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Joshua Holleman, back right, his wife Cherie, parents Al and Shaaron Vogel, and children Deveraux, Angel and Spencer, from left, tour Los Angeles using only public transportation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Spencer, left, and Angel Holleman and their grandmother Shaaron Vogel get off the bus in L.A.'s financial district.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The family descends a staircase on their way to Angels Flight, a historic funicular near Hill and 5th streets in downtown Los Angeles. The Vogels and the Hollemans never set foot in a car while they were in L.A.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Al and Shaaron Vogel walk with their son Joshua, daughter-in-law Cherie (pregnant with "Jellybean," due in October) and grandchildren Angel, Deveraux, and Spencer.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

In addition to Angels Flight, the family traveled via two Amtrak trains, four Red Line trains, one Gold Line train, three Amtrak buses, four Dash buses, four Metro buses and one Big Blue Bus.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The visitors took the Red Line to Wilshire/Vermont, then the Purple Line to Wilshire/Western. From there they caught a westbound Metro Rapid bus and walked a couple blocks east to the La Brea tar pits.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Shaaron says the vacation is a good way to expose her grandchildren to things they can't see in their small town. “My mother was always the type that said, ‘If there’s a chance or an opportunity, go do it.’ We want the kids to have that spirit.”

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Day 2 of their trip included a trip to the L.A. County Natural History Museum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Al Vogel and Cherie Holleman walk past the Musk Ox diorama at the Natural History Museum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Deveraux Holleman, 7, rides on her dad's shoulders as they walk near the USC campus.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Al Vogel and his grandson Spencer check out their route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Shaaron, Joshua Holleman and Deveraux on a Dash bus.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The family in Exposition Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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Al Vogel, 65, and his wife Shaaron, 60, love L.A. 

They come here often from their tiny home town just south of Chico, Calif.  Not for the packaged experiences of Disneyland and Universal CityWalk and The Grove. And never to join the masses on the freeways, sealed off in a car.

The Vogels believe in exploring this city solely by means of its public transit system. They have a faith many here don’t that the system can get take them just about anywhere. More than that, they are convinced that having to rub shoulders with others along the way adds up to a richer experience.

On this trip they brought their son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren to tour downtown, Exposition Park, the La Brea tar pits and the beach.  By the time they are done and back on the rails heading homeward, their trip will have taken them on two Amtrak trains, four Red Line trains, one Gold Line train, three Amtrak buses, four Dash buses, four Metro buses, one Big Blue Bus and one historic downtown L.A. funicular.

2 Comments

  1. July 24, 2011, 1:30 am

    I love how it appears as though they're part of the mural

    By: isaac
  2. July 26, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Way to go and way to inspire others to do the same. You have spared the environment of many cubic feet of pollutants–a good science problem to calculate. Great pictures!

    -Alberto (Chico, CA)

    By: Alberto

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