Day 97: Leaving LA

Here we are getting ready to leave what’s been our home base for the last 4 days.  We had a great time visiting our friends, but tomorrow is supposed to be really hot so it’s time to go.  While packing up, I noticed that one of the struts we added to the bike rack was cracked almost all the way through.  I used a strap to hold it in place and hoped for the best.

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On the way out of LA, we stopped at an all-kosher supermarket and stocked up on meat and cheese.  We then went to the California Science Center, which is free except for the $25 oversized vehicle parking fee.  We were told to park in Lot 2, but the Lot 2 attendant wouldn’t let us park there because they were moving all the Lot 6 folks over to Lot 2 because Lot 6 was being use for a special event.  He directed me to Lot 3, where I was told I couldn’t park because we were oversized.  The Lot 3 attendant called his boss, who told us to park curbside:

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Our son tried out the video input sports game:

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Full size replica of the Cassini probe:

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…And a 1:5 scale Hubble model:

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California Science Center is the home of Space Shuttle Endeavour, so they had a Space Shuttle themed display area which includes a collage video of all 135 launches happening at once:

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Finally, we got to see Endeavour, the Shuttle built to replace Challenger:

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The Science Center also had a display about different habitats, including a kelp garden:

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We went back to the RV for lunch, then back in to the museum:

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The museum has a display for Felix Baumgartner’s high altitude capsule jump from the Red Bull Stratos capsule at over 120,000 feet above the ground.  A capsule and suit were on display:

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By the time we left the Science Center, it was dark, and we had the pleasure of experiencing LA rush hour traffic on the way out of town:

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We stopped at the Lowes of Moreno Valley for parts to fix the bike rack.  When I got out, I saw that the strut had completely failed, so we decided to spend the night here.    See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 96: Wheels and Blades
Day 98: Escaping civilization

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