The Japanese American Museum currently has an exhibit on Polynesian culture. It features photographs of how a tattoo is applied, the people involved in the process, and the ones tattooed. Its ongoing from now till 1/8/2017!
For more information you can check out this link
JANM last December when they partially transformed the hallway into an ocean.
LA Chinatown’s Golden Dragon Parade is always a blast and culminates with the lighting of firecrackers. I highly recommend getting there early to beat the crowds (and getting decent parking. If you want to be near the firecrackers at the end try camping towards the Broadway/Cesar E Chavez intersection OR Broadway/Ord (just start making your way towards the Dragons once you see the last lions pass to at least see the firecrackers)
Make sure to check out Lei Min Way after as that’s where a lot of events/activities are centered!
Went to 2 Trails when I visited the Mojave National Preserve.
Rings Loop Trail is an easy 1.5 hike that starts at the Hole in the Wall Visitor Center. If you’re working on a National Park Passport there is a stamp located inside the center.
Kelso Dunes can be easy or challenging depending on how far you go. There are no trails but the footprints are a good hint on where to go. I recommend going there later so you can catch the sunset (if you’re ambitious go during sunrise!). Bring a towel and find some shaded area to just take in the sights and sounds of the desert. Also have lots of water and a flashlight.
You can get more info here:
Graffiti around the Arts District in DTLA. Definitely one of my favorite neighborhoods with small stores, 3 breweries (and counting), and lots of restaurants and bars.
Photos of the replica caves from the Cave Temples exhibit. The reason behind the replicas is to educate as well as help preserve the sites from wear and tear. When you visit make sure to get the tickets asap to see it, then go to the exhibit at the Research Institute to see artifacts from the site and to learn more about the history of the site as well as conservation efforts.
Pictures are not allowed in the Research Institute but my favorite item is the Pilgrims letter of introduction/passport. It is written in multiple languages and in my opinion one of the more unique items. The conservation section covers how they preserve the site, shows the materials used and samples on how the temples were constructed.
For more information you can check out the Getty’s Website:
Heading home after a long drive and caught this scene in Chinatown with my phone.
Mojave Desert | National Preserve | Kelso Depot Visitor Center
Located on the 2nd Floor of the Kelso Depot Visitor Center is an exhibit about the railroad development/expansion in the U.S. It features equipment used, maps, posters/advertisements used to promote travel and some rooms restored as exhibits.