California ( September 9-24, 2005)
La Brea Tar Pits
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.
You can watch bubbles reach the surface in some of the pits.
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.
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).
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.