When I first started family biking, the short climb up West Silver Lake Drive next to the reservoir nearly broke me. A few months later, I was biking up that hill twice a day for daycare drop offs and pick ups as we logged fourteen miles of daily child commuting. I won't say that it became effortless, but it definitely started to suck way less. On the weekends, we cautiously tackled longer, more ambitious adventures.
Yet, looming above us, challenging us, mocking us, was The Griffith Observatory. Why did I feel the need to conquer the mountain?
"Because it's there..."
And it's one of my favorite places in L.A. And the parking sucks. And The Griffith Observatory charges no admission.