Patrick got me a GoPro for my birthday this year. One thing we want to do with it is dashcam trips throughout L.A. and post them on YouTube on a channel yet-to-be-named. Before we do that, though, I wanted to conduct a test run, so that's what I did today. I drove out to Hollywood Lake Park, which is anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour away from where I live, depending on traffic. I figured that would be a good amount of time to detect any problems that might occur while recording the journey out there. Good news: It recorded the round trip flawlessly.
I was hoping that going out to a tourist-y spot would make for some fun people watching and provide an interesting photo for the blog, but alas, it was sedate! There were a few people in the park, but mostly with their dogs or kids. I'm guessing they were locals to the area, whereas the tourists were at the vista point just south of the park, since that's the most ideal place for a photo op. The best thing I caught was this photo of a couple of tourists reviewing the selfies they took, which seemed only fitting. Rather than heading over to the vista point for more photos, I opted for the other reason why I wanted to visit Hollywood Lake Park: hiking.
Yes, there's hiking trails in the area (they're surprisingly prevalent throughout L.A.), and I wanted to explore at least one of them while there since they're all new to me. Sadly, I went during the worst possible time — high noon on a hot, muggy day — and I sweat through my shirt after walking about a half mile on Innsdale Drive (right before Mulholland Highway) in the blazing sun. I turned back since I knew I would run out of water on the return trip if I went further. That said, what I did experience was a pretty view and I must go back sometime.
Tomorrow, I travel to a place that's a little less known to popular culture. Stay tuned.
Camera used: Canon Rebel XTi, 18-55mm lens