[I put two pictures together above, moving the sign out onto the lawn]
These are the Santa Monica mountains a short walk up from Will Rogers' house. David Hockney fans may recognize this type of landscape from the Pool with Two Figures. Though Hockney took some liberties and greened things up a bit - even though the hills in the picture are pretty green after record December rainfall. And so you folks back in Anchorage don't feel too bad, it was cloudy all day and chilly for here. High 50s F.
Jumping past some other events, we stopped in a Iranian book store in Westwood.
The Ruskin Group Theatre is on the grounds of the Santa Monica airport which we go through regularly while we're here. Since it's so close to my mom's house, we thought we should try to catch a play here. So, on the way home we stopped to see if we could get tickets. We were put on the waiting list.