This weekend was going to be IT. Carmageddon, endearingly known as the predicted havoc due to closing down a section of one of our busiest freeways in Los Angeles, was going to paralyze LA this weekend.
Los Angeles public officials announced the closure about 3 months ago setting off a frenzy that rivaled “The Rapture”. Traffic backed up 50 miles was threatened. I know someone whose wedding was canceled by the venue due to the closure. My mom, who had planned to fly into LAX this weekend, changed her flight in order to not get stuck on the 405. Many people were outraged that the closures were on a weekend
because it would have been so much better during weekday rush hour traffic. It was going to be a MESS!
Since I am a rule follower, I normally would have stayed close to home this weekend. But as it happened, I had made plans months ago to meet up with some friends in Pasadena. There is no need to take the 405 freeway from my house, but a pass right by it is necessary. Only a few miles away from the closure, there was a possibility that I would face a traffic nightmare.
The reality was SHOCKING!
There was less traffic than there usually is, EVER! It seems as if most Angelenos heeded the advice and just stayed home.
Which was great! We enjoyed a gorgeous day in Pasadena.
First meeting up at the Norton Simon Museum.
Then on to some shopping along Colorado Blvd.
As with most events, the media blows them out of proportion and leaves many panic stricken. Lucky for us, Carmageddon was no exception.