Posts Tagged ‘animal’
A Giraffe on Our Wine Tasting Tour in Malibu
Meet Stanley. He just one of the happy folk that we get to visit when we take our Los Angeles private tour on a wine tasting expedition to one of our favorite Malibu wineries, Malibu Family Wines. We know he hears us coming because we like to fly in on one of our luxury helicopters and land in his back yard. He does not seem to mind unless we disturb his kickball exercise. We think he understands that despite the disturbance there will be some fawning attention and food treats to come. Smart animals, giraffes are. Smart people our guests are who allow us to bring them up here into the Santa Monica Mountains above the Pacific Ocean to sample some extraordinary local wines. We fill up the picnic table with a fine gourmet lunch to accompany the wine and encourage them to explore the grounds filled with movie props and a happy and friendly menagerie of beasts. Of course, there are vineyards to marvel at on this relaxed wine expedition so close to the sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles.
Hollywood Deer Are Friendly with Our
Private Tour and very Photogenic
Perhaps it is the dry hillsides that are bringing the deer closer to neighbors and even right up to our private Los Angeles tour guests as we were walking around Lake Hollywood over near Mulholland Dam. It was still quite early and cool when this animal appeared nearby. Not only was it not startled but it approached our small group on the quiet morning and appeared to give us a big deer smile when we clicked away with our camera. Deer are among the animals we regularly encounter in the hills around Hollywood and Beverly Hills or out in Griffith Park. We also cross paths with skunks and raccoons. Rarer, but not uncommon, are coyotes. Bobcats, rattlesnakes, cougars and bears, thankfully never though we know they are out there….watching us. We respect their territory and they allow us to pass. All of our staff love the animals and speak respectfully of them and their right to live where they have always lived. We only want them in our photos. Maybe one day they will pose for us beneath the Hollywood Sign. We would change our company logo with that photograph.
Our Private Tour Meets a Real Coyote
About the same size as a Border Collie, the coyotes we encounter regularly in the Hollywood Hills when we are enjoying an early morning private Los Angeles tour are certainly scrawnier and mangy-looking. We are assured by wildlife experts that this is a healthy population of pack animals and even during our severe drought they have plenty of rats, mice and rabbits to munch on for their nutritional needs. Our guests are always thrilled by the sight of these wild canines, indigenous to the southwest, but not generally familiar to most of our out-of-area guests. Our guests certainly are familiar with Wile E. Coyote of Looney Tunes cartoon fame (there are no roadrunners in Hollywood except for that animated creature) and have maybe heard the term used in discussions about border security. However, we really do consider these evening howlers (they do sing up a storm!) a welcome part of our ecosystem except for those unfortunate small pet owners who occasionally lose an animal when they are careless and allow their cats and dogs out of the house unattended when living in coyote territory.
Not a Usual Sight on Our Private Catalina Tour
Our guests and readers know we visit Catalina Island regularly throughout the year on our private luxury tours. Besides the usual island trekking by foot, jeep and golf cart, soaking up the magnificant landscapes and ocean air, we might be there to enjoy eco-ziplining or for a special film or concert event. Another favorite activity of many of our guests is scuba diving and snorkeling. Catalina Island waters are famous in southern California for these activities. The island offers calm waters in protected bays and lots of marine life to examine. One thing we never see is an oarfish like the one brought on shore the other day by a group of sailing school students. This rare find is not even the largest speciman to date as the creature can grow to 56 feet or so. Seen by marine biologists as the King of Herrings, the oarfish is the longest bony fish in the world. Traveling singly and preferring depths far below scuba capabilities these fish rarely interact with humans. This Catalina specimen was discovered already dead in shallow waters near the shore which is how the aquatic monster is generally seen.
Our Private Tour Kids in Hollywood Love Toto’s Memorial
Believe it or not we spend a great deal of time at cemeteries while traveling around Hollywood on our private Los Angeles tour. Our guests certainly enjoy seeing celebrity homes and mansions in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, but they also want to see where the old celebrities are now. Terry, the Cairn Terrier who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz back in 1939, found her “forever” home at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, right behind Paramount Studios. Originally buried on her owner’s Studio City ranch back in 1945, the construction of the Ventura Freeway destroyed her gravesite. With a ceremony that included Robert Baum, the grandson of Frank Baum who authored the beloved book, Terry was placed in this grand memorial park with many of the movies’ greatest stars – right where she belongs. There’s no place like home.
Venice Beach Delights Our Private Los Angeles Tour Guests
The improving weather and spring are bringing the crowds back to the Venice Beach boardwalk which means myriad musicians and even a piano player and his musical cat. Our custom private Los Angeles tour will stop in Venice to walk the boardwalk with our guests to see the sights. Musicians, comedians, magicians, dancers, jugglers, fire eaters, poets, painters, illustrators, tattooists, activists and, of course, trinket sellers, palm readers, hypnotists, masseuses, seers, doomsayers and all sorts of colorful, odd and unusual citizens of this popular beach community will greet us as we stroll along the wide sidewalk. There is no place like the Venice boardwalk. Let us show you around. If you want we can even provide you with a Segway (and training) for a personal motorized adventure tour up and down the beach.
Our Los Angeles Tour Goes to the Dog
Too cool for school comes to mind as we saw this recent photograph from a private Hollywood tour we took up at the historic entrance to Hollywoodland. Chilling right outside the Beachwood Cafe, one of the great breakfast joints of Los Angeles, this cool bull terrier keeps an eye on foot traffic while awaiting the return of his master who was probably enjoying the wonderful baked brioche French Toast with bacon butterscotch sauce in the cafe. We hope there was a doggie bag later.
The cafe has lunch and dinner menus worth dropping in and ordering from whenever you want to get up and away from the noisier parts of Hollywood. Located just beyond the stone pillars from 1923 welcoming guests to what was then a well advertised (perhaps you’ve seen the sign!) real estate development, the cafe is just one of the small businesses in the neighborhood center where locals congregate. Our most pinned Pinterest pin is a shot of the Hollywood Sign taken as we were driving up Beachwood Canyon toward the cafe.