i can assure you though, europeans are drawn here every summer. being european, they tend to count on the trains to get around, so you see a lot of people like those pictured below, especially near downtown.
who knows if they're camping in griffith park or not, but they look like they could if they wanted to. hell, it looks like they could camp anywhere if they wanted, maybe crawl into the backpacks themselves.
|the eclipsed guy in the white cap|
has his own eclipse-inducing backpack
for the most part, when i hear the big-backpackers talk, it sounds like german, but a couple of british accents greet my ear as well. someone once said to me, "in l.a., you can ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon." i guess the european version is you can hike to a campsite from downtown (no, the pictures were not actually taken downtown, but take my word that these folks went there).