Malibu Hike

2017 February 20
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MASH was by far my favorite TV show growing up as a kid. I watched it every chance I could and was one of the tens of millions of individuals that watched its final episode as it went off the air permanently. I even gave the show After MASH a chance, but that one was just stupid.

The show was able to mix comedy and heart like few had ever figured out. It showed, somewhat, the horrors of war. The death that came with people fighting over what usually does not truly amount to much in the true long term of history.

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Getty Villa Set 2

2017 February 18
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Here is the second set of pictures from the Getty Villa.

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Getty Center Set 2

2017 February 16
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Here is the second set of pictures from the Getty Center.

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Getty Villa

2017 February 14
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The Getty Villa is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Located at the southerly end of the Malibu coast in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA, the Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD, including the Lansdowne Heracles and the Victorious Youth. The UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in Archeological and Ethnographic Conservation is housed on this campus. The collection is documented and presented through the online Getty Guide as well as through audio tours.

I did not even know about the Getty Villa until I went to the Getty Center. I am so happy that I learned of its existence and had the time and opportunity to go for a visit on my trip.

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Getty Center

2017 February 12
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The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The $1.3 billion Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Center sits atop a hill connected to a visitors' parking garage at the bottom of the hill by a three-car, cable-pulled hover train funicular.

This is a fantastic place, the art, the views, the structure itself, there is nothing about this place that is not amazing. I had been wanting to visit the center for along while on one of my many trips to California, and finally was able to make it happen during the 3 week long visit and it was very much worth the wait.

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San Diego Safari Set 6

2017 February 10
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This is the final set of pictures from the San Diego Safari Park.

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San Diego Zoo Set 4

2017 February 08
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Here is the final set of pictures from the San Diego Zoo.

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San Diego Safari Set 5

2017 February 06
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Here is the fifth set of pictures from the San Diego Safari Park.

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San Diego Zoo Set 3

2017 February 04
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Here is the third set of pictures from the San Diego Zoo.

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San Diego Safari Set 4

2017 February 02
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Here is the fourth set of pictures from San Diego Safari Park.

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Pandas Set 2

2017 January 31
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Here is the second set of Pandas from the San Diego Zoo.

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San Diego Safari Set 3

2017 January 29
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Here is the third set of pictures from the San Diego Safari Park.

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San Diego Zoo Set 2

2017 January 27
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Here is the second set of pictures from the San Diego Zoo.

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San Diego Safari Set 2

2017 January 25
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Here is the second set of pictures from the San Diego Safari Park.

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Pandas

2017 January 23
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The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, literally "black and white cat-foot"; Chinese: 大熊猫; pinyin: dà xióng māo, literally "big bear cat"), also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China. It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The name "giant panda" is sometimes used to distinguish it from the unrelated red panda. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the giant panda's diet is over 99% bamboo. Giant pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. In captivity, they may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared food.

The main reason as I said for me wanting to go to the San Diego Zoo was for the Pandas. These majestic creatures are not many places in the United States so I had to take the opportunity to see them when I had the chance.

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