bubbles up through the grass and parking lot depending on geological activity. The recent earthquakes we've been having I'm sure were the cause of some of the more recent upwellings we experienced. It was very much a "watch where you step" day, as new little puddles of asphalt (its not actually tar), seeped up through the freshly mowed grass. They even had a special area where we were given sticks to poke at the tar (childish, but ridiculously fun all things considered) which of course were a bane for parents hoping to keep their kids clean for the ride home :D

Colombian mammoths (not woolly! we don't get those down here) as featured in My Girl 2, Last Action Hero, and that horrible Tommy Lee Jones movie, Volcano (lol Mt. Wilshire) Also, "La Brea" simply means "The Tar" in Spanish.
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SSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTHHHHHHHHHH!!!!


Have I mentioned I love giant ground sloths?
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This was a wall featuring 404 of 1600 dire wolf skulls they found in the pits. They're still pulling more out all the time. Dire wolves are dumb.
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Yep. Really dumb.
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DURHURHURHURR!
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Hee hee baculum...
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Our state fossil, Smilodon fatalis californicus!
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Short faced bear. In the background you can see the cleaning room where you can sometimes see people actually working on cleaning the bones. If you saw the tar pits episode with Mike Rowe you may recognize this room. They feature some of the items Mike Rowe and crew pulled out in that episode as well as an episode guide/tribute :)
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Of course with the popularity of the Ice Age movies you just KNEW the gift shop was going to have some stuff featuring those characters, which they did, but they also had this hilariously derpy rip-off.
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This shirt made me LOL
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Definitely worth a gander if you're ever in the Wilshire area. If you're a student you get in for $4.50, but you can roam the park and look at the tar pits for free!

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