Well the trip to LA was fun - just not hot enough. But part of the adventure was to find out how the LFS's operated in that area with quality of livestock and pricing of same. A big dissappointment!! The shops we visited were in the Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey and Santa Monica area and we were surprised at the lack of quality. Mislabeled critters, belly-up critters and lack of trained staff seemed to be the norm in these areas - even on Wilshire Blvd. Perhaps further travels to outlying areas would have proved better but time didn't allow. We even came prepared with insulated bags and hot packs but they came home empty. One interesting fact - I asked the security staff at LAX re: examining critters before boarding and their friendly reply was that they could all be examined by hand. No ride down the conveyor and therefore no rads to be had - and they could sit on your lap - all the way home. Hope this has answered some questions re: traveling with friends.