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Our Private Tour Guests See the Drought
and Help Out
Southern California has a dry climate under the best of conditions. In Los Angeles we receive on average only 15 inches of rain every year. Not many rainy days around here. In fact, we get much of our rain at night. Anyone paying attention to weather news knows that California has been experiencing a monumental drought over the past four years that has significantly lowered the water levels in our reservoirs and underground aquifers. Water agencies have been mandated to reduce consumption by any means necessary. Californians are not unaquainted with water conservation. It’s taught to us early and often (favorite t-shirt slogans include “Save Water, Shower with a Friend” and “If It’s Yellow Let It Mellow, When It’s Brown Flush it Down”) . We shorten our showers, skip flushes, replace faucet and shower heads, reduce the number of car washings, limit our lawn and yard irrigation and many other small but significant adaptations to reduce the scope of the problem as much as possible. We do this willingly and with the understanding that while the global climate is slowly changing local weather is cyclical. The drought will eventually end (maybe this winter with a Super El Niño on the way). In the meantime we answer eager and curious private Los Angeles tour guests’ questions about the issues and difficulties of living in a Mediterranean climate. We let them understand why water is not automatically provided in restaurants and that they should decline the water if they do not anticipate drinking it. When they see the low level of water behind the Mulholland Dam on Lake Hollywood the point is driven home.
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.
The Bears of Hollywood Viewed by a Los Angeles Tour on a Hike
Sometimes you have to really get close up to see the intricate details that truly showcase what you are seeing. In this case, we and our private Los Angeles tour guests hiked over and around the Mulholland Dam that creates the Hollywood Reservoir (which we call Lake Hollywood) so we could examine the bears adorning the columns between each arch as they stare over Hollywood. The dam was built in 1923 and seemingly destroyed in the disaster movie EARTHQUAKE in 1974. This area is one of the best hiking areas for sightseeing. There is the circuit around the lake and the trail up past the original Batman Bat Cave right up to the Hollywood Sign. Even better, no real bears… any more.
A Favorite Los Angeles Tour View of the Lake and the Sea
Looking out over the Los Angeles basin from above Lake Hollywood you can almost always see the ocean at Santa Monica. On spring days like this there are puffy clouds racing overhead and already the moisture in the air is obscuring the more distant Catalina Island. With the Hollywood Sign behind us we direct our private Los Angeles tour guests’ attention to the fabulous homes visible up here in the Hollywood Hills and the Mulholland Dam which is holding back about 2.5 billion gallons of water – just in case we need it. There are emergency services transmitters above the Hollywood Sign keeping Los Angeles secure and the water seen here is not in general circulation but rather kept safely stored in the event of a catastrophe.
Los Angeles Tour Stop to Stretch Our Legs Under the Hollywood Sign
This beautiful park is often full of the beautiful people of Hollywood and their pets. We make sure to stop here when we have a private Los Angeles tour group that includes dogs (our very popular “K-9” tour). Also, small children are safe to run around on the grassy lawn and expend some energy. This is a great spot for us to capture amazing photographs of the Hollywood Sign, Lake Hollywood, the chaparral-covered mountains all around and the Los Angeles basin from downtown Los Angeles to the beaches extending from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Santa Monica. There is even a vineyard along the side of the mountain looking in another direction. Early in the morning we might see deer, raccoons and even coyotes up here where much of the land is undeveloped. The winter sunset draws lovers to spots nearby who can enjoy the multi-colored sky as the lights in the city below are illuminated.
Private Los Angeles Tour Enjoys a Typical Clear Hollywood Day
It is a dry heat they say but it really does provide our private luxury tour guests with the opportunity to enjoy lovely clear days throughout the year despite the city’s proximity to a cold Pacific Ocean. Maybe it is the recession and sequester and partial government shutdown, maybe it’s climate change and maybe it’s just cleaner fuels and cleaner fuel burning engines, the result is many many more crystal clear days throughout the year. No smog, less fog – as soon as the daytime temperatures decline we can see forever. And it is beautiful. Our guide sent us this photo the other day of Catalina Island, rising from the Pacific Ocean off the Los Angeles coast and south of the Hollywood Sign (about 35 miles as the sea gull flies) where this photograph was taken. That’s the Lake Hollywood Dam in the foreground sitting just below the Hollywood Sign.
Hiking on a Private Hollywood Tour
Years after a massive landfall caused by excessive rains the Lake Hollywood loop is now fully open so that the complete 3½ mile trail can be hiked. Offering several access points the hike is easy and fun with great views of the old William Mulholland created reservoir that supplied all of Los Angeles with its water at one time. The Mulholland Dam will be familiar to many film lovers and television watchers as they cross over. We enjoy the opportunity to impress our energetic private Los Angeles tour guests exploring local hiking trails with our film location knowledge as well as to tell more about the history of Hollywood and Los Angeles all tied up around one important subject — WATER.