My father loves taking public transportation. When he and mom still lived in the Philippines, he insisted during my annual visits that we use the LRT in Manila to go to the big city from our home in provincial Bulacan. Of course, my mother and relatives did not approve. Dad and I went anyway, going to places of his childhood – Divisoria, Ongpin – when Manila was still, well, beautiful.
Light Railway Transit
View from the station
Dad & I waiting for the LRT, 2.26.2010
Now, because of Dad’s daily need for dialysis, my parents live very close to me. Dad has not lost his desire for adventures using public transportation. He has a senior bus pass and regularly rides, even though he is still able to drive safely at age 81.
Yesterday, he and I decided to take public transportation to see the space shuttle, “Endeavor,” at the California Science Center, in downtown Los Angeles. Dad, armed with his iPad, Time magazine and senior bus pass, and me with my iPhone and Tap Card began our adventure. We walked from home to Sunset and La Brea to catch the 212 bus.
The Expo LineView of the Hollywood Sign
This ride took about 30 min. We stopped at Exposition and La Brea to ride the Expo Line.
I found the Expo Line station impressive. It’s clean, open and inviting. The train arrives every 15 minutes and has a nice view of Hollywood and the famous Hollywood sign.
Walking along The Rose GardenThe Endeavor
The Expo Line stops right in front of Exposition Park where California Science Center is located. Dad and I explored, discovered, learned, took photos, and lunched beside the Rose Garden.
After lunch we walked with our frozen desserts back to the Expo Line to head home. The whole trip one way took about an hour. We got home safely and in time for dinner with the family, featuring Mom’s menudo.
It’s inspiring how an 81 year-old contributes in his own little way to a greener Los Angeles. Making a small difference is possible and, in fact, quite delightful.