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California ( September 9-24, 2005)

La Brea Tar Pits

The happiest place on Earth

The smell of tar lingered in the air.

The La Brea tar pits are a short drive east from Beverly Hills and south of Hollywood, on a stretch of the Wilshire Boulevard called the Miracle Mile.

I was reminded of the volcanic mud pools at Rotarua.

You can watch bubbles reach the surface in some of the pits.

The stick shows how gooey it is.

The tar is still oozing out of the ground, and you are likely to get some on your shoes if you're not careful where you walk.

Pit 91 is in the process of being excavated. Alas, we arrived too late to see people working in it.

Many of the pits have been excavated for their fossils (animals, plants, birds, insects, etc) dating back to the last ice age (8,000 to 40,000 years ago).

Columbian mammoth

The Page Museum located on the site contains skeletons of some of the animals found there, as well as showing the research associated with current excavations.

California saber-tooth cat


Turning my life around.....