Named one of the “500 Best Places on the Planet” by The Lonely Planet, the Griffith Observatory is a definitive landmark in Los Angeles. Whether you like hiking, picnicking on the grassy knoll by the entrance or stargazing up into the night sky, the Observatory has it all. I went to visit with a few friends the night of the supermoon lunar eclipse. This was when the moon was full, and appeared to be a supermoon because it would have been at its closest point to the Earth during its orbit. On the same night, the Earth blocked the sun’s light from hitting the moon, making it appear reddish in color aka “blood moon”.
The Griffith Observatory was a prime location to view this and was hosting a free party with pianist Ray Ushikubo playing Beethoven sonatas by the front lawn. There was a large turnout of Angelenos excited to witness this rare occurrence which wouldn’t happen again until 2033. Unfortunately the same night that all of these things were supposed to take place, there was also a lot of fog. As people were disappointed and tired of waiting, the exciting thing we were able to witness was an unexpected marriage proposal. The news stations and anchors that were on location to film the lunar eclipse interviewed the excited couple, as the future bride gushed about how unexpectedly surprised and ecstatic she was. (Also relieved since she had gotten her nails done in time and wasn’t embarrassed showing off her new ring to the camera!)