One of the great surprises of Los Angeles is that there are several local places to escape and find a bit of nature. I really dig the hiking trails in Elysian Park, where you can enjoy tremendous views of the bustling city below, including Dodger Stadium, while only hearing the sound of your own footsteps and the rustling of bushes as lizards and small mammals go about their daily routines. Below the trails, there’s also a traditional green-grass park setting, where you’ll find everything from children’s birthday party’s with pony’s, mariachi bands, over-exuberant uncles, and shit-tons of unleashed dogs, to man-whore’s cruising for sex, cracked-out hobos, and gangsters of every flag. Griffith Park is obviously world-renowned for its observatory, but it’s also home to the abandoned site of the old L.A. Zoo! It’s not necessarily undiscovered country, as there are picnic tables and typically a healthy dose of fresh graffiti scrawled over the man-made enclosures, but it is a mildly creepy spot, with a bit of signage explaining its roots. Pack a lunch and climb through the old animal exhibits – just watch out for puddles of human feces, and the more than occasional Urban Outfitters catalog photo shoot.
Website
laparks.org
Address
Elysian Park And Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, United States
Current city: Los Angeles
Los Angeles-based artist Eric Yahnker seems to have a very odd and dark sense of humour which is reflected in almost all of his works of art. His mixed media and collage masterpieces combine traditional and classic images with some twisted humor and caustic wit. He received his B.F.A. in animation from the California Institute Of Arts and studied journalism at University of Southern California. Eric Yahnker lives and work in Los Angeles, California.
 

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