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Our Tour Guests Fly Over Little Water
as Well as Big Water
Despite its arising from a near desert, Los Angeles does have bodies of water all around that are not salty. Silverlake, McArthur Park Lake and Echo Park Lake (above) stand out as we fly low over the city on a grand helicopter tour. Flying for an hour allows us to fly between the skyscapers of downtown having already seen the nearby lakes and then on toward the ocean after banking west above the Los Angeles Coliseum and the University of Southern California. Once over the Santa Monica Bay, with no altitude restrictions, we can fly really low. We skim the ocean while its whales, dolphins, sea lions and seals marvel as our luxury-appointed bird noisily passes overhead. We take note of the surfers and the lovely beach abodes of the Hollywood set as we cruise up to Malibu. Yes, despite the desert conditions and the drought, there is a lot of water all around and through Los Angeles.
When my husband and I moved to Los Angeles, we immediately noticed that people do things a bit differently on the West Coast. The first thing that struck us was the casualness – I don’t think I’ve seen a single person at work wearing a suit or even khakis. Negotiating all the traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway has been a sobering experience to say the least, but for the most part we’ve adapted quickly.
I particularly like the fact that people in L.A. are so health-conscious. I had never so much as tasted tofu before moving out here, and now it’s one of my favorite garnishes. All of our friends back in Boston were intrigued by our new way of life, and many of them have made the trip out here to see how we’re doing. We love taking them around the city and usually make reservations for LA helicopter tours one day so we don’t have to battle the traffic.
The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM Pacific Standard Time in Reseda, a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California, lasting for about 20 seconds. The earthquake had a “strong” moment magnitude of 6.7, but the ground acceleration was one of the highest ever instrumentally recorded in an urban area in North America.
Seventy-two deaths were attributed to the earthquake, with over 9,000 injured. In addition, the earthquake caused an estimated $20 billion in damage, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history, with visible damage that could been seen from Los Angeles helicopter tours of the area. The earthquake struck in the San Fernando Valley about 20 miles (31 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles near the community of Northridge. The actual epicenter of the quake was in Reseda, near the intersection of Reseda Blvd. and Saticoy St. However, it took several days to pinpoint the epicenter with accuracy, and in the meantime the media had already dubbed it “The Northridge Earthquake.” The name stuck, in part due to the extensive damage and loss of life in Northridge.