September 23, 2014

GRIFFITH PARK & THE LA ABANDONED ZOO

Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
Griffith Park is one of my very favorite places in Burbank. It was the first place that Tyler took me that was near our house that felt like I had left the city. We often miss being able to get away and spend time outdoors and Griffith Park is our ticket. At the base of Griffith park is the LA abandoned Zoo. Who knew there were still abandoned zoos around.
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
When my friend Caitlin was in town we didn't have a lot planned but we thought it would be super fun to go to Griffith Park and the abandoned zoo. It's a great place to get outside, do something unique and it's free! Win, win!
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
While exploring the zoo you can actually enter some of the old cages. Crazy, right? It's kind of weird knowing that at some point animals used to be caged there and sad. Some of the cages are rather small. As an on looker it is rather fun though, going inside, looking around, and wondering what kind of stories have been made there.
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LAI told Caitlin we HAD to take this picture. Because, really every adventure should be accompanied with this photos. Also, we look cute standing outside a creepy abandoned cage, right? That's what I'm telling myself.
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
After we walked through the Zoo we made our way up the mountain. The hike up Griffith Park isn't to bad. The first section leaves me most winded because it has the steepest incline. We totally killed it, though. Caitlin was a total trooper, too. We didn't tell her we were going hiking and she had only brought sandals. She dominated that mountain in those sandals, like a pro!
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
There are different trails to get to the top of the mountain to the helipad and we picked one that was a little shorter. I've never been one to make it up the mountain without stopping so we took a few break to catch our breaths. I'm working on getting those lungs into shape.
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
I had to include this top picture because it just screams LA. Don't ya think? Tyler was so super awesome at snapping such great and fun photos! We do love photography!
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
Hiking in Griffith Park, LA abandonded zoo, things to do in LA, Free stuff in LA
The view from the helipad is so beautiful! On clear days you can even see the ocean. It's so nice to get above the city, take it all in, and soak up Jesus. What are some of your favorite places to go in your town?

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